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Teens Losing Hair

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3 Habits Worth Breaking - Chewing, Biting, and Playing With Hair

Teens losing hair can be caused by a number of reasons and many are simply outgrown over time. You may have observed that many children and teens engage in behaviors that slightly resemble trichotillomania, such as constantly chewing, biting, twisting, or twirling the hair. These types of nervous habits are very commonplace, especially among females, but are generally not compulsive in nature and thus do not usually require medical or psychiatric attention.

They do, however, damage and distress the hair, causing split ends and fractured strands that do not stand up well to routine care, and cover poorly when brushed or combed. If you have a friend who habitually toys with her hair, we suggest that you politely bring it to her attention. In all likelihood, she isn't fully aware of what she's doing or how often she does it, and would be glad to know they can be causes of teens losing hair.

Teens Losing Hair ~ Telogen Effluvium

Another very common hair loss disorder among teenage women is telogen effluvium, which can be defined as stress-induced hair loss. The source of the stress can be either physical or psychological. On the physical side, typical triggers for the disorder include serious illness, a lengthy episode of high fever, starvation dieting, recent surgery, pregnancy, or termination of birth control.

On the psychological side, the disease can be sparked by certain psychiatric conditions, the occurrence of a traumatic event, or eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Telogen effluvium can take up to three months to develop fully, but when it does strike, the victim can hardly fail to notice it. In severe cases, up to 40 percent of the patient's hairs spontaneously shift from the growing phase to the resting phase, prompting hair to fall out by the handful. In most cases, the condition subsides when the stress subsides, permitting dir hair to regrow and revert to its normal growth cycle without extensive treatment. If the stress recurs, however, the disease can, too, so it's important to address any underlying causes that are within your control.

Teens Losing Hair ~ Alopecia Areata

Like the conditions we’ve just discussed, alopecia areata is rare among teens, but affects them more often than most other hair loss disorders. Its exact cause is unknown, but research suggests that it is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s natural defenses attack the hair roots as if they were a foreign substance or bacterial invader.

The outcome: massive hair loss of the kind we see with telogen effluvium and in extreme instances, total hair loss, including the loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair. More common, however, are comparatively milder cases, resulting in the appearance of round or oval hairless patches, which tend to spring up in pairs or in groups on different regions of the skin.

Treatment, when given, generally centers around anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroid creams, cortisone injections, and/or oral steroids, though the condition occasionally clears up on its own within a time frame of six to twelve months.

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Updated July 1, 2011

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Teen Hair Loss
Teen hair loss can be due to a nevous habit called Trichotillomania, this is where hair is pulled or twisted out by hand

Female Pattern Alopecia

Female Pattern Alopecia
Female Alopecia can start with hormone changes, the female pattern of Alopecia Areata starts with a bald spot or widening of hair part

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