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Postpartum Hair Loss
Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...Read more
Been dealing with post partum hair loss for almost a year now and I have patches of hair missing on the sides and the back, in the crown and in the front. Blood work came back normal. How to fix?
Alopecia: Chastity, this is not uncommon after pregnancy. Have your TSH (thyroid) checked and a dermatologist to check for alopecia areata. If a physiological loss of hair, there is a chance it may grow back. Until then I would consider extensions etc to cover. I would not go the drastic route of hair transplant just yet! Make sure other drugs not the cause! thanks ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a ferritin level of 9 dangerously low? I am 2 years postpartum and losing hair more rapidly than ever before. Could the low ferritin be the cause?
What to do if I have heard some people say that child birth can cause hair loss. will the hair loss be serious?
Mostly no: there is postpartum alopecia (telogen effluvium), lasting 4-6 weeks. Hair will spontaneously return after that time. ...Read more
Doubtful, but ...: Not likely, but i would continue them. Hair loss after pregnancy (telogen effluvium) is common and the result of an arrested phase of hair growth. It may also occur after periods of stress or illness. It is considered harmless and usually resolves after 3-4 months. Nevertheless, prenatal vitamins are likely to be helpful in many ways, especially if you are postpartum and breastfeeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal effects: Pregnancy hormonal effects cause both an increase and a decrease in hair growth. Scalp hair appears thicker or denser during gestation due to slowing of the normal progression of hairs from anagen (the'growing' stage)to telogen (the 'resting' stage), thereby creating a relative increase in anagen hair 1 to 5 months postpartum, however, the percentage of telogen hairs occurs and hair loss is noted. ...Read more
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