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Tussle Against Alopecia in Young Women

There has been a concealed anguish for years against Alopecia or what is known as Hair Loss and It becomes acute even to teenage Girls.

Hair Loss in Women

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Acknowledgment of Alopecia

Alopecia or Hair loss in Women is not something unprecedented as it has been so progressive in the past 15 years whether you are a teenager or a young lady or even a mother. I know Hair is supposed to be the crown that women wear but ladies never try to be in negation and run away from it.

You are strong to fight it and keep what is yours. It doesn't matter the cause of Hair loss, remember that "Suffer is inevitable, misery is optional". However, statistics show that more than 50% of women will experience eminent hair loss which is mainly female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) known as Androgenetic Alopecia.

Be brave and have some valor to concede that you start perceiving on your pillow, on your home's floor and in your shower hair shedding. Don't wait and suffer in silence as you should immediately seek dermatologist help. Remember the sooner the better to halt its progression !


Common Types of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia

It is hereditary and it affect the middle hairline but can be managed with medication or surgery.

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Hair starts gradually thinning all over the scalp, but the hairline usually doesn’t recede and can be mainly triggered due to menopause. This type of hair loss does rarely lead to baldness.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is only triggered after 3-4 months of a major stress by surgery or significant medical event like child birth, thyroid disorder or covid-19. It takes place when large numbers of follicles on the scalp enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle, called telogen, but the next growth phase doesn’t begin.

It impacts the whole scalp especially at the crown and temples but does not lead to complete baldness, although you may lose 300 to 500 hairs per day, and hair may appear thin.

In this case, the hair may grow back after six months but if it lasts longer than six months, it is considered to be chronic and an interference of Dermatologist is required instantly.

Alopecia Areata

It is an autoimmune condition, which means the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues, including the hair follicles. This causes hair to fall out and prevents new hair from growing. It is easily noticed by round small patches not only on the scalp but it can also include the eyebrows and eyelashes. Over time, this disease may lead to alopecia totalis, or complete hair loss.

Other red flags that involve hair loss implicate severe itching and swelling on the scalp.

Traction Alopecia

It can cause thinning hair or bald spots due to tight hairstyles like ponytails and braids by weakening the hair strands. It can be reversible once the hairstyle is altered.

Progression of Androgenetic Alopecia (AA)

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Telogen Effluvium

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Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)

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Alopecia Areata in Female

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Traction Alopecia in Female

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Diagnosis of Alopecia or Hair Loss cause

Regardless to the type of Alopecia or hair loss you experience, first front line you need to work on is checking on your thyroid levels such as Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and Thyroxine (T4), your hormones in case you have an underlying disease like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and other tests should be conducted about the Iron level and vitamin D...etc.

Your doctor has to make sure that there is no other ulterior ailment as the right type of Alopecia can be easily diagnosed. To point out that there is an elevated number of cases that involve two types of Hair loss in young women patients that are Chronic Telogen Effluvium (CTE) and Androgenetic Alopecia (AA).

Methods to fight Hair Loss

First of all, don't overthink about the causes your hair shedding as your doctor should ensure that if anything is out of control or abnormal in your tests, it will be surely and undoubtedly treated by medication.

Secondly, don't be frustrated and unconfident, eat a healthy diet and exercise so you won't get overwhelmed by stress. Moreover, if you are diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia (AA), keep in mind that this type of hair loss is not curable but theoretically reversible as long as you toe the line to a planned treatment with your Dermatologist.

Thereby, the most common way for people who can afford it, is to combine distinct Hair Loss treatments from Hair Mesotherapy injections to Minoxidil solution (5% or 2%) or even tablets as it depends on the Alopecia severity. Hair mesotherapy injections has been recognized as it promotes hair growth for thinning hair. On the other hand, it diminishes scalp issue like dandruff o seborrheic dermatitis by providing the necessary nutrients which are lidocaine, procaine, xylocaine for local anesthetics; NaCl 0.9 % for diluents; MgSO4, pantothenic acid, biotin, cobalamin, B complex vitamins, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, selenium for minerals and vitamins.

Concerning the results, nothing in this life is guaranteed clearly but put your goal that you need to stop the progression of your hair shedding as soon as possible.

Hair Mesotherapy injections results after not less than 7-9 sessions

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Zeineb Ben Fadhla

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