Health Tip: Losing Your Hair?

ByABC News
January 12, 2009, 1:33 PM

Jan. 13 -- (HealthDay News) -- Hair loss can be triggered by many things, including hormonal changes, medications, radiation or your genetic makeup.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions to help you deal with hair loss:

  • Hair loss may not be permanent. When it is lost as a side effect of an illness, medication or radiation therapy, the hair probably will grow back on its own. You can wear a hat, scarf or a wig until your hair has grown back in.
  • Hair loss that has occurred because of hormonal changes, age or hereditary may be treatable with a topical medication such as Rogaine (minoxidil) or an oral medication such as Propecia (finasteride). None is guaranteed to work on everyone.
  • Hair transplant surgery can replace lost hair with hair from another part of the head.
  • Hair loss can be covered up with a wig, a hair piece or weave, and sometimes even with a different hair style.