Hair loss can be a frustrating condition which may indicate an underlying health issue or cause issues with self-esteem. Treatment options including topicals, shampoos and oral medications are available to reduce hair loss. Patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can turn to West Sound Dermatology for hair loss treatment.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Several conditions may cause hair loss. This can include both thinning of the hair or balding as well as hair loss from the scalp or other areas, such as the eyebrows. Some common reasons for hair loss include:
- Androgenic alopecia, commonly called male-pattern or female-pattern baldness
- Alopecia areata
- Hormonal imbalance and fluctuation
- Scalp infections such as ringworm
- Emotional distress
- Radiation therapy
- Damaging hairstyles and treatments
Hair Loss Treatment Options
Several treatment options are available for hair loss. In some cases, your provider may suggest addressing an underlying health issue prior to pursuing hair loss treatment.
The most common hair loss treatment options are minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil, or Rogaine, is available over-the-counter as either a topical liquid product or shampoo. Minoxidil can be applied twice daily for men or once daily for men. Finasteride, or Propecia, is an oral medication which can be prescribed to men to slow hair loss or promote new hair growth.
Other medications are available to treat hair loss. Some options include spironolactone and dutasteride. Your provider can review these options as well as at-home hair care to support healthier hair growth.