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Hair Loss

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that hair grows about one-half inch per month and that it is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. If you are one of the many people who suffer from hair loss, you know that these statistics do not always apply.

There are many forms and causes of hair loss. Some forms of hair loss can be treated and will resolve spontaneously. Whereas most forms of hair loss are difficult to treat and the hair loss is permanent.

Hereditary hair loss, also known to as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss and affects both men and women. Hereditary hair loss can begin in one’s teen years or later in life. There is no cure, but there are treatments available to help this condition.

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss that causes coin-sized or larger patches of hair to fall out and create totally smooth hairless areas. Alopecia areata is thought to be caused by an autoimmune disease even though the affected patients are usually in good health. It can affect children and adults. Usually, hair will begin to grow again, but dermatologists can perform treatments to speed up the cycle.

Another form of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. This form of hair loss is usually reversible and resolves in a few months. With telogen effluvium, patients notice increased shedding of hair rather than patches of baldness. This form of hair loss has many causes such as: overuse of chemical treatments, high fever, severe infection, severe flu or illness, major surgery, thyroid disease, protein deficiency in diet, low iron, certain medications, birth control pills, and cancer treatments.

Georgia Dermatology offers treatments for hair loss, including the use of Procepia for male pattern baldness. If you are struggling with the common problem of hair loss, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gross and take the first step to finding a solution.

References: www.aad.org

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