Hair loss usually from the scalp. It may result in bald spots or spread to the entire scalp or the entire epidermis. It may be androgenetic or caused by chemotherapeutic agents, compulsive hair pulling, autoimmune disorders or congenital conditions

Symptoms of Baldness

The following features are indicative of Baldness:
  • gradual thinning on top of head
  • circular or patchy bald spots
  • sudden loosening of hair
  • full-body hair loss
  • patches of scaling
It is possible that Baldness shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Baldness

The following are the most common causes of Baldness:
  • hormonal changes
  • scalp infections
  • skin disorders
  • hair-pulling disorder
  • use of certain medications for cancer, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure and birth control

Other Causes of Baldness

The following are the less common causes of Baldness:
  • radiation therapy to the head
  • certain hairstyles and treatments

Risk Factors for Baldness

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Baldness:
  • family history
  • poor nutrition
  • stress

Prevention of Baldness

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Baldness. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  • avoid tight hairstyles
  • avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling of hair
  • treat the hair gently when washing and brushing
  • avoid harsh hair treatments

Occurrence of Baldness

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Baldness cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Baldness can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Baldness can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Baldness

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Baldness:
  • Blood test: To identify the medical conditions related to hair loss
  • Pull test: To determine the stage of the shedding process
  • Scalp biopsy: To examine the hair roots
  • Light microscopy: To examine the hair trimmed at their bases

Doctor for Diagnosis of Baldness

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Baldness:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Baldness if untreated

Yes, Baldness causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Baldness is left untreated:
  • complete baldness
  • alopecic patches

Procedures for Treatment of Baldness

The following procedures are used to treat Baldness:
  • Surgery: Hair transplant or restoration surgery helps in hair growth

Self-care for Baldness

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Baldness:
  • Healthy diet: Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  • Avoid tight hairstyles: Prevent from hair loss
  • Treat hairs gently: Prevent pulling out hair
  • Harsh appliances: Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Baldness

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Baldness:
  • Lavender oil combined with oils from thyme, rosemary and cedarwood: Helps in hair growth

Time for Treatment of Baldness

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Baldness to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Baldness.
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