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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Women Represent 40% Of Those Who Are Experiencing Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Did you know that women represent 40 percent of all those who are experiencing hair loss? One reason most people are not aware of this fact is because hair loss affects women differently than men. While most men experience receding hair lines, for women the hair loss occurs around the entire top of the head. Hair loss may be more noticeable among men, but it is also a huge concern among women.

African-American women often experience more hair loss due to tight hairstyles. It's a fact that hairstyles such as cornrows or tight ponytails can cause hair to fall out due to irritation of the scalp. Hair will naturally grow back if these hairstyles are eliminated, but long-term use can actually result in permanent hair loss and damage to the scalp. Bleaching, coloring and other hair processing can also contribute to hair loss.

There are also medical conditions that can cause hair loss. It may be caused by a thyroid problem. The thyroid gland is located in the neck and controls the body's metabolism, or ability to convert food into energy. The two most common malfunctions are hyperthyroidism (overactive) and hypothyroidism (underactive). In either case, if the body's metabolism is not able to absorb nutrients, one of the results can be hair loss.

Other medical causes can include changes in the body due to childbirth, birth control pills, anemia, severe dieting, surgery, and emotional trauma. If hair comes out in clumps, this may be a sign of a condition called alopecia areata which is an autoimmune disorder. This means that the immune system--the ability to fight off disease and infection--is not doing its job and the immune cells are actually destroying hair follicles. This condition is often related to tooth infection. The blood cells that are trying to fight off tooth infection can actually mistakenly attack nearby hair follicles.

The good news is that hair loss can often be cured and allow new hair growth to occur. A visit to the family physician can determine the cause and the treatment. Statistics show that about 90 percent are able to stop the hair loss and regrow hair within a few months after proper treatment.
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