My Hair Has Been Thinning All Over My Scalp for Five Years'

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Question: I am a girl and i am 22. my hair has been shedding all over my scalp and my hair is noticeably thin. one can clearly see my hair has been shedding from more than 5 years and i don't know what is it.what treatment should i go for? i have consulted doctors and all they prescribe me is some multivitamins and minoxidil. i have used it for 3 years but it doesn't make any difference.

Answer: Hi Tania. There are a number of hair loss conditions which can cause thinning hair in women. From what you describe, it sounds most likely that you have Chronic Telogen Effluvium, potentially in addition to Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Shedding HairChronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning, causes the hair to shed fairly evenly from all over the scalp. This is in contrast to Female Pattern Hair Loss - the women's equivalent of Male Pattern Baldness - which only affects the hair around the top of the head. However, if you have a genetic predisposition to this type of hereditary hair loss, it can be sparked by the Telogen Effluvium, making the hair loss around the top of your scalp worse. This could explain why you say you can see your skin as it can make the parting look wider and the hair around the temples appear sparse.

There are many reasons for Chronic TE including on-going stress. It can also occur due to an illness or as a side-effect of medication. It is important to establish and address this underlying cause as if it continues, treatment for Chronic Telogen Effluvium may not be effective, as you have already found.

We highly recommend you visit a hair loss specialist to help get to the bottom of this, or at least seek help online if you are unable to get to one of our Central London clinic locations. By doing so, they can provide you with a full diagnosis of your hair loss condition and work with you to find out why this may be happening. Once they have a clearer picture of your situation they will be able to tailor a personalised treatment plan featuring high strength minoxidil and complimented by recommended hair growth boosters to improve your hair's condition and regrowth. Your dedicated specialist will also be able to provide lifestyle advice and support throughout your course, working with your other healthcare providers where necessary, to ensure you get the help you need.

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