Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is characterised by thinning of the hair in the front/top areas of the scalp. This thinning does not lead to baldness. What happens is that the growth phase of many of the hairs in the area becomes shorter, producing shorter finer hairs. However, many of the hairs in the front/top areas are untouched by this process so that the general appearance of the scalp of a thinning in the area in the question. Some women complain of a "burning" sensation in the top/front of the scalp.

The thinning often begins at the time of menopause or after hysterectomy in those women genetically predisposed. At these time, the change in the sex hormonal balance gives the male sex hormones (androgens) more influence and triggers the thinning. In the past, women in their twenties or thirties seldom suffer female pattern hair loss unless a hormonal imbalance was present. However, trichologists are now seeing more younger women with genetic thinning and one reason for this is the oral contraceptive; progestogens is some oral contraceptives, such as the progestogens "levonorgestrel" and "norethisterone", have a male sex hormonal influence and might trigger genetic thinning in those women genetically predisposed to it.

Women with FPH should be wary of taking such supplement as testosterone, DHEA (a weak male sex hormone), steroids for the body-building, growth-hormone supplements and creatine. Also, avoid whey protein isolate.

As with men, an immune response in the bulge region of the hair follicle, leading to inflammation, plays a part with the hair thinning. It is generally considered that FPH is an autosomal recessive trait, meaning it must be inherited from both parents for the daughter to exhibit the problem. This means both parents can have full heads of hair but the daughter can still inherit FPH. The male hormones that influence the hair are usually at normal levels.

Post Partum Hair Loss

More than 50% of women experience hair loss after delivery due to hormonal changes, sometimes aggravated by the stress of motherhood and juggle with work.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata means hair loss in patches and often correct itself. the bald patches are round or oval in shape and have sharply defined margin. The affected area has glossy (onion skin) appearance.

Cause of alopecia areata is an auto-immune probe and can be triggered by viral or bacteria's infection, vaccination, stress, trauma to the skin or exposure to any substance that becomes an antigen to the body like coeliac disease (gluten intolerance). Helicobacter pylori gastric infection has been associated with the number of auto-immune problem including alopecia areata.

Tinea Capitis

Tinea capitis is an infection caused by a variety of fungi. The fungi that cause Tinea capitis are molds and they thrive on keratin. And there are 3 types of fungi that cause disorders on human or animals by invading the skin are called dermatophytes. They are Microsporum, Epidermophyton, and Trichophyton.

Fungi whose natural habitat is man termed anthropophilic fungi who natural habitat is the soil are termed geophilic.

Tinea capitis is easily passed from person to person or animal to person. (Which Alopecia Areata is not contagious). Tinea capitis occurs more often in children than the adult and it is contagious. To avoid the spreading and infection, try not to share the comb and do not touch the affected area with hand. And to consult the doctor and search treatment like oral griseofulvin, terconazole or terbinafine are the usual treatment for 4 to 8 weeks. 

Microsporum organism tends to be transmitted from animal to person. Whereas Trichophyton organism tends to be transmitted from person to person.

Aging Scalp

Due to free radical and environmental pollution, as well as the chemical treatment, it speeds up the aging process of our scalp and hair. The scalp is the fastest aging skin. It is 12 times faster than the body skin and 6 times faster than the facial skin. A lack of care of our scalp lead to loss of elasticity and showing of wrinkles on the scalp, sometimes even cause the wrinkle on the forehead and corner of the eyes.

Pityriasis Capitis/Dandruff

Fine shedding or scaling of the skin. Normal skin (stratum corneum) keratinised faster than normal 28 days. And the present of Malassezia yeast which causes the scalp to become inflamed, this causes irritation and therefore itchy skin.

Other considerations include the cosmetics used on the scalp and diet. Cosmetics such as shampoos that slightly irritate the scalp are lightly scaling as means of ridding the scalp of irritation. Regarding diet, deficiencies of essential nutrients are certainly in our skin and hair.

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