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Hair weakness in women

Hair loss in women is a common problem, affecting about a third of them. Unlike men, women often experience thinning hair rather than going completely bald, and there can be a number of underlying causes for this problem.

Some causes are related to inflammation in the body, while others are due to female pattern hair loss. There may also be genetic factors involved. In some cases, hair loss can be triggered by medications, styles that put excessive stress on the hair, stressful events, or medical conditions such as thyroid problems, hormonal changes, pregnancy, or inflammatory conditions of the scalp.

Treatment for hair loss depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, treating the medical condition or making lifestyle changes can help stabilize the problem and allow hair to grow back. There are also medications like minoxidil that can be helpful in certain types of hair loss. Other options include hair replacement or regeneration therapies.

Recently, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been used to treat hair loss. This procedure involves drawing blood from the patient, separating the components, and then injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp. While the exact mechanism is not yet fully understood, growth factors in platelets are thought to stimulate regeneration of hair follicles and other tissues.

In more serious cases, when medical treatments are not enough, cosmetic options such as wigs or hair transplantation may be considered. Hair transplantation involves moving active hair follicles from the back of the scalp to areas where there is thinning. However, this option can be expensive and is not covered by health insurance. Additionally, recovery time is required and may not be suitable for all cases.

In summary, hair loss in women can have multiple causes and treatment options. It is important to identify the underlying cause and consult with a medical professional to determine the most appropriate approach for each situation.

This is a summary of an article published by Kelly Billodeau en HARVARD HEALTH BLOG

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