The average person has 5 million hairs. Hair grows all over your body except on your lips, palms, and the soles of your feet. It takes about a month for healthy hair to grow half an inch. Most hairs grow for up to six years and then fall out. New hairs grow in their place.

Hair helps keep you warm. It also protects your eyes, ears and nose from small particles in the air. Common problem with the hair and scalp include hair loss, infections, and flaking.

Symptoms of Hair Problems

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

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Common Causes of Hair Problems

The following are the most common causes of Hair Problems:
  • 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 Problems

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

Risk Factors for Hair Problems

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

Prevention of Hair Problems

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

Number of Cases

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

Common Age Group

Hair Problems can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hair Problems can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hair Problems

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

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

Complications of Hair Problems if untreated

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

Procedures for Treatment of Hair Problems

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

Medicines for Hair Problems

Below is the list of medicines used for Hair Problems:

Self-care for Hair Problems

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hair Problems:
  • 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 Problems

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

Time for Treatment of Hair Problems

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hair Problems 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.
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