Hair loss has been with us throughout history. Since the first surgical hair loss solution occurred only a century ago in 1822, and while wigs were a fashion in late 16th to 18th century Europe and America, for the most part, bald leaders and historic figures were generally known to have hair loss.
Hair Loss in Women
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Many of us are looking at everyday things we can do to promote our hair health. Whether it be the kinds of shampoo and conditioner we use, how often we wash our hair, how we brush our hair, or how we style it. We’re trying to be mindful of what’s good for our hair health and what will keep us having that full head of hair for as long as we can. [Read more…] about Collagen And Overall Hair Health
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There is certainly no shortage of weight loss remedies and treatments that exist and are readily available to the public. Sometimes diet and exercise are enough, but in more extreme cases prescription drugs or even surgery become the only answer. While some may feel weight loss surgery is extreme, it is often done as a life-saving procedure. [Read more…] about Weight Loss Surgery and Hair Loss
There are many different illnesses and infections that could potentially cause hair loss. In those cases, you’ll often be prescribed a medication that will result in hair regrowth. Other medications like minoxidil – which has a different function when taken orally – can treat hair loss when applied topically.
While there are examples of medications that can help to prevent hair loss or even reverse temporary hair loss, there are still other over-the-counter medications available that could trigger or accelerate hair loss.
So… what medications cause hair loss?
Aspirin And Hair Loss
How aspirin affects our hair might be more complicated than you think. A lesser-known positive effect of aspirin is that it can help reduce inflammation when it’s applied topically. This includes scalp inflammation. This is why aspirin is an ingredient in many dandruff shampoos. In these instances (when used topically) aspirin can potentially save you from temporary hair loss.
That said, taking aspirin orally is a different story. Studies have shown that taking aspirin along with minoxidil (the drug used in Rogaine) decreases its efficiency. This is due to the anticoagulant properties in aspirin.
Anticoagulants And Hair Loss
Anticoagulants have been tied to a specific kind of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss can affect the entirety of your scalp and does not accelerate male pattern baldness. Basically, your scalp gets pushed into the resting state where you’ll shed hair on your scalp… but it won’t necessarily grow back. It can take about three months before hair loss through medications like anticoagulants can be noticed.
It’s important to note that anticoagulants are life-saving drugs. If you’ve been prescribed anticoagulants or recommended to take over-the-counter anticoagulants by your doctor, do not stop taking them without consultation and approval.
Do NSAIDs Cause Hair Loss?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are similar to anticoagulants in that they can trigger telogen effluvium hair loss. You may be taking over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to help manage arthritis pain for example. Though it’s not overly common for regular ibuprofen use to cause telogen effluvium, it does still happen. It will take – just like with anticoagulants – approximately three months to notice the effects.
If you’re managing the pain of arthritis to get through your day-to-day life, please talk to your doctor before you stop taking ibuprofen.
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Many of us take over-the-counter medication to help manage ailments like arthritis or to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Unfortunately for some people, side effects of regular use of those OTC medications include hair loss.
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There are many reasons why people lose their hair. Hair loss does not discriminate against age, gender, or ethnic background. It also manifests in different forms depending on the reason for the hair loss; receding hairlines, male pattern baldness, hair thinning, and patches of hair loss.
So, what are some of the top reasons for hair loss?
We focus heavily on male pattern baldness being hereditary, but genetics is the primary cause of hair loss through androgenetic alopecia regardless of gender. In fact, by age 50, about half of all people will have experienced some degree of androgenetic alopecia.
There are quite a few myths revolving around genetics and hair loss. One such example is the common myth for men that the men on your maternal side of the family are a reliable indicator of how baldness will affect you as you age. While the X chromosome that you get from your mother’s side of the family is still considered the dominant genetic indicator of future hair loss, research has also shown that you are more likely to experience male pattern baldness if your father experienced it.
What we put into our bodies is incredibly important for properly maintaining them. For many of us, it’s easy to let a fast-paced life between work and family get in the way of making sure we have a properly balanced diet. We need these nutrients to help create and maintain a healthy head of hair.
When we aren’t getting enough of certain nutrients, we are increasing our risks of avoidable hair loss. These vitamins and nutrients include:
- Vitamins B6 and B12
- and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Rapid and unhealthy crash dieting for weight loss can also lead to hair loss. If you cut out too many calories and nutrients for your body to function properly, you can cause telogen effluvium hair loss – or even expedite male or female pattern baldness.
Similarly, stress is a major contributing factor to hair loss. It’s something we’ve all heard before, but even knowing that it can still be difficult to manage.
A major cause of your day-to-day stress may be your job. Some of the more stressful jobs out there for people include:
- Social workers
- 911 dispatchers
- Construction workers
- Therapists, and more
If you find yourself having a difficult time managing your stress, you may be at risk of telogen effluvium-related hair loss. Finding healthy outlets for your stress is key not only to avoid unnecessary hair loss but for increasing your overall quality of life.
RHRLI Can Help Restore Your Hairline
Whether you’ve experienced hair loss due to stress, diet, or your unavoidable family history, the experts at Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island can help. We offer many services, both surgical and non-surgical, to restore your hair, including the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System. Our FUE hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly. You don’t have to wait for your hair loss to progress too far. Contact us today for a free consultation. Let us help restore your hair and your confidence.
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