Hair Loss: It’s More Common than You Think!
Dermatology services at the Ontario area’s CT Derm is about more than skin. We also work with patients who are dealing with hair-related problems. It is estimated that 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss. The loss rates increase slightly each year, but the average at this time is 40 percent for 35-year-old men, increasing to 70 percent for 80-year-old men. By the age of 60, 80 percent of women suffer from some type of hair loss.
Some early signs to watch for include a receding hairline that becomes more visible with each passing year, a widening part, a thinner ponytail, or overall gradual thinning of the hair. It is not uncommon for the symptoms to be so subtle that it could take a few months or years to notice. Some people take note of just one symptom, while others may notice many.
Not Just Your Scalp
Did you know that hair loss can happen anywhere you grow hair? Other areas that can experience loss include the eyelids, beard, eyebrows, body hair, and genitals. Some people lose all of the hair on their entire body. This is called alopecia universalis. Early signs of hair loss can be the same on body areas as on the scalp.
Sometimes Sudden and Dramatic
Most often, hair loss isn’t noticed for some time due to the gradual symptoms. It is possible, however, for it to come on quickly. Though situations like this are rare, they can be an indicator of a more serious problem, and these patients should be examined by a medical provider. If you notice large clumps of hair or a sudden bald spot, get scheduled with your dermatologist right away!
Hair loss can be the result of a variety of issues! The most common reasons are genetic and age related. As we age, the follicles that grow hair can shrink or slow down growth. These issues are often treated effectively through medication and/or supplementation. The sooner you start treatment, the better your chances will be at keeping alopecia at bay.
Sometimes our immune systems can attack our hair follicles, and this can cause hair loss. This is called alopecia areata. This auto-immune disease can affect one specific location or many varying locations on our body. Again, early treatment is key in trying to help to stimulate re-growth.
Stress can also cause hair loss. This can be a stressful situation, a surgery, childbirth, or an illness. Typically, when we have stress-related hair loss, our hair returns to its normal fullness within six to nine months. Hormone imbalances can also cause hair growth problems, as can nutritional deficiencies, such as a lack of biotin, iron, protein, or zinc in your diet. Clients are sometimes surprised that their hair loss is a side effect of a prescription medication that they are taking for another condition.
Alopecia, in any of its forms, can be a challenging diagnosis to get to the bottom of. Our providers find great joy in helping clients with difficult diagnosis such as alopecia. When it comes to battling hair loss, no one is more qualified than our dermatology providers here at CT Derm. We’d love to help you with your hair loss concerns!
Contact us online, or call 208-452-7450.