Do you have alopecia? It’s natural to shed about 100 hairs daily. But areas of alopecia – the medical term for baldness or thinning – on your head or other parts of the body, may not be normal. If you are experiencing unusual hair loss, you are not alone – it affects millions of men and women. Fortunately, better treatment options are available today than ever before.
- Heredity – Most hair loss (often referred to as male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia) is hereditary. This type of hair loss is extremely common and affects millions men and women every year.
- Hormonal changes – Many women experience hair loss after a pregnancy or at menopause.
- Stress – A big contributor to alopecia may be major stressors or an increase in our day-to-day levels of stress. Some psychological conditions can even cause sufferers to pull their hair out.
- Diet – Nutritional deficiencies or excesses, or eating disorders.
- Disease and medications – Such as alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease), thyroid disorders, anemia, cancer, radiation, chemotherapy, and anabolic steroids.
- Fashion – Traction alopecia is caused by how you style and care for your hair; pulling it up tightly at the hairline, harsh treatments and products, rubber bands and clips.
Hair may grow back naturally after periods of stress or illness, but professional treatment is available for other situations. Your dermatologist will examine your skin and scalp, and ask questions about your family medical history, diet, and lifestyle. The doctor may also order lab tests or take a painless scalp biopsy for more information.
A customized restoration plan will be created for your situation. It could be as simple as advice on how to manage stress and medications or properly care for your hair and scalp. Treatment may include minoxidil or prescription medications to help stimulate hair growth or treat the underlying cause. Safe surgical procedures such as hair transplantation or scalp surgery are used to reverse more severe cases of hair loss.
Take action before you lose any more hair! Talk with the experienced physicians at Sanova Dermatology about your hair loss.
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