If you’re worried about hair loss or female pattern baldness, there are treatments available and it’s best to discuss this with a doctor. As mentioned above, androgenetic alopecia is one of the most common causes of male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss. This is a hereditary condition and it can occur in both men and women – usually causing a receding hairline or bald spots in men or hair thinning along the crown in women.

There are many treatment options that can help scalp psoriasis and often a combination approach using a number of different treatments may be required until the symptoms have settled. It is important to remember to continue to treat the scalp even if hair falls out. Hair usually grows back once the inflammation and scale has cleared.

Possible side effects

The use of steroids can speed up the hair loss process if you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness. If you are prone to male pattern baldness you will have higher levels of DHT in your body. It is believed that steroids can increase the production of DHT. Sarah (Owner of Vixen & Blush) had hair thinning 6 months after having her first child.

It can range from very mild with slight fine scaling to very severe, crusted thick scaling covering the entire scalp. Hair loss during the flare-up can occur in some cases, but the hair will normally grow back. Psoriasis can be itchy, make the scalp feel tight and occasionally cause soreness, especially if there are cracks in the skin. As the term suggests, scalp psoriasis is psoriasis on the scalp.

Hair Thinning Solutions

Anabolic steroids can be used as performance-enhancing drugs that increase muscle mass and decrease fat, as well as causing many undesirable effects. Some people take them regularly to improve their physical performance and build up their bodies. Anabolic steroids are prescription-only medicines that are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.

Pregnancy and fertility in thyroid disorders

In the vast majority of cases, hair loss in cats is the result of overgrooming, or excessive licking, often of one particular area. It turns out that most of the time, overgrooming is due to pruritus (itchiness) although pain and stress are other possible causes. Often more than one factor will be at work, which can make it very difficult to find the initiating cause.

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Results can take up to a year to be seen, as the hair needs to grow back in the patches where it has fallen out. Biotin (also known as vitamin B7) is found in small amounts in foods including egg yolks, liver, nuts and seeds, salmon, avocadoes and sweet potatoes. Although the benefits are anecdotal it is contained in many cosmetic products, as well as in multivitamin tablets.

Alopecia areata is not a symptom of a serious disease and usually occurs in otherwise healthy individuals. A Livi GP can help identify the cause and suggest ways to cope. Let your friends, family and loved ones know how you feel, and what kind of support you need.

Hair loss and thyroid disease

I do think that there needs to be more awareness about the possible side effects of these treatments though,’ she said. ‘I lost 3.6kg because I was too afraid to eat anything that might make it worse so I went back to the doctor in December 2018 and they gave me an even stronger topical steroid lotion called Eleuphrat. After coming off the drugs this February, Ms Woolcock suffered horrifying withdrawal symptoms that led to her hair falling out and her body being covered in red flaky skin. Anecdotally people with IBD have reported hair loss when taking some medications to treat IBD.

Protect yourself against UV light
Whether you have scarring or non-scarring alopecia it is important to protect yourself from exposure to ultraviolet light. You can find more information about this topic in our factsheet, ‘LUPUS and Light Sensitivity’, HERE. Of course fleas are not the only parasite that can cause itchy skin in cats.