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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common occurrence for millions of men and women. In fact, it is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. Male pattern baldness affects 7-15% of males by the age of 25 and almost 40% by the age of 35. Baldness usually means excessive hair loss and can be the result of heredity, medication or even a medical condition. Anyone -- men, women and children -- can suffer from hair loss. You are not alone!
What causes hair loss?
-Hereditary baldness
-Normal aging
-Poor diet
-Skin conditions
-Hormonal disorders
-Mental stress

Whether your hair grows back depends on the cause of your hair loss. If you have inherited hair loss, you would need treatment to regrow your hair. If your hair loss is caused by poor diet, medication, or stress, hair often grows back after the cause is removed.
How is hair loss diagnosed?
In order to diagnose your hair loss it is always a good idea to consult your family doctor. There are many reasons for hair loss and it is important to be properly diagnosed. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions about your hair loss and based on this will provide you with the best possible options.
Hair loss treatments:
Certain prescription medications such as PROPECIA and PROSCAR have been proven to be effective. They are available in pill form and are taken once daily. These medications are not available for females. ROGAINE is an over the counter solution available for women and men. Losing hair can be stressful during a time when appearance really matters, but the good news is that there is treatment available. It is important to learn what has caused your hair loss and seek treatment options. Let your friends and family know so that they can be sympathetic or consider joining a support group. Once the problem that causes it is corrected, the hair usually grows back.

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