Hair Loss

Also called: Alopecia

You lose up to 100 hairs from your scalp every day. That's normal, and in most people, those hairs grow back. But many men -- and some women -- lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history, or poor nutrition.

Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, treating the underlying cause will correct the problem. Other treatments include medicines and hair restoration.

Symptoms of Hair Loss

The following features are indicative of Hair Loss:
  • 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 Hair Loss shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Hair Loss

The following are the most common causes of Hair Loss:
  • hormonal changes
  • scalp infections
  • skin disorders
  • hair-pulling disorder
  • cancer drugs
  • arthritis drugs
  • depression drugs
  • high blood pressure medications
  • birth control medications

Other Causes of Hair Loss

The following are the less common causes of Hair Loss:
  • radiation therapy to the head
  • excessive hairstyling
  • exposure to hot oil hair treatments

Risk Factors for Hair Loss

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

Prevention of Hair Loss

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hair Loss. 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 Hair Loss

Number of Cases

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

Common Age Group

Hair Loss can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hair Loss can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hair Loss

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hair Loss:
  • 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 Hair Loss

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

Complications of Hair Loss if untreated

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

Procedures for Treatment of Hair Loss

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

Medicines for Hair Loss

Below is the list of medicines used for Hair Loss:

Self-care for Hair Loss

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

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hair Loss

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hair Loss:
  • Take nutritional supplements: Lavender oil combined with oils from thyme, rosemary and cedarwood helps in hair growth

Time for Treatment of Hair Loss

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

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Last updated date

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

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