What are the reasons behind hair loss in women and how it is tested?

    Dr. VJs Cosmetic Surgery & Hair Transplantation Centre: Losing hair on an everyday basis is very common. Every day we all lose around 50 to 100 hair on a normal day. But one out of three women loses hair more than that which have different reason linked with it.

    Female pattern baldness

    Like in men there is male pattern baldness and for women, there is female pattern hair loss. This problem is also known as androgenetic alopecia which is the prime reason for hair loss in both men and women. In women, the problem starts with the part or top of the scalp.

    Medical problem

    • Anemia
    • Thyroid disease
    • Ringworm (which can spread to another person and also cause balding)
    • High fever or infection
    • Chemotherapy and radiation
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Scarring alopecia
    • Diabetes
    • Birth control pills, steroids, and thinners.

    Most of the time the hair grows back again once the issue is gone. In case, the issue is not solving then you should consult a doctor for the treatment of Hair Transplant in Visakhapatnam.

    Hormonal changes

    After pregnancy, women can face a hair loss problem which happens due to the estrogen level getting dropped. When the hormones become normal the hair will grow back again but it won’t be that full as before.

    Stress

    At times the stress of death, unemployment, divorce, or any other tragedy can affect the hair. Telogen effluvium is the condition that occurs because of illness or shock. More hair can fall out when you wash or comb the hair. At times, people also pull the hair due to stress which is trichotillomania.

    Diet

    Reasons for Hair Loss include:

    • Protein, Iron, and other nutrients are less.
    • Vitamin A is in excess (in the form of supplements)
    • Not eating food (anorexia) and after eating throwing food (bulimia).

    Hair Care regime

    If you wear hair in a ponytail or cornrows for a long time it can affect hair growth. Some of the other styling habits include:

    • Hair pulled very tightly with pins, bands, or clips.
    • Combing too much, or over-shampooing.
    • Use of products that have harsh chemicals.

    Diagnosis

    The doctor will know about your medical history and family history along with a physical examination of the scalp.

    • Blood test

    This is done to examine the conditions like thyroid and iron issue.

    • Hair shaft exam

    The light microscope is used to check for any issue in the hair shaft.

    • Pull test

    The doctor will also you to gently pull the hair to check how many hair strands are being lost.

    • Scalp exam

    The scalp is examined to check if there is an infection or swelling. The doctor will also see from hair are being lost so that hair loss pattern is determined.

    • Biopsy

    The doctor will take skin samples to test them. This will help the doctor to have a detailed look at the scalp as well as hair roots.

     

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