A lady’s got to take care of herself. You know to exercise, go to the Ob/Gyn each year, and check yourself for funky moles and skin marks that might be pre-cancerous. But there are many other health symptoms that occur relatively commonly amongst women that should be considered red flags. We’ve compiled a list of seven health symptoms that, if you’re experiencing, you don’t want to ignore, as they could potentially be indicative of a greater problem developing.
You and your health are way too precious to take lightly.
“Everyone loses hair each day,” explains dermatologist Debra Price. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Council, people lose 100-125 hairs on average daily (but you’re also naturally replacing them each day, so don’t panic!). And since we tend to notice the hair coming out mostly when we brush our hair, wash it or run our fingers through it, sometimes it’s a little concerning to see all that hair come out at once. But that tends to be normal.
However, if you’re noticing more hair loss than usual, seeing thinning at the scalp or a marked decrease in thickness when you pull your hair up in a pony, something else may be going on.
Dr. Price explains, “when people experience increased hair loss, it can sometimes be a sign of stress, illness, anemia or thyroid disease.”
Extra hair loss is not always a sign of a serious condition. It can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, severe physical or emotional stress and hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause or going on or off of birth control medication.
If you’re experiencing extra hair loss you should see your doctor. Dr. Price recommends booking an appointment with your dermatologist, who can do blood work and evaluate if you’re experiencing possible hereditary hair thinning, or if it’s linked to a serious systemic problem that needs to be addressed. He or she can also help prescribe treatments to not only help improve the hair loss, but also get to the root of the problem.
Unwanted Body + Facial Hair
It’s fairly common for women to have a little peach-fuzz situation on their bodies and faces (and it can easily be waxed or treated with a cream if it bothers you).
But if you’ve noticed that you’re starting to experience an increasing amount of hair growth on your body or face, it can be a sign of a more serious health issue. “This is most likely being caused by a condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,” explains holistic health coach Nicole Jardim.
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