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Hair Loss – Know the Types & Get the Treatment

If you had acne, would you treat it the same way you’d treat wrinkles? Many people assume that all hair loss is the same and can therefore be treated in the same way, but this is not the case.

Hair Loss Treatment for Women with Thinning HairMost cases of male and female hair loss are the result of androgenetic alopecia, or male and female pattern baldness, which is caused by a genetic sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Unfortunately, if you carry the gene for hair loss there is not a lot you can do to prevent it occurring but you can take action as soon as you notice the telling signs to stop it developing.

Thinning hair, receding hairlines, excess shedding – these may not seem too concerning now but they are precursors to hair loss and baldness. If you ignore these warning signals and do not seek trichological advice, the condition could progress and treatment may not be as effective as it could have been in the early stages.

Propecia, minoxidil and the HairMax Laser Comb are the only treatments for hair loss that have been clinically and scientifically proven and approved by the FDA. Any of these or a combination may be prescribed to someone experiencing male or female pattern hair loss.

Male and female pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that won’t be made any worse by external factors, yet they could trigger an earlier onset. Other forms hair loss on the other hand can be the result of stress and anxiety, severe illness, physical trauma and a whole range of other factors. In some cases, if the underlying problem is addressed, lost hair may be restored without treatment.

Alopecia areata and telogen effluvium are hair loss conditions where genetics may play a role – or they may not. Some people may be more prone to these conditions than others because of their genetic tendency toward hair loss, however, people without any sign of baldness in their family can and are still affected.

alopecia areataAlopecia areata is a relatively mysterious hair loss condition which affects one person in every thousand at some stage of their life. The cause of alopecia areata is unknown but people who have extremely stressful lives can sometimes develop the condition. It is an autoimmune disease and can be initiated when psychological or physical stresses completely disrupt the body’s immune system which makes it attack and destroy the hair follicles. Hair starts to fall out in big clumps, leaving haphazard bald patches which in turn increases the person’s stress and aggravates the hair loss condition even more.

Alopecia areata is brought on by completely different reasons than hereditary hair loss and thus must be treated differently. You should always get professional, trichological advice before getting treatment for any type of hair loss. Many doctors recommend steroid injections which involves multiple injections to the scalp. However, minoxidil cream has demonstrated good results for mild (patchy) forms of alopecia and is a more comfortable treatment.

Another hair loss condition brought on by physical or emotional stress is telogen effluvium. It is seen mainly in women, especially after giving birth, and is a reversible condition. A death in the family, a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or serious illness can trigger the condition which results in hair thinning which is spread over the whole scalp. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused the hair loss corrects itself, but it can takes months. Hair loss treatments can help to minimize the damage, particularly if there is a tendency toward male or female pattern baldness, whilst the body is dealing with the crisis.

There are quite a few different types of hair loss which affect men and women and it cannot be assumed that all conditions can be cured by one miracle treatment. Those who seek advice sooner rather than later and receive the best treatment available for their condition are far more likely to stop and reverse hair loss than those who don’t.

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