FAQ regarding hair loss
Here you can read our answers to the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our patients.
General questions and answers regarding hair loss
It’s rare that you lose all the hair on your head unless you suffer from a disease. Men almost always keep the hair on the back of their head and along the sides at ear-height. Women can sometimes have a more diffused case of hair loss spread over the entire head but usually don’t lose all of it.
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. All people experience hair loss during their lifetime, some more than others, so all people have alopecia. It is common for people to use the word alopecia as an umbrella term for diseases such as alopecia areata (spot baldness) and alopecia totalis (hair loss all over the head), with the word alopecia but it is not entirely accurate.
There are medicines that help against hair loss. Finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) and Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) help with hair loss. Both medicines work in different ways, but Finasteride should only be used by men as the substance can cause severe birth defects in pregnant women. We can prescribe Finasteride to our patients. Read more about medicine for hair loss here.
FAQ regarding causes for hair loss
There are several things that can cause hair loss. The most common reason is genetic hair loss. Otherwise, things such as illness, stress, medication, issues with the thyroid gland or iron deficiency can cause hair loss.
Hair loss doesn’t necessarily depend on age, but with that said it is, of course, more common that you lose hair as you age. There can be several reasons for hair loss at an early age. It could be because of stress, medicine, diet, or possibly a medical condition.
Birth control pills can cause hair loss in some women, for a variety of reasons. Often this occurs in connection with the change of birth control pills when the body transitions from one composition of hormones to another. What makes hair loss difficult to detect is that it is marked by at least 3 months after the change has taken place in the body because it takes the hair follicles 3 months to go into resting phase. Read more about hair loss in connection to birth control pills.
There are certain medicines that can lead to hair loss. If you have further inquiries, we recommend that you turn to your doctor or contact us in regard to the specific medication in question.