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Hair Loss

Reviewed by Dr Claudia Pastides, 24th April 2019

Many people experience hair loss at some point in their lives, for a variety of reasons. Both men and women can suffer from conditions which cause hair loss, and for some it can be distressing or embarrassing.

We understand that hair loss can be a sensitive topic, but in many cases there are treatments and support available, so you shouldn’t put off seeing a GP. Our doctors are experienced in dealing with a range of hair loss conditions, and can offer advice, prescribe medication or refer you to a specialist if needed.

If you need to find out the cause of your hair loss or want some practical advice, book an online consultation with a GP today.

Causes of hair loss

Hair loss can occur as a result of various medical conditions and can be temporary or permanent. One reason for hair loss is a person’s genetics, so you may experience hereditary hair loss or thinning. Here are some reasons why you might be suffering from hair loss:

Ageing – thinning hair or a receding hairline is a natural part of ageing, and most men will have some hair loss by their late 30s.

Hormonal changes – hair loss is quite common in pregnancy and can occur during or after the menopause.

Stress – intense physical or emotional stress can cause thinning of the hair.

Medication – some treatments for long term illnesses can cause hair thinning or loss, such as some chemotherapy or medications for epilepsy. Speak to a doctor if you take medication and have noticed hair loss.

Alopecia areata – an autoimmune condition leading to patches of baldness, usually on the scalp but sometimes elsewhere on the body.

Emotional impact

If you are suffering from hair loss, you may have emotional as well as physical symptoms. Hair loss, whatever the reason, can be difficult to come to terms with and can lead to self-confidence issues. If you’re struggling to cope emotionally with your hair loss, you can see a GP from home using our digital service and discuss how you are feeling.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.