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My wife is eight-one years old and is in excellent health. She has no medical concerns as such but takes Levothyroxine 0.05 mg, Poly-iron, and century one a day vitamins. About a month ago she started losing her hair at a very rapid rate and is nearly bald on top. There have been no life style changes. What could be causing her hair loss?
Thank you
Don

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The most common type of hair loss that causes excessive shedding is telogen effluvium. However telogen effluvium causes "diffuse" shedding. The hair falls fairly evenly throughout the scalp rather in a localized area as you have indicated (top of head).
Alopecia aerata is the most common type of hair loss that causes a smooth round bald patch.
The most common type of hair loss that causes thinning on top of head in women is androgenetic alopecia.  Androgeentic alopecia is a slow and gradual process. It does not happen suddenly. It does not cause excessive shedding. The hairs in the determined area progressively become thinner and thinner, providing less scalp coverage. This can create the appearance of balding.
An episode of telogen effluvium can sometimes make androgenetic alopecia stand out more and may first become noticeable at this time.
Is the area of concern on top center of head? Is there a smooth round bald patch? Are the hairs in this area thinner in diameter than hairs elsewhere on scalp? Are there any other areas of thinning or balding? If she parts her hair done the middle, is it wider than parts along the sides? These question may help to get a better picture of what might be going on.
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Female hair loss is my main focus. Women today are very susceptible to several types of hair loss including telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and androgenetic alopecia. I can answer questions about the causes and types of female hair loss. I can share information about natural holistic remedies to improve female hair loss conditions.

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My interest in female hair loss sprung from my own experience with extensive hair loss. Determined to grow my hair back, I diligently studied every piece of information I could find on the biology of hair growth. After successfully re-growing my hair with safe and effective natural products, I felt compelled to learn more and to share this information with other women. I am experienced in blending custom hair loss formulas. I am also experienced in writing about female hair loss issues.

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My hair loss information has been included in The Truth about Womens Hair Loss by Spencer Kobren, Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tourles, Alternative Healing by Bill Gottleib and Natural Health Magazine. I am the author of several books on hair loss.

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I am a certified aromatherapist specializing in formulas for scalp and hair conditions.

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