When you're a woman, suddenly losing a significant amount of your hair is worrisome to say the least. Hair loss is not as common or well-known in women as it is in men, so when it happens it can no doubt be an alarming experience. Some women may be too panicked or devastated to know what to do. If you are one of those women, then you have come to the right place. Here are steps you can take to alleviate your problem.
Assess Your Situation Calmly
First of all, try and stay calm. Added stress may aggravate your situation. Next, assess your situation with a level head and do your research. You might just be worrying over nothing. Is your hair loss so significant that it is causing bald patches the size of a coin on your scalp? If so, what you are experiencing is most likely Alopecia Areata.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles, causing baldness. Alopecia Areata in women often appears as small patches of baldness about the size of a coin on your scalp. You may observe large clumps of hair lost during sleep or in the shower, and this can occur not just on your scalp but with your eyebrows, eyelashes and other hair-bearing parts of your body as well. Another sign of Alopecia Areata is changes in your nails. Small, pinpoint dents (pitting), roughness, white spots or lines on your nails can be early signs of Alopecia Areata.
The exact cause of Alopecia Areata is inconclusive. What is clear is that there is a genetic predisposition to it, which means those who have a hereditary history of Alopecia Areata are more likely to acquire the disorder. The immune response can be triggered and aggravated by viral or bacterial infection, stress, exposure to foreign substances or trauma to the skin, or a combination of these factors. The condition may be temporary or permanent, and can lead to total hair loss of your entire head (Alopecia Totalis) or your whole body (Alopecia Universalis). There are several possibilities here, but there's also a chance that it may not be Alopecia Areata you are suffering from since it is not the only disease that can cause hair loss. This is why your next step should be to seek professional help.
Seek Professional Help
When you start to see clear signs of significant hair loss, you should approach dermatologists or specialists in hair loss to clarify your situation and get the appropriate treatment. There are several options for treating Alopecia Areata, including pharmaceutical drugs. Many of these drugs come with side effects however, so it's important to speak with a specialist and become fully aware of the treatments available before going through with them. Here at Transitions Hair we recommend and offer instant hair loss solutions for women, including wigs, hair thickeners, laser hair therapy, hair transplants and SensiGraft® for women. If you'd like to know more about our available solutions and get help with your specific situation, give us a call now on 1300 427 778.
Join a Community or Support Group
It can be difficult for women to cope with hair loss, especially if it is recurring. To make it easier on you and also give you access to the latest information and developments in hair loss treatments, join a community or support group of similar individuals and experts. With the right support, overcoming Alopecia Areata becomes much easier and you'll find that hair loss need not be a burden and hindrance to living a normal life.