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Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss has become a very common problem today. Men and women of young and  middle ages are both affected by this problem.

When it comes to specific details of hair loss in men and women, there are differences. From the causes to the nature of the problem, there are several remarkable differences that one can spot.

What causes hair loss in women?

In women, there are several other reasons than men that may cause hair loss.

  • Hormonal imbalances: Altered menstrual cycle is one of the indications of hormonal imbalances in women (polycystic ovaries) .  Besides this, derranged thyroid  profile is other common hormonal cause for hair fall. 
  • Pregnancy: The hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy might cause hair loss in women.
  • Diet: Lack of protein in women can lead to hair loss. Besides this vitamin D, calcium, iron or vitamin B12 deficiency can also causes hair fall.
  • Stress: Work pressure, family issues or any other kind of emotional trauma can cause hair loss in women.
  • Outdoor Effect: Excessive sun exposure, pollution, dirt and dust have also their respective roles to play when it comes to hair loss in women.
  • Genetic causes: It is noted that genes have also a part in hair loss. Women who have family members with baldness may  get it .
  • Diseases:  Infections like  typhoid, dengue . etc can precipitate acute hair loss in women.
  • Lifestyle: Chemically treated hair or excessive use of hair equipment may damage the hair cuticle  and make it more prone to breakage.
  • Medication:  oral medicines( some antihypertensives,  antidepressants etc.) taken for long time may causes hair fall.

Prevention of hair loss in women:

While some factors are really out of your hand (though fixed easily by treatment) you can try following some tips to prevent hair loss.

  • Proper diet: Balance your diet properly. Ensure that you have proper intakes of vitamins and proteins in your food. Pregnant women need to  pay more attention to their diet .
  • Avoid over Use of products and over indulging  in hair treatments like smoothening  , straightening  & colouring. Choose your hair product wisely and use them in moderation .
  • Hair protection: Protect your hair from dirt, dust, and pollution.
  • Avoid hair oil
  • Frequent shampooing

How do I go about it ?

Every patient of hair loss is different . What works , well for your friends may not be the right solution for your hair fall concerns, which is why , we suggest you visit our clinic . Every case of hair fall receives personal attention by Dr. Nivedita Dadu . A proper history of hair fall taken by an expert dermatologist , usually reveals  the cause of hair fall , which is the first step to treatment , this is followed by scalp examination for right diagnosis.

  1. Telogen Effluvium: Sudden plenty of hair loss in last 1-3 months leading to decreased hair density. Patient usually complains of a thinner ponytail.
  2. Traction alopecia: Hairstyles that constantly pull on the scalp cause this type of hair loss.
  3. Alopecia areata: This disease can cause coin sized patchy  hair loss in otherwise healthy people.
  4. Patterned female baldness: Hair loss in female starts from the central scalp with widening of central parting .
  5. Hair loss due to androgenic : Diffuse thinning of hair with decreased density ,but usually over a period of time.
  6. Scaring alopecia: Patient may complain of itching and burning in scalp.

Treatment

Depending on your history and scalp examination , Dr. Nivedita would suggest one or more of the following treatments -

  1. Multivitamins for hair fall with oral medication for targeted therapies like anti androgens.
  2. Hair growth peptides.
  3. Non surgical options  like  mesotherapy, PRP, hair growth stimulation laser, micro needling, scalp threads. 
  4. Surgical  procedures like  hair transplant – F.U.E.

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