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The Numbers of Hair Loss

Date Added: January 20, 2012 06:26:14 AM
Author: femalehairloss
Category: Health

To those fortunate enough not to have the problem of hair loss, it may just be a word. Hair loss conjures up an image of balding old men, but in fact it is more common than most would think. And female hair loss is common as well.

Let’s try to get a deeper understanding of the problem of hair loss, by taking a look at some statistics and numbers.

Research shows that almost 30 million women in the United States alone suffer from hair loss. Hair loss in women by itself is no big deal, as the average person can lose 50 up to 100 strands of hair, based on a head of hair with about 100,000 hair follicles, on a daily basis. This is according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And if you wash your hair every day, the hair loss can go up to 250 strands.

Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s own immune system to attack the hair follicles, affects one in every one hundred persons. Symptoms of this type of womens hair loss include patchy shedding of hair. About 70% of those affected recover their hair within a few years, with or without treatment. Genetics play a role in about one in five cases of alopecia areata.

There is said to be a stigma concerning a woman’s hair loss, as society is more accepting of male baldness. What they don’t know is about 40% of all hair loss sufferers are women.

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