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Don't Let Hair Loss Tangle You Up: Dermatologists Can Identify Common Hair Disorders and Offer Solutions
Date:2/3/2008

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Noticing a few extra hairs in your comb lately? Is your new hairstyle a result of trying to conceal areas of thinning hair rather than a fashion choice? Are you paying more attention to the multitude of advertisements promoting hair growth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be one of the millions of people experiencing some form of hair loss. But to whom should you turn for help? The key to managing the condition is to consult a dermatologist, a physician trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hair loss.

Speaking today at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologist Amy J. McMichael, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., discussed the most common forms of hair loss, current treatment options and possible futuristic therapies.

"For both men and women, hair loss can be devastating and adversely affect one's overall quality of life," said Dr. McMichael. "As with most medical conditions, the key to controlling the hair loss cycle is to seek treatment early. The problem is that most people tend to ignore the first signs of hair loss or delay treatment, hoping that their hair will regrow on its own. Since there are many types and causes of hair loss, it is vital that patients seek a proper evaluation by a dermatologist at the first sign of a problem."

Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)

The most common form of hair loss, androgenetic alopecia (commonly referred to as male- or female-pattern hair loss) is a hereditary condition that affects men and women. In male-pattern hair loss, a receding hairline is common, as well as hair loss on top of the scalp. Women, on the other hand, typically maintain their frontal hairline but tend to have visible thinning over the front and top of the scalp. However, occasionally a man will experience female-pattern hair loss and a
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