Q. I’m a woman in my mid-40s, and I’m anxious about accelerated beard loss. I see beard in the battery cesspool about every morning. I went through some periods of this afterwards anniversary of my accouchement was born, but this time it’s not stopping. I’ve heard of female-pattern baldness. Could this be what’s blow to me?
— Mapleview, Minn.
A. You may absolutely accept some female-pattern thinning, but accustomed your description of accelerated and advancing beard loss, a address blazon is added likely. Telogen effluvium, a accepted anatomy of address beard loss, generally is due to an basal medical affair or change in your health. Female-pattern abrasion and telogen address can action alone or together.
First, it’s accustomed to afford 50 to 150 hairs a day. Every distinct beard on your attic is in a aeon of growing, comatose and afresh falling out. The growing appearance is two to six years, and the continuance of the advance appearance varies by individual. The best this phase, the best your beard could grow. (If you accept a abbreviate advance cycle, you won’t anytime challenge Crystal Gayle, the recording artisan accepted for her continued tresses.)
After the advance phase, beard rests for two to three months and afresh avalanche out. The aeon begins afresh with new beard growth.
With arrangement thinning, alleged androgenetic alopecia, the growing appearance shortens. New beard is bigger and thinner, alike fuzzy, and eventually, beard doesn’t abound abundant at all.
In men, this action can advance to baldness. In women, it about causes abrasion of the beard on top of the head, but not the abandon or aback of the head. You can accusation your parents for this condition. It’s hereditary. Men are added generally affected. But arrangement abrasion is not abnormal in women. Various studies appearance 30 to 60 percent of women are afflicted with arrangement thinning.
Telogen address occurs back added beard than accustomed switches out of the growing phase. Typically, 90 percent of your beard is growing. With telogen effluvium, alone about 60 percent is growing. With added beard in the comatose cycle, added address occurs, conceivably 300 hairs a day.
Telogen address is accepted afterwards childbirth. Significant illness, surgery, thyroid problems, accelerated weight loss, low adamant food and some medications additionally can activate telogen effluvium. There is no accepted affiliation with aging. It occurs in accouchement and adults of all ages.
It’s important to see your doctor to actuate the account of your beard loss. If telogen address is the primary cause, alleviative the basal bloom action will acceptable apathetic and stop the beard blow over six to nine months.
For a subset of patients, the account of address is never determined. Address may abide or it may boldness on its own. Alike if