Hair loss can be a stressful experience for both men and women. While it is normal to lose some hair every day, excessive hair loss can be a sign of an underlying condition, or normal aging. Let’s learn more about some potential causes and treatments!
Have you noticed that there is more hair collecting around the drain after a shower, or more hair falling out when you brush? A little bit of hair loss on a daily basis is normal, but when you start to see things change it can be helpful to seek out advice.
The most common cause in men and women is hereditary and called androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness. In men this includes the classic symptoms of a receding hairline and bald spots along the crown, whereas in women it can be a little more subtle and usually starts with hair thinning and widening of the central part.
Hair loss can also be caused by other changes such as hormone levels: this is common during pregnancy and menopause in women, and can also be related to thyroid imbalances or stress due to higher levels of a hormone called cortisol. Other medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders or even certain medications can also lead to hair loss.
The first step with any medical related concern is usually to have a discussion with your doctor, who can ask some specific questions to get a better understanding of what may be causing hair loss in your situation. If you’re a Radish patient, you could be having this conversation right now by chatting with your Radish doctor!
There are several treatment options for hair loss in men and women. In both men and women, this can take the form of a foam or liquid that you apply to your scalp to help prevent additional hair loss and in some cases even stimulate new hair growth. For men, there is also the option of an oral medication taken once a day to block the production of DHT, a hormone which causes male pattern baldness.
If it is determined that your hair loss is due to other causes after discussion with your doctor, there are other medications that can be helpful as well.
Hair loss can be a distressing experience, but there are treatments available that can help restore hair growth and boost confidence! Fortunately the medications for hair loss are very safe to use, easy to get, and can be especially effective when started early on!
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your dedicated Radish doctor to start the conversation and learn more. Or better yet, bring this up during your virtual annual physical!
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