Ask the Experts: Handfuls of Hair?

Q. My hair seems to be coming out by the handful these days. What might be causing that? Could it be stress? This sounds like a condition medically termed telogen effluvium (and sometimes called stress-induced alopecia), which is different from hereditary male or female pattern hair loss or alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that causes […]

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