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What could be the cause for excessive hair loss in front side, bald patches appearing?

My 17-year old daughter is experiencing hair loss . The hair is receding at the front and sides, and there are almost bald patches that are appearing. This is quite alarming, as she had a full, beautiful head of hair only a month ago. When she awakens in the morning, there is a significant amount of hair on her pillow. What could be causing this?
Asked On : Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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welcome to healthcare magic.
Pattern of hair loss of your daughter might be a condition known as telogen effluvium. It may be due to
1. High fever/ surgery/ acute illness 3-4 months back
2. Altered thyroid function
3. Anaemia/ Deficiency of vitamin/ minerals/ nutrients
4. others undefined causes
To identify causes and to treat accordingly you need to go pathologist for several blood and hormone test.
For hair regrowth you need to apply Minoxidil 2% lotion/ spray twice daily as per manufacturer's advice.
With regards.
Answered: Sun, 29 Jul 2012
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