Alopecia Treatment for Women

Alopecia Treatment for WomenAlopecia treatment for women varies according to the type of alopecia experienced and the cause of it. Androgenic alopecia causes hair to thin or recede whilst alopecia areata is portrayed as areas of missing hair on the scalp. Alopecia totalis is characterized by complete hair loss.

With causes such as hormonal deficiencies, infections of the scalp and genetics, as well as hairstyles, which create stress to the scalp, it is imperative to determine the cause of such hair loss before treatment is given.

Certain skin conditions like lichen planopialaris and discoid lupus (an autoimmune condition) destroy the stem cells needed for hair growth.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication originally used orally to treat high blood pressure. Minoxidil 2% is sanctioned for the treatment of androgenic alopecia and is applied with the use of a dropper directly to the scalp. Minoxidil 5% is a stronger version of the drug and is used for treating alopecia areata.

Corticosteroids

With a hair loss of less than 50%, corticosteroids may be administered by intralesional injections, sometimes in conjunction with topical treatment. Hair growth increases for about a month after using this treatment and can be an effective alopecia treatment for women.

Other Treatments

Some success has been seen in encouraging hair growth by using root-strengthening lotions, which contain plant extracts that mimic the female hormone oestrogen. Root strengthening topical treatments containing pepper extracts has been found to increase blood flow to the scalp and aid hair thickening by root stimulating.

Oral nutrient capsules containing marine oils aid hair growth due to assisting the development of amino acids. In some cases, the psoriasis cream ‘Anthralin’ has been known to promote hair follicle stimulation and an improvement in renewed hair growth.

Laser hair therapy can improve hair volume and the quality of the hair shaft and by increasing blood supply to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles, hair re-growth can occur.

Severe Alopecia

Topical immunotherapy involves using a topical agent to cause an allergic reaction. By shocking the hair follicles out of their dormant phase, renewed hair growth occurs in some individuals. In other cases, cortisone pills may produce the desired results.

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