Q. My hair is getting brittle and dry. Is this due to seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp?

Answered by
Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 23, 2019

Hello doctor,

My hair has been dry and brittle and falling out for the past year, but it seems that I have been losing my hair for longer. I do have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, but I have had it under control for the past two months. I am only 27, and I am a picky eater, so I know my diet is not high, I also get around four to five hours of sleep and average two glasses of water a day. Could this be affecting my hair, or is it MPB?

Dr. Shanza Ikram



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your case. First you need to understand hair fall once started may take six months to one year for recovery. Moreover it is true that it is often aggravated due to stress or lack of sleep and due to male harmones and different products we use for hair styling. In your case in my opinion it is male pattern baldnes.

Treatment plan:

Apply five percent Minoxidil lotion on your scalp twice daily for three months at least. Please take a good diet like milk egg and protein.

Preventive measures:

Avoid stress. Take six to eight hours of sleep.

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Thank you doctor,

If it is male pattern baldness will I lose my hair again after stopping Minoxidil after three months? What would you classify me on the Norwood scale?

Dr. Shanza Ikram



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Regarding loosing hair again after stopping Minoxildil, yes you may indeed suffer from it when once it is stopped. In that case, you need maintenance therapy like twice daily for three months then once daily for the next three months and then alternatively. Norwood scale VI

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