Dr. Jack Resneck has practiced dermatology in Shreveport since 1975. He grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi and attended Tulane University as an undergraduate. After graduating from University of Tennessee Medical School in 1968, he did surgical internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Military service brought him home to Shreveport, where his wife Lecie was raised, and to Barksdale Air Force Base.
After his military experience, Dr. Resneck subsequently trained in Dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco from 1972-1975 where he was appointed chief resident in his third year. Although most think that Lecie brought him home to Shreveport, it was really his idea to return with his wife and Jack, Jr. Soon Else was born, and the practice grew with the association of David Clemons and brother in law, Donald Posner. When Ann Bryan, Jason Romero and Laura Haynie joined Dermatology and Skin Surgery, the move to Ellerbe Road was a necessity.
While in Medical School Dr. Resneck was elected to AOA, the medical honor society. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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David John Clemons, M.D. has practiced Dermatology and Skin Surgery in Shreveport since 1982. Born and raised in Sioux Falls , South Dakota, his education included Southern Methodist University ('75), Louisiana State University Medical School In Shreveport ('78), Residency, Louisiana State Universty Medical Center, Charity Hospital of Louisiana ('82), Board certified by the American Board Of Dermatolgy, ('82), Lifetime certificate, voluntary recertification 2009.
Dr. Clemons has served as president of the Louisiana State Dermatology Society and is a member of the Annenberg Circle of the Dermatology Foundation, which advances patient care through research. His practice includes children and adults, and all condtions of the skin, hair and nails treated surgically and medically.
He has been married since 1974 to Carol Fay Strain Clemons, M.D. , Ph.D, a practicing ophthalmologist. They have four daughters, Susannah, Elizabeth, Mary Catherine, and Amanda.
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Dr. Posner was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana. After graduating from Cathedral Carmel High School in Lafayette, he attended LSU in Baton Rouge for his pre med studies. He then moved to Shreveport for medical school. After graduation in 1981, he completed his internship and residency in Dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
Dr. Posner then joined Drs. Resneck and Clemons at their new office on Olive Street. The practice continued to grow which necessitated the move to the current location on Ellerbe Road.
Dr. Posner was chief resident his last year in Augusta. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. In addition he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Louisiana Dermatologic Society, Louisiana State Medical Society and past president of the Shreveport Medical Society. He is interested in general medical dermatology and skin surgery.
Dr. Posner is married to the former Connie Roos and they have two adult boys.
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Dr. Laura S. Haynie is a board certified dermatologist who began her practice in Shreveport in 1988. She grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Haynie attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and later received her medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center of Shreveport. After medical school, she interned and completed her dermatology residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.
Dr. Haynie is married to Dr. Bob Haynie, a pediatrician with Mid City Pediatrics. They have three daughters, Kathryn, Karen and Allison. Dr. Haynie is a member of First United Methodist Church and serves on the Board of Loyola College Prep.
Dr. Haynie is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Medical society memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Louisiana Dermatologic Society, AOA Medical Honor Society, Shreveport Medical Society and the Louisiana State Medical Society. In addition to her practice of general dermatology, Dr. Haynie has a special interest in skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology.
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Dr. Bryan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Tulane University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1991. Following graduation from college, she attended Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Medicine in New Orleans and received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1995. Dr. Bryan completed an internship in internal medicine at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1996, followed by competition of a residency in dermatology at the same institution in 1999.
Upon completion of her training, Dr. Bryan worked in a private dermatology practice in the New Orleans area, and was also a faculty member with teaching responsibilities at LSU Health Sciences Center's department of dermatology. She continued this until August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated her home town. It was then that she and her family made the decision to move to Shreveport so Dr. Bryan could join the practice of Drs. Resneck, Clemons, and Posner.
Dr. Bryan specializes in adult and pediatric disorders of skin, hair, and nails and her practice focuses on medical and surgical treatment options. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Shreveport Medical Society, and Louisiana State Medical Society. She resides in Shreveport with her husband and two daughters.
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Dr. Romero is a Lafayette, Louisiana native. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Biology in 1997.
Dr. Romero attended medical school at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and earned his medical degree in 2002. He completed his medical internship and first year of dermatology residency at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and went on to complete his dermatology residency at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Romero served as chief resident of the Department of Dermatology in his final year of residency.
Dr. Romero is a board certified dermatologist with special interests in adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Romero and his wife, Tricia, have four children, Lauren, Graham, Hudson, and Charlie and are proud to call Shreveport, Louisiana their home.
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Dr. Heard, a Shreveport native, attended Loyola College Prep, then Centenary College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1996. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, receiving his medical degree in 2001. He completed a transitional internship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, then returned to Shreveport to complete a four year residency in anatomic and clinical pathology in 2006, serving as chief resident his final year. Dr. Heard subsequently completed his dermatology residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, also serving his final year as chief resident.
Dr. Heard is board certified in Dermatology, anatomic & Clinical Pathology and is also a board certified Dermatopathologist.He has special interests in adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology, as well as, dermatopathology.
Dr. Heard and his wife Jolene are the parents of two children, daughter Aidan and son Cooper, and are happy and excited to be returning home to live and practice in Shreveport.
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The Sun's Rays
The sun produces both visible and invisible rays. The invisible rays, known as ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet- B (UVB), cause most of the problems. Both cause suntan, sunburn, and sun damage. There is no "safe" UV light. Harmful UV rays are more intense in the summer, at higher altitudes, and closer to the equator. The sun's harmful effects are also increased by wind and reflections from water, sand, and snow. Even on cloudy days, UV radiation reaches the earth and can cause skin damage.
Protection from the Sun
Using sun protection will help prevent skin damage and reduce the risk of cancer. Sun protection should always start with avoiding peak sun hours and dressing sensibly. White fabric such as loose-knit cotton and wet clothes that cling to your skin do not offer much protection. The tighter the weave, the more sun protection it will offer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you avoid deliberate sunbathing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing. If you must be in the sun, use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even on cloudy days. Sunscreens work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering the sun's rays on the skin. All are labeled with SPF numbers. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection from sunburn, caused mostly by UVB rays. Some sunscreens, called "broad spectrum," block out both UVA and UVB rays. These do a better job of protecting skin from other effects of the sun. Sunscreens should be applied about 20 minutes before going outdoors. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied about every two hours, after swimming or strenuous activities. Beach umbrellas and other kinds of shade are a good idea but do not provide full protection because UV rays can still bounce off of sand, water, and porch decks.
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Your chances of developing sunburn are greatest between 10am and 4pm, when the sun's rays are strongest. It is easier to burn on a hot day because heat increases the effects of UV rays, but you can get burned on overcast days as well. Sun protection is also important in the winter as snow reflects up to 80% of the sun's rays causing sunburn and damage to uncovered skin. Winter sports in the mountains increase the risk of sunburn because the atmosphere is thinner at higher altitudes and it blocks less of the sun's rays. If skin is exposed to sunlight too long, redness may develop and continue to increase for up to 24 hours. Severe sunburn causes skin tenderness, pain, swelling, and blistering. Additional symptoms like fever, chills, upset stomach and confusion indicate serious sunburn and require immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, there is no quick cure for minor sunburn, but cool, wet compresses, baths and soothing lotions may provide some relief.
A tan is often mistaken as a sign of good health but Dermatologists know better. A suntan is actually the result of skin injury. Indoor tanning is just as bad for your skin as sunlight. Most tanning salons use ultraviolet-A bulbs. Studies have shown that UVA rays go deeper into the skin and contribute to premature wrinkling and skin cancer.
People who work outdoors or sun bathe without sun protection can develop tough, leathery skin that makes them look older than they are. The sun can also cause large freckles called "age spots" and scaly growths (actinic keratoses) that may develop into skin cancer. These skin changes are caused by years of sun exposure. Protecting children from the sun is especially important because the majority of sun exposure in our lifetime occurs before the age of 20.
Wrinkles are directly related to sun exposure and are often intensified by smoking. Your dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon can treat these with a variety of surgical methods including chemical peels, laser surgery, dermabrasion and soft tissue fillers.
Some people develop allergic reactions to the sun, and these reactions may show up after only a short time in the sun. Bumps, hives, blisters or red blotches are the most common symptoms of a sun allergy.
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More than 90% of all skin cancers occur on sun-exposed skin. The face, neck, ears, forearms, and hands are the most common places it appears.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma usually develops on the face, ears and around the mouth of fair-skinned individuals. It can start as a red patch or shiny bump that is pink, red, or white. It may be crusty or have an open sore that does not heal, or heals only temporarily. This type of cancer can be easily cured if treated early.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinomas usually appear as a scaly patch or raised, warty growth. It also has a high cure rate when found and treated early. In rare cases, if not treated, it can be deadly.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It usually looks like a dark brown or black mole-like patch with irregular edges. Sometimes it is multicolored with shades of red, blue, or white. This type of skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, and when found early, can be cured. If ignored, it can spread throughout the body and can become fatal.
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Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often referred to as "adult acne," rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. When it first develops, rosacea may come and go on its own. When the skin does not return to its normal color and when other symptoms become visible, such as pimples and enlarged blood vessels, it is best to seek advice form a dermatologist. The condition rarely reverses itself and may last for years. Rosacea usually develops over a long period of time and can become worse without treatment.
Who is at risk?
While everyone is at risk, those most likely to develop rosacea are fair-skinned adults, especially women, between the ages of 30 and 50. For some unknown reason, women get rosacea more often than men, and some cases of this disorder have been associated with menopause.
How to recognize Rosacea
Pimples of rosacea appear on the face as small, red bumps, some of which may contain pus. These may be accompanied by the development of many tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin and persistent redness of the face. In more advanced cases of rosacea, a condition called rhinophyma may develop. The oil glands enlarge causing a bulbous, enlarged red nose and puffy cheeks. Thick bumps can develop on the lower half of the nose and nearby cheeks. Rhinophyma occurs less commonly in women. About 50% of people with rosacea express symptoms related to their eyes including burning and grittiness of the eyes, a condition known as conjunctivitis. If this condition is not treated, it can lead to more serious complications for the eyes.
Dos and don'ts for Rosacea
The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. The best prevention may be to avoid things that make the face red or flushed.
Avoid hot drinks, spicy food, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
Practice good sun protection. This includes limiting exposure to sunlight, wearing hats and using broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher and avoiding extreme hot and cold temperatures, which may exacerbate the symptoms of rosacea.
Avoid rubbing, scrubbing, or massaging the face.
Exercise in a cool environment and avoid overheating yourself.
Avoid using irritating cosmetics or facial products and use hairsprays properly.
Keep a diary of flushing episodes and note associated foods, products, activities, medications or other triggering factors.
Self-diagnosis and treatment are not recommended, as some over-the-counter skin applications may make the problem worse. Dermatologists often recommend a combination of treatments tailored to the individual patient. When gels and creams are prescribed, improvements can be seen in the first three to four weeks of use, with greater improvement in two months. Oral antibiotics tend to produce faster results than topical medications. Cortisone creams may reduce the redness of rosacea. However, they should not be used for longer than two weeks and strong preparations should be avoided. The persistent redness may also be treated with a small electric needle or by laser surgery to close off the dilated blood vessels. Cosmetics may offer an alternative to the more specific treatment. Green tinted makeup may mask the redness. It is important to eliminate factors that cause additional skin irritation. Daily facial products such as soap, moisturizers, and sunscreens should be free of alcohol or other irritating ingredients. When going outdoors, especially on warm sunny days, sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are necessary.
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Psoriasis is a persistent skin disease. The skin becomes inflamed – producing red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis cannot be passed from one person to another, though it is more likely to occur in people whose family members have it.
What causes psoriasis?
The cause is unknown. People often notice new spots 10 to 14 days after skin is cut, scratched, rubbed, or severely sunburned. Psoriasis can also be activated by infections, such as strep throat, and by certain medicines. Flare-ups sometimes occur in the winter, as a result of dry skin and a lack of sunlight.
Types of psoriasis
Psoriasis comes in many forms. Each differs in severity, duration, location and in the shape and pattern of the scales. The most common form begins with little red bumps. Gradually these grow larger and scales form. While the top scales flake off easily, scales below the surface stick together.
Elbows, knees, groin and genitals, arms, legs, palms, soles of feet, scalp, face, body folds and nails are the areas most commonly affected by psoriasis. It will often appear in the same place on both sides of the body.
Nails with psoriasis have tiny pits on them. Nails may loosen, thicken or crumble, appear different, and be difficult to treat.
Inverse psoriasis occurs in the armpit, under the breast and in skin folds around the groin, buttocks, and genitals.
Guttate psoriasis usually affects children and young adults. It often shows up after a sore throat, with small, red, drop-like, scaly spots appearing on the skin. It often clears up by itself in weeks or a few months.
Up to 30% of people with psoriasis may have symptoms of arthritis and 5-10% may have some functional disability from arthritis of various joints. Sometimes the arthritis improves when the condition of the patient's skin improves.
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
Dermatologists diagnose psoriasis by examining the skin, nails, and scalp. If the diagnosis is in doubt, a skin biopsy may be helpful.
How is psoriasis treated?
The goal is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin. Moisturizing creams and lotions loosen scales and help control itching. Treatment is based on a patient's health, age, lifestyle, and the severity of the psoriasis. Different types of treatments and several visits to the dermatologist may be needed. The doctor may prescribe medications to apply to the skin containing cortisone-like compounds, synthetic vitamin D, tar, or anthralin. These may be used in combination with natural sunlight or ultraviolet light. The most severe forms of psoriasis may require oral medications, with or without light treatment.
Types of treatment
Steroids (Cortisone) - Cortisone creams, ointments, and lotions may clear the skin temporarily and control the condition in many patients. After many months of treatment, the psoriasis may become resistant to the steroid preparations. The dermatologist may inject cortisone in difficult to treat spots.
Scalp treatment - The treatment for psoriasis of the scalp depends on the seriousness of the disease, hair length, and the patient's lifestyle. A variety of non-prescription and prescription shampoos, oils, solutions, and sprays are available.
Light therapy - Sunlight and ultraviolet light slow the rapid growth of skin cells. Although ultraviolet light or sunlight can cause skin wrinkling, eye damage, and skin cancer, light treatment is safe and effective under a doctor's care. People with psoriasis all over their bodies may require treatment in a medically approved center equipped with light boxes for full body exposure.
PUVA - Patients are given a drug called Psoralen, then are exposed to a carefully measured amount of a special form of ultraviolet (UVA) light. It takes approximately 25 treatments, over a two or three month period, before clearing occurs. About 30-40 treatments a year are usually required to keep the psoriasis under control. Because Psoralen remains in the lens of the eye, patients must wear UVA blocking eyeglasses when exposed to sunlight from the time of exposure to Psoralen until sunset that day.
Methotrexate - Methotrexate is an oral anti-cancer drug that can produce dramatic clearing of psoriasis when other treatments have failed. Because it can produce side effects, particularly liver disease, regular blood tests are performed. Chest x-rays and occasional liver biopsies may be required.
Retinoids - Prescription oral vitamin A related drugs may be prescribed alone or in combination with ultraviolet light for severe cases of psoriasis. Oral retinoids should not be used by pregnant women or women of childbearing age who intend to become pregnant during or within 3 years of discontinuation of therapy as birth defects may result. Close monitoring is required together with regular blood tests.
Cyclosporine - This immunosuppressant drug is used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs. It is also used for treatment of widespread psoriasis when other methods have failed.
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The terms "eczema" and "dermatitis" are used to describe certain kinds of inflamed skin conditions including allergic contact dermatitis and nummular dermatitis. Eczema can be red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, or thickened and usually itches.
Atopic dermatitis or Atopic eczema
The word "atopic" means there is a tendency for excess inflammation in the skin and the linings of the nose and lungs. This often runs in families with allergies such as hay fever and asthma, sensitive skin, or a history of atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is very common affecting about 10% of infants and 3% of the total population in the United States. It can occur at any age but is most common in infants to young adults. The skin rash is very itchy and can be widespread, or limited to a few areas. The condition frequently improves with adolescence, but many patients are affected throughout life, although not as severely as in early childhood.
When the disease starts in infancy, it is called infantile eczema. This is an itchy, oozing, crusting, rash and occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches can appear anywhere. Because of the itch, children may rub their head, cheeks, and other patches with a hand, a pillow, or anything within reach. Many babies improve before two years of age. Proper treatment can help until time solves the problem.
Eczema in later life
In teens and young adults, the patches typically occur on the hands and feet. However, any areas such as the bends of the elbows, backs of the knees, ankles, wrists, face, neck, and upper chest may be affected. If it appears on the palms, hands, fingers, or on the feet, there can be episodes of crusting and oozing. Other eczema patches in this stage are typically dry, red to brownish-gray, and may be scaly or thickened. The thickened areas may last for years without treatment. This intense, almost unbearable itching can continue, and may be most noticeable at night. Since the disease does not always follow the same pattern; proper, early, and regular treatment can bring relief and may reduce the severity and duration of the disease.
What causes a hand rash? A hand rash—what your doctor might call "dermatitis" or "eczema"-can have many causes. Most of these causes fall into one of two categories: an externally-triggered "contact" rash, or an internally-generated skin reaction. Hand rashes are extremely common. Many people start with dry, inflamed, and chapped hands. Numerous items can irritate skin. A few of them are overexposure to heat, too much dry air, soaps, detergents, solvents, cleaning agents, chemicals, rubber gloves, or even ingredients in skin and personal care products. Once skin becomes red and dry, even so-called "harmless" things like water and baby products can irritate the rash, making it worse. Often skin will improve by changing products or avoiding an ingredient completely. A tendency to get skin reactions is often inherited. People with these tendencies may have a history of hay fever and/or asthma. They may also have food allergies and a skin condition called atopic dermatitis or eczema.
Finding the culprit
The dermatologist will work with you to uncover and identify the possible causes of a hand rash. If your doctor suspects the rash is due to allergy to some eternal substance, a patch test may be done. Your dermatologist will use these tests to suggest what substance or combination of factors might be responsible for your rash.
How are hand rashes treated?
Your dermatologist may offer a combination of methods to heal your skin. It's possible you may need an oral antibiotic if an infection is present. A soothing ointment or cream may be prescribed or recommended. You can speed the healing yourself by keeping your hands out of harsh chemicals and away from other irritants.
Is hand protection really important?
Regardless of the cause of your rash, you'll want your hands to heal and stay healthy. There are ways to pamper them, now and in the future, to lessen the chance of getting a rash again:
Protect hand against soaps, cleansers and other chemicals by wearing vinyl gloves. Avoid rubber gloves since many people are sensitive to them. Always replace any gloves that develop holes.
Use an automatic dishwasher as much as possible. Avoid hand washing dishes or clothes as much as you can.
When you wash your hands, use lukewarm water and very little soap. Remove rings whenever washing or working with your hands. They trap soap and moisture next to skin.
When outdoors in cool weather, wear unlined leather gloves to prevent dry and chapped skin. Always use a dermatologist recommended product to keep your hands soft and supple. Apply it as many times a day as you need it.
If the type of work you do is affecting your hands, talk to your supervisor about ways that you and other employees can better protect your skin.
Hand rashes sometimes temporarily look worse while they're healing and sometimes they come back. Try to remember which substance or activity triggered the recent "flare-up" and tell your doctor. Since many hand rashes can be stubborn, it's important to keep up with your medication. Stay in contact with your doctor, and do not get discouraged.
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Society has placed a great deal of social and cultural importance on hair and hairstyles. Unfortunately, any conditions, diseases and improper hair care can result in excessive hair loss. People who notice their hair shedding in large amounts after combing or brushing, or whose hair becomes thinner or falls out, should consult a dermatologist. With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped. Dermatologists will evaluate a patient's hair problem by asking questions about diet, including vitamins and health food, medications taken in the last six months, family history of hair loss, recent illness, and hair care habits. Hormonal effects may be evaluated in women by asking about menstrual cycles, pregnancies, and menopause. The dermatologist may check a few hairs under the microscope. Sometimes blood tests or a scalp biopsy may be required for an accurate diagnosis. It is important to find the cause of the problem and whether or not it will respond to medical treatment.
Normal hair growth
About 90% of the hair on a person's scalp is growing at any one time. The growth phase lasts between two and six years. Ten percent of the hair is in a resting phase that lasts two to three months. At the end of its resting stage, the hair is shed. When a hair is shed, a new hair from the same follicle replaces it and the growing cycle starts again. Most hair shedding is due to the normal hair cycle and losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is no cause for alarm.
Causes of excessive hair loss
Improper hair cosmetic use/improper hair care - many men and women use chemical treatments on their hair, including dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners, and permanent waves. The hair can become weak and break if any of these chemicals are used too often. Hair can also break if the solution is left on too long, if two procedures are done on the same day, or if bleach is applied to previously bleached hair. If hair becomes brittle from chemical treatments, it is best to stop until the hair has grown out. Hairstyles that pull on the hair, like ponytails and braids, should not be pulled tightly and should be alternated with looser hairstyles. The constant pull causes some hair loss, especially along the sides of the scalp. Shampooing, combing and brushing too often, can also damage hair, causing it to break. When hair is wet, it is more fragile, so vigorous rubbing with a towel, and rough combing and brushing should be avoided.
Hereditary thinning or balding - Hereditary balding or thinning is the most common cause of hair loss. The tendency can be inherited from either the mother's or the father's side of the family. Women with this trait develop thinning hair, but do not become completely bald. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia and it can start in the teens, twenties, or thirties. There is no cure, although medical treatments have recently become available that may help some people. One treatment involves applying minoxidil, a medicated lotion, to the scalp twice a day. Another treatment for men is a daily pill containing finasteride, a drug that blocks the formation of the active male hormone in the hair follicle.
Alopecia areata - In this type of hair loss, hair usually falls out resulting in totally smooth, round patches about the size of a coin or larger. Though rare, it can result in complete loss of scalp and body hair. This disease may affect children or adults of any age. The cause of alopecia areata is unknown. In most cases, the hair regrows by itself. Dermatologists can treat many people with this condition. Treatments include topical medications, a special kind of light treatment, or in some cases oral medication.
Childbirth - When a woman is pregnant, more of her hairs will be growing. However, after a woman delivers her baby, many hairs enter the resting phase of the hair cycle. Within two to three months, some women will notice large amounts of hair coming out in their brushes and combs. This can last one to six months, but resolves completely in most cases.
High fever, severe infection, severe flu - Illnesses may cause hairs to enter the resting phase. Four weeks to three months after a high fever, severe illness, or infection, a person may be shocked to see a lot of hair falling out. This shedding usually corrects itself.
Thyroid disease - Both an over-active thyroid and an under-active thyroid can cause hair loss. Hair loss associated with thyroid disease can be reversed with proper medication.
Inadequate protein in diet - Some people, who go on crash diets that are low in protein or have severely abnormal eating habits, may develop protein malnutrition. Massive hair shedding can occur two to three months later. This condition can be reversed and prevented by eating the proper amount of protein and when dieting, maintaining adequate protein intake.
Medications - Some prescription drugs may cause temporary hair shedding.
Cancer treatments - Some cancer treatments will cause hair cells to stop dividing. Hairs become thin and break off as they exit the scalp. This occurs one to three weeks after the treatment. The hair will regrow after treatment ends.
Birth control pills - Women who lose hair while taking birth control pills usually have an inherited tendency for hair thinning. When a woman stops using oral contraceptives, she may notice that her hair begins shedding two or three months later. This may continue for six months and usually stops.
Low serum iron - Iron deficiency occasionally produces hair loss. Some people do not have enough iron in their diets or may not fully absorb iron. Women who have heavy menstrual periods may develop iron deficiency. Low iron can be detected by laboratory tests and can be corrected by taking iron pills.
Major surgery/chronic illness - Anyone who has a major operation may notice increased hair shedding from one to three months afterward. The condition reverses itself within a few months but people who have a severe chronic illness may shed hair indefinitely.
Fungus infection (Ringworm) of the scalp - Caused by a fungus infection, ringworm (which has nothing to do with worms) begins with small patches of scaling that can spread and result in broken hair, redness, swelling, and even oozing. This contagious disease is most common in children and oral medication will cure it.
Hair pulling (Trichotillomania) - Children and sometimes adults will twist or pull their hair, brows, or lashes until they come out. In children especially, this is often just a bad habit that improves when the harmful effects of that habit are explained.
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