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Hair loss / Alopecia

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Hair falls out naturally on its own (especially as we age), but when it’s coming out in fistfuls it can be alarming. Hair loss can appear suddenly or gradually, and it can impact just your scalp or your whole body. First of all, don’t stress! We mean that literally, because stress is one of the culprits behind those thin or balding patches, as is anything that messes with your hormones. Hair loss can also be linked to alopecia areata, thyroid disease, anemia, anorexia, vitamin deficiency, skin issues, and countless other conditions and treatments, including chemo. Genetics plays a role, too, and not just for men. Some types of hair loss are permanent. But it’s important to know that hair often grows back on its own, and there are lots of conventional medications and herbal supplements that can help stimulate growth. Prescription finasteride (Propecia) pills and nonprescription minoxidil (Rogaine) lotion or foam treat hereditary baldness. A promising new option called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves drawing blood, using a special machine to separate the red blood cells from the plasma, and directly injecting the plasma (rich in platelets that contain growth factors) into the hair follicles to stimulate new hair growth. As for natural options, ginseng, lavender, and peppermint are just some of the wonderful-smelling ones out there. Of course, a hat, scarf, or even a super-stylish wig can help get you through a period of hair loss. And remember: your appearance absolutely doesn’t define you, but it’s also perfectly normal to feel anxious or bummed about a symptom like this. Your WanaFam gets it, and we’re here for you!

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