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Hair Loss - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

The hair growth rate slows down as people age and is called alopecia. There are lot many hair loss types

  • Involutional Alopecia- It is the natural gradual thinning of hair with age. There is an increase in the number of hair follicles which enter resting phase and the other hairs become fewer and shorter.
  • Androgenic Alopecia- Both women and men can be affected by this genetic condition. Men who have this condition may start losing hair even in their teenage years. This is known as male-pattern baldness. It is marked by gradual hair loss from the frontal scalp and the crown and the hairline receding. Women affected by this have hair thinning after their forties. It is known as female-pattern baldness and maximum hair loss happens near the crown.
  • Alopecia Areata- It usually has a sudden onset and leads to hair loss in patches in young adults and children. It may lead to total balding (alopecia totalis). In over 90% people having this condition, the hair grows back within few years.
  • Trichotillomania- It is observed most commonly in children. A person tears out their own hair because of this psychological disorder.
  • Telogen Effluvium- Hair growth cycle changes lead to a temporary thinning of hair on the scalp. It happens due to a lot of hair entering resting phase which leads to shedding of hair and consequent thinning.
  • Scarring Alopecia- It leads to irreversible hair loss. Inflammatory conditions of the skin like folliculitis, acne and cellulitis, results in scarring that destroys the hair’s ability to regenerate. Tightly woven hair and hot combs may result in irreversible hair loss as well.
  • Hormones- Abnormal androgen levels may cause hair loss as well.
  • Genes – Genes from either parents can increase the likelihood of a person having female or male pattern baldness.
  • Drugs- Blood thinners, cancer treatment drugs, birth-control medication and beta blockers may lead to hair loss as well.
  • Medical Predispositions- Diabetes, lupus, iron deficiency, thyroid disease, anemia and eating disorders may lead to hair loss. Usually when the root cause of the hair loss is treated, hair grows back again.
  • Cosmetic- Procedures like perming, hair dyes, bleaching and over use of shampoo can all lead to thinning of hair, making it brittle and weak. Braiding hair tightly, using hot curlers or rollers also causes hair breakage and damage. These however don’t lead to baldness.

The hair regrows normally if the causative factor is stopped.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Hair falling out in clumps or patches. Thinning of hair. Hair becoming brittle and breaking easily.

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Hair Loss - 6 Derma Treatments You Can Go For!

Dr. Dinesh Hawelia 87% (15 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Hair Loss - 6 Derma Treatments You Can Go For!
Loss of hair can have adverse effects on your physical as well as mental health. Not only does hair loss affect your self-esteem or appeal, it also hints at an underlying health problem. There could be many reasons for the loss of hair. Alopecia areata is a condition wherein sudden loss of hair begins with one or more circular bald patches that might or might not overlap. Some of the common cosmetic treatments for hair loss include: Hair Grafting or Transplant: Hair transplant or grafting is a procedure that uses surgery to move hair follicles from one spot in the body to another and is mainly used to treat male pattern baldness. The transplantations are carried out in outpatient form, with local anaesthesia and mild sedation. Harvesting of hair follicles is done using various methods, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the common harvesting techniques are: Strip Harvesting: A strip of skin from the scalp or from any other spot where there is good growth of hair is harvested by the surgeon. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): Follicular Unit Extraction is a procedure which involves the singular extraction of each hair follicle without any removal of strip of tissue. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT): Follicular Unit Transplant involves the removal of a small strip of tissue from the rear part of the head. The donor hair follicles would be extracted from this strip. Robotic Hair Restoration: The devices associated with Robotic Hair Restoration utilize robotic arms and cameras to provide assistance to the surgeon during the FUE procedure. Scalp Reduction: This cosmetic procedure involves removal of skin (non-hair-bearing) from the scalp, which ensures that the remaining skin (hair-bearing) can be extended to the area that it is capable of covering the bald spots on the head. This procedure is effective in covering bald areas on the back as well as top of the head. However, it is not favourable for the hairline in the frontal areas of the head
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Foods That Keep Your Hair Healthy

Dt. Divya Chadha 89% (153 ratings)
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Foods That Keep Your Hair Healthy
Everyone loves a thick luscious mane of hair, which is shown on television commercials. To be able to flick around shiny healthy locks, you may have tried the best shampoo brands, made frequent visits to the parlour and consulted the doctors several times. However, did you know that the best nutrition for your hair comes from the food you eat daily? Thinning hair, reduction in hairline, excessive hairfall resulting in an undesirable physical change, can be a major cause of frustration and low self esteem. Healthy and hygienic lifestyle, sufficient sleep, adequate water intake and exercises along with a balanced diet help to promote the growth of hair. Important nutrients necessary to boost hair growth and volume: Most of the hair is made of protein and therefore it is of utmost importance to include proteins in the diet. Protein cells are building blocks for hair and strengthen your locks. Vitamin D leads to a healthy scalp and activates the growth of hair follicles. Biotin (Vitamin B7) leads to the synthesis of an important hormone known as Keratin which forms the fibrous part of hair. Inadequate Folic acid in the diet can cause a reduction in cell division and lead to premature greying of hair. Vitamin A and C help to keep the scalp free of dandruff. They lead to the production of sebum that nourishes the hair strands and prevents split ends. Split ends can lead to the breakage of hair, eventually turning your precious mane into a rough, dull and unmanageable one. Omega-3 fatty Acids improve blood circulation to the hair roots, promoting shine and health of hair. Iron and Zinc prevent breakage and damage of hair. They contribute to strengthening of hair roots. Some of the best food items recommended for maintaining healthy hair: Carrots, Whole grains, Legumes and Lentils, leafy green vegetables, fruits: Carrots are rich sources of Vitamin A. Carrots have several advantageous effects on the human body, mostly showing remarkable improvement in eyesight and hair growth. Carrots can be eaten in a salad, boiled or lightly tossed in the pan in just a few drops of oil and beneficial spices for added flavour. Carrots can also be made into carrot juice and consumed on a regular basis. Vegetables, fruits and legumes are rich sources of iron, zinc; vitamins that are essential for hair maintenance. Lean Meat and Eggs: Eggs and lean meat are rich sources of protein. Egg whites do a commendable job when it comes to promoting hair growth. Egg yolk and the egg whites are known to remarkably condition the hair and benefit damaged hair when mixed with a natural hair pack before shampooing it off. Egg protein is beneficial, whether consumed or applied externally. It must be made a vital inclusion in your diet. Oatmeal: Known to have multiple benefits, it must make a way into your diet chart, if you are looking forward to healthy skin, hair and the perfect body weight. Oatmeal applied externally can condition and clean the hair, reducing itchiness of the scalp. Oatmeal consumed in breakfast daily can help to control hormonal imbalance that leads to excessive hair loss. It can also play an important role in controlling genetic alopecia. Walnuts and Almonds: The W of Walnut can also stand for Wonder nut. This nut contains all the necessary vitamins that activate the hair follicles and increase the volume of hair. It contains, iron, zinc, Vitamins B9, B6 and B1, healthy fats and adequate protein. Almonds are as beneficial as Walnuts, containing all the basic important nutrients needed for your hair. A handful of walnuts and almonds daily will zealously guard your hair for a long, long time. Green Tea and Dark Chocolates: Rich in anti-oxidants, green tea is beneficial both when consumed internally and applied externally. The hair can be washed with green tea to remove and prevent dandruff. Dark chocolates are also rich sources of anti-oxidants. Now that s a delectable way towards healthy and happy hair. Fish: Salmon, Mackerel, Oysters are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
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Hair Loss - Different Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!

Homeopath, Jaipur
Hair Loss - Different Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!
Hair loss practically refers to the falling of hair from the head or the scalp. Another term used for hair loss is alopecia. Alopecia is referred to as a big term for thinning of hair. Hair loss occurs genetically. This is a very vital condition, both in men and women. But apart from this, there are other reasons also, which pose to be a problem for hair loss. Let us learn the causes effectively. This will be the only way to prevent hair loss to some extent. The various causes that lead to hair loss include the following: The different kinds of skin diseases that practically affect the scalp are regarded as the main cause behind hair loss. Fungal infections such as tinea capitis, seborrhoea (dandruff), eczema of scalp, or lichen planus are very bad for the health of the hair. The genetic factors are largely responsible for hair loss. Some particular hormonal changes also lead to hair loss. For eg. the hormonal changes after the birth of the baby along with menopause can be regarded as one of the basic reasons behind hair fall. The nutritional deficit in food due to the lack of proper diet can also be a reason. A diet which lacks iron and leads to anemia or even the lack of protein intake is regarded as the major issues leading to hair fall. When the person is recovering from any major illness or acute fever such as typhoid and erysipelas, it may lead to hair loss. Some of the drugs and medicines, used mainly for treating diseases and illness of high blood pressure, joint pains, cancer, or depression, may result in hair loss. Anagen effluvium is basically referred to a condition of hair loss due to chemotherapy in a cancer patient. Injury to head or a physical trauma can also be the reason behind hair loss. Homeopathic remedies for hair loss The different kinds of homeopathic medicines, which are required for hair loss due to skin diseases and basically affect the scalp, like dandruff, tinea capitis or fungus infection, eczema etc. include the following: Psorinum Mezereum Mercurius Solubilis Thuja Occidentalis Kali Sulphuricum The homeopathic medicines which are needed for the treatment of hair loss in women after child birth as well as during menopause are: Natrum Muriaticum Pulsatilla Pratensis Sepia Officinalis The homeopathic medicines required for hair loss especially in anaemic conditions of patients are: Borax Cinchona officinalis Calcarea phosphoric The homeopathic medicines required to treat and deal with cases of alopecia areata include the following: Fluoricum Acidum Phosphorus Calcarea Carbonica Vinca
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Hair Loss - How Homeopathy Can Help In Its Treatment?

Dr. Mukesh Singh 97% (10189 ratings)
B.H.M.S., Senior Homeopath Consultant
Homeopath, Delhi
Hair Loss - How Homeopathy Can Help In Its Treatment?
Hair loss often starts as a problem we tend to brush aside until it actually starts showing up in worrying quantities on the hair brush. Suddenly, we observe our scalp to be more visible, there is more hair in the shower drain, on our shoulders and on our seats. It is common to shed around 50 hairs in a day but when this dramatically changes to 150+ a day, you need to take action as quickly as possible. These alternative ways will help ensure you don't suffer from any hair loss. These include: Having a dry scalp can also increase itchiness. It would be a good idea to use natural oil on your hair before you wash it if that's the reason behind your itch. Sensitivity to a new product may be causing a sudden itchiness in your scalp. So, if you have switched to a new shampoo, mousse or anything else, do try abstaining from applying it for a few days to see if the itchiness subsides. Instead of scratching, pat or rub the sensitive area with the flat of your fingers. 4. When your scalp feels itchy, try and distract yourself. The more you think about how itchy your scalp is, the more it will itch. While scratching your hair does lead to hair loss, the good news is your hair will grow back because the damage is not permanent. However, it is not advisable to keep scratching your head because you'll just lose more hair. 5 Homeopathic treatment to deal with hair loss: Phosphorus: Phosphorus is a homeopathic treatment that is used to treat hair loss. It promotes hair growth in spots where hair loss has occurred. Sulphur: Sulphur is an excellent homeopathic remedy to treat hair loss as it promotes hair growth. It also eliminates dandruff from the scalp. Natrum Muriaticum: This homeopathic remedy is made from sodium chloride and is used to treat hair problems resulting from skin complications. It is also recommended for women who face hair loss from menstrual problems. It treats dandruff and hair disorders due to hormonal imbalances.
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PCOS - How Is It Related To Hair Loss? Can Proper Diet Help?

Dt. Ritika Dua 90% (60 ratings)
BSc-Diet & Nutrition, M.Sc-Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
PCOS - How Is It Related To Hair Loss? Can Proper Diet Help?
PCOS, also known as the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition that affects women of reproductive age (usually between 12-45 years). True to its name, PCOS is a hormonal disorder characterized by the formation of cysts in the ovary (one or both the ovaries). Androgen, the male sex hormone is produced in small amounts by the ovary. In PCOS, there is an increased production of androgens. The levels of estrogen and progesterone (female sex hormones) also undergo alteration. All these hormonal imbalance affects the functioning of the ovary as well as the ovulation process (the eggs either don't mature or are not released from the ovary). PCOS and Hair Loss In the case of PCOS, in addition to the menstrual and fertility problem, many females also suffer from severe hair loss. There are three phases in a hair growth cycle- Anagen, a phase where active hair growth takes place. Catagen, a phase indicative of the transitional growth of hair. Telogen or the resting phase characterized by shedding of hair. In PCOS, there is an increased production of androgen or testosterone. The testosterone then gets converted to another hormone called the Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The DHT thus formed binds itself to the hair follicles. As a result of this, the hair follicles abruptly enters into the resting phase, characterized by hair loss. The DHT when it binds to the hair follicles is also known to affect the ability of the hair follicles to absorb the essential nutrients.The PCOS left untreated, this process gets repeated in each hair growth cycle with increased hair loss and hair thinning. The hair regrowth and regeneration also slows down, a condition termed as Androgenic Alopecia. The PCOS also triggers an insulin resistance. As per a study by the University of Oulu in Finland, incidences of alopecia is higher in women with insulin resistance, resulting in hair loss. Dietary Recommendation To Deal With PCOS-related Hair Loss In PCOS, the DHT hormone binds to the hair follicle resulting in the hair loss. In addition to the medications and maintaining a healthy body weight, a proper diet can go a long way to reverse the damage, thereby controlling the hair loss. However, one needs to have patience as you cannot expect the diet to produce miraculous results within a day. Enrich your diet with green leafy vegetables. High fiber vegetables can help to deal with insulin resistance to a great extent. Lean proteins such as tofu, chicken, are healthy options. Foods with low glycemic index (such as non-starchy vegetables, quite a few fruits, lentils, peas, legumes, barley, to name a few) work wonders in the case of PCOS and the associated symptoms. It also helps to deal with insulin resistance and high glucose levels, one of the factors responsible for hair loss. The unhealthy foods options that should be avoided at all cost, include highly processed foods such as pastries, white bread, sugar, white potatoes. Avoid foods rich in simple sugars or those with a high glycemic value.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Hair fall during shampoo is normal? Literally I get 100 strands of hair fall n I wash dam twice a week.

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 95% (2653 ratings)
Homeopath, Delhi
You should have to wash hairs at alternate days in summers and this is not normal .consult online for homoeopathic treatment.

I'm loosing hair and increasing in grey hair. Pls suggest me some good shampoo and remedy for this. thanks.

Dr. Rushali Angchekar 95% (54903 ratings)
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
thyroidinum 4pills daily twice arnicare hair oil healwell company arnica shampoo weekly twice bramhi + jab + arnica + embel Q 20drops 2times daily

Sir, thanks for the response to my previous question. I usually apply mustard oil to my scalp since I have a lot of dandruff. Also I have hair fall so I wanted to know if I could use both the mustard oil and Himalaya hair zone solution alternatively, if not then what is the best alternative?

Dr. Aanchal Sehrawat 85% (70 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology & Leprosy (DDVL), DNB Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
If you are having dandruff then you should not apply oil as it will increase dandruff only. Use medicated shampoos like nizral if it is not severe and if it is severe then show it to the dermatologist.

Hello! I have less hair and this hair loss is inherited. Does application of onion juice on scalp help?

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 97% (19753 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, effect of onion is yet to be established. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish hair follicles. Tk, plenty of water  to moisten your  scalp to check dandruff, inorder to condition hair follicles. Gastric disorder, triggers hair loss, hence, tk,  easily digestible diet on time to check gastric disorder. Avoid, junkfood,  alcohol & nicotine, scorching Sun & dust. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Acid phos 1000-6 pills, wkly. @ Jabornady Q-20 drops with olive oil,  apply on scalp. You may opt 'hair loss package 'to ascertain a better result Tk, care.

I have continuous hair fall problem. What should I do? Now I am taking pro hair tablets.

Dr. Raj Bonde 94% (49174 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
Hair fall is due to many reasons now a day it is common due to stress and busy life check your haemoglobin level IF LESS THEN TAKE HAEMATINIC ANY MULTINATIONAL COMPANY take proper diet (dal vegetables sprouts fruits) and do exercise minimum 15 min if possibles do yoga for 10 min increase water intake minimum 3 to 4 litres per day also take homoeo medicines homoeo medicines are known for to stop hair fall and it actually happens phosphrus 30 (30 no glouble) 2 tds x 2 weeks and reply also comb your hair gently and 2/3 time per day wash with homoeopathic shampoo (sbl or any company) twice a week preaper oil by mixing arnica montana Q 30 ml + any regular hair oil and apply before wash you may consult me privately on this site check my economical packages on this site.

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Hair Fall Problems - How To Deal With Them

Dr. Amey Kelkar 85% (51 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune
You can control hair loss by trimming it frequently. True or False? Attempt this quiz and find out.
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Hair Loss - How Best It Can Be Managed?

Dr. Sumit Gupta 85% (20 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Lucknow
Too much blow drying can lead to baldness. True or false? Take this quiz to know more.
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Hair Loss and Dandruff

Dr. Prashant Ruikar 91% (220 ratings)
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Dandruff is often a symptom of serious skin infections. True or false? Take this quiz to find out!
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Homeopathy Treatment For Hair Loss

Dr. Nikunj Gupta 92% (1143 ratings)
Homeopath, Surat
Phosphorus and Floricum acid are the most widely used homeopathic remedies for hair loss. True or false? Take this quiz to find out.
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Know Reasons For Hair Loss And Its Effective Solutions!

Dermatologist, Delhi
Avoiding over styling and opting for laser hair or hair transplant therapy can remedy the hair loss problem. True or False. Take this quiz to know now!
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Check out how PRP therapy is used in hair restoration for natural looking result Hi I am doctor Sandesh Gupta, dermatologist and hair treatment Doctor. Aaj m aapko hair treatment ki bahut he khaas or effective treatment k baare m btauda jisko hum kehte hain PRP. agr hum hair treatment ki baat Karen to bhaut saare hair treatment k bhaut sari cheeze hair treatment use krte hai .bhaut sare factor hote hain hair treatment k lie or cause or bahut sari uski treatment PRP ek Aisa treatment hai jisko hum kisi v conventional treatment k Saath add kr skte hai. Even homeopathy treatment k Saath v PRP kr skte hai Ayurvedic treatment k Saath bhi hum PRP kr skte hain or kisi v disease k Saath PRP therapy de skte hain. PRP kya hota hai? PRP is plated rich plasma. isme blood m se hum 10ml blood lete hai patient ka or blood leke uska plated rich plasma banate hain. iss plasma m Jo platelets ki concentration hoti hai usually 8 to 10 times jyada hoti or ye platelets Jo hoti hai iske anadr bahut sari work factor hoti hai energy ka source hote hai oxygen carrying capacity iski jyada hoti hai to ye jaise he patient ki skin m isko incorporate krte hai to ye andar jati h or hair follicles pe react krti or apne Saath bhaut sare factors le jaati hai jisse hum hair ko repair kr skte hai restore kr skte hai remake kr skte hai ab kuki ye patients ka apna he blood hota hai its patients own blood to isme jb wapis scalp m dalte hai to kisi v tarah ki immune reaction ya side effect hone k chances isme nhi rehte hai. ab hum isko kaise banate hai ye batata hu apko hum patient ka 10ml plasma lete hai usko double centrifuge technique se ek khaas tarah ki tubes m blood lia jata hai or isme hum double centrifuge technique se isko centrifuge krte hai or centrifuge v normal nahi hota ye ek particular temperature pe centrifuge Kia jata hai or centrifuge krne k baad hum isme se 2 to 3ml plasma banate hai. Ye plasma platelet rich v hota hai ek plasma platelet poor hota hai to hum platelet rich plasma ko separate krte hai isme milate hain. Usko firse rakh fir hum patients k scalp m plasma ko Inject krte hai isme hum derma ruler ki madad se ye derma ruler hota hai isme bahut sari needles hoti hai or in needels ko hum iske upar chalate hai or upar se plated plasma ki drops dalte rehte hai to in hole se Jo holes hum isse create krte hai usme thousands of hole bnte hai unke through is plated plasma ko incorporate krte h yehi kaam hum simple needles se v kr skte hai lekin thoda sa painful hota h isme pain k chances bhaut kum ho jaate hai is steps se hum 30 30 days m at least 6 to 8 times plated plasma therapy de skte hain. conventional treatment k Saath Jo bhi usually 6 to 8 months ka hota hai ye bhi hum 6 to 8 times kr skte hai to isse hum patient ko bhaut accha condition m phauncha sakte hai kuki normal Jo kaam hum krte hai conventional medicine se usse jitne growth aati h usually usse 20 se 30% growth aati h additional 20 30% growth hum isse le skte hai unn baalo m jahan par phle se follicles hain or jahan follicles damage hai ya kum develope hue hai ye tha PRP k baare m easyfy version kya hota hai kaise hota hai bhaut sari myth thi PRP k baare m Toh isse hum PRP k baare m bhaut saare doubts clear kr skte hai incase of any queries & any further questions you can contact me on Lybrate website.
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