The comb full of your hair! Every morning, whenever you comb and hair fall spoils your mood! A few strands in the comb is a customary condition. But excess of it is really a cause to worry. It may lead to baldness or patterned hair loss . Distinguishing between ordinary hair fall and having hair loss problems requires a specialist’s assistance.
Hair loss is distressing and has a significant effect on quality of life. Other than family history, patterned hair loss might occur due to nutritional deficiencies ,stress,use of salon treatments like straightening and medical conditions.
Signs and Symptoms
Hair loss may be regular or seasonal, temporary or permanent. However, it’s not easy to differentiate what your problem is unless you go through some examinations by experts. The first and foremost sign of hair loss is regular and heavy hair fall. However, if it’s seasonal, there is nothing to worry much about it. But full-body hair loss is mostly a concern even if it’s irregular or seasonal.
As and when most people age, hair begins to recede at the hairline and ultimately it causes gradual thinning or complete hair loss at the forehead or above it. Some loose hair from the mid-root of the head and lead to circular and patchy bald spots. This is termed as Alopecia in medical language. Patchy Hair loss might be caused due to ringworm infection . Hair loosening, gradual thinning, extra splitting may be some other visible signs of hair loss. Hair Loss can occur as patchy or diffuse hair loss.
signs of Hair loss
- diffuse hair loss.
- Hair fall more than 100 hairs per day’
- Hair thinning
- Visibility of scalp
- patchy hair loss
Hair cycle: Hair grows in 3 phases
- Anagen – active growing, about 90 % of hairs
- Catagen – degeneration, less than 10% of hair
- Telogen – resting, 5% to 10% of hairs
Causes of Hair loss are:
- Alopecia areata
- Anagen effluvium
- Androgenetic alopecia or patterned hair loss
- Telogen effluvium
- Tinea capitis
- Trichorrhexis nodosa
- Blood tests are indicated when clinical history or examination findings suggest an underlying comorbidity.
- Pull test.
Hair Loss Treatment and Benefits
Identification of the cause of hair loss is important to plan effective treatment . For conditions like tinea capitis antifungal therapy is started.
In alopecia areata first autoimmune etiology is ruled out . Immunomodulators & intralesional steroids are prescribed for patchy hair loss areas.
Treatment of Androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern hair loss) includes prescription of topical lotions like minoxidil. Autoimmune conditions ,thyroid and nutritional deficiencies should be ruled out.
Procedures for female and male patterned hair loss conditions include
2)Platelet rich plasma
Dr. Sindhuri Reddy, is known for her innovative solutions for hair loss treatment. Her team at Eternoderm clinic treats every patient very carefully and provides the most-effective medications as per requirement. 10 years+ experience aid her in recognizing various uncommon issues at first glance.