Noticeable hair loss is common, so if you’re bothered by your own thinning locks, you’re far from alone. By age 35, about 65 % of men in the US experience some amount of noticeable hair loss. By age 50, that number increases to 85%. And while hair loss is often considered a male issue, about 40% of women have visible hair loss by age 40.
Dr. Javier Sosa and our team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare are pleased to provide diagnostics and treatments for causes of undesired hair loss. Read on to learn more about hair loss and effective ways to manage it.
Hair loss basics
Everyone loses some hair daily, but when it becomes noticeable, something deeper may be at play. Also known as alopecia, hair loss can affect your scalp or your entire body. It can happen suddenly or occur gradually. For some people, hair loss is only temporary. For others, symptoms become permanent.
Regardless of the specifics, potential causes of hair loss include:
- Cancer treatments
- Genetic factors
- Grief and extreme stress
- Hormonal changes associated with aging or menopause
- Medical conditions, such as arthritis, depression, or eating disorders
Sometimes there is no discernible reason for your hair loss.
What to do about hair loss
If you’re losing hair due to aging or genetic factors and aren’t noticing other symptoms or particularly bothered by your changed appearance, you probably won’t need medical treatment.
Otherwise, early treatment can help address any underlying cause and lower your odds of complete baldness. Call Woodlands Primary Healthcare promptly if you or a loved one loses large amounts of hair suddenly, or if you notice additional symptoms, such as unexplained fatigue.
Hair loss treatments
Treatment for your hair loss depends on numerous factors, such as the cause and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Sosa and his team specialize in anti-aging regimens that help restore nutrient and hormone levels, which can improve hair loss symptoms. This process can bring a range of additional benefits, too, such as improved mood, reduced vaginal dryness, greater muscle mass, and better concentration.
If an illness or disease is causing your hair loss, treating the underlying condition can enhance your overall health and help improve hair loss.
In either case, the process for treating hair loss starts with a comprehensive exam, during which you’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history, including any medications or supplements you take. From there, Dr. Sosa can recommend your treatment options.
To learn more about hair loss or to get started with treatment, call Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, or request an appointment with Dr. Sosa on our website.