Hair Loss
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp and can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone—men, women and children—can experience hair loss. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hair loss in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Pattern baldness, the most common type of alopecia, affects roughly one-third of men and women. It’s typically permanent. Other types of alopecia are temporary, including alopecia areata. It can involve hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body.

Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.

Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. No cure is available for permanent hair loss or baldness. However, you can talk to your doctor about medical treatments to slow the rate of hair loss or to hide hair loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.