28/05/2023
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General Information About Hair Loss In Women – 2022

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General Information About Hair Loss In Women

Hair loss in women, also called alopecia, most often occurs around the midline in the middle of the skull, but hair loss can sometimes be…

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Hair Loss In Women

Hair loss in women, also called alopecia, most often occurs around the midline in the middle of the skull, but hair loss can sometimes be localized in other places, such as coves. This is not an uncommon problem and many women experience significant hair loss during their lifetime. The incidence is highest after menopause, but abnormally large hair loss can occur at any age and for various reasons.

The scalp contains on average approx. 100,000 hairs. A hair consists of a hair follicle with hair roots and the hair shaft that grows through the skin and becomes the hair we see growing out of the scalp. A hair grows approx. 15 cm in one year. The hair renews all the time and stays on the scalp for 3-7 years before they fall off and are replaced by a new hair.

Hair loss in women has many different causes. We can mention medical conditions, allergies, birth control pills, childbirth, lupus, vitamin B deficiency, chemical hair treatments, eating disorders, protein deficiency, anemia, certain medications, surgery, emotional trauma, stress and mineral deficiencies – all of which can lead to hair loss in women.

Smoking can also contribute to hair loss in women, as it creates high levels of cadmium, a metal that can cause thinning of the hair. Lead and mercury are two other heavy metals that have the same effect on the hair. If a woman works with metals, or lives near a mine where these metals are found, this may be the cause of the problem. The mining dust drifts through the air, and when it is stored in the woman’s hair follicles, this causes the hair growth cycle to end. Liver disease and pituitary disorders can also cause hair loss.

During pregnancy, there may be a thinning of the hair after birth. This usually corrects itself after three quarters of a year.

Diffuse hair loss is also called alopecia diffusa. For most people who get diffuse hair loss, it is age-related. Age-related hair loss may well come “in jerks and jerks”, so that hair loss is greater in some periods than in others. In some families it is “normal” that the hair is very thin already in the twenties. In other families, it is normal to have thick hair until the age of ninety. The variations are great.

Hair dryers and straighteners can cause great damage to the hair. The heat from the straightener weakens the hair’s natural strength, and excessive brushing can weaken the hair follicles.

In the case of hair loss, there are also some disease-specific causes that can be ruled out or confirmed by examinations. Of those who consult a doctor due to thinning of the hair, a cause of the disease is found in 2-5 percent of the cases.

Hair loss in women is different than it is in men. Men usually have a pattern of hair loss that begins with receding on both sides of the forehead (known as a “receding hairline”) and this may progress to complete baldness over the entire crown of the head. In contrast, women usually retain their frontal hairline and experience thinning of their scalp hair over the entire top or crown of their head. The pattern of hair loss may be either diffuse (all over) or patchy.

The causes of this abnormal hair loss are usually related to hormonal factors. This type of hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia and occurs mostly in women with normal levels of male hormones (androgens).

 

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