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What causes severe hair loss in a 10 year old girl?

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Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016
Question: My 10 year old has very thick hair and in the past two months she seems to be losing a lot of hair. Is that normal for pre-pubescent girls?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Is there a preceding cause or predisposing factor?

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am Dr. kakkar(dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.

Diffuse hair loss can be due to either Telogen effluvium which is defined as sudden precipitous hair loss due to a variety of causes e.g preceding medical illness (like jaundice, mononucleosis etc) Or preceding surgery (like appendicitis) over the past 1-3 months, due to weight loss or crash dieting, iron deficiency, thyroid dysfunction etc. Alopecia areata can also be a cause of diffuse hair loss.
Is there something significant in the recent past few months?

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Brief Answer: Is there a preceding cause or predisposing factor? Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us I am Dr. kakkar(dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern. Diffuse hair loss can be due to either Telogen effluvium which is defined as sudden precipitous hair loss due to a variety of causes e.g preceding medical illness (like jaundice, mononucleosis etc) Or preceding surgery (like appendicitis) over the past 1-3 months, due to weight loss or crash dieting, iron deficiency, thyroid dysfunction etc. Alopecia areata can also be a cause of diffuse hair loss. Is there something significant in the recent past few months? Regards