- Hair loss in women: can you handle it?
Each day, regardless of whether we notice it or not, the head falls about 100 hairs. When this totally natural process is disturbed, it is a signal that the body is something going wrong, especially in women.
There are many causes of hair loss in women is common and unusual. Among other things, this may be the disease, stress (mental or physical), hormonal fluctuations, and side effects from treatment. However, for whatever reason, hair loss is a natural cause for concern.
In some cases - such as when cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy - women can expect hair loss. Most often, however, it appears as an unexpected and unpleasant surprise.
What you need to do in this situation? If the cause of hair loss is unknown, should immediately see a doctor, which must assess the problem and either cure it or send the patient to another specialist.
To understand how hair loss, it is necessary to analyze how the body produces hair. The growth cycle of hair is long - an average of two to six years, and most people's hair grow about one centimeter per month.
At any one time approximately 90% of hair is actively growing. The remaining 10% are in the phase "rest", or dormant. Dormant hair stops growing and after two or three months of falls, then the growth process begins anew. Meanwhile, other hair follicles enter the resting phase.
When this natural cycle is interrupted or accelerated, it can lead to noticeable hair loss. By the disruption of the normal cycle of hair growth can cause a number of factors.
Possible causes of hair growth disorders
- Aggressive treatments for hair and hairstyles
Chemical agents such as dyes, bleaches, straighteners and permanent wave chemical is usually harmless to hair when applied properly and not too often. The same can be said about the hairstyles that use hair clips or rubber bands. But hair follicles can become inflamed or damaged when hair is too often subjected to chemical treatment or regular shrink tight in certain hair, such as pigtails. All of this can cause a condition known as traction alopecia. Depending on the degree of damage, hair loss may be permanent.
This condition is most common among men, but it also occurs in a small number of women. Known as androgenic alopecia, this condition is associated with the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has an adverse effect on the hair follicles. Women have in his body a tiny amount of testosterone, but the decline in female hormones during menopause can lead to hormonal imbalance, resulting in thinning hair on the top or side of the head. However, few women lose all your hair to this state.
- Other disorders of hormonal balance
At certain stages of life loss of hair may result from other hormonal problems. Birth control pills (or cancellation), pregnancy, postpartum hormonal changes, menopause and hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries) - all of which can contribute to hair loss, if because of them is fairly significant shift in hormonal balance, inducing greater hair follicles than usual, enter a quiescent phase. The doctor may check for diseases such as thyroid disease
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Some autoimmune disorders, iron deficiency, and / or syphilis
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One example of a hair loss associated with a particular stage of life, is pregnancy. In particular, during the pregnancy, the hair that usually fall, sometimes persist until the postpartum period (due to unusually high levels of certain hormones). Then he can drop strands or shreds. Sometimes, hair loss becomes noticeable about three months after the hormonal changes, and it may take another three months, until the hair will not grow back normally.
- Physical or mental illness or surgery
The disease or surgery can also cause an increased number of hair follicles that enter into a latent phase. In order to cope with stress
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Caused by the disease, such as iron deficiency anemia (anemia), lupus, severe infection, or thyroid disease, your body may suspend non-critical functions such as the hair growth. Again, the process of hair loss and the resumption of growth may take six months.
Nutritional problems caused by rigid dieting or eating disorders such as anorexia
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or bulimia, also can cause shock, resulting in the hair follicles to temporarily stop growing. As with disease, malnutrition, including a lack of protein, vitamins or minerals, depletes the body, and it may include a protective mode, which minimizes the non-essential functions, such as hair growth.
- Certain medications and vitamins
Chemotherapy for cancer - the most famous example of how treatment can inadvertently lead to hair loss. Chemotherapeutic drugs attacking rapidly growing cages throughout the body, including not only malignant, and hair follicles. In addition, hair loss is one of the side effects of certain medications used to treat high blood pressure and gout (a painful condition characterized by the accumulation of uric acid in the joints). High levels of vitamin A may also have the effect of hair loss.
As we grow older, the process of hair growth slows.
Given this variety of possible reasons, not always easy to prevent hair loss, but potentially useful measures include habit takes care of hair and eat right.
Fortunately, hair loss in women is the same number of treatments for many reasons and, although there is no universal solution that fits all. Selecting a method for dealing with this problem will largely depend on the specific cause of hair loss and how it affects your self-esteem.