Female alopecia: what treatments for hair loss?
To fight against hair loss in women, specific solutions exist.
Understanding hair loss that affects you?
Everyone loses their hair. It can happen in the shower, when you dry yourself or brush your hair, and it is completely normal!
On average, we lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day. But hair loss can be more serious and may require an examination by a dermatologist. Below you will find nine causes of hair loss in women and how to treat them!
results in significant temporary hair loss.
After pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss or extreme stress.
There are no tests for telogen efluvium, but talk to your doctor.
In some cases, your only solution will be to wait… If the cause is medication, talk to your doctor. If stress is the actor of this phenomenon, our advice is to do anti-stress exercises.
Genetic hair loss is known as androgenic alopecia.
Women with this hair loss tend to develop thinning in the middle parting. The (slow) evolution can begin as early as 20 years of age.
Your dermatologist will examine the hair loss profile to determine if it is hereditary and to exclude other causes.
One of the solutions to slow down hair loss is the application of minoxidil to the scalp. Caution: your doctor must prescribe this medication.
A disease that occurs when your body produces too little thyroid hormone.
Hypothyroidism can cause a multitude of symptoms including hair can become more brittle and break easily.
You may also experience hair loss as your metabolism accelerates. Hyperthyroidism is much less common than hypothyroidism.
A blood test measures the thyroid-stimulating hormone.
Your doctor may prescribe thyroid hormone medication to restore levels to normal.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue.
Lupus causes many symptoms, including mild hair loss.
See a rheumatologist if your hair loss is accompanied by joint pain, fatigue and other symptoms of lupus.
Women who do not eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency.
Iron deficiency anaemia causes many symptoms including hair loss.
A blood test will measure your ferritin.
Eat iron-rich foods such as beef, pork, fish, green vegetables,…(women need 18 mg of iron per day & 8 mg after menopause)
POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME
Polycystic ovary syndrome is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries produce too many male hormones.
PCOS sometimes cause facial hair growth, irregular periods, acne and cysts on the ovaries. Conversely, it is possible to experience hair loss despite paradoxical hair growths.
Your doctor may perform a blood test to check for high levels of testosterone.
Most cases of PCOS are treated with suitable contraceptive pills.
SCALP SKIN CONDITIONS
An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes hair growth difficult.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes loss of skin on the scalp, so you will notice greasy, yellowish scales on your shoulders or in your hair.
A physical examination of the scalp will help determine the symptom you are suffering from.
Each condition usually requires a prescription: medicated shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis, medication or light therapy for psoriasis and oral antifungals for ringworm.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
The condition can manifest itself in three forms. Alopecia areata usually causes smooth, round patches of baldness on the scalp, eyebrows, or legs. Total hair loss on the head is known as total alopecia.
Observing the pattern of hair loss can usually determine if you have alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata is usually treated with intra-lesional corticosteroids. In some cases, minoxidil (Rogaine) may also help. It is also important to reduce stress.
Be aware that shampooing, styling and dyeing can harm your hair. Heat and chemicals weaken hair, causing it to break and fall out.
If the hair loss is due to external damage caused when you brush your hair: it will simply break, and you will not see those telogen bulbs at the ends.
Avoid using appliances that overheat your hair.
Do not dye your hair more than one or two shades away from your natural colour.
The condition of your hair not only affects your physique, it is an important indicator of your health.
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