From the ancient times, woman’s hair is a symbol of beauty, which is identified with her attractiveness and femininity.
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That’s why we take care about our hair so thoroughly and notice if it becomes too thin.
Getting bald spots may be extremely frightening and stressful event, which often results in depression and can significantly impair quality of life.
First of all, let’s understand how the hair grows.
Each of your hair develops from a pocket inside the skin called follicle. This structure is nourished by dermal papilla. During two to seven years hair grows actively, so you see a long shaft on the head. With time, this shaft travels upward close to the skin’s surface. During this second phase (catagen), which lasts nearly two weeks, dermal papilla starts to detach the follicle. Before the hair sheds, it rests for about three month (telogen phase).
If something goes wrong in this cycle, you may lose too much hair.
In the majority of cases, excessive hair loss is related to hereditary condition, known as female pattern baldness. It was found that genetically determined raise of androgen and shortening of anagen phase result in thinning, miniaturization and falling of the hair.
Women often experience severe hair loss during pregnancy, after giving a birth or when entering menopause. The reason is about hormones as usual.
Hormonal imbalance may be also caused by problems in thyroid gland functioning.
It’s completely possible that infection like ringworm penetrate scalp skin and makes your hair to fall out intensively.
Malnutrition, anemia and use of certain medications are also rather widespread factors, associated with excessive hair loss.
If baldness develops due to any underlying disease, treating this problem can help return your thick and shine hair.
For the female pattern baldness, the Food and Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter liquid called minoxidil. Application of this solution (originally used to treat high blood pressure) was found to help your hair regrow and to prevent ongoing hair loss.
To reach the effect, you may need to use this medicine for four months or even longer.
Sometimes anti-androgen medications (spironolactone, finasteride) may be recommended to balance hormonal levels and improve hair loss in this way.
Another effective option is hair transplantation, though it’s rather expensive.
During the procedure, medical professional removes narrow strips of skin, which contain hairs, from the back of the head. Then he or she inserts these strips into the bald areas of the scalp.
After this surgery, transplanted hair sheds in the course of two or three weeks, and new hair will grow at about three months.
Sometimes doctors prescribe minoxidil after transplantation.
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Unfortunately it’s not always possible to prevent baldness. But eating balanced diet, washing and brushing your hair gently and avoiding pulling the hair during stress may help you avert excessive hair loss in some cases.
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