Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Hair Loss

 

Overview

for both men and women, excessive hair fall or thinning is considered as hair loss. It may or may not lead to spots of baldness. Side effects of medicines in chemotherapy, use of anticoagulants, fungi infections and diabetes can promote hair loss.

 

Causes

Post illness or surgery, many can lose a large amount of hair. This may be because of the stress associated with such procedures. Diabetes, normal aging, hormonal problems, an underactive or overactive thyroid, anaemia, side effects of certain medication or use of anticoagulants can all cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp or the presence of some underlying disease in the system could be other reasons for hair loss. It can also be common for a person who undergoes cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

 

Tightly braiding the hair or twisting and pulling hair out can cause hair thinning and subsequent hair fall. Sudden weight loss or crash dieting, childbirth or high fever may be other causes for hair loss.

 

Balding or hair loss can also be attributed to hereditary factors.  In some cases, a lack of a balanced diet, wrong choice of hair care products, hair treatments (like dyeing, bleaching, straightening, etc.) and irregular sleeping patterns might also cause excessive hair fall. Metabolic disorders or auto immune disorders can also sometimes lead to hair loss. 

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of hair loss can involve excessive hair fall from the scalp and sometimes even from other parts of the body. A person experiencing hair thinning may have patches of baldness. A receding hairline can be the most common symptom for hair loss. A sore feeling, itching or pain may be associated with hair loss for some men and women.  

 

Diagnosis

A doctor will note down the medical history, family history and dietary habits of the patient. The doctor may also examine the scalp.  Simple tests may be recommended by the doctor to help support the diagnosis of the causes of hair loss and the accompanying symptoms. Hair analysis can also be suggested to properly assess and identify the condition.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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