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Woman going bald

Hi,

I am a 57 year old woman who has bleached or dyed my hair since I was 16 years old.  I'm starting to go bald on the top on my head.  Would it help alot if I quit dyeing my hair?  I don't like wearing my hiar gray with no dye in it but I will if it helps me not to go bald.
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Have you tried using Nioxin shampoo and treatment?  There are also some really good vitamins that work - they were recommended by a dermatologist.  Marlyn Formula 50, I ordered them on-line (haven't used them since I stoped coloring my hair, but I think I should be taking them again.  I may be spelling Marlyn incorrectly.  I going to a salon tomorrow that specializes in thin hair, mine is a very pretty silver but either it is thinning or because of my cowlick you can see my scalp in the crown area.  We'll see what they say...
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Forgot to add that the color of my hair or should I say lack of color is why you can see my scalp.  Do you notice the thinning when the grays start coming in?
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Hi,

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for this and then decide the cause and further plan of management.

A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

Let us know if you need any other information.

Regards.
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