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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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). ...

  5. Hair Transplant Surgery

    Hair transplantation surgery involves moving scalp hair and hair follicles from an area with a lot of hair to an area with thinning hair or baldness.

  6. Minoxidil for Hair Loss

    Drug details for Minoxidil for hair loss.

  7. Finasteride for Male Hair Loss

    Drug details for Finasteride for male hair loss.

  8. Hair Analysis

    Hair analysis uses samples of hair for DNA analysis or to detect illegal drug use (such as the use of cocaine). Hair samples are tested using various chemicals and analyzed under a microscope.

  9. Causes of Hair Loss - Topic Overview

    Hair loss,including thinning and breaking,is the most common scalp problem. Most people lose from 50 to 100 hairs per day. Hair gradually thins as people age,although not everyone is affected to the same degree. Hereditary thinning or balding (androgenetic alopecia) is the most common cause of thinning hair. You can inherit this from either your mother's or father's side of the family. ...

  10. Allylamines for Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard

    Drug details for Allylamines for ringworm of the scalp or beard.

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