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What Are The Reasons Of Female Baldness And How Can You Know It's Happening To You? 7 Signs Often Ignored

June 6, 2019 15:56

Women always tend to care for their hair, not sparing resources to make it healthy and beautiful. Undoubtedly, as life progresses, it becomes thinner and thinner. But everyone hopes that the former density will eventually return. Unfortunately, sometimes, female baldness is unstoppable. That is why you need to figure it out at an early stage to prevent irreversible result.

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There are 4 types of alopecia:

  1. Androgenic – affecting women and starting from 12 to 40, which is characterized by a general hair thinning and the appearance of bald patches.
  2. Focal – sudden baldness of certain body parts, usually of round or oval form.
  3. Scar – irreversible hair loss in places of skin scarring.
  4. Traction ­– caused by the abuse of styling tools.

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Androgenic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness, is a much more common problem than many people realize. About 50% of women at 50 still suffer from it. In other cases, there are some differences from male-pattern baldness.

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Men usually lose hair either from the crown to the forehead, or in the opposite direction. At the same time, the occipital and temporal regions, as a rule, remain intact. For women, hair loss is characteristic over the entire surface of the head along the midline of hair growth.

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The reasons for this condition include:

  • hormonal imbalances, including increased testosterone production;
  • pregnancy;
  • autoimmune diseases;
  • cysts in the ovaries, including polycystic;
  • thyroid gland dysfunctions;
  • focal alopecia;
  • ringworm;
  • certain medications;
  • rapid weight loss due to strict diets;
  • certain chronic diseases accompanied by intense fever, including serious infections;
  • stress;
  • too “tight” hairstyles;
  • lack of vitamin B.

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It is quite normal that a woman can naturally lose between 50 and 100 hairs daily. However, you can easily miss the beginning of alopecia, thinking the increased hair loss is seasonal. Stay vigilant! You can suspect it by the following 7 signs.

  1. Hair thinning in the area of ​​the crown or over the entire surface of the head.
  2. The appearance of small bald spots resembling specks.
  3. Hair loss on other body parts, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
  4. Increased sensitivity or tingling sensation at the places of hair loss.
  5. The appearance of ulcers or peeling on the scalp.
  6. Pallor of the skin and mucous membranes.
  7. Inexplicable weight gain, especially on the background of thyroid dysfunctions.

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Trichologists can diagnose alopecia based on the results of a physical examination and, possibly, some studies. A doctor will prescribe you medications for oral and topical use, depending on the cause of baldness (for example, steroids, which have a diuretic effect and block the production of hormones that increase baldness). Alternative treatments are laser therapy and hair transplantation, but the need for these is extremely rare.

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Hair loss is traumatic for any woman since they treat it as a generous gift presented by nature. Don’t panic if you notice it has increased. In most cases, you can stop or even reverse the process if you find and eliminate its root cause. Stay healthy.


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