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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 26 February 2004
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Wanted Hair and Unwanted Hair

Whether your problem is with baldness or unwanted hair, Barbara Myers and her guest Dr Ann Robinson will be in the Check Up studio with advice.

Hair Loss - Men
Baldness in men can run in families – some resort to hair transplants or wigs. You might have heard of special shampoos which encourage your hair to grow back - but do they really work? So-called male-pattern baldness starts at the temples and crown and can also affect women after the menopause, though this is rare.

Hair Loss – Women
Pregnancy and illness can affect the hair – and treatments like chemotherapy can cause severe hair loss. There’s no specific treatment for alopecia areata – small bald patches of normal-looking skin – but the hair does grow back. It can be a symptom of an auto-immune illness, which should be ruled out by tests.

Unwanted Hair
Excessive hair – or hirsutism – can be caused in women by high levels of male hormones, as seen in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Many women use electrolysis or bleaching to disguise it, or take a contraceptive pill to reduce the high level of hormones.  Laser treatment is another option, but you may have problems getting it on the NHS.

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Please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk

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