When To Be Concerned About Hair Loss
If you are a woman who enjoys brushing her hair, you may not mind the little bit that comes out in the brush. But if you are losing more of your “crowning glory” than usual, you are likely to be concerned.
Some hair shedding is normal. Your hair has a cycle of growth, rest, and regrowth. The average person loses 100 to 125 hairs a day as some in the resting stage fall out, making way for the new.
Heavier hair loss, however, can be more serious. Fortunately, in most cases the loss is temporary. But knowing the reasons your hair is coming out can put your mind at rest or alert you to the need for treatment.
Get to the root of your hair loss. The most common causes of hair loss – telogen effluvium, or resting hair loss. All women have it at some time. It probably happens in men, too.
This type of hair loss usually occurs after a stressful situation causes more hair than usual to go into the resting phase of the growth cycle. Three to six months later, shedding becomes noticeable. These are some stressors that may trigger this condition.
• Illness or emotional stress. You may notice shedding following an injury, infection, fever, surgery, or the loss of a loved one.
• Hormone changes. During pregnancy hair often gets thicker, but after the birth of the baby, you may start losing your locks.
• Rapid weight loss. Reducing too much or too quickly from extremely low-caloric diets can make your hair fall out. And supplements, especially those high in vitamin A, may make the problem worse. A balanced diet, on the other hand, promotes healthy hair growth.
• Anemia and thyroid problems. You may need a simple blood test to determine if you need more iron or thyroid hormones.
• Medications. Likely culprits are antidepressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, and gout medicine. Check with your doctor if you suspect this might he the cause of your hair loss. Perhaps you can take a different medication that doesn’t have this undesirable side effect.
This kind of hair shedding rarely causes baldness. Usually, no more than 50 percent of your hair falls out. When the stress has passed, your hair’s normal growth cycle can begin again. But it does take a while to get back to your normal thickness and possibly longer to reach its former length.
People frequently go to a dermatologist at the height of their hair loss. They’ve probably been having it for a while but just haven’t noticed it being severe enough to worry about it. So we usually see people after around three to six months.
After another three months, it tapers off. Three more months and it begins to regrow. You give it a year before you worry that you are having some other problem.
Get professional help. Some conditions require more than eliminating stress and waiting patiently for regrowth. If shedding doesn’t slow down, you might want to see a dermatologist. You may need help with these as well:
• Unhealthy scalp conditions. Pain, itching, drainage, excessive flaking, or redness in your scalp are signs to seek out a dermatologist. You need the right person to evaluate you and try to integrate that into your medical care.
• Fallout due to an illness. Hair loss may accompany a disease like diabetes, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Your regular doctor may treat your hair loss or refer you to a dermatologist.
• Thinning related to hormone changes. Both men and women get the condition known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. Women usually experience thinning, not baldness, over the top of the scalp. This condition seems to be hereditary, but because it is usually hormone related, you may find it more of a problem after menopause.
Get treatment for fallout. Today’s options for treating hair loss include oral medications, topical creams, corticosteroid injections, and hair transplants. Although many of the ointments and medications on the market have been FDA approved only for men, there are some that can be helpful to women.
In some cases, however, females may experience side effects like skin irritations and increased facial hair. So let your dermatologist advise you about the use of these products.
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