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Q:  I am a 22 year old woman who has been experiencing hair loss since the age of 14. At the beginning I didn't pay much mind to my hair loss as I started out with an extremely full head of hair. As I have gotten older and the hair loss has persisted, I can now see my scalp, and it is very emotionally straining on me. I have gone to many dermatologists, and have been said to have androgenetic alopecia, which they also said can not be helped. In your opinion can you tell me if you think my hair loss sounds like it can be due to my hormones being imbalanced. And do you think my emotionally scaring condition can be helped? Thank you for your time.

A:  For reasons I have never understood, many dermatologists say that androgenic alopecia cannot be treated. This is not true. There are several treatments which can help. These are discussed in detail on my website article on hair loss. Most hair loss in women is hormonal and yours may well be, though I of course cannot make a specific diagnosis for someone I have not seen.

Hope this is helpful.

Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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