Symptoms and Diagnosis of Hair Loss

Symptoms and Diagnosis
Hair loss



Symptoms and Diagnosis

Treatment and Management


The presentation of hair loss can vary greatly

  • Gradual Thinning on Top of the Head: This is the most common type of hair loss, particularly affecting men as a receding hairline and women as a broadening of the part in their hair.
  • Patchy Bald Spots: Some people may lose hair in circular or patchy bald spots on the scalp, beard, or eyebrows, sometimes accompanied by itching or pain.
  • Sudden Loosening of Hair: This can occur after a significant physical or emotional shock, with hair coming out in handfuls when combing or washing.
  • Full-body Hair Loss: Certain medical conditions and treatments can cause a loss of hair across the entire body.

Diagnosing hair loss involves a thorough examination of the hair and scalp by a healthcare provider, potentially supported by:

  • Scalp Biopsy: Taking a small sample of the scalp to examine under a microscope.
  • Blood Tests: Used to uncover underlying conditions that may be causing the hair loss, such as thyroid disease or nutritional deficiencies.

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