There are few conditions that are as frustrating as psoriasis. It’s a skin condition that can cause itching, swelling, and other discomfort. It can change your appearance in painful ways. There are many issues related to psoriasis that you may be concerned about but what about hair loss? Is there a relationship between psoriasis and thinning hair and just how serious a problem is it? So what are the links between psoriasis and hair loss?
There are several different reasons that cause hair loss including various medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata and thyroid diseases such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. There are also psychological conditions that can lead to hair loss including chronic stress and trichotillomania. To find out more about the medical conditions that can lead to hair loss, take a look at some of the blogs in this section.
If you’re losing your hair, it’s quite possible that you may have looked at yourself in the mirror and asked, “How did I get to this point?” Hair loss is something that happens slowly and progressively. You see the results in front of you, but you may be wondering whether your progression is normal and how and why people lose their hair in the first place. At RHRLI, we make it a point to spend time with our patients so they understand their hair loss and treatment and we also have the best permanent solution available. We want to tell you about this solution and about the evolution of your hair loss.
It’s hard to think anything that’s more life-changing than a pregnancy. You’re bringing a new life into the world and if all goes according to plan, you will be carrying a child for nine months. You also have to get ready for the delivery and prepare your living space and nursery. On top of all of this, there’s all sorts of side effects and conditions related to pregnancy. Everything from moodiness and bloating to changes in your appetite can occur, according to the Mayo Clinic. But how does it affect your hair? You may have heard stories of hair growth and you may have also heard about hair loss related to pregnancy. RHRLI wants to help you sort the truth from myth.
At RHRLI, we’ve dedicated our practice to helping patients grow hair, even when it’s difficult. This month, we’re asking you to help cancer patients by growing your hair. It’s time for No-Shave November, an annual nationwide event, that raises funds and awareness for cancer and men’s health. The idea can be summed up in one sentence: Put the razor away for a month.
There are many reasons why you might be losing your hair, but the one cause of hair loss that gets the lion’s share of attention is androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern hair loss. That is the most common form of hair loss, but there are other causes such as alopecia areata, which is sudden, patchy hair loss, or telogen effluvium which is related to changes in the growth cycle of hair. All sorts of things can factor into hair loss, from medication to tight hair buns, but what about anemia? RHRLI knows that patients have many questions about their hair loss and that many people have conditions like anemia and wonder how that plays into their hair loss.
You hear a lot about the causes of hair loss. Some of what you hear is a myth, like when you hear wearing hats might cause hair loss. Sometimes you hear something that seems unusual but is true. For example, wearing a tight hair style can create a condition called traction alopecia, which does cause hair loss. You also may have heard that the hormone testosterone contributes to hair loss, and wonder how that can be because women experience hair loss too. At RHRLI, we want our patients to have all of the information they can get about hair loss because we want everyone to understand why we offer the best permanent solution to patients with thinning hair.
Hair loss doesn’t happen for one reason. At RHRLI we see patients who’ve lost their hair from a variety of causes. Some lose hair because of heredity, others because of stress or trauma to their scalp due to things like tight hairstyles. Sometimes hair loss can come as the result of a medication you are taking. And sometimes hair loss is the result of a disease or medical condition. One category of disease that can often cause patients to lose their hair is an autoimmune disease. According to dictionary.com, an autoimmune disease is “a disease resulting from a disordered immune reaction in which antibodies are produced against one’s own tissues.” RHRLI knows that some autoimmune diseases can cause notable hair loss and we want you to know about these conditions.
There are a lot of things that go through a patient’s mind when they’re losing their hair. One question they often ask themselves and ask us here at RHRLI is, “Why?” Patients want to know what causes their hair loss and they also want to know what kind of permanent solution they can find. When you’re looking at causes of hair loss, you’ve probably heard mention of hormones. Hormones can affect hair loss, but the involvement of hormones in the most common cause of hair loss is a little bit complicated.
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating and unfortunately many patients have to deal with a difficult side effect often associated with cancer treatment. Very often cancer treatment drugs cause hair loss. This can create emotional trauma and a loss of self confidence at a particularly vulnerable time. But a treatment has been developed over decades and recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration that offers dignity and hope for cancer patients who’ve lost their hair. RHRLI wants you to know about this new treatment option called scalp cooling.
As we finally head into some warmer weather you may be wondering how much of an effect the cold weather has had on your hair. A lot of people believe winter is tough on your mane. In fact, many people believe that they lose more hair in the winter than at any other time of the year. But is that true? Does cold weather promote hair loss and if it doesn’t, what season is more likely to produce thinning hair? At RHRLI we know you have questions about the factors that go into hair loss and we understand it can be difficult to separate fact from myth. So we want to tell you what we know about hair loss in winter.