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baldness (alopecia)

Baldness (alopecia) is hair loss or absence of hair. Baldness is usually most noticeable on the scalp but can occur anywhere on the body where hair grows. The condition is more common in men than in women.


Causes may include:

  • aging
  • change in hormones
  • illness
  • family history of baldness

Treatment may include:

  • medications to promote hair growth
  • corticosteroid injections
  • treating any underlying condition
  • hair replacement surgery

Types of hair loss include:

  • male and female pattern baldness
  • cicatricial (scarring) alopecia
  • alopecia areata
  • telogen effluvium
  • traction alopecia

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