My Daughter Has Severely Thinning Hair Following PCOS Diagnosis'

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Question: My teenage 14 yr old daughter has been diagnosed with PCOS and she has been experiencing severe hair loss since last year. Her beautiful thick hair are now very thin and scanty. please advise

Answer: Hi, Richa. Diffuse hair loss is common in cases where there has been an underlying medical issue. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is known to be one of the health concerns that can lead to hair thinning.

In mild cases  it is called telogen effluvium which causes thinning hair all over the scalp and can last for up to six months. In more prolonged cases - perhaps where the illness has been undiagnosed for a length of time, or where it is taking longer to get under control, this shedding can last until around three months after the health issue is being properly managed. In these instances the shedding is still spread out over the entire scalp and the condition's name is chronic telogen effluvium.

We would recommend having a professional confirm your daughter's hair loss condition as we cannot provide a diagnosis without assessing her. If either of these conditions do turn out to be the cause of your daughter's hairloss, her hair should regrow naturally. Whilst treatment is available to help accelerate this process, it is only suitable for those aged 16 and over.

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