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Hair Loss - Common Causes and Hair Care Tips

Written by
Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Feb 20, 2018 and last reviewed on Sep 22, 2022   -  5 min read

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Hair loss can be a matter of concern for both men and women. Keep reading the article to learn about the common causes and treatment modalities for hair loss.

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Hair Loss - Common Causes and Hair Care Tips

Introduction:

Hair loss or alopecia can affect the scalp or entire body, and depending upon the cause; it can be temporary or permanent. It can result from genetics, medical conditions, hormonal fluctuations, or as a normal sign of aging. Baldness is a condition of excessive hair loss from the scalp, with hereditary hair loss, with age being the most common reason for baldness. When a person starts losing hair, it impacts psychological health, self-esteem, and confidence. Therefore, one should see a doctor immediately if something is wrong because the sooner the treatment, the better the outlook is. Before seeking hair loss treatment, discuss with a doctor the causes of hair loss and treatment options.

Who Gets Hair Loss?

Although anybody can suffer from hair loss, it is more common in men. In addition, hair loss occurs more often among people with family members with autoimmune disorders like diabetes, lupus, or thyroid disease.

What Is the Growth Cycle of Hair?

The human scalp has around one hundred thousand hair follicles. Hair grows in three cycles. Therefore, the hair follicle undergoes three different phases of activity and inactivity.

What Are the Causes of Hair Loss?

Depending on the cause of hair loss, different names are given.

How Is Hair Loss Diagnosed?

Before making a diagnosis, the doctor often performs a physical examination and asks questions about the hair care routine, diet, and medical and family history. In addition, the doctor may order other tests such as the following:

What Is the Treatment for Hair Loss?

Hair loss is considered severe when there is a loss of more than 100 hairs per day. Treatment of hair loss depends on the cause of hair loss. The most common options include:

Routine Hair Care Tips:

Conclusion:

Hair loss (alopecia) is a common medical problem. While anyone can experience it, it is more prevalent in men. In addition, hair loss can be socially distressing as it negatively impacts psychological health, self-esteem, and confidence. However, treatment can often help address hair loss by stimulating hair health, thickness, and strength. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can yield better results, so consult a doctor immediately after noticing hair loss.

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