Female hair thinning can be frustrating. Your diet may contribute to this problem. Vitamin D deficiency can affect the health of hair follicles. Eating more polyunsaturated fats, like oily fish and nuts, can help you get a high amount of nutrients. Another common cause of hair thinning in females is hormone imbalances such as high levels of testosterone. Having Celiac’s disease and gluten intolerance can also contribute to hair loss.
If you lack exercise, you may also experience hair thinning. Exercise helps pump nutrients and blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp. Stress and dermatological problems such as dandruff, fungal infections, and psoriasis may also cause female hair thinning. Meditation and yoga can help reduce stress. You can also pursue a new hobby or take a vacation. Talk to your doctor to determine the cause of your hair thinning problem and determine the right solution to it.
Treatment depends on the leading cause of the problem and the type of hair loss you’re experiencing. Scarring alopecia, pattern baldness, pattern baldness, and chemotherapy are the most common types of hair loss. Treatment options include gels, medications, surgery, creams, and injections.
Medications include Minoxidil. Initially, it was made to high blood pressure. Research studies determined that Minoxidil should be applied directly to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Minoxidil doesn’t make your hair thicker overnight. The effect takes around 4 months, but it could take longer, like 6 to 12 months. Before applying Minoxidil, make sure that your scalp and hair are dry. Apply twice to the area where the hair is thinning. Massage it into your scalp with your fingers. Don’t shampoo your hair for at least 4 hours afterward.
Some women experience hair thinning due to iron deficiency. If you have this condition, you’ll need to take an iron supplement to stop hair loss. To determine if you have an iron deficiency, the doctor will test your blood iron level especially if you have heavy menstrual bleeding or history of anemia or you are a vegetarian.
Androgens can contribute to hair loss as well. Some women who have androgenic alopecia may benefit from taking anti-androgens such as spironolactone. Women with PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome tend to produce excess androgens. Spironolactone and oral contraceptive usually are prescribed together. Women who are taking these drugs shouldn’t become pregnant as it can cause genital defects in a male fetus. Depression, weight gain, fatigue, and loss of libido are possible side effects of taking these drugs.
Hair transplants may also be used to treat female hair thinning. A strip of scalp is removed from the back of your head and used to fill in the bald area. Ninety percent of hair transplant surgeons today use a method called hair-transplant surgeons. They divide a narrow strip of scalp into hundreds of tiny grafts that contain only a few hair strands. Each graft is inserted in a slit in your scalp made by a needle or blade in the bald spot. Hair grows in small clusters, so it looks better and more natural than the hair transplants of the past.
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