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    Call your doctor if:
    • Your hair loss is sudden, rather than gradual.
    • You notice hair shedding in large amounts after combing or brushing, or if your hair becomes thinner or falls out.
    • You are concerned that a medicine may be causing your hair loss.
    • Your skin is scaly or has a rash, or
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    Surgery to cover bald areas of the scalp may be used to treat hair loss. If successful, surgery may be a permanent treatment for hair loss.

    Surgery choices
    The most common types of surgery to treat hair loss include:
    • Hair transplant surgery. During this surgery, your doctor will move small
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    Medicines for hair loss can slow thinning of hair and increase coverage of the scalp by growing new hair and enlarging existing hairs. But they need to be taken regularly. If you stop the medicine, hair loss returns. Do not expect to regrow a full head of hair. Hair coverage is improved on the top...Read More
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    Often, hair may fall out after it is transplanted, but new hair will regrow in the transplanted hair follicle. But it may take a period of time before you can see the new hair growth.

    The success and amount of hair coverage on a treated area depends on how many hair follicles remain healthy after...Read More
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    A toothache is pain that is felt in the mouth or jaw from a problem with one or more teeth or the gums. Sensitivity or pain typically moves along the nerves in the center of the tooth, known as the pulp.

    A toothache may be caused by:
    • Dental decay. Bacteria and other organisms, often present
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    Folic acid, one of the B vitamins, is important for the normal development of an unborn child (fetus). Folic acid and its closely related compounds, folates, are needed for the production of red and white blood cells and platelets, the formation of genetic material (DNA) in cells, and growth.

    Only...Read More
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    Dentin is the middle layer of a tooth. It is made of hard minerals and protects the pulp (the inner core of the tooth) from external conditions such as heat and cold.

    Dentin is covered by enamel above the gum line (the crown of the tooth). Dentin in the root of the tooth is covered by hard con...Read More
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    An endodontist is a dental health professional who specializes in treating damaged root canals in teeth.
    After dental school, endodontists complete specialized graduate education in endodontic care.

    Endodontists are licensed by the state in which they practice. And while it's not mandatory, endodontists...Read More
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    Electrolysis is a method to remove hair permanently.

    During electrolysis, a very thin probe is placed in the hair follicle and an electric current through the probe destroys the ability of that follicle to grow hair. A laser also can be used that uses heat to destroy the growth center of the f...Read More
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    Scurvy is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. It causes weakness, swollen joints, muscle hardness, gum problems, tooth loss, and slow healing of wounds.

    People who are malnourished or who do not eat enough foods that contain vitamin C are at risk for scurvy. Citrus fruits (such...Read More
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    A bridge is a replacement for one or more (but not all of the) teeth. A bridge may be permanent or removable.

    A removable bridge is sometimes called a partial denture.

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this...Read More
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    A hangnail is a strip of skin that separates from the side of the cuticle. A torn hangnail may become tender and swollen, and infection may develop.

    A hangnail may be treated at home by trimming the skin of the hangnail with a pair of clean scissors. A hangnail should not be bitten or pulled off,...Read More
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    Clubbing is a condition in which the ends of the fingers and toes swell and the nails bulge outward. The nails wrap around the fingers or toes and look raised, curved, and shiny.

    Clubbing occurs more frequently in children born with heart defects and people with chronic heart, lung, liver, or...Read More
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    Periodic limb movement disorder is repeated muscle twitching of the feet, arms, or legs during sleep. Sometimes the mouth and muscles in the belly also move.

    The movements of periodic limb movement disorder last for up to 10 seconds and may repeat after 5 to 90 seconds.
    A person who has periodic...Read More
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    Oral cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in any part of the mouth or lips. Most oral cancers start in the lining of the lips or mouth in the thin, flat cells called squamous cells.

    Symptoms for oral cancer include sores or lumps that appear on the lips or in the mouth. Sometimes white patches...Read More