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Women's Hair Loss Causes & Treatment

Women's Hair Loss: Thinning Hair Causes Dallas, Texas

Women's hair loss is called by several names:

  • Female hair loss
  • Female alopecia hair loss
  • Female pattern baldness

Understanding hair loss In women 

More than 30 million women in the United States suffer bald thin hair loss in some form. One in five women suffers from female hair loss. One out of every four women in the United States experience baldness or thinning hair loss at one time or another in her life. Women's hair loss make up forty percent of total hair loss sufferers in America. The 1999 survey by AC Nielsen in Singapore showed that hair loss affects 23 percent of men and 21 percent of women. Female hair loss affects self-image and emotional pain on women with hair loss. Society accepts a bald man but hair loss in the woman is not socially acceptable today. Beauty and youth-oriented society emphasize full flowing hair as the sexual appeal.
 
American physicians & their medical associations do not take women's hair loss condition seriously. Women with hair loss suffer psychological & emotional conditions alone and that may affect their physical health. Slowly there is an awareness of the need to increase research on women hair loss cause that affect women of all ages. 

What's the most common form of female hair loss?  

Women's hair loss causes are similar to men’s hair loss causes. However, in men genetics play a larger role when it comes to hair loss. In women stress, autoimmune and chemical damage are the major causes of hair loss in women.

Women's hair loss causes & health issues

  • Pregnancy and the months after labor, post-partum
  • Women who go through menopause
  • Female hormonal imbalance, at any stage, when estrogen levels decrease and testosterone increases. 
  • When starting or stopping oral contraceptives, birth control pills

Common hair loss causes to female hair loss:

  • Female pattern baldness
  • Hormonal change
  • Active thyroid gland
  • Stress related hair loss
  • Severe illness
  • Major surgery
  • Drugs
  • Chemo and radiation
  • Chemical hair treatments

Stress may be a factor in women's hair loss. Furthermore, stress can increase the speed of the hair loss process of women who have genetically inherited the trait. Severe stress, such as the loss of a loved one, severe illness or major surgery, may lead to female hair loss.

Pregnancy and the months after labor, post-partum are especially vulnerable to hair loss in women, since there is an abnormal activity of body hormones at the time. Many women notice hair loss about 3–6 months after they've had a baby. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. Several months’ later female hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, and normal cycle of growth and hair loss returns to normal again. 

Drugs cause hair loss

Prescription drugs, chemo and radiation therapies, and diseases, such as circulatory disorders and arthritis, can cause hair loss. Temporary hair loss may be initiated by medications, such as blood pressure drugs, Beta Blockers for depression,  oral contraceptives as artificial Estrogens, Naproxin Sodium (Nuprin) and others. Also, excessive intake of iron or vitamin A is toxic and can cause hair loss.

Some medication may cause hair loss. Blood-thinner medication, chemotherapy to treat cancer, birth control pills, menopause hormone therapy and antidepressants, all may be a cause for hair loss.

Causes of female hair loss due to medical illness 

Medical illness alopecia areata is a nonlife-threatening hair loss medical condition in men and women, which causes hair to fall out in clumps and causes bald spots, which may progress to complete hair loss. Some lose their hair with bald spots in certain areas and others with thinning hair all over. Medical diagnosis will determine this autoimmune disease. 

Some illnesses may lead to thinning hair, including diseases, such as circulatory disorders and arthritis. Others that can cause hair loss are thyroid disease, overactive or  underactive thyroid gland, syphilis, and even high fever. Disease, such as lupus or diabetes and fungal infections of the scalp such as eczema may cause hair loss.
 
Ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection affecting the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. This is contagious and is most common in children as a hair loss cause. Prescribed treatments of lotions or oral drugs may help hair re-growth and stop hair loss. Furthermore, skin cancer can directly destroy hair follicles. Also, burns permanently damage the exposed skin deeply, causing baldness in men and women.

In addition, anxiety habits, such as compulsive hair pulling or scalp rubbing, damage hair follicles. This nervous behavior is known as trichotillomania, and it affects 2 percent of the population. Hair loss due to trichotillomania cannot be treated effectively until the psychological reasons are addressed. 

Scarring alopecia hair loss due to scarring of the scalp area. The condition occurs in African-American women and due to persistent tight braiding of hair, or inflammation of hair follicles and subsequent scarring. A hairstyle that pulls the hair and roots as in wearing tight pigtails and the use of tight hair rollers can cause hair loss. 

Thinning Hair Caused by Chemical Hair Treatments

Chemical hair treatments such as perms and hair straightening may cause hair loss due to hair root damage. 

Diagnostic and Treatment of Female Hair loss

Did you know... If you have sudden hair loss, you should first check with your family doctor, an internist or even your gynecologist. A dermatologist will treat skin infections that cause hair loss. If you are losing hair, it may be necessary for you to see an endocrinologist for hormone imbalances, namely androgens.

Find Health Care Provider In Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas For Your Hair Loss Cause

As with any medical condition, check with your doctor for possible reasons for your hair loss. Check with your doctor for diagnosis of your hair loss and to check that your thyroid is normal. Thinning hair is just one of the many symptoms that may suggest a low or hypothyroid condition - prevalent in women going through mid-life hormonal changes. It may be necessary for you to see an endocrinologist for hormone imbalances, namely androgens.  Your birth control pills might be too strong for you. Your gynecologist can monitor your estrogen and progesterone levels which fluctuate during pregnancy and menopause.  

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