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Types of women’s hair loss
Hair loss is an extremely distressing condition, which can result in a struggle for many women. Although it may seem that hair is in the process of thinning and always looks the same, this really isn’t the case. Several types of women’s hair loss have been diagnosed, and those can all be explained by similar/differentiating factors. We realize that the problem is serious and unfortunately quite common, so we decided to characterise each one of them. People interested in this topic should read our article further.
Various types of women’s hair loss
- Diffused alopecia – a disease which normally covers the entire head and leads to the hair becoming thinner and thinner, eventually falling out. What are the reasons for its occurrence? Firstly, a poor diet and an insufficient amount of nutrients, automatically affecting the condition of the scalp and the hair. In addition, the factors causing the disease are: iron deficiency, dysfunction of the thymus, an infection of the body, a stressful lifestyle and hormonal fluctuations, for example resulting from a sudden withdrawal of a contraceptive pill. Usually, a treatment of women’s hair loss is began and carried out by improving the diet and reducing the amount of stress.
- Androgenetic Alopecia – this type of condition corresponds to genetic factors linked heavily to hormonal imbalance. This is one of the most common types of women’s hair loss, occurring predominantly after the age of 30, but the first symptoms of the disease can be observed years earlier. So what is this disease? Well, this problem usually occurs when hair follicles become very sensitive to the male sex hormone (DHT), which results in their gradual disappearance and inadequate nutrition. Unfortunately, the early stage of the disease does not give any obvious symptoms, so proper treatment often begins when it is too late, and by that point the hair becomes thin, brittle and weak. Androgenetic alopecia is firstly present on the top of the head, and gradually spreads throughout the rest of the scalp.
- Alopecia areata – an increasingly common type of women’s hair loss. Reasons for the development of this disease are inconclusive and so far scientists cannot fully determine and establish why this condition occurs, but many theories conclude that the immune system may be responsible. Various doctors suppose that the immune system begins to reject specific cells of your body, particularly those located in the hair follicles. People who suffer from the disease will notice the lesions of various sizes that look like pancakes. The initial stage of development of the disease leads to the formation of inflammation, interfering directly with hair growth and leading to hair loss. Moreover, this type of women’s hair loss covers more than just the scalp – the disease can develop on the entire body. There are several treatment methods for this disease, and when successful the hair can actually grow back in a decent condition. Unfortunately, recurrences of alopecia areata are also possible, so you have to monitor your health situation at all times and react immediately when you notice that there are new outbreaks of the disease.
- Mechanical alopecia – this one is quite common and affects women who often tie their hair or wear complex hairstyles. As a result of such habits they can cause great damage and weaken the hair and follicles to the point that eventually an excessive hair loss occurs. People suffering from this disease often also notice sudden inflammation, bruising, red marks, rashes or blisters on their scalp. Nonetheless, this type of women’s hair loss is completely curable, especially when detected early.
- Scarring alopecia – the rarest women’s hair loss condition which affects the scalp. The symptoms of this disease appear only in 3% of people struggling with alopecia. Unfortunately, the disease leaves visible traces in the form of scars on the scalp and in those scarred places the hair follicles have been so badly damaged that growth of new hair becomes impossible.