Although it is most commonly associated with men, hair loss and baldness also affects women. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women account for up to 40% of hair loss sufferers. Hair loss can range from mild to severe depending on a number of factors like age and type of hair loss. Dr. Ann Zedlitz, a dermatologist in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, offers hair loss therapy to treat hair loss and baldness in men and women.
Hair Loss Diagnosis and Hair Loss Therapy in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA
Everyone loses a certain amount of hair on a daily basis. On average, most people lose anywhere between 50 - 100 strands per day, which is considered normal. This is known as shedding, which is different than hair loss. Shedding more hair than is considered normal may be a sign of a condition known as telogen effluvium or excessive shedding.
The condition can result from a number of factors like stress, illness, or hormone fluctuations (giving birth or going off birth control pills for example). Though it can persist for months depending on the cause, hair shedding is typically temporary and usually resolves once the stress or hormone levels return to normal.
When Should You Be Concerned About Your Hair Loss?
Hair loss differs from shedding in that it prevents hair from growing altogether, and can be temporary or permanent depending on the cause. Some of the most common causes of hair loss and balding include:
- Heredity/family history
- Illness or infection
- Medications (chemotherapy)
- Lifestyle factors like poor diet and nutrition
- Chemical treatments/abrasive hair treatments/styling methods
Signs of Hair Loss
The most common signs and symptoms of hair loss/balding are:
- Hair gradually becoming thinner at the scalp
- Bald spots or patches
- Large amounts of loose hair that appears to fall out in "clumps"
- Hair loss on other parts of the body
Find a Dermatologist in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA
For more information about hair loss therapy, contact us today by calling (225) 778-7540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zedlitz in Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA today.