Preventing Hair Loss in Young Adults
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While hair loss is typically thought of as a problem for middle-aged men, it can affect people of either sex and any age. Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia or male and female pattern baldness, is an incurable and very common type of hair loss that affects a large population of adult men and women, although several other types of alopecia exist that can affect people of any age.
For young adults and children, the presence of sudden or gradual hair loss can be a frustrating and worrisome problem. If you or your child is experiencing hair loss at a young age, scheduling a consultation with a hair loss expert is your best option for receiving successful treatment. At Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center, we specialize in treating hair loss patients of any kind. Dr. Arocha works to educate all of his patients on the various types of hair loss and will offer effective treatment options based on an individual consultation.
Common Types of Hair Loss in Young Adults
While male or female pattern baldness can manifest for adults of all ages, other forms of hair loss can be present in young adults and even teenagers. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, is more common in people under the age of 20. This type of hair loss is characterized by large circular bald patches that often appear suddenly and unexpectedly. Alopecia areata is unfortunately an incurable disease but rarely results in complete baldness. In a very small amount of cases, it can also disrupt hair growth on the body. Another cause of hair loss in annular or coin shape can result from fungal infection or tinea capitis.Telogen effluvium or hair shedding can be triggered by many conditions including anemia, medical conditions, nutritional imbalances,and high fevers.
Alopecia areata, while an uncommon disease is not yet well-understood, research points to high levels of stress or trauma as a possible factor for this particular type of hair loss, as well as genetics. Thankfully, hair loss due to alopecia areata is almost always temporary and hair tends to grow back within several months to one year. Contacting a hair loss doctor at the first instance of hair loss will allow for an immediate diagnosis and the best chance at successful and fast treatment.
Other forms of hair loss in young adults can be a result of excessive tension on hair roots due to certain tight hairstyles, overheating from hair care devices like blow-dryers and straighteners, or vitamin and nutrient deficiency. These types of hair loss are easy to treat, if caught early, and can be corrected with a change in hair care and a well-rounded diet.
Treating Hair Loss in Young Adults
If you or your child has signs of alopecia areata or sudden hair loss, contact a hair care doctor to schedule an appointment and learn what treatment options are available. Corticosteroid injections have shown success in treating alopecia areata by suppressing the immune system and counteracting the autoimmune disease. Some hair loss products like Rogaine may also be a viable option for regrowing hair, along with other treatment options.
Contact Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplantation Center today at 713-526-HAIR (4247) to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arocha, our hair loss expert, and combat young adult hair loss at its onset.