Common Hair Loss Facts

Because there are many types of hair loss, finding the cause can be challenging. Most hair loss is not associated with systemic or internal disease, nor is poor diet a frequent factor. Hair may simply thin as a result of predetermined genetic factors and the overall aging process.

  • Hair loss is a very common condition and affects most people at some time in their lives.
  • Hair loss from breakage of the hair shaft is different than hair loss due to decreased hair growth.
  • Androgenetic hair loss is seen in both men and women but is more dramatic in men.
  • Thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in localized areas of skin.
  • Medications indicated for hair regrowth include minoxidil (Rogaine and Regenepure) and finasteride (Propecia).
  • Prevention of hair loss includes good hair hygiene, regular shampooing, and good nutrition.
  • Medical health screening for hair loss may include blood tests such as complete blood count(CBC), iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests (TFT), and a biopsy of the scalp
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Eric

Eric Smith is a medical professional and researcher. His actual research interests are focused on psoriasis, hair loss, cosmetic dermatology, facial rejuvenation, hair diseases, mesotherapy and fillers.