Expert Q and A: But the sooner you seek care, the better the chances of successfully treating it, says Mary Gail Mercurio, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N. Female-pattern hair loss, which usually has a strong genetic component that can be inherited from either the mother or father. Also referred to as androgenetic alopeciathis type of hair loss can start as early as the late teens -- and the earlier it starts, the more severe the hair loss tends to be.
Allergic reaction to a food or product Stress Traumatic physical event sometimes relating to a prior fever Traumatic loss Deficiency of a nutrient or vitamin, such as vitamin D3 or iron Too much vitamin A In telogen effluvium, hair becomes visibly thinner.
Battling Helplessness Although feelings of direness accompany this problem, as at first, not much seems to help, I must assert that there are things you can do to minimize your hair loss and which will help you feel a little more proactive in dealing with this problem, in general. However, do not expect a definitive cure-all, as sadly, it often doesn't occur that way.
Rest assured, that time is your best friend in dealing with telogen effluvium, and although this is difficult to accept, in the end, you will likely admit this as well.
This said, here are 10 positive and empowering things you can do if this is happening to you. Strategies to Minimize Hair Loss: Here are some common strategies that can help to minimize hair loss: Take biotin Check your vitamin D3 Womens hair loss project See a doctor to rule out more serious health issues Make sure you are not taking too much vitamin A Take a multi-vitamin Rule out allergies to certain hair products or foods Reduce the use of chemicals on your scalp Reduce stress levels Wash hair every other day Avoid products containing keratin 1.
Go to a Doctor The first thing I have to strongly suggest is to go to a doctor. There are several diseases that are symptomatic with hair loss and you need to rule them out. These include hormonal imbalances, systemic illness, thyroid problems, and lupus.
The doctor will run a blood test panel checking for deficiencies, disease, or other issues. My doctor did not believe me at first. She thought that perhaps it was in my head, but within a few months, she was proved wrong and so much of my hair was gone.
I was referred to a dermatologist who gave me the courtesy of listening and caring. You should seek a doctor that will truly try to understand and acknowledge your difficulty.
This is imperative to keep up your own mental stamina as you traverse this issue. The dermatologist diagnosed me as having telogen effluvium and offered to give me a scalp biopsy. However, I did not take this option. It would be useful in confirming the diagnosis, but since there is no real treatment, that is as far as it would take me.
The most difficult part of this experience is living with the fear that your hair loss will be permanent or will eventually be complete.
That is why telogen effluvium patients so desperately seek help. The Emotional Side of Hair Loss: Try to Determine a Cause Potential causes for telogen effluvium can include a recent physical trauma including having had a baby or a fever illness or occurrence of a traumatic event or loss which happened in the few months prior to the onset of shedding hair.
A deficiency could be a cause, such as a vitamin deficiency, a protein deficiency, or an iron deficiency. Many believe hormonal changes could be a cause as well. An allergic reaction to food or a reaction to a product could perhaps have brought on an episode of telogen effluvium.
Stress could also be the culprit. Determining a cause, if you can, is a first line defense because you can remove the problem. However, I must warn you, a great majority of people can never say for sure what the cause was. I am among these people. I did experience a great loss just prior to my hair loss and then, after and during the loss, I experienced continued bouts of more-than-normal stress.
It is difficult to control stress in life today, so removing a stressor is not always a plausible solution. If you can determine, however, what initiated the onset of your hair falling out, you should do everything you can to eliminate this stimulus as soon as possible to more towards healing.
See the video to the upper right about the emotional side of hair loss.Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer's self image and emotional well being.
Unfortunately, society has forced women to suffer in silence.
It is considered far more acceptable for men to go through the same hair loss process. Yahoo Lifestyle is your source for style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.
What is The Women’s Hair Loss Project? The Women’s Hair Loss Project is just an idea I thought of in , at the age of 29, (this began when I was 21 years old) whilst feeling horribly sad and depressed about my own hair loss situation.
Welcome to The Women's Hair Loss Project Network! A community for women with hair loss. Here you will be able to create a profile, adding only the information you want to share. You can write your thoughts in your own blog, create photo albums, upload videos, add friends to your network and leave comments on other women's profiles.
I hope the . A Community For Women Dealing With Hair Loss – Help, Hope and Understanding. Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers.
Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer's self image and emotional well being.