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   Hair Loss
 
Definition:
Loss of Hair
 
Medical terms related to hair loss :
Alopecia, Baldness, Loss of Hair
 
Common causes of hair loss: 
o Hormonal changes:
e.g. thyroid disease, childbirth, or use of the birth control pills
o Excessive shampooing and blow-drying
o Emotional or physical stress
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Alopecia Areata:
Sudden loss of hair especially of the scalp or face in circumscribed patches with little or no inflammation.

Other Causes of hair loss:
o Chemotherapy
o Medications (e.g. , cancer chemotherapy, Heparin, OCP)
o Radiation Therapy or Burns
o Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp)
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Trichotillomania:
An impulse control disorder marked by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes.
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:
A connective tissue disease of unknown cause that occurs chiefly in women characterized by fever, skin rash, arthritis,acute hemolytic anemia,small hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, inflammation of the pericardium, and in serious cases by involvement of the kidneys and central nervous system.

 

Call your doctor if hair loss is accompanied by: 
o Losing hair in an atypical pattern
o Losing hair rapidly or at an early age
o Pain or itching associated with the hair loss
o Red, scaly scalp skin
o Acne, facial hair, or menstrual irregularities
o Male pattern baldness in a woman
o Bald spots on your beard or eyebrows
o Weight gain, muscle weakness, intolerance to cold temperatures, or fatigue

 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Microscopic examination of a plucked hair
o Skin biopsy (if skin changes are present)

 
Medications for hair loss may include: 
o Minoxidil (Rogaine)
o Over-the-counter Products
   
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