Hair loss affects men and women and results from conditions including thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, various forms of stress or low vitamin levels.
Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Treatment is directed towards any predisposing cause identified
○ Lab tests are beneficial to a successful diagnois
○ Chronic: most cases of hair loss are a lifelong problem.
Androgenic hair loss is by far the most common hair loss we see and is predominantly caused by genetic inheritance. Chemotherapy, a well-known treatment for cancer, can cause severe hair loss. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, causes hair loss in distinctive patches due to the interruption of hair follicles in localized areas of skin.