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Causes of Hair Loss

Many conditions, diseases, and improper hair care result in excessive hair loss. People who notice their hair shedding in large amounts after combing or brushing, or whose hair becomes thinner or falls out, should consult a dermatologist. With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped.

At our clinic, we evaluate a patient's hair problem by asking questions about diet, medications including vitamins and health food taken in the last six months, family history of hair loss, recent illness and hair care habits. Hormonal effects may be evaluated in women by asking about menstrual cycles, pregnancies and menopause. After examining the scalp and hair, we also may check a few hairs under the microscope. Sometimes blood tests or a scalp biopsy may be required for an accurate diagnosis. It's important to find the cause and whether or not the problem will respond to medical treatment.

Other investigations that may be performed include trichoscan and trichogram. Trichoscan is done to assess the density, type of units, assess the number of miniature hairs and assess response to treatment.

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