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Hair Fall - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Hair fall is a condition characterized by the thinning or the complete breakage of hair strands from the scalp or midway. Sometimes, hair fall can not only affect the hair from your scalp but also your entire body. It occurs in children as well as adults. It is perfectly normal to lose 60 to 100 strands of hair in one day, but if you lose more than 100 strands of hair a day it can be a cause of concern. Hair fall can be temporary or permanent. It is possible that you might see clumps of hair in your brush while combing your hair or washing it. Thinning of the hair and bald patches are also signs of hair fall.

Causes of Hair loss:

Hair fall is most commonly prevalent in people who have had a family history of hair loss, genetic play a huge role in this. Some hormones also trigger hair loss which usually begins during puberty. Other factors such as traumatic events, surgeries and major illnesses can also trigger acute hair fall. In such cases, hair starts growing back on it own after some time. Temporary hair loss can be caused due to menopause, sudden discontinuation of birth control pills, childbirth and hormonal changes due to pregnancy. Sometimes severe medical conditions can also cause hair fall such as scalp infections (ringworm), alopecia areata (autoimmune disorder which damages the hair follicles) and thyroid disease. Disorders like lichen planus and certain types of lupus can also cause lichens which result in hair fall. Many times hair fall can also be triggered by the use of medications used to treat heart problems, depression, arthritis, high blood pressure and cancer. Emotional or physical shock can also trigger hair loss such as high fever, extreme weight loss and death in the family. A hair pulling disorder known as trichotillomania makes the affected person pull out his/her hair deliberately. It is an impulse control disorder which can be treated by therapy. The affected person can pull out hair from their eyelash, eyebrows and the scalp. Tying our hair very tightly puts immense pressure on the hair resulting in breakage. This is known as traction hair loss. Consuming less iron and protein in your diet can also lead to thin hair.

Treatment for hair loss:

It is vital to visit a dermatologist if you are facing severe hair fall. The dermatologist is most likely to prescribe medications which contain corticosteroids and a substance called minoxidil. Hair transplant surgeries and scalp reduction surgery is also advised in severe cases.

Treatable by medical professional Self diagnosable Lab test not required Non communicable
Symptoms
Gradual thinning especially on the top of the scalp Circular of patchy bald spots Loosening of the hair Hair los on the whole body Scaling patches that spread all over the scalp

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Hair Loss in Men and Women - Know Everything About It!

Dr. Lalit Kasana 84% (18 ratings)
BHMS, PG Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology (PGDCC), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Greater Noida
Hair Loss in Men and Women - Know Everything About It!
When a new baby is born, he or she has soft, fine and downy hair called lanugo that disappears shortly after the birth. Normally hair on the scalp and other parts of body becomes thicker and coarser. In middle age, hair growth can be seen on the ears of men and women develop the same on face at the time of menopause. This is due to change in endocrine pattern. Stages of Hair Growth: ANAGEN HAIR (Period of Active Growth): The stage when the growing is in process, the hair is called 'Anagen' hair. Anagen hair keeps on growing from two to five years. In Anagen hair, the cells of follicle grow, divide and are keratinized in order to make hair grow. Having keratin means that the base of the hair shaft is moist and soft and the rest of hair shaft above hair bulb is dark pigmented. CATAGEN HAIR (Period of Transition or Breakdown and Change): When the hair is under transition stage, which is from root to end, the hair is called 'catagen' hair. Catagen hair, begin transitional, live for about 7 to 15 days. During this transition phase, the growth activity of the hair stops. Growth of hair is not a continuous affair as some people think. Hair growing takes a resting phase during which no growth takes place and the roots of the resting hair become club-shaped. It is this condition that is called club hairs. TELOGEN HAIR (Resting Stage before Resumption Of Growth): Catagen hair live for some time and when they are in the state of rest without any change, they are called 'Telogen' hair. Telogen hair are also called club hair. They are in the state of rest for three to four months before they grow or are pushed from follicle due to growth of another hair or due to some harsh combing/ brushing or hard massaging/continuous drying of hair by hot hair-blower or in fight etc. All these are mechanical reasons. Factors that Influence the Hair Growth Age: Growth of hair is fastest from the age of fifteen to late twenties. The hair grows faster and the rate of growth slows down when he hair have grown to its maximum. There is no limit to maximum but some doctors are of the opinion that this limit is three feel and when the hair are over three feet long, the growth rate drops to half the former growth rate. Nervous and circulatory system: The hair is affected by the state of the nervous system and circulatory system. This means that hair have a direct relation with functioning of the entire human organism, mind, sentiments, emotions and the body. Any such stimulation in the body by grief, emotions, etc. makes impact over the opulence of the nerve and blood supply to the head. If grief or emotions continue for some days, it affects the growth of hair. Chemicals & Drugs: Chemical and drug reactions also affect the growth of hair. The coloring of hair and dyeing of hair are virtually exposure to chemical reactions and many persons who dye or color their hair have retarded hair growth or encounter falling of hair. Heredity: The heredity/genes actually determine the hair density, growth and color of hair. Hormones: Hormonal change is one of the reasons for growth of hair. Your Hair ? An Index to your Health. Our hair is not just 'dead' protein it is a pointer to what is happening deep inside our body and mind. Hair has more to it than what appears on the surface. It says a lot more about us than what the stars foretell. The health of our hair and scalp provides us with insightful cues about a host of 'latent' health disorders. In addition, our hair, like our psyche, responds to both physical and emotional stressors, including underlying health deviations, much before apparent clinical symptoms manifest. DRY, LIMP, THIN HAIR: This may be a 'cursor' for hypothyroidism. In some cases, the 'tell-tale' sign is hair loss on the eyebrows, especially in the outer third of the eyebrow. SCALY OR CRUSTY PATCHES ON THE SCALP: This indicates psoriasis, a common skin disorder. It occurs when the skin for a toss, sending out flawed signals that accelerate the turnover and growth of skin cells. The detection of psoriasis can help us prevent and treat more serious condition- especially psoriatic arthritis, or painful swelling of the joints with scaly psoriatic distress. OVERALL THINNING: It's customary to shed about 50-100 hairs a day. But, when hair appears to be coming out in 'clumps' it's time for action. A job loss can cause such hair loss. Likewise, about of flu or fever, illnesses like jaundice, typhoid and malaria can cause hair loss. Most importantly, diabetes and hypertension can also cause such hair loss, much before they may be clinically diagnosed. DRY, BRITTLE HAIR BREAKS EASILY: This kind of hair loss can be a sign of autoimmune disorders, early onset diabetes and thyroid disease. GREY HAIR: This is no 'red signal' to be concerned that you are getting to 'look old' too early .It is a 'tell-tale' sign of stress, depression, or emotional anguish. However, diffuse grey hair at a young age may be indicative of thyroid problems and vitamin B deficiency. This problem is hereditary also.
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Ways To Combat Hair Fall And Thinning!

MD, ExSR Dermatologist AIIMS New Delhi
Dermatologist, Delhi
Ways To Combat Hair Fall And Thinning!
While combing your hair, tufts of hair coming out with your brush does not make up for a good sight. It is said that your hair adds to your personality. So, when you start experiencing hair thinning and hair fall, naturally it affects your look as well as confidence. There are a number of ways by which you can combat hair thinning and subsequent hair fall. There are some regimens you need to follow: Have a healthy and balanced diet rich in nutrients and proteins. The antioxidants present in vegetables and fruits prevent hair fall. Drink lots of water as it will keep you hydrated. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to tackle the menace that hair thinning is. You should get adequate rest each day. Lesser sleep hours are directly associated with malfunctioning of the hormones and a weakened immune system, both of which directly impact hair thinning and hair loss. Use a good herbal shampoo that is rich in organic substances and proteins and low in paraben (group of preservatives present in cosmetic products, primarily shampoos) and sulphur content. Some measures which you can adopt to prevent this condition are: Eggs are great for promoting thicker hair. You can either consume it or use the egg yolk directly on your scalp. Let the egg yolk on your hair for 30 minutes and then wash it off with mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Olive oil adds to the health of your hair, acting as your home-based hair spa. Massage your hair with olive oil and leave it for 40 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also use honey to make a concoction out of it. Avocado is a natural way to moisturize your hair and scalp. The fruit is rich in vitamin E, which thickens your tresses. You can also include avocado along with olive oil to make a thick hair paste. Apply it on your scalp and wash it off with a mild shampoo after 30 minutes. Castor Oil, which is available in any local medicine store, is the easiest way you can get thicker hair. It has Vitamin E which makes your hair and scalp healthy. You can mix castor oil with coconut oil to make it thicker. Use this concoction on your scalp to fight hair thinning as well as to get the lost shine back.
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FUT or FUE -- Which hair transplant is right for you?

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V. 92% (36640 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
FUT or FUE -- Which hair transplant is right for you?
Baldness and thinning of hair are common conditions faced by both men and women today. Once upon a time, it was an age related condition but today, hair loss is triggered by a number of factors. These include stress, pollution, an unhealthy diet and excessive colouring and other such chemical procedures. The good news is that hair transplants allow us to cover up bald spots and thicken thin hair. Hair transplant is a surgical procedure through which hair follicles from one part of the head are transferred to other parts of the head. Hair transplant surgeries can be categorized as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Follicular Unit Strip Surgery involves the removal of a strip of skin with hair from the back of the head and then dividing this to create a number of small grafts. Each graft must have a few hair follicles on it. On the other hand, Follicular Unit Extraction involves plucking individual hair follicles from one part of the head that has thick hair growth and using these to create grafts. In most cases, the back of the head is the preferred location to take the grafts from. This is because the hair growth here is usually the thickest and this part of the head is naturally resistant to balding. Once the grafts are ready, a surgeon will make tiny incisions on the areas where they are to be transplanted. The grafts will then be individually placed in each of these slits. Finally, the entire area is bandaged. Both Follicular Unit Strip Surgery and Follicular Unit Extraction have their own unique advantages... Follicular Unit Strip Surgery: It requires fewer sittings Large bald areas can be targeted It has a lower rate of the graft getting cut while being removed Follicular Unit Extraction: It does not involve the removal of skin Thus there are stitches required There is no scarring Quick recovery time, a patient can return to work the next day To perform a hair transplant surgery, the patient must be at least 25 years old. They must also not have been diagnosed with any heart conditions, hypertension or chronic diabetes. A hair transplant can also not cure hair fall. Hence, if your baldness or thinning hair is triggered by incessant hair fall or if you suffer from a psychological disorder that makes you pull out your hair, a hair transplant will not help. Lastly, you must have enough hair follicles on your head to have a hair transplant surgery.
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5 Signs That Your Hair Are Undernourished - Do You Know It Can Cause Hair Loss?

Dr. Tushar Opneja 87% (51 ratings)
DVDL, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
5 Signs That Your Hair Are Undernourished - Do You Know It Can Cause Hair Loss?
It feels amazing when your hair not only looks great, but also feels great. Now, great hair doesn t happen overnight, and you need constant maintenance to keep your hair that way. However, no matter what you do, there are still external factors such as the harmful sun-rays and pollution, and internal factors such as improper nutrition and hormonal imbalances that can lead to under-nourished and lifeless hair. Additionally, salon treatments, hair dyeing or regular blow drying can also harm your hair. There are certain signs of lifeless and under-nourished hair, such as: Breakage prone and brittle hair: Extreme oiliness or dryness, shedding, thinning, etc. are signs of breakage prone or brittle hair. It can be caused by a poor diet and stress, or it could be genetic. Even external factors such as air pollution, salt water or chlorinated water and sun exposure can affect the health of your hair. Frizzy hair: Frizzy hair occurs when hair cuticles open up, which causes moisture to seep through the strands, swelling them up. This gradually makes your hair look frizzy and dull. People who have curly hair experience more frizz than people with straight hair. Dull hair: Stress, climactic change, styling tools and chemical effects cause dull hair, which doesn t reflect light, but absorbs it. Limp hair: Your lifestyle has a great impact on hair. Incorrect methods of washing hair, harsh chemical treatments, health issues, smoking, stress, etc., make your hair limp and lifeless. Rough and dry hair: Hair produces oil to moisturise itself. Dry or rough hair occurs when the oil production is lowered or stopped. Recommended Treatment Your scalp and hair sometimes may be suffering from similar problems. A remedial treatment consisting of nourishing oils, vitamins, plant peptides, phytonutrient extracts and minerals is used to rejuvenate your hair, provide adequate nutrition and boost blood circulation in your scalp. A healthy scalp, revitalised hair roots and vigorous hair fibres are the expected results of this treatment. The treatment will also provide the following benefits: Nourishes and energises the hair root to promote denser and fuller hair Prevents hair fall through regulation of sebum production Prevents premature ageing of the scalp Strengthens hair shaft and increases volume to address breakage prone, dull and limp hair Causes instant smoothening of hair to make it shine
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12 Causes Of Hair Fall And Its Homeopathic Remedies!

Dr. Neha S Vasishth 84% (44 ratings)
BHMS, Health Care Management
Homeopath, Pune
12 Causes Of Hair Fall And Its Homeopathic Remedies!
Hairfall is a condition, which is also known as Alopecia and is known to include the aspect of thinning of hair as well. Genetics and hormones play a vital role in hairfall in both women and men. Few other factors are also responsible for hairfall. The hair growth consists of 3 phases. The anagen phase-active phase in hair growth. This phase lasts for 2-7 yrs. The second phase - catagen phase. This phase immediately follows the anagen phase. It lasts for around 10- 14 days and the hair stops getting blood supply and this leads the hair to become dead. The last phase is telogen phase. It is a resting phase. The entire cycle is repeated after the last stage and it continues. Every single hair undergoes this process. Causes/ factors to hair loss Genetic factors Skin diseases such as fungal infection, seborrhea (dandruff), tinea capitis ,eczema of scalp and lichen planus etc. Nutritional deficiencies like iron (leading to anemia) and protein Hormonal changes after childbirth, during menopause Drug in treating high blood pressure, cancer, joint pains or depression. Hair loss due to chemotherapy in a cancer patient is called as Anagen effluvium General diseases like Tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, AIDS, Hypothyroidism Auto-immune hair loss Hairstyles and frequent usage of hair straighteners and hair colors Recovery from erysipelas and typhoid leads to diffuse hair loss Physical trauma or injury to head Emotional trauma - loss of a family member / close friend Trichotillomania, -a mental disorder of the affected person voluntarily pulls out his / her scalp hair Homeopathy remedies The treatment for the disease could be based on the cause of the disease. Understanding the cause and treating it accordingly will increase the effectiveness of the medicine. Psorinum is the medicine useful to treat the hair fall that is caused due to skin diseases in scalp. Mezereum is also another medicine that is good in treating hair fall due to dandruff and other skin disease. Mercurius Solubilis is another homeopathic medicine that plays a wonderful role in treating the hair loss due to eruptions on scalp. Kali sulphuricum and Thuja occidentalis are best medicines to treat hair fall due to dandruff exclusively. Pulsatilla pratensis, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla pratensis and Sepia officinalis are medicines used to control hair fall in women after childbirth. Cinchona officinalis , Calcarea phosphorica and Borax are medicines that helps in treating hair fall problem for anemic patients.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from hair fall problem since last 2 years and facing very low hair growth of existing one also my hairs are very thin and I am using helmet on two wheeler daily 2 times for 1 hr each visit approx.

Dr. Himani Negi 96% (15245 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Homeopathy can very efficiently deal with cases of hair loss, and produce excellent results. In Homeopathy, a huge number of wonderful medicines are present that are used to tackle hair loss cases. Every kind of hair loss (ranging from hair loss due to anemia / nutritional deficiencies, due to skin disorders, due to mental / physical trauma, due to childbirth or menopause, after acute diseases, to alopecia areata, alopecia totalis or androgenetic alopecia) can be treated with the help of well selected homeopathic medicines. To treat hair loss through homeopathy detail case history of the patient needs to be studied. The cause and site of hair loss are to be noted down along with the constitutional symptoms of the patient which are given prime importance in any kind of case of hair loss. The constitutional symptoms include the eating habits, level of thirst, thermals, mental symptom etc. and these are to be given top position in forming the totality of symptoms while case taking. After the case has been properly evaluated, the case homeopathic medicine is administered to the patient A homoeopathic constitutional treatment will give you a permanent cure naturally You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects
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Hairs problem: Naturally I have less hairs (unnoticeable) and on my head and they are very thin too And my hairs do fall while bathing. PS: I also did hair straighting few days back but thats not the problem for hair fall bcz I am facing this problem long back please suggest me any medicine, oil or soap or shampoo to get rid of this thin hair and hair fall too.

Dr. Himani Negi 96% (15245 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Homeopathy can very efficiently deal with cases of hair loss, and produce excellent results. In Homeopathy, a huge number of wonderful medicines are present that are used to tackle hair loss cases. Every kind of hair loss (ranging from hair loss due to anemia / nutritional deficiencies, due to skin disorders, due to mental / physical trauma, due to childbirth or menopause, after acute diseases, to alopecia areata, alopecia totalis or androgenetic alopecia) can be treated with the help of well selected homeopathic medicines. To treat hair loss through homeopathy detail case history of the patient needs to be studied. The cause and site of hair loss are to be noted down along with the constitutional symptoms of the patient which are given prime importance in any kind of case of hair loss. The constitutional symptoms include the eating habits, level of thirst, thermals, mental symptom etc. and these are to be given top position in forming the totality of symptoms while case taking. After the case has been properly evaluated, the case homeopathic medicine is administered to the patient A homoeopathic constitutional treatment will give you a permanent cure naturally You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects
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I've vigorous hair fall. Losing hair rapidly. Seems some itchy scalp on front side shall I consult a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon. Is the hair rejuvenate back. Is there any treatment for that?

Dr. Deepak H.S 89% (19 ratings)
FRGUHS, Fellow in DERMATOSURGERY, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Please consult near by dermatologist. They will suggest you better rather than cosmetic surgeon, who does more of a surgery. Which is not required in your case.

I am suffering from a lot of dandruff flake form on scalp and excessive hair fall these days .It causes itching.

Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mitke 92% (965 ratings)
BAMS, MD, Panchakrma
Ayurveda, Nashik
Hair fall is a common issue that troubles both men and women. Excessive hair fall occurs due to extreme stress, genetics, dandruff, dehydration and unhealthy lifestyle. If left untreated for a long time, it may lead to baldness. Uncontrolled hair fall can cause extreme embarrassment in public and hamper your level of confidence. TIPS TO STOP HAIR LOSS 1) Use Natural oils such as coconut, almond etc. To massage gently the scalp for countering hair fall. 2) Have more proteins and trace minerals in diet. 3) Start taking Ayurvedic hair nutrition supplement. 4) Keep stress away & take proper 8 hr calm sleep 5) Get the underlying scalp condition like dandruff treated. 6) Start 2 spoon cow ghee with milk - empty stomach; will provide you essential nutrition. 7) Use soft water to wash your hairs.(alternate day is limit) 8) DO regular exercise, yoga, meditation. 9) keep your body cool & calm to avoid hair fall.

Doctor please suggest me a good shampoo which can control hair fall and dandruff, please please I want to grow my hairs thick n long. I am facing problem wid hairs, My hair type - thin n straight hair (might be oily scalp)

Dr. Atula Gupta 90% (1959 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Dandruff:- Keraglo AD Shampoo three times in a week. Sebowash Shampoo once in a week. Stop Oil application. Hair fall:- Tab. Keraglo men once daily for 3 months. Qilib men solution 6-8 sprays once daily at night for one month Use Anaphase shampoo. Increase intake of protein diet & Green leafy vegetables. Check blood test for Thyroid & Haemoglobin.
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5 Signs You Are Losing Your Hair

Dr. Atul Jain 89% (57 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Jaipur
Your diet can influence hair fall. True or False. Take this quiz to know now!
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Ayurveda: How it Can Help Avoid Hair Fall?

Dr. Robin Anand 95% (14632 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Ambala
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Dr. Nandeesh J 91% (567 ratings)
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Dr. Anushri Banik 92% (1298 ratings)
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Massaging oil leads to fungal or bacterial infections. True or false? Take this quiz to find out.
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Myths and Facts About Home Remedies for Hairfall

Dr. Nikunj Gupta 94% (1050 ratings)
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Homeopath, Surat
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