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Hair Loss (cont.)

What Symptoms and Signs May Accompany Hair Loss?

  • Most people notice hair loss when looking at themselves in a mirror or when it is brought to their attention by others.
  • You may also find many hairs on your pillow in the morning or in your hairbrush or comb.
  • A woman may notice a decrease in the size of her ponytail or the widening of her part.

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Hair Loss?

  • If you have hair loss, you may want to see a doctor to evaluate if there are any medical reasons for the hair loss and to evaluate if any therapies are available for you.
  • See your doctor if you are losing large amounts of hair every day and if you are not feeling well at the same time you are losing hair.
  • Most often hair loss occurs without other signs of illness.
  • If the following symptoms occur at the same time as hair loss, you may have a serious medical condition and you should see a doctor right away.

There is no reason to seek emergency medical care for hair loss.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/22/2016

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