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HAIR LOSS

HAIR LOSS

Everyday hair loss is a normal event. We lose about 50 to 100 hairs every single day. If you start to notice lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. Hair loss may cause gradual thinning, bald patches or complete baldness.

THE CAUSES

There are many reasons that cause hair loss, for some it may be due to illness, diet, medicine or childbirth. If hair loss is gradual and becomes more noticeable with each passing year, a person may have hereditary hair loss.

DIAGNOSIS

Because so many things can cause hair loss, a dermatologist may begin by asking questions to help eliminate causes and carefully examine and test your scalp, and hair. Hair disorders include:

  • Hereditary thinning or baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) – this is the most common cause of hair loss affecting millions of men and women. The reasons for this are unknown
  • Alopecia areata – this autoimmune disease causes smooth, round patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body
  • Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia – this rare disease destroys a person’s hair follicles.

TREATMENT

Just as there are many causes, there are many treatments for hair loss. Our consultant dermatologists recommend treating hair loss early, meaning before you lose a very significant amount of hair rather than after

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