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Take control of your hair loss at home. Our board-certified medical professionals specializing in hair loss and scalp disorders have expertise in treating patients with all types of hair loss. Book an appointment today to speak with our medical team to prescribe the right hair loss medication and treatment. Get a new prescription or refill an existing hair loss prescription today.*

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of hair loss. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Hair loss treatment and medication

Understanding what kind of hair loss you have will help inform what kind of hair loss medication and treatment to discuss with our online doctors. No matter what kind of hair loss you have, there are options for hair loss treatment and medication that can help manage your condition.

Effective treatment for hair loss starts with identifying the cause. Schedule an appointment with our experienced hair loss doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Depending on the cause of hair loss, your treatment plan may include at-home medications, including:

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine): can help early signs of hair loss but cannot regrow an entire head of hair. Be sure to apply minoxidil solution or take oral minoxidil as directed, usually once a day, to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss.

  • Finasteride (Propecia): is FDA-approved to treat male pattern baldness. It can help slow hair loss and encourage new hair growth when taken as directed.

  • Dutasteride: is similar to finasteride and works by inhibiting DHT production. It is also used for treating male pattern baldness but is less widely prescribed than finasteride.

  • Spironolactone: therapy can help increase hair thickness and prevent hair loss for women with female pattern hair loss.

  • Corticosteroid injections: For certain types of hair loss, our doctors may recommend a referral to a specialist such as a dermatologist for in-person injections to encourage hair growth. These injections are usually given every 4–8 weeks as needed.

  • Other treatments: If your hair loss is related to an infection, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication, , or other medications to treat the underlying cause.

How to prevent hair loss

While it's not always possible to prevent hair loss, there are a few things you can do to help minimize hair loss:

  • Avoid tight hairstyles. If you regularly style your hair into tighter hairstyles, such as buns or ponytails, try to keep them loose to avoid putting pressure on your hair.

  • Avoid touching your hair. Avoid pulling, twisting, or rubbing your hair to prevent hair loss.

  • Pat your hair dry. After washing your hair, use a towel to pat your hair dry gently. Avoid twisting or rubbing your hair with a towel.

  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet. Try incorporating iron and protein into snacks and meals to prevent hair thinning.

If you experience any unexplained hair loss, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to determine the underlying cause and start the best course of hair loss treatments. During your appointment, be sure to mention any other symptoms you've experienced, including:

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Diffuse thinning (a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp)

  • Patchy hair loss

  • Hair thinning or changes in hair density

  • Scalp irritation

What to know about hair loss

  • What causes hair loss?

    There are multiple types of hair loss, each with different causes. Some common causes of hair loss include:

    • Androgenic alopecia: Androgenetic alopecia describes hereditary hair loss, such as male or female pattern baldness. It's also known as "patterned hair loss" because it can happen to both men and women.

    • Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is a condition that affects the immune system. It causes the immune system to attack hair follicles, resulting in bald patches. It can also affect body hair.

    • Anagen effluvium: Anagen effluvium involves rapid hair loss, which can be caused by chemotherapy or a radiation treatment regimen.

    • Tinea capitis: Tinea capitis, also called scalp ringworm, is a fungal infection that can affect the scalp and hair shaft, leading to scalp irritation and hair loss.

    • Traction alopecia: Traction alopecia results from too much pressure on the hair. Some causes of traction alopecia include tight buns and ponytails.

    • Scarring alopecia: Scarring alopecia is a type of hair loss where the hair-making parts in your skin get hurt and turn into scars. Common causes include certain conditions that can cause skin problems (such as lupus or lichen planopilaris), infections, physical trauma, or autoimmune disorders. It stops hair from growing back in those spots, making bald patches or making your hair thinner. Usually this type of hair loss warrants an in-person evaluation by a dermatologist.

  • Which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss?

    Riboflavin, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss and thinning hair.

  • How much hair loss is normal?

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, losing between 50 and 100 hairs daily is normal.

  • What causes hair loss in men?

    The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, a hereditary hair loss condition. Other causes include certain medications, protein deficiency, or stress.

  • What causes hair loss in women?

    The most common cause of hair loss in women is female pattern baldness. Women can also experience hair loss from certain medications or supplements, such as medication for high blood pressure.

How to get treated for hair loss online

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Book a hair loss treatment appointment.

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your hair loss symptoms.

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Step 3

Pick up a prescription for hair loss treatment.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.



Related conditions to hair loss

  • Other conditions and medical issues may be causing patients to lose hair. Below is a list of related conditions to discuss while meeting with one of our doctors.

    Thyroid disorders Lupus Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

    Androgenetic alopecia

    Alopecia areata

    Telogen effluvium

    Anagen effluvium

    Trichotillomania

    Scalp infections

    Nutritional deficiencies

    Alopecia universalis

Hair loss treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request hair loss treatment and get a new or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

Copay

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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