Are you noticing more hair than usual in your hairbrush or in your shower drain? Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Although you may consider hair loss a male condition, it affects females too. Hair loss for women can either be a permanent or temporary condition. The two main types of hair loss are alopecia areata, which is hair loss caused by an attack in your immune system, and the more common androgenetic alopecia, which involves hereditary thinning or baldness. The good news is that, regardless of your specific type, there is treatment available. Olansky Dermatology Associates helps women of all ages find the cause of their alopecia and put their minds at ease with a customized treatment plan.
If you have ruled out an immune system attack and genetics as the cause of your hair loss, there are other factors to consider. Women may also experience thinning hair from the following influences:
- Nutrition Deficiency
Poor nutrition impacts many parts and functions of your body and your hair is no different. Your hair needs protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, iron and biotin to be strong.
A woman’s hormones should be in balance for healthy hair. Many women will notice that their hair falls out after having a baby due to the post partum hormone shift. Likewise, women also may experience thinning hair at the onset of menopause.
A period of stress or trauma in your life can cause your hair to fall out as well. There is a specific type of hair loss caused when significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, these hairs can fall out suddenly after simply brushing or washing your hair.
Allergies are manifesting in a variety of ways, and thinning hair is one. Allergic reactions can cause the capillaries to constrict, which weakens the blood flow to the base of your hair follicles and inhibits healthy hair growth.
A dermatologist is the best place to go if you are concerned about your thinning hair. This type of medical practice specializes in skin, nails and hair. Discovering the ‘root’ cause of your alopecia can be the first step towards healthy, full hair!