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Hair Loss

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice -  - Integrative Medicine Specialist

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice

Integrative Medicine Specialists & Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Norwalk, CT

Hair loss is a very common condition, affecting nearly 80 million adults in the United States. Hair loss is a complex condition that a number of contributing factors may cause. At Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, Giovanni A. Nelson, ND, and Pamela Santapaola, ND help patients determine the cause of their hair loss and the best treatment for relieving their symptoms. To learn more about treating your hair loss naturally, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Hair Loss Q & A

What are the symptoms of hair loss?

Hair loss can occur on any part of the body. Although anyone can experience hair loss, it’s most common in men. Hair loss can look different for every patient. While some forms of hair loss are gradual and only affect the top of your head, others are sudden and can affect your entire body. The symptoms of hair loss include:

  • Patches or bald spots 
  • Gradual thinning at the top of the head
  • Sudden loss of hair
  • Full-body hair loss

Although it’s perfectly normal to lose some hair (about 100 strands per day), shed hair isn’t enough to cause alarm or visible thinning. If you experience a sudden loss of clumps of hair or excessive shedding, you may need medical treatment to prevent further loss and restore your hair. 

What causes hair loss?

Possible causes of hair loss include:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes/imbalances
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Certain medications
  • Over manipulation of the hair

Your risk for hair loss increases with factors like age and medical conditions like lupus and diabetes. Although some types of hair loss can be successfully prevented or treated, there is no cure for genetic hair loss. Early treatment can help slow down the progression of hair loss. 

Because there are so many possible culprits for hair loss, it can be difficult to determine the right treatment for you. At Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice, the team works with you to uncover the underlying cause of your condition and get you on the right path for treatment. 

How is hair loss treated?

Depending on the underlying cause of the condition, there are a number of effective ways to treat hair loss. Before you begin treatment, your doctor performs an in-depth evaluation of your overall health. This evaluation includes a discussion of your family and medical history. Your doctor needs to know of any medications, supplements, or lifestyle factors that can be contributing to your condition. 

You and your doctor discuss your diet and nutrition. Nutrient deficiency and a poor diet can be major contributors to hair loss. Your evaluation may also include a blood test or a biopsy to check for underlying conditions like an autoimmune disease. 

Naturopathic treatment for hair loss includes:

  • Dietary modifications
  • Physician-grade supplements package
  • Herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture

If you’re experiencing gradual or sudden hair loss, the team at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice provides treatment for the underlying cause of hair loss, not just the symptoms. 

To find out how naturopathic medicine can help address your hair loss, book an appointment at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice by phone or online today.