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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

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  • 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
Symptoms
Hair falling out in clumps or patches. Thinning of hair. Hair becoming brittle and breaking easily.

Popular Health Tips

Homeopathic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Dr. Sravani Purushothamaiah 88% (176 ratings)
MD (Hom)
Homeopath, Bangalore
Homeopathic Treatment For Hair Loss!
Numerous individuals suffer from hair loss and hair fall problems, which inevitably cause low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Although this is not a life threatening condition, this disorder can cause serious self-esteem issues in individuals. Most individuals with extreme hair loss issues are uncomfortable in having a social life and face a constant suffering from within. There have been numerous kinds and types of medications for treating and preventing hair loss. However, homeopathy has proven to be amazing without causing any side effects. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine which uses no harsh chemicals and works on the principle of triggering the healing process in the body. Possible situations that cause hair loss- Stress Too much vitamin A intake Pregnancy (hormonal changes and stress) Menopause Heredity Lack of protein Anaemia Various hormonal imbalances Deficiency of vitamin B Thyroid problems Alopecia Areata Drastic weight loss Ageing Homeopathic medicines stimulate the hair roots to promote regrowth. The medicines used in Homeopathy to aid hair regrowth are all of natural origin and therefore, safe for use among persons of all age groups. The main advantage of opting for Homeopathic medicines for hair regrowth is the absence of any related toxic side effects. Some of the most common homeopathic treatments to prevent hair loss are- Hair loss due to Alopecia Areata: This disorder is caused due to the immune system, which mistakes hair for foreign objects and attacks it, thereby causing erratic loss of hair. The individual loses hair in patches haphazardly. There are numerous medicines for specific treatments of Alopecia. Some of them are listed below- Fluricum Acidum: This not only fights alopecia, but is also efficient in preventing hair fall after Syphilis, where hair breakage, hair fall and hair tangles increase immensely. Phosphorus: This is very effective in treating alopecia and can also be used to heal other gastrointestinal problems, blood, bones and nervous tissue problems. Calcarea carbonica: This is one of the best homeopathic medication for hair regrowth. It also prevents itching and sweating of the scalp. Vinca minor: This is very effective in treating alopecia along with dandruff. Abnormal hair growth can also be treated with this medication. Hair loss due to Dandruff: Dandruff is a common problem and the worst part is that it brings intense hair fall with it. Dandruff is caused generally due to eczema and psoriasis. The medications that can be used are as follows- Psonorium: Best treatment for preventing dandruff and hair loss caused along with it Mezereum: Heals rashes and lesions and tackles hair fall in crusty scalps Kali sulphuricum Natrum muriaticum Pulsatilla pratensis Baldness: Mostly affects men. Some of the recommended medicines include: Silicea Baryts carbonica Lycopodium clavatum However, it is advised that in case of hair loss, before you consume any medicines, visit a homeopathic practitioner for a thorough treatment.
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Alopecia Areata (Patchy Hair Loss) - What Should You Know?

Dr. Mukesh Singh 90% (9938 ratings)
B.H.M.S., Senior Homeopath Consultant
Homeopath, Delhi
Alopecia Areata (Patchy Hair Loss) - What Should You Know?
Alopecia word meaning is loss of hair and areata meaans in patches.Hence Alopecia areata means loss of hair in patches.The bald patches occur very quickly, are round or oval in shape and have sharply defined margins.The affected scalp area either looks normal or has a glossy apperence.Alopecia areata(patchyhair loss) can occur anywhere on the skin but the scalp and beard area are the most common location. Etiology: Alopecia areata is considered to be an auto immune problem and that can be triggered by bacterial or viral infections,severe stress,trauma to the skin,vaccinations or exposure to any substance that caan become an antigen to the body.oftenly it is found that Alopecia areata is assoisiated with other Auto immune conditions such as vitiligo (Leucoderma),Thyroid problem,Rheumatoid Arthritis,Pernicious Anemia and Diabetes mellitus. About 40-50% of patient with Alopecia areata also have history of atopic diseases such as skin allergies,Asthma.Genetic and familial dispostion also seems to play a role in alopecia areata. Complications: If left untreated Alopecia Areata may progress further upto Alopecia totalis i.e complete loss of hair in scalp and alopecia universalis i.e complete loss of hair in scalp, eyebrows, beard and all over the body. Treatment: Conventional treatment of Alopecia areata include use of corticosteroids,application of minoxidil solution 5 % etc., but none of them prevent formation of new patches and actually curing the disease from its root cause.Homeopathic medicines selected after a full indivualization,symptoms and case analysis which includes physical and mental symptoms and constitution as well gives good and long lasting results.Homeopathic medicines commonly found useful in this conditions are phosphorus, Flouric Acid ,lycopodium, Selenium etc. Along with medications some Lifestyle modifications such as practising de stressing activity such as doing yoga and pranayam daily for 10-15 minutes, avoiding non veg items esp red meat such as pork, mutton, beef, use of green tea is also helpful.

Hair Problems - Ayurvedic Remedies Are The Best Way To Manage Them!

Dr. Sunil Savanji 90% (76 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Pune
Hair Problems - Ayurvedic Remedies Are The Best Way To Manage Them!
Hair and scalp health are closely interlinked with each other. A healthy scalp is an indicator of healthy hair, thus, focus on improving the scalp condition. Usually scalp is either dry or oily, both the conditions in excess is bad. Problems in the hair is a sign of dosha imbalance in the body, so various remedies may be adhered to so that the imbalance is corrected. Ayurveda, being a holistic method of treatment, has a beneficial effect on the body. Ayurveda has the following remedies to improve scalp and hair health: Diet: Diet plays an important role in the health of your scalp. The foods you eat is an indicator of your hair health. Avoid eating junk foods as these foods results in accumulation of toxins in the body. Include leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet as they contain antioxidants which are good for your skin health. Keep your scalp clean: Use an herbal shampoo to cleanse your hair on a regular basis, followed by an herbal conditioner to retain the moisture in your hair. The shampoo should contain herbal ingredients such as neem and shikhakai as they have anti-bacterial properties. Make sure to wash your hair every alternate day, as excessive washing may lead to an oily scalp. Massage your scalp: Massaging your scalp improves blood circulation in your scalp, and also assists in dissipating stress from your scalp. The oil nourishes the scalp and helps in improving the quality of your hair. Sleep: Quality sleep is as important for hair as your diet. Make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to revitalize your body. Herbs: Apart from the above-mentioned remedies, you may also use herbs like methi. Methi has certain properties that make it a very effective remedy for hair growth. You may apply methi paste on your hair before shampooing. Aloevera is another herb that is very good for your hair and skin health. You may consume it or apply it on the hair to avail its benefits. Quick Tips Not to wash your hair alternate days and leave it without applying oil. Plastic combs are not good as they get charged due to friction and pull the hair, so apply coconut oil daily to smoothly comb the hair and wash hair twice a week.
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Hair Loss During Menopause - How It Can Be Treated?

Dr. Rohit Shah 86% (357 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Hair Loss During Menopause - How It Can Be Treated?
Menopause brings about a lot of changes (physical, mental, emotional) within a woman. From hormonal imbalance to mood swings, she braves them all. One of the common occurrence associated with menopause is hair fall. As already mentioned, the hormonal imbalance is an integral part of menopause. The testosterone level shoots up while there is a dip in the estrogen level. The testosterone produced in excess gets converted to another hormone - Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main wrecker in chief that latches itself to the hair follicles. As a result, the hair follicle abruptly enters into the resting phase or the Telogen phase. There is thus an increased hair fall with reduced hair regrowth. The deficiency of estrogen is also known to cause dryness of the scalp, thereby accelerating the hair loss. The hair loss can also be an outcome of stress, insomnia, or any other health problems triggered by menopause. Natural remedies for treating hair loss triggered by Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy: It can go a long way to balance the hormone thereby arresting the hair loss. However natural remedies along with a proper diet and healthy lifestyle habits can also work wonders to deal with the hair loss. Moisturize the Scalp: Keeping the scalp well nourished and moisturized can help to combat the hair loss. To deal with the dryness, you can massage your scalp with the extracts of Aloe vera for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with a mild shampoo. The use of hibiscus paste or neem paste (antifungal, antibacterial properties) will also produce fruitful results. Oil massage: An oil massage (coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil) will improve the circulation, ensuring healthy hair growth. The evening primrose oil is also effective in inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to DHT. (You can also consume it in capsule form). Go for a warm oil massage at least twice a week, keep it for 30 minutes and rinse it off with a mild shampoo that suits your hair. Hair mask: A hair mask comprising of olive oil and egg is known to promote hair growth to a great extent. All you need is two eggs (well beaten) and olive oil (~ 4 tbsp). Mix the ingredients well and apply it throughout your hair. Wash it off after 10 minutes. Drink fluids: For people dealing with hair problems, keeping the body well hydrated is important. In addition to water, you can also sip on coconut water or fresh fruit juice at regular time intervals. In fact, papaya, watermelon, cucumber are also known to keep the body hydrated and moisturized. Healthy lifestyle habits: Do not compromise with your sleep. Maintain the body weight within healthy limits. Exercise regularly (30 minutes a day can also be of great help). Smoking and drinking should be within limits. Avoid getting overstressed (meditation and breathing exercise may help). Switch over to a healthy and nutritious diet: Include more of proteins, vitamins (Vitamin C and E), lots of fruits and vegetables, foods rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.
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Understanding Hair Transplant And When To Go For It

Dr. Priya Mohod (Shirsat) 92% (374 ratings)
CIDESCO, DGA, DBT, DBC, MBBS
Trichologist, Mumbai
Understanding Hair Transplant And When To Go For It
Hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hair is surgically implanted on the head. You can opt for this procedure if you suffer from hair loss and bald spots on your head. The surgery comprises of shifting hair follicles from one part of the head to another. Mostly, hair follicles from back of the head are relocated to the balding areas. The reasons when may opt for a hair transplant are - 1. Involutional alopecia It is a form of alopecia where the hair growth tends to decrease due to ageing resulting in thinning and shorter hair. The follicles remain in the telogen phase (resting phase) for an extended amount of time. You may opt for a hair transplant surgery to correct this disorder. 2. Male pattern baldness (Androgenic alopecia) Androgenic alopecia is a condition which is characterized by a gradual receding hairline, especially along the temples. This is caused due to the testosterone hormone being converted in to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes shrinking of the hair follicles. If you are affected by male pattern baldness, then you may opt for a hair transplant surgery. 3. Female pattern baldness Females may also be affected by baldness which is characterized by loss of hair from the top of the head and gradual thinning of hair. It may lead to self-esteem issues; so opting for a hair transplant surgery is recommended. 4. Traction alopecia This type of hair loss occurs due to exertion of external pressure on the hair which may cause it to fall. If the hair does not grow back then it would result in a bald patch. Thus you may opt for a hair transplant procedure if you suffer from this disorder and experience loss of hair. 5. Trichotillomania This is a psychological condition where a person pulls out his/her hair. If excessive hair is lost resulting in bald spots, then you may opt for hair transplant surgery.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering forming greying and severe loss of hair. My hair growth rate has also decreased. Please just me some simple methods to care of my problem as I live in hostel.

Dr. Venu Kumari 90% (1751 ratings)
MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
White Hair or greying hair mainly occurs when your hair follicles stop producing melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Though, ageing is the primary reason of grey hair but premature greying of hair in early 20s or 30s is now common. Genetic factors, stress, lack of nutrition, chemicals, smoking or any underlying disease like thyroid or anemia can also lead to premature greying of hair. All these factors lead to underproduction or zero production of melanin that leads to grey or white hair. Lack of minerals like zinc, copper is one of the most underestimated yet one of the most analysed reason of grey hair. Turning already grey hair into black is not possible, but you can always control further greying of hair. A balanced diet is the most effective solution to control greying of hair. Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, protein rich sources of food in your diet. Load up on food items containing antioxidant and vitamin C like gooseberry, oranges, lemon etc. Try to stay stress free, limit your on-screen time, do exercises and yoga that will increase oxygen in your body and hair. Some cost effective hair care tips at home can also give you wonderful hair and prevent further greying - Give warm oil massage to your hair with different oils like sesame, olive oil, castor oil. Put protein rich hair packs made of egg. If you want to stay chemical free than you can try some natural conditioners like thyme, rosemary tea, chamomile tea or sage tea to rinse your hair post hair wash. Start a good hair regimen by selecting right shampoo and conditioners. A professional hair and scalp analysis to get right hair care products for you is worth than spending time and energy on wrong products. Make a visit to your nearest dermatologist soon to get head turning hair.

I am losing hair and I tried to almost every shampoo but no effect please give some suggestion.

Dr. Venu Kumari 90% (1751 ratings)
MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Hair loss, now-a-days, is common among males and females of all age groups. We all lose some hair strands everyday, however, some people lose more than normal strands in a day that can cause severe hair loss. Hair loss is mostly genetic, so if hair loss runs in your family, you are most likely to suffer from hair loss too. Hair loss happens either in clumps, that is overall hair loss, or focussed on any one part of head - especially the crown. While genetics play a big role, some additional factors can aggravate hair loss - hormonal imbalance, Alopecia areata, stress, thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss in you. Start by following a good diet - Eat adequate amount of protein. Your hair is made up mainly of proteins. Eat eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, soya, lentils, whole grains. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B are other important nutrients for great hair health. So include lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet. Exercise daily to keep yourself healthy inside out. Next important step is to follow good hair care - Oiling your hair with a mixture of oils like olive, sesame, coconut and castor oil keeps provides moisture to your hair and prevent them from drying and breakage. Once in a week apply a good hair mask. You can mix and prepare different types of masks using eggs, green tea, olive oil, milk, gooseberry, thyme, chamomile etc. Condition your hair using organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary tea once in awhile. A good dermatologist can successfully reduce hair fall by conducting some tests beforehand that includes blood tests, iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests and a biopsy of the scalp. Since some hair loss is temporary, your hair will grow back on its own without medical treatment. More serious hair loss can be treated with creams, oral drugs and surgery. Dermatologist can give your head a fuller appearance with the help of hair transplants and scalp reductions, which is successful both in males and females. To determine the best technique for your hair loss issue, consult a good dermatologist.

I am loosing my hair everyday. What should I do now? Which oil, shampoo should I use to stop it. My age is 17+

Dr. Venu Kumari 90% (1751 ratings)
MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Hair loss, now-a-days, is common among males and females of all age groups. We all lose some hair strands everyday, however, some people lose more than normal strands in a day that can cause severe hair loss. Hair loss is mostly genetic, so if hair loss runs in your family, you are most likely to suffer from hair loss too. Hair loss happens either in clumps, that is overall hair loss, or focussed on any one part of head - especially the crown. While genetics play a big role, some additional factors can aggravate hair loss - hormonal imbalance, Alopecia areata, stress, thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss in you. Start by following a good diet - Eat adequate amount of protein. Your hair is made up mainly of proteins. Eat eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, soya, lentils, whole grains. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B are other important nutrients for great hair health. So include lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet. Exercise daily to keep yourself healthy inside out. Next important step is to follow good hair care - Oiling your hair with a mixture of oils like olive, sesame, coconut and castor oil keeps provides moisture to your hair and prevent them from drying and breakage. Once in a week apply a good hair mask. You can mix and prepare different types of masks using eggs, green tea, olive oil, milk, gooseberry, thyme, chamomile etc. Condition your hair using organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary tea once in awhile. A good dermatologist can successfully reduce hair fall by conducting some tests beforehand that includes blood tests, iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests and a biopsy of the scalp. Since some hair loss is temporary, your hair will grow back on its own without medical treatment. More serious hair loss can be treated with creams, oral drugs and surgery. Dermatologist can give your head a fuller appearance with the help of hair transplants and scalp reductions, which is successful both in males and females. To determine the best technique for your hair loss issue, consult a good dermatologist.
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Homeopathy Treatment For Hair Loss

Dr. Nikunj Gupta 94% (1136 ratings)
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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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Quiz: Know Reasons For Hair Loss And Its Effective Solutions!

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Hair Loss - Know The Reasons Behind It!

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PRP Therapy For Hair Loss!
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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