Hair Loss - What Increases Your Risk
Learn about factors that increase the risk of hair loss.
Hair Loss - Medications
Medications for hair loss can slow thinning of hair and increase coverage of the scalp by growing new hair and enlarging existing hairs. However, they need to be taken continuously.
Hair Loss Caused by Lack of Protein - Topic Overview
Hair loss may occasionally be caused by lack of protein in the diet. Some people who go on crash diets that exclude protein or who have abnormal eating habits may develop protein malnutrition. When this happens,the body will help save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. Increased hair shedding can occur 2 to 3 months later. This condition can be reversed and prevented ...
Hair Loss - What Happens
What happens in hair loss depends on its cause -- whether it is inherited or not.
Causes of Hair Loss: Medicines and Medical Treatments - Topic Overview
Medicines and medical treatments can cause hair loss. Medicines Many medicines that can cause hair loss include: Medicines used to treat cancer ( chemotherapy ). Birth control pills. Women who lose hair while taking birth control pills usually have an inherited tendency toward hair thinning. If hair thinning occurs,a woman can consult her doctor about switching to another birth control pill ...
Alopecia Areata - Topic Overview
What is alopecia areata?Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. Experts do not know why the immune system attacks the follicles. Alopecia areata is most common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected. What happens in alopecia areata?Alopecia areata usually
Types of Hair Loss - Topic Overview
There are many types of hair loss. It is often categorized according to when it takes place during the hair growth cycle: anagen,catagen,and telogen. The anagen phase is when your hair grows-your hair follicle forms a new hair shaft. Most (90%) of the hair on your scalp is in a growing phase that lasts from 2 to 6 years. The catagen phase follows the anagen stage. This is a 1- to 2-week ...
Causes of Hair Loss: Diseases - Topic Overview
Diseases that can cause hair loss,thinning,or breakage include: Lupus,in which hair tends to become brittle and may fall out in patches. Short,broken hairs ("lupus hairs") commonly appear above the forehead. Hair loss is usually not permanent. Some people with lupus also develop a form of lupus called discoid or cutaneous lupus that affects only the skin ("cutaneous" refers to skin). ...
Hair Loss - Treatment Overview
Some people choose to treat hair loss with medications or surgery, such as hair transplantation. Others choose to wear hairpieces (wigs or toupees) or use different methods of hair styling (dyeing or combing). The approach you use depends on the cause of
Hair Loss - Health Tools
This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding hair loss medications.