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    Healthwise answered:
    Hair loss (alopecia) is an earlier-than-expected or excessive loss of hair. Everyone has some hair loss every day, but some people have a lot of hair loss early in life because it runs in their family (inherited) or because of disease, medicines, aging, injury, stress, or hair care.

    The most common...Read More
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    Factors that increase the risk of hair loss include:
    • Genetics (inherited tendency). If one or both of your parents have hair loss, it is likely that you will also.
    • Disease or illness. Certain diseases or an illness can cause hair loss. The diseases may include ringworm of the scalp ( tinea
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    Hair loss that is caused by medicines, stress, lack of protein or iron, or hair care may be prevented.

    Avoiding certain medicines, reducing stress, getting adequate protein and iron in your diet and using hairstyles that don't damage your hair may reduce or prevent hair loss.

    Inherited hair...Read More
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    Home treatment for hair loss includes hair care and hairstyling techniques that may help you cover thinning or bald spots on the scalp. This may be easier for women because inherited hair loss causes a general thinning that is usually not as severe as it is in men. Hair sprays, dyes and perms can...Read More
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    Hair loss can occur as thinning, in which you may not notice hair falling out or as shedding, in which clumps of hair fall out.

    In the most common type of hair loss, inherited hair loss (androgenetic alopecia), men tend to lose hair on the front hairline and forehead and on top of the head. Ev...Read More
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    Vitamin D is vital for calcium absorption in bones and to improve muscle strength. Not getting enough vitamin D in childhood can slow growth or cause misshapen bones (rickets), and not getting enough vitamin D throughout life increases the risk for bone thinning (osteoporosis) in later years.

    Many...Read More
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    Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a way to help you stay well or cope with a health problem by changing how you think. And how you think affects how you feel.

    If you learn how to stop negative thoughts when they happen, you may be more able to care for yourself and handle life's...Read More
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    If brushing and flossing aren't effective in reversing gum disease, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help fight the infection. Antibiotics can be put directly on the gums (topical), swallowed as pills or capsules, swished around your teeth as mouthwash or inserted into the pockets of advanced...Read More
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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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    The pulp is the center (core) of a tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels and helps fight infection in the tooth.
    The pulp feeds the tooth by sending nutrients into the middle layer of the tooth (dentin). It can also create new, healthy dentin.

    This information does not replace the advice...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