Hair Disorders

Hair disorders is a broad category that includes the following types.

Signs and Symptoms

Hair disorders are accompanied by the following signs and symptoms, depending on the type.

What Causes It?

Hair disorders can be caused by any of the following.

Who's Most At Risk?

People with the following conditions or characteristics are at risk for developing hair disorders.

What to Expect at Your Provider's Office

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with a hair disorder, you should see your health care provider. A physical exam can help identify the type of hair disorder, and laboratory tests can reveal any underlying diseases. In the case of hirsutism, imaging may help diagnose the cause.

Treatment Options


Having a well-balanced diet and avoiding potentially damaging hair treatments can help prevent some types of hair loss.

Treatment Plan

The primary goals of treatment are to treat the underlying cause, re-grow the hair when possible, and correct damaging grooming practices.

Drug Therapies

Your provider may prescribe the following medications.

Alopecia: Hirsutism: Hair shaft disorders:

Surgical and Other Procedures

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

A comprehensive treatment plan for hair disorders may include a range of complementary and alternative therapies.

Nutrition Potentially beneficial nutrient supplements include the following. Herbs
Herbal remedies may offer relief from symptoms. Herbs are generally available as dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Dose for teas is 1 heaping tsp per cup of water steeped for 10 minutes (roots need 20 minutes).

For alopecia and hair shaft disorders: For hirsutism: Topical applications of essential oils may be beneficial in skin infections and for stimulating new hair growth. Use three to four drops each of chamomile (Matricaria recutita), rosemary, and sage (Salvia officinalis) in 1 tbs. vegetable oil (for example, flax, borage, or olive). Massage gently into affected area one to two times daily.

Some of the most common remedies include Ignatia, Pulsatilla, and Sepia. Acute dose is three to five pellets of 12X to 30 C every one to four hours until symptoms are relieved.

Acupuncture and Massage
These approaches may help address the underlying cause of a hair disorder.


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