Women have been held to unrealistic beauty ideals for centuries now. It comes as no surprise that when women start to lose hair through no fault of their own, they have no idea how to start dealing with it.
It’s essential to understand where a problem is coming from before you can fix it. Here are some conditions that can cause hair fall or hair loss for women of all ages.
Autoimmunity: Alopecia Areata
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, 6.8 million people in the United States suffer from some form of alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that affects hair growth on the head and other parts of the body. This means that the body’s own immune system attacks the follicles that the hair grows out of. Eventually, hair stops growing out of the follicles.
Most people tend to have patchy alopecia which means that bald spots start appearing on the body or the scalp. Based on a doctor’s assessment, alopecia can be treated with medication or immunotherapy.Hair loss treatments can be scheduled based on the way that medication works for you.
Trying Times: Trichotillomania
People lead stressful lives in today’s time, and everyone copes differently. However, some people can develop mental illnesses due to their coping mechanisms to stress. Trichotillomania is one such disorder that is categorized into the larger category of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Trichotillomania is a difficult word that just means people being unable to resist the urge to pull hair from different parts of the body, including the scalp.
Repeated pulling of the hair from areas like the scalp can cause thinning of the hair or the development of bald spots. This isn’t something to be ashamed of, since trichotillomania is not a reflection on any person’s character. It is a real illness that needs medication and therapy to treat it. Depending on how a person dealing with trichotillomania feels, mental health professionals can recommend hair loss treatment as the appearance of having uneven hair can make the condition worse.
Painfully Problematic: Psoriasis
While it may seem like an uncommon illness; 8 million people in the US suffer from it. Psoriasis causes skin cells to regenerate quicker, thus causing a surplus of cells that build up onto the skin’s surface. This can cause the surplus cells to build up and cause irritation. As the buildup gets more severe, painful scales can form on the body. The most common kind of psoriasis that is likely to have an effect on the scalp is plaque psoriasis.
While the symptoms of psoriasis might not cause hair loss directly, the harsh treatments prescribed for it can weaken the hair and any exacerbation of hair-related issues can cause thinning and hair fall. The problem with psoriasis is that it can recur easily and thus treating hair loss with surgical transplantation might not be the best choice.
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