Hair loss is a common concern for men and women. It is estimated that 35 million American men and 21 million American women suffer from this problem. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Hair loss is treated at St. John’s Creek Dermatology.
Causes Of Hair Loss
Hair loss is a natural process. In fact, it is estimated that the average person sheds 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. However, excessive hair loss is not normal. One should not notice thinning at the top of his or her scalp.
Male-pattern or female-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. This is a genetic condition that is triggered by certain sex hormones. Men with this condition typically experience hairline recession at the temples. Women with female-pattern baldness typically lose hair at the top of their scalps. The hormonal changes that occur after childbirth, menopause and discontinuation of hormonal contraceptives can also trigger hair loss.
Alopecia areata is another condition that can lead to hair loss. This is a problem that occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Additionally, hair loss can be caused by scalp problems, certain medications, thyroid problems, stress and nutritional deficiencies.
Treatment For Hair Loss
In many cases, hair growth will resume without any treatment. However, people whose hair loss is caused by an underlying condition will need to be seen by a dermatologist. Dermatologists can prescribe medications to treat hair loss. One of the medications that can be used to treat hair loss is Rogaine. Rogaine is applied directly to the scalp. This medication helps slow down hair loss and promote re-growth.
A hair transplant can also be used to treat hair loss. This procedure involves removing small plug of skin from the sides or back of the scalp. Each piece of skin has a small amount of hair. The plugs are then placed on the bald sections of the scalp.
Can Hair Loss Be Prevented?
Hair loss cannot always be prevented, but there are some things that you can do to reduce your chances of suffering from this problem. You should make sure that you eat a well-balanced diet. You will also need to avoid wearing tight hairstyles, such as ponytails, buns and braids.
Hair loss is a frustrating problem. Fortunately, it can be treated once the cause of it has been identified. If you have been suffering from a hair loss problem, then you should consider making an appointment with Dr. Timani at John’s Creek Dermatology.