Hair loss



Progressive loss of hair from the scalp beyond usual hair loss of less than 100 hair strands a day.


Self-care options include hairstyle changes, wigs, and hairpieces. Scalp treatments that contain minoxidil may help. Many such products can be bought without a prescription.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if:

  • Sudden handfuls of hair are lost, resulting in patchy bald spots.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • Self-esteem is affected.