FEATURE — “My hair is falling out!”
That’s a sentence most women never want to say to themselves in the mirror. Likewise for men, but in this case, we are talking about hair loss in women and how to treat it. The following are three kinds of hair loss women should be aware of:
1. Patchy hair loss
This is typically caused by a fungal infection or, in rare cases, alopecia areata, when patches or even all hair can be lost.
2. Male pattern hair loss
This is just what it sounds and is typically cause by increased levels of free testosterone or extreme sensitivity to normal levels. This is also a rare occurrence.
3. Hair thinning
The most common thing women complain of is “thinning of hair” — a global thinning accompanied by more hair in the brush, in the sink or in the tub. The first thing checked is typically thyroid function, but if that is normal, then it is “telogen effluvium” until proven otherwise. This is by far the most common diagnosis.
Telogen effluvium is actually caused by new growth of hair pushing the old ones that were in resting phase out. This typically happens at about 100 hairs per day. Various things can cause increased rates of hair loss. Hormone changes. Stress. Weight loss or gain. However, this form of hair loss almost always gets better on its own, because new hairs are still growing.
In women who feel that their hair is getting too thin, Monoxidol for Women is available without a prescription and is safe and effective. It is placed topically and increases blood flow to the follicles, encouraging new hair growth. It takes awhile to work but helps most people who use it.
I hope that helps – or at least reduces worry if you feel like too much hair is falling out. It is much more likely than not to get better on its own.
- Dr. Sean Lynn practices at St. George Women’s Health Center in St. George | Telephone: 435-218-7770.
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