Treating Hair Loss
It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs every day, but if you have thinning hair, or you see bald patches, you may be experiencing hair loss. While hair loss has no effect on your physical health, it can be devastating to your self-image and emotional well being. In the United States, billions of dollars are spent each year on hair loss treatments. Your dermatologist is an expert in a broad range of conditions, and specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect hair, skin and nails. Contact Compassion Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX for your hair loss concerns.
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, but there are a number of potential causes. It occurs in varying degrees from minor thinning to complete baldness. Some of the more common causes of hair loss include:
- Hair loss related to pulling on the hair due to hair pieces, ponytails or tight braids, for example.
- Women can experience hair loss after giving birth, due to falling estrogen levels. As your body readjusts, excessive shedding will stop.
- Extreme stress can cause hair loss for several months after the event.
- Androgenetic Alopecia can occur in both males and females due to hormonal and hereditary factors.
- Health related hair loss can be due to illness, such as lupus, diabetes, thyroid disease, anemia and other diseases. In addition, major surgery and a high fever can result in hair loss. Blood work may be required to determine if your hair loss is health related.
- Hair loss is common with menopause. It is often temporary, but after the age of 40 a woman’s hair will not be as thick as it was when she was younger.
- Diet and nutrition can cause hair loss. When dieting, hair loss may occur after losing as little as 15 pounds. The condition typically resolves itself without any treatment.
- Excessive ingestion of vitamin A can cause hair loss. Once the excess is stopped, hair will regrow.
- A lack of adequate protein can cause hair loss. Eating more protein will stop the loss of hair in this situation.
- A lack of iron can cause hair loss.
- Poor nutrition due to bulimia and anorexia can cause hair loss.
- Medical treatments, including some medications can cause hair loss. Medications that may cause hair loss include blood thinners, anti-hypertensives for high blood pressure, birth control pills, medications for arthritis, gout and heart conditions to name a few. When scheduling a consultation with our dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, please bring all your medications, including over-the-counter meds and “natural” products. Some chemotherapy treatments and radiation treatments for cancer often cause hair loss. For most patients, the hair will grow back.
- Shampooing your hair too frequently, hair dyes and brushing the hair excessively with 100 strokes or more a day can cause hair loss. The use of a blow dryer can cause hair to become brittle, breaking easily and causing hair to appear thinner.
Sudden hair loss is typically caused by illness, diet, medications and childbirth. Gradual hair loss that is more noticeable with the passing of the years may indicate hereditary hair loss.
When hair loss occurs, it is important to have the cause diagnosed in the event it is illness related. A dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX will examine your hair and scalp, and provide a diagnosis. A number of the forms of alopecia are temporary, and can be treated. Other types can lead to permanent baldness, but the loss can be slowed when treatment is administered early. Early treatments can result in a better prognosis.
When you visit a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, your doctor will ask questions related to your medical history, family history of alopecia, recent illnesses, medications you may be taking, and the hair products to use, and care you provide your hair. In addition, the doctor will also ask if hair loss is limited to the scalp or is generalized. In addition to a skilled evaluation, the tests your doctor orders may include microscopic examination of the hair, scalp biopsy, and blood tests.
The Treatment of Hair Loss
The treatment your dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX prescribes will be related to the underlying cause of your hair loss. Examples of potential treatments your doctor may order, include light therapy, corticosteroid injections, topical creams or even hair transplants, scalp flaps, scalp reduction, scalp expansion and more. Remember, an early diagnosis may cause a more successful outcome. Due to this, if your hair loss lasts longer than 2 or 3 months, schedule an appoint with our dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX.
The potential causes of hair loss are numerous. Once the cause of your hair loss is identified, your dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX can tell you what to expect. Some hair loss does not require treatment and will re-grow without any treatment. Treatment for hair loss can make you feel better, and improve your appearance. If hair loss concerns you, contact Compassion Dermatology to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX.