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3 Effective Exercises for Knee Pain on Foam Roller

Dr.Vishwas Virmani 93% (29213ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
3 Effective Exercises for Knee Pain on Foam Roller

3 Effective Exercises for Knee Pain on Foam Roller

Here are 3 of the most effective exercises for knee pain:

1. IT Band Foam Roll

IT band tightness is a common complaint among runners and cyclists. It can often be prevented by properly stretching and warming up the muscles of the upper leg before running. Using the foam roller before and after a run can help you avoid this condition and keep you going pain-free!

  • Lie on your side with the foam roller under the outside of your upper right leg. Rest your right arm on the ground to prop up your upper body and bend your left leg over your right to support the lower body.
  • Roll up and down the outside of your upper leg between the hip and knee. If you feel a spot that’s tender or tight, spend more time working that area.Perform the rolling movement for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

2. Adductor Roll

The adductor muscles are commonly overlooked. The muscles are constantly in use but are often forgotten when doing other strengthening exercises and stretches. Using a foam roller on this muscle group can help keep them flexible and free from injury.

  • Lie on your stomach with the foam roller under your upper right leg. Turn your right foot outward so the foam roller is on the inside of the leg. Place your arms on the floor in front of you to prop up your upper body, and keep your left leg on the ground to support the lower body.
  • Roll up and down the inner part of the upper right leg between the hip and knee. If you feel a spot that’s tender or tight, spend more time working that area. Perform the rolling movement for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

3. Quadriceps Foam Roll

The quadriceps are large, frequently used muscle group, so it’s hard to ignore them when they’re tight and sore. The tightness can lead to low back and hip pain as well. Using a foam roller to release tension and lengthen the muscle can help alleviate these problems.

  • Lie on your stomach with the foam roller under your upper legs.Rest your arms on the floor in front of you to prop up your upper body, and keep your toes on the floor to support your lower body.
  • Roll up and down the upper leg between the hip and knee, applying just enough pressure to feel the effects of the roller. If you feel a spot that’s tender or tight, spend more time working that area. Roll for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
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3 Easy Home Exercises for Sciatica With Foam Roller

Dr.Vishwas Virmani 93% (29213ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
3 Easy Home Exercises for Sciatica With Foam Roller

I   Glute and Piriformis Foam Roll

Foam rolling helps you make the best use of your time by massaging muscles,improving flexibility, and preventing injury. The muscles of the glutes and piriformis can greatly benefit from this combination, as they’re used frequently throughout the day.

1.Sit with your left legs lightly bent in front of you and your foot on the floor. Cross your right leg over with your right foot resting on your upper left leg, and place the foam roller under your hips.Put your hands on the floor behind you to prop up your upper body.

2.Roll up and down the right side of the hips and buttocks. If you feel a spot that’s tender or tight,spend more time working that particular area. Perform the rolling movement for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

II   Hip Flexor Foam Roll

Targeting the hip flexor muscles utilizing the foam roller is a great way to alleviate tightness and help prevent injury. These muscles are often hard to isolate when strengthening and stretching, but are used readily throughout the day.

1. Lie on your left side with your left leg extended on the floor and your right leg crossed over.Place the foam roller under your outer left hip. Keep your arms in front of you to prop your upper body up off the floor

2. Roll up and down the front and outer part of the left hip. If you feel a spot that’s tender or tight,spend more time working that area. Perform the rolling movement for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

III    Lateral Leg Swing

Many sports require the ability to complete quick lateral moves for success.Use this dynamic stretch to warm up the hip muscles that perform these moves to maximize performance and minimize injury.

1.Lean into a wall or sturdy object for support.Keep your core engaged and back straight. Put your weight on the back leg with a slight bend in the knee.Draw in your abs and raise your right leg.Keeping a bend at the right knee, swing your right leg inward at the hip.

2.Then bring the knee outward across your body, and back to the start position in a continuous sequence. Do this 8 to 12 times,and then repeat using the other leg.

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Does Steroids Or Minoxidil Cause Many Side Effects In Alopecia Areata?

Dr.Rohit Shah 91% (434ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) And Naturopath (ND)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Surat
Does Steroids Or Minoxidil Cause Many Side Effects In Alopecia Areata?

Hair loss occurs for a variety of reasons, which include physiological, environmental and genetic factors. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss. In most cases, hair loss occurs in patches across the scalp. If you lose complete hair from your head due to it, you suffer from alopecia totalis. Moreover, if you lose hair from all over the body, this extreme case is known as alopecia universalis.

How is alopecia areata treated?

Doctors have two options when it comes to the treatment of alopecia areata. The first is to reduce the immune response of the body causing the hair loss. For this, your doctor will prescribe immunosuppressants in the form of corticosteroids. You may need to take it orally or in the form of injections.

The second form of treating alopecia areata is through medication that promotes hair growth. The goal is to increase the rate of growth more than the rate of hair fall. Minoxidil is a popular drug that prevents the formation of new bald patches on your head.

However, both these forms of treatment are dangerous and can lead to serious side effects when used in the long-term.

Side effects of corticosteroids-

Here is a look at some of the dangers that corticosteroids pose to your health if you use them as a form of treating alopecia areata.

Side effects of minoxidil-

Even though side effects from minoxidil are not as severe as those you suffer from corticosteroids, they are still problematic for your overall well-being. Common side effects from the drug include

Therefore, the conventional treatment for alopecia areata is too dangerous and the side effects from the drugs can lead to severe complications for you in the future.

Ayurvedic treatment for alopecia areata-

Ayurveda terms hair loss as Khalitya and its treatment not only helps stop hair fall but also ensures that hair regrows naturally. Shiroroga, a branch of medicine under Ayurveda greatly helps in this process.

If you seek ayurvedic treatment for alopecia areata, you will undergo treatment with various oils, powders and packs. These are prepared with the help of classical Ayurvedic texts. Panchakarma treatment will also greatly rejuvenate your hair quality and help it grow back. Additional, Ayurvedic experts will also ask you to undergo lifestyle and dietary changes to reduce the effects of the disorder.

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Modern Day Hair Loss Treatments

MBBS, MD-Skin,VD & Leprosy, Hair Transplant Surgeon
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Modern Day Hair Loss Treatments

Everyone loves healthy shiny hair. But in today's world many people are suffering from hair loss. Hair loss could be because of number of reasons such as aging, too much stress, smoking, hormonal imbalance, infections, use of wrong hair products, genetic factors and nutritional imbalances.

Our scalp consists of about 100,000 strands of hair and it is normal to lose 50 to 100 strands a day. It is only when you start losing more than that some medical intervention is required.

PREVENTION OF HAIR LOSS

First of all, it is very important to detect the root cause of your hair loss at an early stage. Once it is detected, it becomes easy to treat it. Following home remedies can be tried to prevent it at first stage:

  1. Avoid excessive or chronic stress or at least learn to release your stress.
  2. Avoid "crash diets" for rapid weight loss.
  3. Quit excessive smoking.
  4. In case of any hormonal imbalance see your doctor immediately who will then advise you to undergo proper treatment.
  5. Observe if any medicine you are taking is leading to hair fall. Call upon your doctor to replace it with some other medicine.
  6. Eat a healthy diet with enough proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamin, and minerals to support healthy hair growth.
  7. Make sure you receive enough iron to avoid symptoms causing anaemia. Avoid overdose of vitamin A.

HAIR FALL TREATMENT

There are a couple of treatments available for hair loss which includes medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces.

Medication-

There are only two medications available to treat pattern baldness which are FDA approved. These medicines are:

  1. Minoxidil (Rogaine). Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you need to apply onto your scalp. This is to be applied twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. It takes at least 16 weeks to show the effects. However you can have scalp irritation and unwanted hair growth your face and hands while taking this medicine.
  2. Finasteride (Propecia). This medicine is prescribed if you don't respond to minoxidil. This medicine is to be taken daily in the form of a pill. You need to keep taking it to retain benefits. However, there are some side effects of taking this medication which include diminished sex drive and sexual function and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Surgery-

In case you don't respond to any of the above mentioned medicines your dermatologist might advise you to undergo hair transplant or restoration surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon removes a part of your skin and then implants it on your scalp. Such procedures are generally expensive. There is also a risk of infection and scarring.

Wigs and Hairpieces-

You can also use a wig to hide your baldness if you do not want to undergo any surgery or are irresponsive to above medications. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

2724 people found this helpful

Non Surgical Hair Treatments That Can Help!

MD - Skin,VD & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Non Surgical Hair Treatments That Can Help!

Most of us take our thick hair for granted in our youth and fail to care for them. Not many notice the receding hairline or thinning of hair until it is too late. A hair restoration can bring back the fuller and thicker locks without any invasive surgical treatment. If hair loss bothers you, and you want a treatment that is safer, you can go for nonsurgical treatments.

The great advantage of these procedures is the increase in the density of hair that reverses your age clock back to 10 years. Non - surgical hair restoration treatments are becoming more popular as they are less invasive and safer than the surgical treatments. 

There are three common FDA treatments performed for hair restoration: finasteride, minoxidil and low-level laser hair therapy.

  1. Finasteride: This is an oral treatment, and it is available only by prescription. This medicine can be incorporated into your daily routine as supplement. This medication blocks male-type baldness. If taken consistently, this can slowly improve hair thickness and regrowth of hair in the bald area wherever the hair follicles are still active. The overall success rate has been reported as 65 percent. Lesser than 2 percent people experience side effects. The general side effects include erectile dysfunction and low libido. In such cases, the patient will be advised to take half the dosage.
  2. Minoxidil: This is an over-the-counter medication and does not usually requires the prescription. Almost 50 percentage of the users experience regrowth of hair that is shortened due to damage or thicker hair in a few months when applied consistently. This treatment is available in liquid as well as in the form of foam. The liquid form is quite popular as it dries quickly. The patient should apply the liquid on the crown or affected areas once or twice a day.
  3. Laser Therapies:
    • Laser comb: There are many low-intensity laser therapies available that can be done by oneself. The most common being the comb type laser instrument. Most of these work similarly, and they only differ in the number of laser diodes they are built with. The user is directed to use the brush for 15- 20 minutes every day over the affected areas. These instruments cost between Rs. 5000 to Rs.50,000 depending on its effectiveness.
    • Helmet: Many hair loss studios have the laser helmet facility where they have 100 laser diodes built in the instruments. This treatment cost between Rs. 60,000 - Rs. 1,50,000 depending on the effectiveness of the machine. In this, the person is made to sit comfortably for 30minutes to an hour during the treatment. The person can watch TV, read books or rest while the treatment is going on.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2538 people found this helpful

Non Surgical Hair Treatments - Know Forms Of Them!

Dr.Prashant Sinha 90% (33ratings)
MBBS, MD Dermatology
Dermatologist, Allahabad
Non Surgical Hair Treatments - Know Forms Of Them!

Most of us take our thick hair for granted in our youth and fail to care for them. Not many notice the receding hairline or thinning of hair until it is too late. A hair restoration can bring back the fuller and thicker locks without any invasive surgical treatment. If hair loss bothers you, and you want a treatment that is safer, you can go for nonsurgical treatments.

The great advantage of these procedures is the increase in the density of hair that reverses your age clock back to 10 years. Non - surgical hair restoration treatments are becoming more popular as they are less invasive and safer than surgical treatments. 

There are three common FDA treatments performed for hair restoration: finasteride, minoxidil and low-level laser hair therapy.

  1. Finasteride: This is an oral treatment, and it is available only by prescription. This medicine can be incorporated into your daily routine as supplement. This medication blocks male-type baldness. If taken consistently, this can slowly improve hair thickness and regrowth of hair in the bald area wherever the hair follicles are still active. The overall success rate has been reported as 65 percent. Lesser than 2 percent people experience side effects. The general side effects include erectile dysfunction and low libido. In such cases, the patient will be advised to take half the dosage.
  2. Minoxidil: This is an over-the-counter medication and does not usually requires the prescription. Almost 50 percentage of the users experience regrowth of hair that is shortened due to damage or thicker hair in a few months when applied consistently. This treatment is available in liquid as well as in the form of foam. The liquid form is quite popular as it dries quickly. The patient should apply the liquid on the crown or affected areas once or twice a day.
  3. Laser Therapies:
    • Laser comb: There are many low-intensity laser therapies available that can be done by oneself. The most common being the comb type laser instrument. Most of these work similarly, and they only differ in the number of laser diodes they are built with. The user is directed to use the brush for 15- 20 minutes every day over the affected areas. These instruments cost between Rs. 5000 to Rs.50,000 depending on its effectiveness.
    • Helmet: Many hair loss studios have the laser helmet facility where they have 100 laser diodes built in the instruments. This treatment cost between Rs. 60,000 - Rs. 1,50,000 depending on the effectiveness of the machine. In this, the person is made to sit comfortably for 30minutes to an hour during the treatment. The person can watch TV, read books or rest while the treatment is going on.
1427 people found this helpful

Hair Loss - What Causes It And How Can It Be Managed?

Dr.Prakash Sajja 91% (36ratings)
MD - Dermatology,Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Tirupati
Hair Loss - What Causes It And How Can It Be Managed?

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss. 

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth. 

Before pursuing any hair loss treatment, it is highly recommended to talk with your doctor about the cause of the hair loss and the best treatment options. Symptoms Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what's causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. 

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include: 

  1. Gradual thinning on top of head. 
  2. Circular or patchy bald spots. 
  3. Sudden loosening of hair. 
  4. Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. 

When to see a doctor 

See your doctor if your child or you are distressed by hair loss and want to pursue treatment. Also, talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your or your child's hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. 

Causes 

The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it's usually related to one or more of the following factors: 

  1. Family history (heredity) 
  2. Hormonal changes 
  3. Medical conditions 
  4. Medications 

Risk factors 

A number of factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including: 

  1. Family history 
  2. Age 
  3. Poor nutrition 
  4. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus 
  5. Stress Treatments and drugs 

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces. Your doctor may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results. 

Medication 

If your hair loss is caused by an underlying disease, treatment for that disease will be necessary. This may include drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress your immune system, such as prednisone. If a certain medication is causing the hair loss, your doctor may advise you to stop using it for at least three months. 

  1. Minoxidil (Rogaine): Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. It may be used by men and women. 
  2. Finasteride (Propecia): This prescription drug is available only to men. It's taken daily in pill form. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. You need to keep taking it to retain benefits. 
  3. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: This is one of the latest treatments for hair loss and is especially good for patients who do not wish to go for surgery. In this, a sample of your blood is withdrawn from which platelets are separated using a centrifuge. These are then injected directly into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors which promote the growth of new hair and reduce hair loss. This procedure requires multiple sittings over a period of 5 to 6 months. It is an outpatient procedure with no down time. You can resume your daily activities almost immediately. 

Surgery 

In the most common type of permanent hair loss, only the top of the head is affected. Hair transplant or restoration surgery can make the most of the hair you have left. During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back or sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results. Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. 

Wigs and hairpieces 

You may want to try a wig or a hairpiece as an alternative to medical treatment or if you don't respond to treatment. It can be used to cover either permanent or temporary hair loss. Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available. 

Prevention 

  1. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  2. Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails. 
  3. Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. 
  4. Treat your hair gently when washing and brushing. A wide-toothed comb may help prevent pulling out hair. 
  5. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents.
2950 people found this helpful

Know Everything About Hair Loss!

Dr.Anuj Saigal 89% (16ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Know Everything About Hair Loss!

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss. 

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth. 

Before pursuing any hair loss treatment, it is highly recommended to talk with your doctor about the cause of the hair loss and the best treatment options. Symptoms Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what's causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. 

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include: 

  1. Gradual thinning on top of head. 
  2. Circular or patchy bald spots. 
  3. Sudden loosening of hair. 
  4. Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. 

When to see a doctor 

See your doctor if your child or you are distressed by hair loss and want to pursue treatment. Also, talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your or your child's hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. 

Causes 

The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it's usually related to one or more of the following factors: 

  1. Family history (heredity) 
  2. Hormonal changes 
  3. Medical conditions 
  4. Medications 

Risk factors 

A number of factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including: 

  1. Family history 
  2. Age 
  3. Poor nutrition 
  4. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus 
  5. Stress Treatments and drugs 

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces. Your doctor may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results. 

Medication 

If your hair loss is caused by an underlying disease, treatment for that disease will be necessary. This may include drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress your immune system, such as prednisone. If a certain medication is causing the hair loss, your doctor may advise you to stop using it for at least three months. 

  1. Minoxidil (Rogaine): Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. It may be used by men and women. 
  2. Finasteride (Propecia): This prescription drug is available only to men. It's taken daily in pill form. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. You need to keep taking it to retain benefits. 
  3. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: This is one of the latest treatments for hair loss and is especially good for patients who do not wish to go for surgery. In this, a sample of your blood is withdrawn from which platelets are separated using a centrifuge. These are then injected directly into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors which promote the growth of new hair and reduce hair loss. This procedure requires multiple sittings over a period of 5 to 6 months. It is an outpatient procedure with no down time. You can resume your daily activities almost immediately. 

Surgery 

In the most common type of permanent hair loss, only the top of the head is affected. Hair transplant or restoration surgery can make the most of the hair you have left. During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back or sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results. Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. 

Wigs and hairpieces 

You may want to try a wig or a hairpiece as an alternative to medical treatment or if you don't respond to treatment. It can be used to cover either permanent or temporary hair loss. Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available. 

Prevention 

  1. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  2. Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails. 
  3. Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. 
  4. Treat your hair gently when washing and brushing. A wide-toothed comb may help prevent pulling out hair. 
  5. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents.
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4 Symptoms Of Hair Loss And Its Prevention!

Dr.Vimala Manne 88% (30ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
4 Symptoms Of Hair Loss And Its Prevention!

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss. 

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth. 

Before pursuing any hair loss treatment, it is highly recommended to talk with your doctor about the cause of the hair loss and the best treatment options. Symptoms Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what's causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. 

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include: 

  1. Gradual thinning on top of head. 
  2. Circular or patchy bald spots. 
  3. Sudden loosening of hair. 
  4. Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. 

When to see a doctor 

See your doctor if your child or you are distressed by hair loss and want to pursue treatment. Also, talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your or your child's hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. 

Causes 

The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it's usually related to one or more of the following factors: 

  1. Family history (heredity) 
  2. Hormonal changes 
  3. Medical conditions 
  4. Medications 

Risk factors 

A number of factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including: 

  1. Family history 
  2. Age 
  3. Poor nutrition 
  4. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus 
  5. Stress Treatments and drugs 

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces. Your doctor may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results. 

Medication 

If your hair loss is caused by an underlying disease, treatment for that disease will be necessary. This may include drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress your immune system, such as prednisone. If a certain medication is causing the hair loss, your doctor may advise you to stop using it for at least three months. 

  1. Minoxidil (Rogaine): Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. It may be used by men and women. 
  2. Finasteride (Propecia): This prescription drug is available only to men. It's taken daily in pill form. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. You need to keep taking it to retain benefits. 
  3. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: This is one of the latest treatments for hair loss and is especially good for patients who do not wish to go for surgery. In this, a sample of your blood is withdrawn from which platelets are separated using a centrifuge. These are then injected directly into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors which promote the growth of new hair and reduce hair loss. This procedure requires multiple sittings over a period of 5 to 6 months. It is an outpatient procedure with no down time. You can resume your daily activities almost immediately. 

Surgery 

In the most common type of permanent hair loss, only the top of the head is affected. Hair transplant or restoration surgery can make the most of the hair you have left. During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back or sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results. Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. 

Wigs and hairpieces 

You may want to try a wig or a hairpiece as an alternative to medical treatment or if you don't respond to treatment. It can be used to cover either permanent or temporary hair loss. Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available. 

Prevention 

  1. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  2. Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails. 
  3. Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. 
  4. Treat your hair gently when washing and brushing. A wide-toothed comb may help prevent pulling out hair. 
  5. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents. 

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Hair Loss - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Dr.Ganesh Avhad 91% (1668ratings)
MD, DNB, FIDP, FIL
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hair Loss - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss. 

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth. 

Before pursuing any hair loss treatment, it is highly recommended to talk with your doctor about the cause of the hair loss and the best treatment options. Symptoms Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what's causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. 

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include: 

  1. Gradual thinning on top of head. 
  2. Circular or patchy bald spots. 
  3. Sudden loosening of hair. 
  4. Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. 

When to see a doctor 

See your doctor if your child or you are distressed by hair loss and want to pursue treatment. Also, talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your or your child's hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. 

Causes 

The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it's usually related to one or more of the following factors: 

  1. Family history (heredity) 
  2. Hormonal changes 
  3. Medical conditions 
  4. Medications 

Risk factors 

A number of factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including: 

  1. Family history 
  2. Age 
  3. Poor nutrition 
  4. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus 
  5. Stress Treatments and drugs 

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces. Your doctor may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results. 

Medication 

If your hair loss is caused by an underlying disease, treatment for that disease will be necessary. This may include drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress your immune system, such as prednisone. If a certain medication is causing the hair loss, your doctor may advise you to stop using it for at least three months. 

  1. Minoxidil (Rogaine): Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. It may be used by men and women. 
  2. Finasteride (Propecia): This prescription drug is available only to men. It's taken daily in pill form. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. You need to keep taking it to retain benefits. 
  3. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: This is one of the latest treatments for hair loss and is especially good for patients who do not wish to go for surgery. In this, a sample of your blood is withdrawn from which platelets are separated using a centrifuge. These are then injected directly into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors which promote the growth of new hair and reduce hair loss. This procedure requires multiple sittings over a period of 5 to 6 months. It is an outpatient procedure with no down time. You can resume your daily activities almost immediately. 

Surgery 

In the most common type of permanent hair loss, only the top of the head is affected. Hair transplant or restoration surgery can make the most of the hair you have left. During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back or sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results. Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. 

Wigs and hairpieces 

You may want to try a wig or a hairpiece as an alternative to medical treatment or if you don't respond to treatment. It can be used to cover either permanent or temporary hair loss. Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available. 

Prevention 

  1. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
  2. Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails. 
  3. Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. 
  4. Treat your hair gently when washing and brushing. A wide-toothed comb may help prevent pulling out hair. 
  5. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and permanents. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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