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Hair loss (alopecia)

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Introduction
Alopecia is the general medical term for hair loss.
Symptoms of hair loss
Different types of hair loss have different symptoms. Sometimes, both the head and body can be affected.
Causes of hair loss
Each type of hair loss has different causes, although the causes of some types are poorly understood.
Treating hair loss
Although hair loss rarely needs to be treated, many people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.
'There is definitely life after hair loss'
Read about Michelle Chapman, 40, who was diagnosed with alopecia areata when she was just five. She now devotes her time to raising awareness of alopecia.
'I hate my bald head'
Robert Murray started losing his hair at the age of 16 and, more than 10 years later, he's still coming to terms with it.
'The bald patch seemed to get bigger and bigger'
Gita Mendis was diagnosed with alopecia in 2008.
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