Causes and remedies for hair loss

5 December 2019 02:37 pm

Hair loss can occur in anyone but men are affected more than women. It can affect your scalp and even your eye brows and the entire body. Hair loss can occur as a result of heredity, certain illnesses, infections, hormonal changes and due to side effects of certain medications. Losing around 100 strands of hair a day is normal. This doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp because new hair grows at the same time. However if more hair loss occurs, it becomes a problem.

What is baldness?

Excessive hair loss from your scalp is referred to as baldness. Aging and heredity play a major role here.

What are the symptoms of hair loss?

  • Hair loss can occur suddenly or gradually. Some types of hair loss may be temporary, while other types are permanent.
  • Sudden loss of hair – a physical or an emotional shock can be the cause of sudden loosening of hair. Overall thinning of hair occurs in this type. You may notice that head baths, combing or even gentle tugging leads to handfuls of hair coming out.
  • Gradual thinning at the crown of head – This is the commonest type of hair loss and it affects both men and women due to aging.
  • Patchy bald spots (Alopecia areata) – these bald spots are smooth and coin sized. This type can occur usually in scalp but beard area and eye brows can get affected. Scalp skin can become itchy or painful before hair fall.
  • Patches of scaling – these patches spread over scalp and is caused by ring worm (Tinea capitis), which is a fungal infection. The patches have broken hairs and redness and sometimes have swelling and even oozing.
  • Full body hair loss – certain medical conditions and their treatments such as cancer chemotherapy can lead to hair loss of scalp and body. But this is usually temporary and hair grows back once treatment is over.

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