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What can cause hair loss?

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Lots of things can cause hair loss including:

Medications, vitamins, or minerals. Drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, or gout; chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer patients; unusually high levels of vitamin A or low levels of iron or protein, or birth control pills. Illnesses like thyroid disease, severe infection, or flu; fungus infections such as ringworm of the scalp can also cause hair loss.

SOURCES:

American Hair Loss Association: "Hair Loss Treatment."

emedicinehealth.com: "Hair Loss."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hair loss: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hair Loss Got You Down? Platelet-Rich Plasma May Regrow It."

Khatu S.  April-June 2014. ,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Hair Loss Association: "Hair Loss Treatment."

emedicinehealth.com: "Hair Loss."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hair loss: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hair Loss Got You Down? Platelet-Rich Plasma May Regrow It."

Khatu S.  April-June 2014. ,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

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