Since the beginning of time, long, luxurious hair has been associated with female beauty. This stereotype puts great pressure on women to achieve this trait. Hair loss, although prevalent in men, is not rare in women. Most often hair loss in women has been concealed with wigs or weaves. Ironically, traction alopecia is a form of baldness which is caused by the physical stress and tension b the continued use of wigs, hair weaves or use of corn rows
Hair loss may be contributed by genetics, serious illness, prolonged use of medications, malnutrition or deficiency of vitamins. Hormonal changes due to menstrual cycles, pregnancy or menopause may also cause hair loss in women. Stress is yet another factor contributing to hair loss in women. Thyroid related problems have also been known to cause hair thinning in women. It is advised to consult a physician to identify the exact cause of hair loss in order to properly treat it.
Specific causes of hair loss in women may be chemotherapy used for the treatment of cancer, auto immune disorders and scalp yeast infections. Genetic factors cause a diffusing pattern of hair loss. This is caused by the actions of a pair of enzymes called aromatase and 5-a reductase. Prolonged use of certain medications can cause diffusion hair loss. Some of these medications are blood thinners, anti inflammatory drugs such as prednisone, medications for gout and thyroid medications.
An increase or overall volume of DHT might be the biggest, most common factor in pattern hair loss. DHT binds to the hair follicle and causes deterioration. Over time, the hair follicle degrades and the quality of hair which is able to grow in the shaft decreases until it is fully expired.
Whatever the cause, hair loss causes tremendous mental stress in women. Severe hair loss among women has not yet been socially acceptable as with men. Psychological counseling may be helpful to such women.
It should be understood that hair loss among women is far more common than most believe. For those suffering with such a condition, immediate medical consultation is suggested. The sooner the problem is identified the sooner and more effective the treatment will be.
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