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Hair loss (alopecia)

Alopecia is a general medical term for hair loss. You can lose hair from one area of your body or several areas.

Men and women shed about 100 hairs a day and it's not usually anything to worry about because you grow more hair than you shed. But sometimes the number of new hairs is not enough to replace the lost hair. Read more here about hair loss including who gets it, what causes it and treatment for it.

Alopecia can be permanent or temporary and can be distressing. Some people find it easy to accept but others find it affects their self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing. Talk to your GP, practice nurse or other health professionals about how you're feeling. They can help with treatment ideas and options to best suit you.

Alopecia New Zealand also offers information, support and regular meetings throughout New Zealand. You can contact them by emailing

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed August 2021.


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