Losing one's hair can be devastating to a woman's self-esteem.
As Susan Hendricks reports in Today's Health Minute, getting to the 'root' of the problem is essential when deciding on a treatment plan.
As a real estate broker, Judy Harper believes her appearance is critical. But 15 years ago, Harper, who was in her early 40s, started losing her hair.
Her doctor recommended medications to slow the loss.
But when those didn't work she turned to something else.
It had progressed to the point to where i felt that i needed to have a scalp prothesis.
Many women experience some hair thinning or hair loss before menopause but excessive hair loss is medically known as alopecia.
What might be very acceptable to men, not acceptable to women.
Even a slight amount of loss is not acceptable.
Dr. Edmond Griffin says hair thinning has many causes- often, genetics- but there can be other reasons.
Whether it's a thyroid problem or anemia problem, or medications, or an auto-immune, and in each one of those problems is a different approach to their treatment
Griffin says a blood test or biopsy may be needed to make a diagnosis.
In order to grow more hair, many women use topical creams, oral medication, even surgery to replace hair folicles.
Judy plans to continue treating her condition with both topical and oral medication, as she's now seeing some regrowth along her hairline.
For Today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.