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Can hair loss be prevented?

If you have hereditary baldness, you cannot prevent hair loss. You can try, however, to limit hair loss with medication such as minoxodil. Men may also try finasteride, which can prevent testosterone from causing hair loss, as in male pattern baldness. Doctors also recommend eating a healthy diet and avoiding damage to your hair from blow-drying, tight hairstyles, and picking at your hair. If your hair loss has been caused by other diseases, such as hypothyroidism or ringworm, you may find that treating those conditions will limit your hair loss. Hair loss caused by childbirth or menopause is temporary; your hair should return without medical treatment.

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