Baldness or alopecia refers to the loss of hair from the head or the body. Baldness generally refers to loss of hair in men, though it may occur in females also. Hair loss may be caused due to fungal infections, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, trauma, stress and autoimmune diseases. Symptoms are: • Loss of hair in patches or circular patterns • Thinning of hair at the temples and the crown for men • Thinning of hair at the frontal or parietal for men
HOW IS BALDNESS DIAGNOSED?
A dermatologist diagnosis baldness through: 1. Medical history and physical examination 2. Pull test and pluck test 3. Scalp biopsy 4. Daily hair counts
HOW IS BALDNESS TREATED?
Treatment of baldness depends on its cause. From medicines like Minoxidil which is available without a prescription to hair transplant surgeries, many options are available. Hairpieces and hair products may also be used. The problem is also treated with homemade remedies like putting onion paste on scalp, massage with castor oil, etc. Ayurvedic shampoos and medicines are also helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Instead of concealing hair loss, some people may embrace it by shaving their head.