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Hair Loss (Alopecia)

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Most people think hair loss only affects the head (scalp), but hair loss can occur anywhere on the body. It can be the result of heredity, certain types of medications or an underlying medical condition. Males and females of any age, even children, can experience hair loss, however, our team can provide treatment.

While daily shedding of hair is normal, if you start to notice your child’s hair shedding in large amounts after combing or brushing, or if your child’s hair becomes thinner or falls out, it’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of Hair Loss

  • Gradual thinning on top of head
  • Circular or patchy bald spots
  • Sudden loosening of hair
  • Full-body hair loss

Causes of Hair Loss

Medical conditions: A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss, including:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Alopecia areata
  • Scalp infections
  • Other skin disorders
  • Hormonal factors

Medications: Hair loss can be caused by drugs used to treat:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure

Other reasons for hair loss:

  • A physical or emotional shock
  • Hair-pulling disorder
  • Certain hairstyles
     

Treatments for Hair Loss

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.