Understanding Alopecia


Whether you, a friend, a family member, or just someone you know has alopecia, there are a few important things to know about this little known conditions. Firstly, there are many different types of alopecia, some that are caused by external factors, and some that are caused by genetic or internal factors - especially in the case of women. For most men, hair loss is not an indication of illness, but for women, it can be, making it extremely important for you to seek professional medical advice if you begin to experience any unusual hair loss.

The most common type of alopecia in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, followed by alopecia areata. Women with androgenetic alopecia usually experience a gradual thinning of the part line and eventually hair loss or thinning at the crown of the head.

Causes of Androgenetic Alopecia

  • Genetic factors
  • Endocrine conditions
  • Androgen-secreting tumours
  • Unusual androgen activity or production

What to expect if you're suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia

Both men and women will experience a thinning of the hair, and in some cases eventual baldness or complete loss of hair.

Androgenetic Alopecia in Women

Unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, women's hairlines rarely recede and complete hair loss does not normally occur. However this gradual thinning can become extremely noticeable and can cause a great deal of emotional and physical insecurity. It is important for those experiencing these effects to reach out for help, such as getting in touch with the wide range of therapy that is available or joining a support group with others who are suffering from alopecia.

It is pivotal that women address the issue of unexplained hair loss as there could be other medical problems associated with the hair loss, including:

  • Hormonal or chemical imbalances in your body
  • Cancer
  • Anorexia or other eating disorders
  • Anaemia or low iron levels
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Thyroid disease
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome

For information regarding hair loss solutions for women with alopecia, consult Transitions Hair for Women. For men suffering from alopecia, balding or thinning hair, check out our great range of hair loss solutions for men.

Why not take action today and start your journey back to great looking hair! Click here to book your free consultation with one of our hair loss professionals; alternatively you can call 1300 427 778.

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