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          Hair loss in women is actually quite common, but it's caused by something different than men.  Many things can prompt the problem, from medication, to illness, infection, even chemicals.

          Dr. Dennis Ferrar, an Endocrinologist with Kelsey Seybold Clinic talks to us about what women can do about it.  He says thyroid disease is the first thing doctors should look at, when a woman is experiencing this problem.  "It's a symptom of hypothyroidism, but certainly not all hair loss is due to thyroid disease.  If thyroid disease is ruled out, she should look for other causes.  Other causes would be iron deficiency, women who might produce too much testosterone, or even stress can cause hair loss, so just a few things that need to be kept in the back of the mind," says Dr. Ferrar.

          He suggests that anyone with these symptoms start with their personal doctor.  If your PCP suspects this problem, they can always recommend you see an Endocrinologist, who specializes in thyroid conditions.  For women with thinning hair, there are treatments available.  If it's a hormonal basis to the hair loss, we can treat them with thyroid hormones.  If it's because of thyroid deficiency or because of testosterone excess, there are ways to treat that as well. 

          For more information, http://www.kelsey-seybold.com or http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss

 

 

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