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Alopecia (Hair loss) Causes and Preventions

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This is the loss of hair in any part of the body which typically begins from the head.

It sometimes begins from a small area to the entire part of the body and it can be temporary or permanent, it can also be the result of:

Heredity:

Passed on from your passed generation to you.

Hormonal Imbalances/Changes:

Are more common during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. But some people experience continual, irregular hormonal imbalances.

Medical Conditions:

  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart problems etc. can also cause hair loss.

Ageing:

Process of becoming older.

Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it’s more common in men.

Symptoms To Know If You Have Hair Loss

Gradual thinning on top of head:

This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting people as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede at the hairline on the forehead.

Women typically have a broadening of the part in their hair. An increasingly common hair loss pattern in older women is a receding hairline (frontal fibrosing alopecia).

Circular or patchy bald spots:

Some people lose hair in circular or patchy bald spots on the scalp, beard or eyebrows. Your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.

Sudden loosening of hair:

A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen.

Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging.

This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning but is temporary.

Full-body hair loss:

Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back.

Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp:

This is a sign of ringworm. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, swelling and, at times, oozing

Useful Tips To Stop Hair Loss

Diet:

Vegetablesfruits, herbs, nuts, beans and whole grains. Meals are built around these plant-based foods.

Moderate amounts of dairy, poultry and eggs are also central to the Mediterranean Diet, as is seafood.      Eating these foods can help Stop/Reduce hair loss.

Saw palmetto:

Is a supplement made from the fruit of the Serenoa repens tree. It’s often used to treat enlarged prostate, improve urinary function, and enhance hair growth.

Ginseng:

An oval-shaped root, is among the most popular herbal remedies. It is believed to boost energy, lower blood sugar, cholesterol and Hair growth.

Other Useful Tips To Stop Hair Loss

Constant Washing:

Washing hair daily may protect against hair loss by keeping the scalp healthy and clean.

The key is to use a mild shampoo.

Harsher formulas may dry hair and cause it to break, leading to hair loss.

Gentle styling:

Skip tight braids or ponytails that may pull on hair at the root and potentially lead to excessive shedding.

While you’re at it, let your hair air dry to avoid irritating your scalp.

Heat stylers, like curling or straightening irons, may also damage or break the hair shaft.

Hair Processing:

Chemical treatments, like perms or hair color, may also damage hair and scalp.

Ask your stylist about alternatives, like organic hair dyes and others that don’t contain ammonia, peroxide, or para-phenylenediamine (PPD).

If Hair Loss still Persist then seek a for medication by consulting a dermatologist (is a doctor who is trained to diagnose conditions that affect our skin, hair, and nails.

They can get to the root of the problem, and in many cases, successfully treat hair loss)

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