Why your hair might be falling out there are many reasons. Whether this is reversible, permanent or temporary there are options you can consider that may help. To visit a doctor is the most important step so that they can diagnose the cause of your hair loss. We’ll go over conventional, complementary and common treatments available to treat hair loss for women.
What can you do about hair loss?
Hair loss caused by hormonal changes, like menopause or pregnancy or stress may not require any treatment. Instead, after the body adjusts the loss will likely stop on its own.
Nutrient deficiencies can usually be addressed through the use of supplements, the guidance of a doctor, changes in diet or registered dietitian. If the deficiency is caused by an underlying medical condition the guidance of a doctor is necessary. Not just its symptoms any medical conditions that lead to hair loss should be treated directly the address the full condition.
That said, there are a number of possible treatment and medications for hair loss caused by other alopecia’s and by female pattern baldness. For months or years to see the full results you may need to use one or a combination of treatment.
Minoxidil Topical Solution
Minoxidil topical is also known as rogaine, this over-the-counter (OTC) medication can be used for women or men with androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata. This drug is spread on the scalp each day and comes in foam or liquid form. New growth may be shorter and thinner than before and it may cause more hair loss at first. For six months or more to prevent further loss and promote regrowth, you may also need to use.
Here we discussed some side effects of minoxidil:
- Hair growth on other parts of the face or hands that come in contact with the medication
- Scalp irritation
- Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Prescription Spironolactone Pills
Otherwise known as Aldactone, by addressing hormones the drug spironolactone works to treat hair loss. Specifically, decreases the body’s processing of testosterone and it binds to androgen receptors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not labelled it as a treatment for androgenic alopecia and not all researchers agree that it works effectively. About possible benefits and risks of spironolactone talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
Topical tretinoin or Retin-A, with minoxidil for androgenic alopecia, is sometimes used as a combination therapy. Under the guidance of your doctor, it’s important to use this type of medication. Tretinoin can actually cause hair loss in some circumstances.
Some people who have used it at home report that serums, topical retinol creams and lotions may make hair loss worse.
With corticosteroids injected at multiple sites in the affected area women with hair loss due to alopecia areata may consider treatment.
Treatment can be repeated every four to six weeks and hair growth may be noticeable as soon as four weeks. Here are some side effects with injections include:
- A thinning of the scalp skin
- Skin atrophy
They aren’t necessarily as effective but topical corticosteroids are also available and oral corticosteroids may lead to unpleasant side effects.