What Women Should Know about Hair Loss
When you comb, or brush your hair, are you losing more hair than you would like? While hair loss might seem like a bigger problem with men, it is also common in women. And it can be just as demoralizing.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. However, hair loss is different than just normal hair shedding. Hair loss happens when something stops your hair from growing.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
You can experience hair loss for a variety of reasons, including:
- Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the best-known cause of hair loss – on your scalp and all over your body. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause hair loss than others. Cytostatic drugs cause hair loss by destroying the cells in your hair follicles that make your hair grow. What you can do: If you’re going to start chemotherapy, talk to your doctor about the various chemotherapy drugs and if you can expect hair loss. Found out what your doctor recommends. Sometimes just knowing ahead of time if you’re going to experience hair loss can make it less scary.
- Other medications. Some medications that can trigger hair loss include blood thinners, beta-blockers for blood pressure, methotrexate for rheumatic conditions, lithium for bipolar disorder, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and some antidepressants. What you can do: If you’re taking one of these medications and you suspect it may be causing hair loss, talk to your doctor about lowering your dose or switching to another medication.
- Heredity. Androgenic or androgenetic alopecia is a heredity condition of female-pattern hair loss. If the women in your family started losing their hair at a certain age, you may be more likely to lose your hair, too. What you can do: Talk to your doctor about medications like minoxidil (Rogaine) that can help you grow hair, or maintain the hair you have.
- Certain medical conditions. Thyroid disease, lupus, and diabetes are just some of the more than 30 diseases that can cause hair loss. When you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormones to promote hair growth. Lupus is an autoimmune disease which causes antibodies that attack and destroy your hair cells, often permanently. Hair loss due to immune disorders is called alopecia areata. Diabetes causes poor blood circulation to your scalp which results in the death of hair follicles. What you can do: In some cases, once your medical condition is managed better, your hair may return. However, talk to your doctor about medications that may prevent hair loss. If your hair loss is mild, you may want to try a different hairstyle to hide any bald patches better.
- Age. Unfortunately, many women in their 50s and 60s may have thinning hair or hair loss. However, why this happens is not known. What you can do: Most experts don’t recommend doing anything in these cases. Therefore, your only options are to style your hair a different way to cover thin spots, or to wear scarves or wigs to cover up your hair.
Unfortunately, hair loss in women can cause issues with self-esteem and your feelings of attractiveness. If you’re uncomfortable with your thinning hair or baldness, one option is to wear a wig. Euphoria Spa & Wellness Center, located in Avon, IN, offers a wide selection of wigs in current styles and colors. If you want to match your natural color, texture and style, our stylists can help you find the right choice.
If your hair loss is the result of chemotherapy treatment, your health care insurance may cover some or all the cost of your new wig. Your doctor just needs to provide a prescription for a cranial prosthesis. When you purchase a wig at Euphoria Spa, we can handle your insurance claim for you – at no cost. We participate in many insurance networks.
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.