It’s perfectly normal to shed some hair – regardless of how young or old you are – but if you seem to be losing a lot of hair, it’s a good idea to see a doctor or dermatologist… particularly if you are still relatively young.
The American Academy of Dermatology warns that while some hair loss problems resolve on their own, others might require some sort of medical treatment. And it’s not just the physical affects and general appearance of thinning hair, it’s a medical fact that hair loss often results in psychological problems for some people. In particular hair loss may affect self-esteem and lead to symptoms of anxiety and even depression.
Some young women suffer from what is known as androgeneric alopecia, which is a hereditary condition. There are also non-genetic causes including disease (specifically those that affect the thyroid or liver, and pituitary and adrenal systems), zinc and iron deficiencies, hormonal causes (often a change in the estrogen level), and certain medication that causes hair to fall out.
Birth control pills, pregnancy, diabetes, chemotherapy and even childbirth, crash diets, high fever and infection can stimulate hair loss.
Stress is another common factor that leads to hair loss, particularly physical stress to which the hair responds adversely.
One of the major problems related to diagnosing the cause of hair loss in a young woman is that even the best qualified people cannot simply look at the hair and know what is happening within her body. But it is important that a medically trained person does a physical examination, and possibly even laboratory tests of hair clippings, blood and/or urine. A doctor will also want to know your family history, to ascertain whether there are likely genetic reasons for the problem. Every bit of information will help get to the bottom of the problem – and in this way try to solve it.
A dermatologist will focus on the condition of your scalp and might examine hair under a microscope.
Action to minimize or prevent hair loss depends on the cause. For instance if it is caused by a deficiency of some sort, rectifying this should sort the problem. Often younger women do have estrogen and testosterone imbalances, and once these rebalance, the hair loss problem literally solves itself.
Your doctor, dermatologist and also your trusted hairdresser, can help you get through this trying period of life.
Of course you can also take steps to prevent hair loss by ensuring that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat a good, healthy diet packed with the vitamins and minerals required for good health.
Good hygiene is another factor, since dirty hair is more likely to result in nasty fungal infections that might lead to hair loss.
If you live in the Durham area, the empathetic staff at Sheer Bliss Salon can help you solve your hair loss problems.
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