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Hair Loss in Women - Causes, Medications and Treatments

Posted by in Health: Beauty  ~  June 24, 2012 12:56:37 PM

Hair loss in women is a serious problem since this condition is often not socially acceptable by many people, even though some cases are not a result from a threatening disease. While most of its cases are hereditary, some are the results of underlying medical conditions and effects of certain medications.

According to some experts, these are the main causes of hair loss for women:

  • Iron-deficiency or anemia.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Lupus and other diseases which affect connective tissues.
  • Diseases from the reproductive system such as ovarian tumors.
  • Post-menopausal stage.
  • Post-partum stage.
  • Over-stress conditions and other extreme emotional problems.
  • General anesthesia (some people develop adverse reaction to this).
  • Surgical procedures that damages the scalp.
  • Eating problems including bulimia and anorexia.
  • Unhealthy diet (deficiency in zinc, essential fatty acids, and other important vitamins and minerals).
  • Malabsorption of essential vitamins and minerals by the body.
  • Hypervitaminosis A.
  • Hereditary.

Experts also said that certain medications may cause moderate to severe hair loss and these are the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Prednisone drugs).
  • Street drugs such as methampethamine and cocaine.
  • Some drugs which are used to lower blood cholesterol and levels of lipids.
  • Some drugs which are used for seizure treatments.
  • Drugs which are used as blood thinners or anti-coagulant (e.g. Heparin and Warfin).
  • High dose of Vitamin A.
  • Drugs use in chemotherapy for cancer patients.
  • Medications which are used to alter moods and treat depression (e.g. Prozac, Tri-cyclics, Elavil, Lithium, etc.).
  • Some drugs which are used to normalize blood pressure level, particularly the B-blockers.
  • Oral medications particularly those which are high in Progestins.
  • Some diet pills.

While there are many available treatments for hair loss, women who are suffering from this condition should seek doctor’s diagnosis in order to pinpoint the culprit and the main cause for hair loss. These are some of the following treatments used to address the hair loss problems:

  • Lasercomb is FDA-approved device which serves as a growth stimulant for hair. This cosmetic devise can also be used by men who suffer from hair loss or baldness.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (Estrogen replacement) is only applicable for women who suffer from hair loss due to menopause. This therapy may not be used as a direct treatment to solve thinning hair, but some patients have claimed that after receiving this treatment, they experience cessation of thinning hair.
  • Steroid injections are only applicable to Alopecia Areata or other Alopecias cases. A physician would inject this chemical to the area where there is a bald patch. Just after two to three months, patients can experience hair growth on that bald patch. (This is effective but cannot directly treat the main causes for hair loss.)
  • Oral Spironolactone may be effective to treat hair loss but may not work with Alopecia Areata or other types of non-androgen related Alopecias cases.
  • Tricomin is probably one of the most effective treatments for hair loss. This has been proven to promote and stimulate hair growth.