Male pattern baldness (MPB), sometimes referred to as a "receding hairline" in the early stages, is the most common type of hair loss. It is successfully treated with remedies such as Rogaine®, and men, women and children of every ethnic background can also begin to lose patches of hair on the head or somewhere else on the body without much warning. In every case, those who suffer with this problem want to control baldness – although the condition is not always permanent, depending on the related cause and treatment.
The causes of losing hair for men, women and children
Hair loss may result from prolonged illness and high fever, experiencing severe stress, as a reaction to a virus, or as a side effect of a particular medication the victim is taking. It is often successfully treated with a 5% minoxidil solution or a series of cortisone injections.
Why women suffer hair loss
Whether it is partial or dramatic, female thinning hair is particularly disturbing for women since it affects 30% of them, and it is potentially damaging to their self esteem. In their case, some additional causes for this problem include hormonal imbalance (when too much male hormone or too little female hormone is present), experiencing menopause, after giving birth, and the use of oral contraceptives.
What women can do when this happens
Some topical treatments that women have used successfully to control hair loss include saw palmetto-based remedies, aromatherapy (now quite popular) and Women's Rogaine®. More specifically, too control hair loss from the damage caused by various treatments used for hair styling, including dyes and excessive heat, women can alter their hair styling regimen and begin a series of vitamin treatments to affect a cure.
Dealing with alopecia
When there is a total loss of body hair (alopecia), topical immunotherapy is recommended to treat and control hair loss. In this case, a chemical irritant is applied to the affected area that "coaxes" the hair into growing once again by stimulating the body's immune system to combat the problem.