I always thought the saying “Hair today, gone tomorrow” related to men. That’s not the case. It turns out that as we go through menopause, women can experience thinning of their follicles.
According to MedlinePlus , which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, the average scalp has 100,000 hairs and each person loses approximately 100 hairs daily. Each hair grows an average of about half an inch a month and grows on average for 2-6 years. After a cycle of rest, the hair falls out and a new strand begins to grow in its place. Approximately 85% of your hair is in the growth phase, while the other 15% is in the resting phase.
So let's look at hair loss. “The main difference between male and female hair loss is that in women, hair follicles are rarely damaged, which means when the cause of the hair loss is addressed, hair can often regrow,” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge write in the...
There are a lot of side effects that patients deal with when they have a flare-up of their IBD. One thing that is often overlooked when discussing the side effects or symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is what it can do to the hair. Unfortunately hair thinning and loss is a very unpleasant side effect for many patients. While hair loss might not be the most medically significant problem it can still be a devastating one.
There are several reasons for the hair loss experienced in IBD patients. The first reason for this issue is due to malnutrition. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight over a short period of time may be at a higher risk of experiencing hair loss or thinning of the hair. The mal-absorption of nutrients in IBD patients can also cause issues with hair loss even when the patient maintains a stable weight. Normally this kind of hair loss is only temporary and the hair grows back as nutritional status returns.
You've been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your oncologist says you need chemo. Your first thought? "I'm going to go bald!" Well, possibly not; and being prepared for hair loss, both practically and emotionally, is your best antidote to fear and depression.
1. Find out if hair loss is a side effect of the drugs you're taking.
Some of the chemotherapy drugs prescribed for breast cancer are almost guaranteed to make you bald. Adriamycin, for example, causes complete hair loss, at least on top of your head; you may keep your eyebrows and eyelashes.
Methotrexate, on the other hand, is a lot gentler to your hair; while you may suffer some thinning, chances are you won't lose your hair completely.
How do you know if the specific drugs you're receiving will make you bald? Well, you can't know for sure; we all have our own personal reaction to chemo. But ask your doctor for a complete list of the known side effects of your chemo drugs; this will at least give you a start...
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