Finding a few hairs in your brush or comb is natural, and all part of the way your hair regenerates itself. For many men and women, the hair that is left in the shower or comb is more than natural shedding; it is the result of thinning hair. Thinning hair can be caused by a variety of things from stress to genetics. While some causes are only temporary, most result in permanent hair loss. Treatment can often prevent further loss of hair.
What Causes Hair Loss?
The causes of hair loss include genetics, stress, and medication. There is a variety of treatment options available, and your care provider at the Rendon Center will recommend treatment based on your individual needs. It is important to seek treatment at the first indication of hair loss so we can help to prevent the loss of more hair.
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Types of Hair Loss
Androgenic Alopecia (AGA)
This is the most frequently diagnosed form of hair loss. It affects both men and women, even though it is frequently, albeit incorrectly, referred to as male pattern baldness. Men typically begin to see signs of thinning hair by the time they are 35, while women generally do not start to lose their hair until they are in their 40s. Men normally first notice a receding hairline followed by thinning of the hair on their crown. Generally, women experience more generalized thinning that is most noticeable in the crown region.
Telogen Effluvium (TE)
This is the second most frequently diagnosed form of hair loss, it is described as temporary thinning of the hair. Hair follicles go through three phases, active growth, transitional (transitioning from growing to dormant), and dormant. Normally, only about 10 percent of your hair follicles are dormant at any given time, TE occurs when a larger than normal number go dormant at once.
These are two common forms of hair loss, but there are many other types. Both men and women can be affected by them, in fact, women account for nearly 40 percent of the patients suffering from hair loss.