Is it safe to completely shave the head when there is severe hair fall?

Q. Is it safe to completely shave the head when there is severe hair fall?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 11, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 07, 2023

Hello doctor,

Recently, I suffered from typhoid. I stopped taking medications one month back. But, after my recovery, I am facing heavy hair fall with burning on the top of the head. If I run my hand through my scalp, every time, there are at least 10 to 20 hair strands in my palm. They do not contain roots. Recently, I visited a physician. He said that it is common after medications, no need to worry. But I am facing more trouble with burning head and headache, falling hair without roots. So, please suggest something and help me get rid of these problems.



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I have seen your query and concern.

From your description, it seems you are having telogen effluvium. You can use tablet Xtraglo (Vitamins, Minerals and Amino acids) once daily for six months after consulting your GP.

Respected doctor,

Thank you for your kind reply. I have started taking Xtraglo tablets. I understand that it will take time to get solved. But, I will have to shave my head this week for religious reasons. Could you please give me a suggestion regarding that? Is it safe to completely shave my scalp? Will my hair growth start again normally? Please guide me.



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I have read your query.

The shaving of your scalp does not affect the outcome of the treatment. Shaving the scalp only prevents physical loss of hairs due to combing or tractional hair loss.

So yes, it is safe to go for hair shaving, if you do it in a sterile and clean environment.

For more information consult a dermatologist online.

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