Hairloss doesn’t come in one form. It isn’t one issue but the feelings of despair and devastation it can cause do not discriminate against the cause.
Many people think if you are a woman and you lose your hair, you must be ill. Cancer comes to mind so quickly these days which is a shame as it is a sign of how prevalent it is today.Hairloss takes many forms and there are different types of alopecia. Hormonal imbalances caused by Polycystic Ovaries can also cause hair to go thin. This is by no means a covers all guide – note I am NOT a medical professional, this is written from my experience of alopecia.
Also known as female or male pattern hairloss, genetic hairloss, is the type of alopecia I have. It can start out as a patch of thinning hair and eventually become widespread. In men, it can start with a receding hairline which over time becomes more widespread. Predominantly androgenetic alopecia affects the head first but hair loss can be seen over the body.
Alopecia Areata is where hair loss occurs in random patches across the head. This can develop into total hair loss from the scalp (Alopecia Totalis) or from all over the body (Alopecia Universalis).
Traction Alopecia is a form of hairloss caused by extreme pulling of the hair. This is usually temporary but prolonged pulling can cause permanent damage to the hair follicle. Traction Alopecia should not be confused with Trichotillomania which is a condition in which a person feels compelled to pull their hair out. This can be hair from the scalp, eyelashes/brows or other areas of the body.
Hair loss can also be caused by hormonal imbalances seen during pregnancy, in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and other disorders affecting the pituitary or thyroid.
Finally, there is also the aforementioned hair loss caused by chemotherapy, it doesn’t affect all cancer patients but if you are undergoing treatment and are likely to lose your hair, your oncologist or specialist nurse will likely advise you.
Whatever the cause of you or your loved ones hair loss, I decided that during Alopecia Awareness month I would write as much as I could to help anyone experiencing hair loss so hopefully you will find the articles published this month helpful.
More information about hairloss can be found at:
Alopecia UK – http://www.alopeciaonline.org.uk Alopecia UK also run a fab Facebok group which is a fab way to connect with other people with various types of alopecia. Wig reviews, tips, headwear, pics and inspirational experiences are regularly shared in a closed group, which is not published on your regular timeline.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Polycystic-ovarian-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx
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