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Causes Of Hair Loss For Women
Alopecia Areata: The most common cause of sudden hair loss is called alopecia areata. This condition is unknown cause, but it is thought to be a temporary immune reaction against one's own hair follicles. Often seen in children in the spotty variant is known as alopecia areata. If the spots are everywhere it is known as alopecia totals. It is necessary to see a dermatologist for this diagnosis to be made correctly. ...Read more
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more
Depends on the drug?: Hirsutism is a term used to describe increased hair growth in women where hair doesn't usually grow like the jaw/back/abdomen. This can be associated with drugs, most commonly drugs with androgen activity like steroids, danazol, progestens, methyldopa, etc. Can be a sign of an underlying hormone disorder associated with disease like obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovary, or a hormone releasing tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many months for full effect of minoxidil5%, finasteride 1mg cure of hair loss and regain new hair?
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What are some vitamins to take for healthy hair growth in women? Hair is very thin and signs of balding.
Agree w Dr. Baker: See dermatologist to evaluate for reason for this so that an individualized treatment plan can be developed. For healthy hair growth: Get adequate sleep,avoid excess sugar & fat in diet, v carbonated beverages, eat enough protein, exercise regularly. Biotin helps (but don't over do it). Insure you have adequate Iron (think kale & other dark green leafies), Omega 3 fatty acids (think walnuts) > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what is/are the most common cause(s) of thinning hair in younger, premenopausal women? How are they treated?
Alopecia: This is a tough question as there are still a number of possibilities causes. The most common cause is a genetic thinning, but traction alopecia, scalp dermatitis, iron deficiency or thyroid disease, alopecia areata (diffuse type), and telogen effluvium are also seen. Some of these causes can also be almost as common. I suggest evaluation by a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ear: In the ear there are cells called hair cells that help you here. As you get older you're hearing does decline. Loud music and loud noises will help your hearing decline at a faster rate than is normal. If you live or work where there are a lot of loud noises you might want to use earplugs. ...Read more
Sometimes: Aging related hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia. This is due to gradual minaturization of the follicles over time. Over-the-counter rogaine (generic=minoxidil) stops this process for as long as you use it. However, if you stop, the minaturization process begins again and hair loss restarts as though you've never used it before. So, for rogaine to work, you must use it for life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Rogaine (minoxidil) only acts directly where it is applied. Men put it on their scalp in the front receding hairline area of in the back circle of hair loss. Women get more of a female pattern baldness when is overall equal hair loss from the entire scalp. You may use rogaine (minoxidil) for this, but be sure to wash your hands so you don't transfer it to areas where you don't want hair growth to be encouraged! ...Read more
Many: Depends on the type of hair loss. Mostly thyroid disease and stress. That stress can be physical or emotional. There are other specific diseases that cause patchy hair loss and even complete hair loss. Most primary care doctors and dermatologists can help you figure out the cause. ...Read more
Can excessive shampooing ( four or five times weekly) cause premature greying of hair? are there epigenetic reasons of premature hair greying?
NO: First of all, daily shampooing (7 times a week) is not excessive shampooing. Many people shampoo their hair daily. And there has never been a link between shampoo frequency and graying. Chronic stress likely contributes to graying. Hereditary issues also come in to play. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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