For many folks, alopecia (also known as hair loss) is a natural part of aging. This condition can occur at any point in your life for a number of reasons. These reasons may not be apparent to you from the beginning, but with the help of your physician and pharmacist, you can find the right treatment plan for you. If you are starting to experience thinning hair or alopecia, it is important to get started on a plan as soon as possible to mitigate any future loss. You typically enjoy a greater rate of success if you catch this issue early. Whether your alopecia is temporary or permanent, there is a hair loss solution for you.
What Causes Hair Loss?
These are the most common causes of alopecia:
As a natural part of the hair growth cycle, your hair follicles fall out. Usually, this fallout will be replaced by new growth. But as you grow older, this new growth happens less and less, leaving you with thinner strands or less hair altogether.
You may inherit certain hair loss patterns from your parents, including male pattern baldness. If your follicles are sensitive to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), they can become smaller in size, leading to alopecia. This condition affects many men even in their mid-30s.
If your estrogen and progesterone levels drop significantly, your hair growth cycle will be much slower — and your strands will grow back much thinner. These hormone levels decrease fairly dramatically for women experiencing perimenopause and menopause.
Protein is your hair’s main building block. That is why a severe nutritional deficiency may be the culprit behind your alopecia, especially if your body lacks sufficient protein, iron, zinc, or biotin. Restrictive diets and heavy menstrual cycles can cause these deficits.
Alopecia is often the byproduct of thyroid disorders, lupus, and severe stress levels. Additionally, certain medical prescriptions can cause hair loss, such as acne medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, and blood pressure medicine.
Is There a Hair Loss Solution For Me?
If you experience male or female pattern baldness…
Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine)
Minoxidil is an over-the-counter treatment that may help you slow the rate of alopecia and regrow hair. It comes in liquid, foam, and shampoo forms.
In many cases, OTC Minoxidil might sensitize your scalp, cause irritation, or not work well to produce the expected result. As a compounding pharmacy, we can customize a formula without potential irritants. We can create and tailor combinations just for you, and add other pharmaceutical ingredients that would increase the efficacy.
If you are going through menopause…
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
If a hormone deficiency is causing your alopecia, then a hormone specialist can test your hormone levels and get you on the best treatment course.
A compounding pharmacy can customize, tailor, and personalize your doses and the type of hormones you might need, based on your doctor’s specifications.
If you suspect a nutritional deficiency…
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. You may experience other signs such as fatigue alongside your alopecia issues.
A compounding pharmacist can help you find pharmaceutical-grade vitamins to help your body replenish its vitamin and mineral stores.
Speak to Your Compounding Pharmacist Today
Your compounding pharmacist can work with you and your doctor to find the best hair loss solution for your situation. Pick up the phone and call us at (305) 665-4411 today.