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Hair Loss in Women- Facts and Solutions

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					An estimated 25 million women in the U.S. alone suffer some degree of hair loss,
although the condition known medically as androgenic alopecia or female pattern hair
loss, is much more common in men. Although hair loss in men usually accompanies
aging, hair loss in women can happen at any stage of life. And unlike men who
experience hair loss with specific bald spots and receding hair lines, female hair loss
happens over the whole of the head. There are numerous causes linked to hair loss in
women .
  Hormonal problems, a change in hormonal levels during menopause, and certain
autoimmune diseases are among the leading causes of hair loss in women. Sometimes
the hair loss will only be temporary such as following childbirth, after experiencing an
event that traumatizes the emotions, following major surgery, poor eating habits
resulting in nutritional deficiencies and as a side effect of dieting. Certain ongoing
medical conditions such as thyroid disease and anemia can cause hair loss in women,
as do certain medications. In some instances, female hair loss can be linked to
heredity.
  If a woman suspects she may be affected by female pattern baldness, it is wise to get
an examination by a medical doctor specializing in this condition in order for an
effective treatment program to be pursued. The American Academy of Dermatology
offers a referral service to find a suitable physician to address the problem. A
complete blood count is one of the tests that can often determine if hair loss is
occuring , along with taking a complete patient history in order to determine the most
likely underlying cause for hair loss and to recommend the most effective treatment
method.
  Drugs such as propecia are often administered orally as a treatment for female hair
loss, although certain drugs are not recommended for women in child-bearing years
because they can cause birth defects. Certain solutions applied topically to the scalp
and hair such as Rogaine and other creams and sprays have proven effective in many
cases to help restart hair growth that has become hormonally blocked. Often a
dermatologist will recommend a combination of orally taken drugs with topically
applied medications to solve the problem of female pattern baldness.
  Other treatments to encourage hair growth involve using medicated shampoos on a
rotating basis or the use of such new technology as a laser comb to stimulate hair
growth. Some women during the treatment period use a concealer which can hide bald
areas on the head and give the appearance of a full head of hair while giving the
treatment method time to work.
  Hair loss in women can cause a lack of self-confidence and even depression if the
hair loss is severe. But the best antidote to hair loss is first, a professional medical
evaluation by a dermatologist specializing in female pattern baldness, and then
working with the physician in following a specific treatment program that can help
arrest hair loss at the same time it encourages and stimulates new hair growth.
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