Alopecia (hair loss)
Both men and women can suffer from hair loss of many different causes.  For men, the most important type is called androgenetic alopecia, thinning caused by genetically determined sensitivity of hair follicles to testosterone, the male hormone.  In these individuals, at a certain age, exposure of hair follicles to testosterone in the bloodstream causes a progressive miniaturization of the follicles. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment can be initiated with oral and topical medications to halt further progression of the alopecia.  For women, increased shedding can be due to stress, vitamin deficiency, genetics, poor diet, childbirth, and various medical conditions such as thyroid deficiency and anemia.  Since the best treatment involves correcting the condition causing the alopecia, laboratory studies are indicated to search for an abnormality.
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