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What can lead to hair loss in women?

What can lead to hair loss in women?

Low iron, thyroid: Many things can lead to hair loss including heredity, iron deficiency, an under active thyroid or hormone abnormalities associated with polycywtic ovaries. Temporary cause of hair loss include high fever, anesthesia, medications, rapid weight loss, and hair loss after delivering a baby. A proper diagnosis needs an exam and blood tests.

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Hair Loss (Definition)

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


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What are the causes of hair loss in women and how can it be controlled?

What are the causes of hair loss in women and how can it be controlled?

Hormones: Hormones, medication, low protein, thyroid anomaly, adrenal gland problem, frequent child birth.

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What causes hair loss in women? If hair loss is so much less common in women then why does it happen at all to begin with? .

What causes hair loss in women? If hair loss is so much less common in women then why does it happen at all to begin with? .

Women: Hormone disturbance, anxiety, skin disease, foods, drugs, chemical agent and environmental toxins all have contributed to woman hair loss. Balance of mind and body is very important in health and in everyday's life.

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How common is hair loss in women? I never see a female who is losing hair. How common is it for women to experience hair loss? .

How common is hair loss in women? I never see a female who is losing hair. How common is it for women to experience hair loss? .

Female Hair Loss: Hair loss in women affects an estimated 40 Million Americans. Women don't go bald, but thinning causes weak volume and coverage. The treatment of female hair loss begins with accurate diagnosis and evaluation by a full-time ABHRS board-certified hair loss specialist. Treatments may include Minoxidil (82M), Laser Therapy (LaserCap), PRP, Nutritionals or hair transplantation in severe cases.

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How can you prevent hair loss in women?

How can you prevent hair loss in women?

Check thyroid: One cause of hair loss in women is hypothyroidism. If that is the problem, treatment with thyroid medication should correct the problem.

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Can St. John Wort cause hair loss in women?

Can St. John Wort cause hair loss in women?

May be: Why are you taking it. It is not an effective medication for any illness. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Does low thyroid cause hair loss in women?

Does low thyroid cause hair loss in women?

Yes: It can be one of the signs and symptoms of low thyriod. Visit your physician to discuss this issue so that this can be evaluated.

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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

37yo isn't "old age": Sorry but I have to chuckle to myself. 37yo is not "old age". Alopecia refers to hair loss but doesn't specify cause. Emotional and/or physical stress can cause temporary hair loss. So can heredity. Traction, too, from excessive pulling & tying off (it's a cultural thing). Ask your doc to review your medications. And your scalp looking for infection. Then draw blood for thyroid & dihydrotestostero.

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I read that propecia (finasteride) is prescribed, off label, for hair loss in women. Is it growing hair for them?

I read that propecia (finasteride) is prescribed, off label, for hair loss in women. Is it growing hair for them?

Yes: However it is not fda approved for woman and women of child-bearing age should avoid use.

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Can prenatal vitamins help with hair loss in women who have never been pregnant? If not, which vitamins help?

Can prenatal vitamins help with hair loss in women who have never been pregnant? If not, which vitamins help?

Iron: Iron decency can contribute to hair loss. In addition to other blood tests iron and iron binding capacity should be measured in menstruating women. If low, iron replacement can help slow or stop hair loss.

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I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

Any prescription....: ...Medicine should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed, and for the purpose for which it was prescribed. Not for anything else, and not by anyone else.

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What causes female hair loss?

What causes female hair loss?

Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products.

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What can I do to stop female hair loss?

What can I do to stop female hair loss?

Go see your doctor: You need to go and see your doctor to diagnose why you are losing your hair. You need to figure that out first and then you may be able to formulate a strategy to address the hair loss. For example, if your thyroid is not working well or you are vitamin deficient, you would simply treat the thryoid disease or replace the deficient vitamin. Hope this helps.

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What causes hair loss (no pattern) in a 24 year old female?

What causes hair loss (no pattern) in a 24 year old female?

See a doctor: Thyroid disease is one answer. Some blood test, done by a doctor, would be a good thing to find out why.

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