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Hair Loss

Everyone loses hair; it is normal to lose at 50-100 hairs a day.  When there is lots of thinning or bald patches then you are experiencing hair loss or alopecia.  Most people experience hair loss at some point in their lives.  There are different types of hair loss and there are numerous causes.  Sometimes finding the cause requires some investigative work. Hair loss is divided in to non-scarring and scarring. In non-scarring alopecia, which is more common, the scalp appears normal and there are empty hair follicles.  In scarring alopecia the hair follicles are destroyed.  Physical or chemical damage to the hair can also cause non-scarring alopecia.  Non-scarring alopecia can be patchy or diffuse.  Patchy hair loss causes include:

  • Alopecia areata – circular patches of baldness.
  • Traction alopecia – thinning of the frontal scalp from tights ponytails or braids.
  • Tinea capitis – fungal infection
  • Trichotillomania – habit of pulling or twisting hair

Diffuse hair loss include androgenetic hair loss (male and female-pattern hair loss) and telogen effluvium (rapid shedding from conditions that “shock” the normal hair growth rhythm.  Common causes for telogen effluvium include childbirth, emotional stress, high fever, surgery, severe illness, and extreme weight loss from crash dieting.  Androgenetic alopecia occurs in men and women.  This is the most common cause of hair loss.  Genes and hormones cause this form of alopecia. Most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated.  Treatment depends on the underlying condition. Dr Hayag will go through an extensive medical and family history as well as discuss hairstyle practices, current medications, and diet amongst other things. After that, she devises a best hair fall treatment plan giving you effective results. If you’re experiencing hair loss then consult Dr. Marie Hayag, MD in New York.

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