Hair Loss

Investigations into or Treatment for loss of hair is typically excluded from any medical insurance policy and is not deemed to be medically neccecary. Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part of aging. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it’s more common in men.

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their hair loss run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves.

Some of the common causes of hair loss include androgenetic alopecia, which is a genetic condition that causes hair to thin and fall out, telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss caused by hormonal changes or stress, and alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out in patches. Many medical conditions, including thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia, can also cause hair loss.

Treatment options for hair loss include medications such as minoxidil, finasteride and biotin supplements, as well as hair transplant surgery. However, these treatments are often considered to be cosmetic in nature and may not be covered by medical insurance policies. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and to discuss treatment options.