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Hair loss

When to Seek Medical Care
  • If you have hair loss, you may want to see a doctor if you want to prevent balding.
  • See your doctor if you are losing large amounts of hair every day, and if you are not feeling well at the same time you are losing hair.
  • Most often hair loss occurs without other signs of illness.
  • If the following symptoms occur at the same time as hair loss, you may have a serious medical condition and you should see a doctor right away.
There is no reason to seek emergency medical care for hair loss.

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Self-Care at Home

Treatment of this problem at home is difficult.

  • Decreasing the amount of pulling and tugging of the hair will prevent loose hair from falling out, but only for a short time.
  • Most people will need to see their doctor to determine if there is a medical problem causing hair loss and to consider if treatment is indicated.

Prevention

Prevention can be accomplished only by early treatment. Sometimes what you think may be hair loss is actually just hair breakage from overuse of hair dryers, curling irons, dyes, and styling products.

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