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What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss can be hereditary or caused by hormonal changes, medical conditions, or medications. Anyone can experience hair loss but it’s more common in men. Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. A receding hairline, bald spot, or overall hair thinning is a sign of hair loss. Our bodies continually grow new hair and shed old hair. It’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, and this shedding is not a sign of hair loss.

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Alpha Providers may prescribe over-the-counter treatment, prescription medications, or refer you to speciality treatment (in-office laser therapy, hair transplant, or injections of platelet-rich plasma or stem cells). With some treatments, you may not see results for 1 year.

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  • Spironolactone

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Learn About Hair Loss

Do you have hair loss? What triggers hair loss and when does it happen? Follow tips from our Alpha Providers.

Recognizing Hair Loss
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  • Hair loss tends to appear gradually. The signs can be subtle, so you may have hair loss for months or years before you notice it.
  • For women: a widening part or less fullness to their ponytail.
  • For men: a bald spot on the top of their head or a receding hairline.
  • Hair loss can develop elsewhere, aside from your scalp. People who have alopecia areata often can also lose part (or all) of their: eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, nose hairs, pubic hair.
Other Symptoms & Triggers
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  • Burning or stinging before sudden hair loss
  • Intense itching, burning, and tenderness where you have hair loss, which may indicate an infection
  • Scaly, bald patches with sores or blisters that may indicate a fungal infection
  • Scaly patches of psoriasis on your scalp that can cause temporary hair loss


  • Hereditary hair loss (“androgenic alopecia”)
  • Age
  • Alopecia areata - an autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss
  • Cancer treatment
  • Childbirth, illness, or other stressors
  • Hair care
  • Hairstyle pulls on your scalp
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Scalp infection
  • Medication
  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Thyroid disease
  • Too little biotin, iron, protein, or zinc
  • Friction
Tips & Advice
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  • Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails
  • Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair
  • Treat your hair gently when washing and brushing. A wide-toothed comb may help prevent pulling out hair, especially wet hair
  • Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents
  • Avoid medications and supplements that could cause hair loss
  • Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light

You may have PCOS if you have 2 more of these symptoms:

abnormal periods
weight gain
excessive hair growth
insulin resistance
scalp hair loss

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