Hair Loss

Permanent or temporary hair loss can occur for many reasons. Sometimes, hair loss can be reversed, depending on the cause. Follow this chart for more information.

Our trusted Symptom Checker is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Find a possible diagnosis by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

Remember, be sure to consult with you doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Is your hair falling out in small patches?

  • Are these patches red, itchy or oily?

  • Are you a man who has gradually lost hair in the front or on the top of your head and has relatives with similar hair loss?

  • Have you used any chemicals on your hair, or have you worn tight braids or cornrows recently?

  • Are you taking any new medicines, or are you being treated for cancer?

  • Have you been weak, tired or anxious?

  • Are you a woman who is older than 50, or who has given birth within the last three months?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • Diagnosis

    This type of hair loss can be caused by SEBORRHEALICHEN PLANUS or RINGWORM.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    Small, coin-sized bald areas may be from ALOPECIA AREATA, an autoimmune disease that causes temporary hair loss.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have classic MALE-PATTERN BALDNESS.


    Self Care

    Over-the-counter and prescription medicines are available to treat male-pattern baldness. See your doctor. He or she will determine which treatment is right for you.


  • Diagnosis

    Your hair loss may be from FOLLICULAR DAMAGE.


    Self Care

    Tight braids, ponytails or cornrows can break and damage hair. Secure hair with covered rubber bands and try not to style it too tightly. Discontinue the use of harsh chemicals on the hair and scalp, which can also result in hair loss.


  • Diagnosis

    Hair loss may be a side effect of MEDICINES, STEROIDS or CHEMOTHERAPY.


    Self Care

    Discuss these treatments with your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have IRON or ZINC DEFICIENCY, THYROID DISEASE or excess STRESS.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    HORMONE CHANGES may cause hair loss in women. If your hair loss has occurred gradually with advancing age, FOLLICULAR DEGENERATION may be the cause.


    Self Care

    Post-pregnancy hormone changes usually reverse themselves without any treatment. While follicular degeneration cannot be reversed, gentle hair care may prolong the life of follicles.


  • Diagnosis


    Self Care

    Post-pregnancy hormone changes usually reverse themselves without any treatment. While follicular degeneration cannot be reversed, gentle hair care may prolong the life of follicles.