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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
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 Fall - Best Natural Treatments For It!

Dr. Ashwini Vivek Mulye 89% (450 ratings)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Hair Fall - Best Natural Treatments For It!
The primary basis of hair loss is rooted in genes. It is inherited from our parents.-And depending from who you inherit it from, the pattern of hair loss will vary; hair loss is also termed as alopecia. In order for the hair follicles to grow healthy, basic hair cleansing is a must. Adequate water intake, flushing out of toxins and consuming foods rich in iron, biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and calcium all are absolutely necessary for healthy hair growth. In Ayurveda, surplus of Pitta dosha in the body is the principal cause of hair troubles. Typically, Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss would include nutrition, yoga, meditation, and most importantly herbal oil massage and usage of herbal hair wash and hair packs. Apart from hereditary reasons, some probable causes of hair loss are Physical stress or mental stress Age factor Hair styling and styling products Diet poor in nutrition, especially lack of protein and iron in the diet. Unwarranted intake of alcoholic beverages, smoking and eating red meat on a regular basis leads to alopecia. Pitta gets irritated by the ingestion of fast foods and spicy foods. Aloe Vera: Applied on the scalp or taken in an empty stomach would help in generating hair growth. Sesame seeds: These can be ingested as well as applied as a hair pack; they work wonders, being a rich source of hair nutrients. Yoghurt: Yogurt is a good source of lactic acid also very beneficial for the hair. Certain yoga asanas under the supervision of a yoga instructor can be very helpful in this regard. Meditating to limit stress levels and getting a sound sleep every night are age old tenets of healthy body, and thus, healthy hair as well. Medicated herbal oils and massage: Massaging the scalp with herbal oils such as jojoba and castor oil along with coconut and almond oil are good options. Use of Amla, Brahmi and Bhringraj hair packs also would help tremendously. Pepper has a stimulating effect on hair follicles as well.
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Common Reasons Behind Hair Fall With Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Dr. Mani Sethi Sawhney 87% (132 ratings)
Homeopath, Delhi
Common Reasons Behind Hair Fall With Homeopathic Treatment For It!
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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Alopecia - Is There A Way Ayurveda Can Be Of Help?

Auraveda Wellness New Delhi 88% (65 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Alopecia - Is There A Way Ayurveda Can Be Of Help?
Alopecia is a medical term used for baldness. There are different sorts of alopecia, including alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a condition that causes a person s hair to fall out in patches. It is an autoimmune disease where the person s own immune system attacks his body, the hair follicles in this case. When this happens, the individual's hair starts to fall out, usually in patches. The degree of hair loss varies from person to person. Rarely, the person loses all the hair on his or her head (alopecia areata totalis) or whole body (alopecia areata universalis). The person s genetics may trigger the autoimmune response of alopecia areata, alongside other unknown triggers. For a few people, hair becomes back yet drops out again later. Some people s hair does grow back. Every case is exceptional. The condition usually occurs when white platelets attack the cells in the hair follicles, making them shrink. While researchers are uncertain why these changes take place, it appears that hereditary traits are included, as alopecia areata will probably happen in a person who has a relative with the same illness. One in five individuals with the infection have a relative who has also developed alopecia areata. It is also believed that it mostly occurs in people with a family history of other autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or type 1 diabetes. Alopecia areata cannot be cured but it can be managed in terms of symptoms and hair can grow back. By and large, alopecia areata is treated with medications that are used for different conditions. Treatment choices for alopecia areata include: Corticosteroids: These are anti-inflammatory medications that are recommended for immune system illnesses. Corticosteroids can be given in the form of an injection into the scalp or different areas, orally (as a pill), or applied as a balm or a cream. Topical immunotherapy: This kind of treatment might be used if the baldness or hair loss recurs. The irritation that the medicines cause may cause hair regrowth. Rogaine (minoxidil): This topical medication is now used as a treatment for hair loss. It for the most part takes around 12 weeks of treatment with Rogaine before hair starts to grow back. A few people with alopecia areata use alternative therapy to treat their condition. These may include: Aromatherapy Acupuncture Herbal supplements Vitamins Wearing covers (wigs, caps, or scarves) to shield the head. A number of people with new-onset alopecia areata have had stress in life, for example, work, family, deaths, surgeries and accidents. Nonetheless, this has not been proven as a cause scientifically. Applying sunscreen to shield uncovered areas or patches from sunburns. Wearing shades to shield the eyes from the sun if the eyelashes have dropped out.
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Stress Induced Hair Fall - How It Can Be Managed?

Dr. Rupinder Kaur 91% (97 ratings)
MD - Dermatology Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Ludhiana
Stress Induced Hair Fall - How It Can Be Managed?
There is ample evidence to suggest the fact that anxiety or stress and the problem of hair loss are indeed related. The relationship between the two, despite being a complex one, can be easily established. If you re worrying too much about how the rate of hair loss in your case has seemingly multiplied, then it s time that you stop over-thinking. Your anxieties are contributing significantly to the condition itself. Hair-fall owing to excessive stress may occur anytime within the 6 weeks to 4 months time period that follows an event which might cause extreme pressure on you, psychologically or otherwise. However, it is imperative to remember that the possibility for acute hair-fall to occur is very rare in case your anxiety is less than severe. Stress triggers a plethora of conditions that effectively contribute to hair loss, the most common ones being: Telogen Effluvium: The most frequently observed condition wherein more amount of hair than what is considered normal prepares to fall off. Alopecia Areata: Sudden increment in a fall of large clumps of your hair around the scalp. Trichotillomania: This is an otherwise habitual condition led by anxiety and stress wherein the person affected pulls out his hair without even realizing the fact that he is actually pulling out his own hair. The good news is that for those who suffer from anxiety induced hair-fall is that, the problem isn t a permanent one. If anxiety and stress are the conditions that have triggered this problem, then best results might be achieved by implementing measures to reduce the stress causing factors. However, ensure that you re addressing this problem properly so that a fall or a reduction may be observed in both your anxiety levels as well as your hair-fall problems. There are several quick fixes that go a long way in contributing to the correction of this condition: Meditation aids in altering your brain s neural pathways, thereby improving and strengthening your resilience towards stress. Connecting with your loved ones more often helps you relax and heal emotionally, significantly lowering your anxiety levels. Music that soothes the senses, calms down your nerves, and lowers the blood pressure levels, helps in alleviating the effects of a stressful living. It is vital to keep in mind the fact that a healthy lifestyle and regular exercising go a long way in keeping your health intact-whether it be securing your tresses or lowering your anxieties. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Different Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy!

Dr. G.K. Bedi 84% (26 ratings)
Gynaecologist, Chandigarh
Different Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy!
Pregnancy is an experience where a woman experiences physical, mental and emotional changes. Out of all the changes, one of the major change, a woman goes through is hormonal change. Here are few different ways your body changes during pregnancy: Increase in the blood volume: The blood and plasma of the body are increased from thirty to fifty percent because the heart at that time, is working harder and more efficiently. This results in the heart ejecting more blood and plasma for the growth of your baby. It also helps protect the mother from certain delivery risks. Growth of hip size: The pelvic bone separates from the middle because of a hormone called relaxin, which helps the uterine muscle relax and softening of the cervix. It is not a dangerous thing as opening up of the pelvis makes the delivery safer. Skin darkening: Linea nigrea is a dark line that grows down your stomach and the belly button. It is always there even before pregnancy. However, the hormones change the pigmentation in the skin to make it look more evident. Moreover, that is not the only skin darkening that takes place. Some women develop dark spots and patches on their face. These are called melasma. Applying sunscreen can help prevent these. Vaginal color: The vagina tends to change its colour. It turns blue or purple and this is known as the Chadwick sign. The vagina may also swell up because of the increased blood flow as well as discharge. Development of vulvar varicose veins is very common during pregnancy. This mainly happens due to the pressure and weight of the uterus, which results in a decrease in the blood flow from the lower part of the body. The feet grow in size: Not only does the belly grow during pregnancy but, so do the feet. During pregnancy, the foot s arch flattens because relaxin loosens your ligaments and the extra weight tends to push down the feet. The feet become longer and wider, hence. Moreover, fluid retention may also make your feet swell. Hair growth: Women tend to go through hair growth all over the body. It can also cause the hair to become thicker. Whereas, after the birth, hair fall becomes quite frequent. However, there is no need to worry since it is the body s way of getting back to normal. It usually happens after six months of delivery. Brain fog: About eighty percent of the women go through memory loss or impairment. Although, the cause is unknown. The sleep deprivation or feelings of stress during pregnancy are a cause behind this. Having vampire breath: The hormonal change can cause bacteria in the mouth and cause it to become inflamed. Hence, it can lead to bleeding gums and a bad breath.
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Popular Questions & Answers

My hairs are falling out like anything. They are no more in healthy condition. How can I get a healthy hair growth. For additional information I would like to tell you that I have PCOD problem.

Dr. Ruchita Chandra 90% (1423 ratings)
Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine (H.M.D.), Nutrition/ Diet planning, Diploma In Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Cosmetology, BHMS, DND, Pranic Healing
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
May be due to PCOD, hormonal imbalance, hairfall occurring. Don't worry. Better Take German Homoeopathic medicines for Hair and PCOD. Safe and effective. No side effects. Prescribe after taking brief history of the patient. Guaranteed results. PCOD Diet consultation and customized PCOD diet planning/ chart consists of protein carbs and fats in proportionate form will help to get rid of PCOD. Consult Privately on Lybrate.

How to control my hair fall. Because I am using all natural things but that is not capable to stop this help me.

Shradha Chaubey 88% (37 ratings)
Ayurveda, Bhopal
Use Sarso oil Of patanjali and Triphla powder 1 tsf BAD after meal. And call me for your further query. And I have to take your full history.
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Doctor anti hair fall shampoo will stop hair fall (or) Natural shikkhai powder will stop hair fall?

Dr. Rekha Choudhary 89% (70 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Dietitian For Obesity Management, Diploma in Clinical Dermatology, Trichology & Hair Transplant
Trichologist, Thane
Hi, Apart from Shampoo n powder try to improve your diet include fresh fruits n vegetables have nuts, green leafy.

Daily I am washing my hair bt I got dandruff if I left one day also. So how to stop dandruff. Due to this hair fall is happen and how to grow hair.

Dr. Harshita Sethi 90% (163 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Apply Tulsi and mint hair serum in scalp in daytime daily for 2 months, apply Brahmi oil every night in roots and length as well.

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