Understanding Hair Loss Signs & Symptoms

What Are the Signs of Hair Loss?

Signs of hair loss and hair loss conditions vary between men, women and children. However, people of any age or sex may notice more hair collecting in their hairbrush or in the shower drain.

The signs of hair loss and hair conditions in men may include:

  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • A receding hairline
  • A horseshoe-shaped pattern that leaves the crown of the head exposed

Signs of hair loss and hair conditions in women may include:

  • General hair thinning, especially at the crown of the head

Signs of hair loss and hair conditions in children and young adults may include:

  • Sudden loss of patches of hair
  • Complete loss of all hair on the body
  • Patches of broken hairs and incomplete hair loss on the scalp and/or eyebrows
  • Excessive shedding of hair, but not complete baldness, after various illnesses and drug treatments, rapid weight loss, anemia, or stress

Call Your Doctor About Hair Loss If:

  • You or your child have a sudden loss of patches of hair
  • Your child has patches of broken hairs and incomplete hair loss on the scalp and/or eyebrows
  • Your child is rubbing or pulling out his or her hair
  • You or your child suffer an unexplained loss of hair on any part of the body

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on March 13, 2015

Sources

SOURCES: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. American Academy of Family Physicians.

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