Hair loss can be a devastating condition. However, there are treatments that can help.
Unfortunately, over time, everyone loses hair. In fact on average, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day. But what if someone exhibits more hair loss than that?
Once someone begins losing more hairs than the normal hair loss rate, they have a problem. However, hair loss isn’t just limited to men as it can affect up to 40% of women as well.
Unfortunately, for women, baldness is not beautiful and can have a profound psychological impact on a woman’s mental and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that women who experience hair loss suffer extreme body image issues, self-esteem and lack of attractiveness in their lives.
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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), also known as androgenetic alopecia, affects roughly around about 30 million women in North America alone.
Female Pattern Hair Loss has a very distinct appearance. The hair primarily thins on top of the scalp then widens through the center of the head through the part of the hair.
Women develop hair loss for many different reasons, differently than men, and each requires a unique treatment.
Diagnosis is usually provided on several different factors including eliminating out other causes of hair loss and medical history.
Hair loss in women can be caused by a combination of many factors, especially after age 50.
Causes for Hair Loss in Women
Unfortunately, female pattern hair loss is not fully understood, although it is thought to be related to a family history of male or female baldness, changes in the levels of male hormones (androgens) and aging.
- Menopause Almost 50% of women will experience some form of hair loss or thinning in their lifetime, which often gets worse with menopause.
- Diabetes, lupus, anemia or thyroid disease are among the 30 common diseases that can cause sudden female hair loss. Unfortunately, hair loss is often the first sign of a disease. Some other diseases and conditions include: polycystic ovary syndrome, some cancers and ringworm.
- Stress and Trauma Excessive hair loss may occur several months after a traumatic or stressful event.
- Poor Nutrition and Excessive Dieting can cause hair loss since the body will allocate nutrients and protein to vital organs first before it applies it to your hair if there is a shortage of proper nutrition. Lack of protein, vitamin D deficiencies, calcium deficiencies and low iron, can all cause hair loss. Unfortunately, nutritional supplements by themselves isn’t necessarily the answer to hair loss as excessive levels of supplements can actually promote hair loss and should not be used unless there is an actual deficiency.
- Rough Hair Handling With years of abusing your hair by pulling, harsh hair products and chemicals, hair straightening irons or curling irons can all be causes of hair loss. Wearing tight hats restricting blood flow to the scalp can put stress on the hair and cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.
Treatment for Hair Loss
Currently, there is only one over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA for female pattern hair loss named minoxidil which is also known by it’s brand names Rogaine or Theroxidil. This topical treatment may help slow or stop hair loss in about 1/4th of women that apply the treatment. However, it usually takes about one year to see good results and if continued treatment is required for long-term success.
Once Dr. Young or Dr. Zook has determined what your hair loss is caused from, they can generally provide a treatment plan and what to expect. Sometimes, hair will begin to re-grow on its own, while at other times, lifestyle changes may be needed in order to allow the hair to start re-growing again.
The important thing is to get a diagnosis right away, at the onset of abnormal hair loss, to prevent any permanent long-term damage. Early diagnosis provides the best chance to minimize hair loss.