Firstly a simple question - how many hairs per day are we meant to loose from our head? (different websites say different things, I was hoping that a doctor on this forum could perhaps give a rough estimate of the normal range?)
Secondly, how often are we meant to loose eyebrow hairs?
I am a 21 year old female. I have been noticing hairs falling out in a small patch here and there on my eyebrows every few weeks (sometimes leaving a temporary bald spot for a few weeks until the hairs slowly grow back again). They seem to always grow back, but its not long before they fall out again (its almost like an ongoing growth-fall-out cycle). Is this normal? I also have a little bit of eczema or dermatitis that irritates the area of my eyebrows which comes and goes. My doctor suggested that even though I don't scratch this area, the irritation alone may be causing the hairs to fall out. However, another doctor told me that eczema/dermatitis itself, does not cause hair loss. Which is true?
I also suspect (but I am not entirely sure), that my hair on my head has thinned slightly (enough for me to notice, but not enough for others to notice). I am loosing around 150 hairs in my brush per day, and probably a few more in the shower when I actually wash my hair. I would never count my hair normally but lately I have been a bit concerned. I guess its a fine line between me worrying over nothing, and there actually being a problem.
I had blood work run the other week. I came back with a high testosterone reading (slightly outside the normal range but not dramatically elevated), and also high levels of prolactin (and I am not pregnant). Could this be causing the hair loss?
I would like to know who I should go and see about this issue. My Doctor wasn't sure who to send me to. Should I see a dermatologist? Are there doctors that specialize specifically in hair problems?
I would appreciate any advice, as I am not very educated in the area of hair!
Thank you for your time.