Hair Loss

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Most men have some degree of baldness by age 60. After age 60, 50% of women do.

Signs & Symptoms

•  Thinning of hair on the temples and crown.

•  Receding hair line.

•  Bald spot on back of head.

•  Areas of patchy hair loss.


•  Normal aging. Family history of hair loss. Hormonal changes, such as with menopause.

•  A side effect of some medicines, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Crash dieting.

•  A prolonged or serious illness. Major surgery. Thyroid disease.

•  Areata. This causes areas of patchy hair loss. It improves quickly when treated, but can go away within 18 months without treatment.


•  Medications. These include over-the- counter Rogaine and prescribed ones.

•  Hair transplant with surgery.

Questions to Ask


American Academy of Dermatology

866.503.SKIN (503.7546)

Self-Care / Prevention

•  Try the over-the-counter medication, Rogaine.

•  Avoid (or don’t use often) hair care practices of bleaching, braiding, cornrowing, dyeing, perming, etc. Avoid hot curling irons and/or hot rollers. Use gentle hair care products.

•  Air dry or towel dry your hair. If you use a hairdryer, set it on low.

•  Keep your hair cut short. It will look fuller.

•  Don’t be taken in by claims for products that promise to cure baldness.

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