What are the diseases that you previously discussed that women must look for that can cause balding or thinning? I am 30 years old and have some hair loss that is scaring me quite a bit.
Thyroid disease is one of the more common diseases that can precipitate hair loss. Anemia is also high on the list. Genetically induced diseases such as Alopecia Areata can cause both localized hair loss in patches (the more common form) and a diffuse pattern that can cover large areas of the scalp. The diffuse pattern of Alopecia Areata is hard to diagnose and when transplants are placed into areas of active disease, they fail as the disease attacks the hair follicles and kills them. Trichotillomania is also common as a cause of hair loss as a result of compulsive pulling on the hair. Traction Alopecia is caused by consistantly wearing hair styles that use a pulling force on the hair, such as ponytails, pig tails, or a tight bun, and is also seen when extentions or other hair systems use the tension of existing hair as an anchor. Short term hair loss is often caused by pregnancy and this may last for up to 2 years before returning to normal. I can go on and on and write a text book here, so I will stop at this point hoping that I gave you a flavor on the subject and urge you to seek out a good dermatologist or family doctor who would look into these possibilities.