Hair Loss a Health Problem

 Hair loss problem is one of the most common problems worldwide; affecting one-third of the population. Everyone loses 100 hair stands each day.

Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body Hair loss  can affect  your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part . Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it’s more common in men.

Beacause of stress a person can loss hair. Hair loss can be in male and female.

Cause of Hair loss in Male :-

Genetics

Male pattern baldness — you may hear it called androgenetic alopecia — is triggered by the genes you got from your parents. Exactly how it is inherited isn’t clear, but it does tend to run in families. So if you have close relatives who are balding, you’re more likely to have it, too.

Medical Issues

Temporary hair loss can be a sign of a medical issue, like anemia or thyroid problems. A diet low in protein and iron can also cause your hair to thin. Your risk for hair loss is higher if you have diabetes or lupus.

Hair loss could be a side effect of certain drugs you take for:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • sleeplessness

Stress

Sudden or excessive weight loss, a severe physical or emotional shock, surgery, or even fever and the flu can bring hair loss that could last several months.

Infection

Things like ringworm can create scaly patches on the scalp and bald spots. The hair usually grows back after treatment.

Your Immune System

If you have sudden hair loss that leaves round bald spots about the size of a quarter in various places on your head, you may have a genetic condition called alopecia areata.

 It often begins in childhood. You’re more likely to have it if a close family member has it.

Reason of Hair loss in Women:-

Losing some hair every day is completely natural. But when you’re losing a lot of hair, it can be difficult to figure out what’s causing that hair loss—especially in women.

Figuring out why you’re suddenly losing more hair than usual can be tricky because there are many different causes of hair loss in women.

 Some, like hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia), aren’t really in your control—you get the hand you’re dealt. But others, like traction alopecia or temporary hair shedding (a very common condition called telogen effluvium), can be managed or even reversed if caught early. Making things even more complicated, some causes of hair loss in women result in sudden shedding while others may become progressively more noticeable over time.

Genetics

When we think of hereditary hair loss, we usually go straight to male pattern baldness. But people of all genders are susceptible to hereditary hair loss.

In women the hair loss is usually concentrated at the crown of the head (especially noticeable at the hair part), while it’s more likely to affect men along the hairline, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes.

Childbirth

Normally, your hair goes through three major life stages. First, there’s a growth phase; second, there’s a transitional phase when the growing stops but the hair doesn’t fall out; and then there’s a resting phase. Finally, after the resting phase, your hair falls out

But during pregnancy, most people notice their hair going into rapid growth mode. “That’s when everything is in a grow, grow, grow phase, because there are surges of hormones [estrogen] that make hair grow,” Fusco says. Not only is the growth stage kicked into high gear, but also it lasts longer than normal, meaning that normal shedding doesn’t occur.

Changes in birth control

Going off hormonal birth control or changing to a different type of hormonal contraception can also cause hormone-induced shedding. “Whether you’re just starting it, discontinuing it, or changing brands, your body can react by causing the hair to go into an increased shedding mode,” Dr. Fusco says.

Nutritional deficiencies

Creating and maintaining healthy hair relies on getting solid nutrition. In particular, deficiencies in iron, zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), and protein have all been linked to various types of hair loss.

Treating a nutritional deficiency usually starts with a chat with your doctor and a blood test to accurately diagnose your issue. Then your doctor may treat your deficiency with prescription supplements or may refer you to an R.D. for further guidance.

Medications

Some “medications can cause chronic shedding,” Dr. Schlosser says. In particular, those used to manage high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, and depression are known to cause hair loss issues, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you think your medication may be causing hair loss, check in with your doctor. In many cases, this type of hair loss is temporary. But if your hair loss becomes chronic, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medication that doesn’t cause this side effect.

Dandruff or scalp psoriasis

When the skin on the scalp is inflamed and itchy, it’s obviously tempting to scratch it. But that may cause your hair to shed more than usual.

But other conditions can also cause itchiness and scalp flaking, including seborrheic dermatitis (a more severe version of dandruff caused by a buildup of yeast and oil) and psoriasis (an autoimmune condition that causes thick patches of skin). Treating these issues may take more time and effort than dandruff, so it’s important to check in with a dermatologist if you think you may be dealing with one of these conditions.

Intense emotional or physical stress

When you’re experiencing something stressful or traumatic—not your average day-to-day stress, but something big and life-altering like a divorce, a death in the family, a significant job change, or a big move—you may experience a temporary halt in hair growth as your body puts its resources toward getting you through said big event.

Wearing too-tight hairstyles too often

This can cause traction alopecia, Dr. Schlosser says. “Classically, this happens when people wear tight braids chronically, but I’ve seen it with tight ponytails too,” she explains. It can cause progressive thinning of the hairline, and if you do it for long enough, the hair loss may actually become permanent. It’s considered a scarring process, which can damage the hair follicle beyond repair.

Hair Loss Remedies For Men:-

Regularly wash your hair with mild shampoo

Regular hair washing is a part of preventing hair loss by the way of keeping hair and scalpclean. Doing so, you are lowering the risk of infections and dandruff that may lead to hairbreakage or loss. Moreover, clean hair gives the impression of more volume.

Vitamin for hair loss

Vitamins are not only healthy for overall well being but also good for your hair. Vitamin Aencourages healthy production of sebum in the scalp, vitamin E betters blood circulation in the scalp to help hair follicles remain productive and vitamin B helps hair maintain its healthy colour.

Enrich diet with protein

Eating lean meats, fish, soy or other proteins promotes hair health and in turn helps curb hair loss.

Scalp massage with essential oils

Those who have been experiencing hair loss for quite some time must massage the scalp with essential oil for couple of minutes. It helps your hair follicles remain active. You can add lavender in an almond or sesame oil.

Avoid brushing wet hair

When hair is wet, it is in its weakest state. So avoid brushing wet hair because the chances of hair loss increases. But if you must comb wet hair, use a very wide-toothed comb. Also avoid brushing hair too frequently as doing so can injure hair and increase loss. Use your fingers to undo tangles, not a comb or brush.

Garlic juice, onion juice or ginger juice

Rub one of the juices on your scalp, leave it overnight and wash it out in the morning. Do itregularly for a week and you will see noticeable result.

Keep yourself hydrated

The hair shaft comprises one quarter water so drink at least four to eight cups of water in aday to stay hydrated and for the growth of healthy hair.

Rub green tea into your hair

Studies have shown that rubbing green tea into hair may help curb hair loss problem. All you need to do is brew two bags of green tea in one cup of water, leave to cool and thereafter, apply it to your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly after an hour. To see results, practice this regularly for a week to ten days.

Know what is bad for hair

If you want to keep hair healthy, you must know how to take care of them. Avoid rubbingyour hair dry with a towel. Rather, let hair dry naturally.

Reduce Alcoholic Beverages

If you are experiencing hair loss than lessen your alcohol intake because drinking alcoholreduces hair growth. So decrease or eliminate alcohol to see an increase in hair growth.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking cigarettes reduces the amount of blood that flows to the scalp and this causes areduction in hair growth.

Physical activity

Make time for physical activity every day. Walk, swim or bike for 30 minutes a day helpsbalance hormonal levels, reducing stress levels besides reducing hair fall.

De-stress

Studies in the past have found medical evidence to link stress with hair loss. De-stressyourself; one of the ways of doing it is by practicing meditation. Alternative therapies such as meditation and yoga not only reduce stress but restores hormonal balance.

Avoid Constant heating & drying

Don’t subject your hair to frequent, constant heating and drying procedures. Heat weakenshair proteins, and constant heating and drying can lead to weakness and fragility that causes hair loss.

Keep your head sweat free

Men with oily hair, experience dandruff during summer due to sweating and the chances ofhair fall increases. Using shampoos that contains aloe vera and neem can keep the head cool and prevent from dandruff.

Also, men who wear helmet experience major hair loss in summer. As the sweat accumulates in the pores and weakens hair roots causing hair loss in men. So wearing a scarf/ bandanna over your hair or a terry cloth headband can prevent hair loss.

Keep a watch on medication

Certain medications may have side-effects, one of which could be hair loss. Consult a doctor to ask about conditions that you may have. Let him know if the medication is causing hair loss and if that is the case, ask him to change the medication.

Keep away from chemicals

Harsh chemicals and permanent hair colour products could be damaging for hair health.When you are experiencing hair loss, it is advised not to colour your hair.

Schedule appointments with doctors regularly

There are many health conditions, particularly skin-related conditions, that causes changes in hormonal balances which in turn lead to hair loss. Make sure you see a doctor regularly for your underlying illnesses and conditions.

Hair Loss Remedies For Women:-

Regular 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.

Multivitamin

Scientists have determined that vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, selenium, and zinc are all important to the hair growth and retention processes, specifically with cell turnover. You can find daily multivitamins at most grocery stores or drugstores or ask your doctor to prescribe one to you.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an effective home remedy for hair loss and to boost hair growth. It is also effective in reducing problems of scalp like itching and flaking. Aloe Vera, which is mildly alkaline, restores the natural pH level of the scalp. It can also be used for the treatment of dandruff. It boosts hair growth by penetrating deep into the scalp.

Beetroot juice

Beetroot contains vitamin C and B, potassium, calcium, carbohydrates, protein, phosphorous, which are essential nutrients for healthy hair. It is one of the best kitchen remedies to control hair fall. You can consume it daily for fast growth of hair.

Onion juice

Onions can do wonders for your hair. The antibacterial properties help fight against scalp infection and the sulfur content improves circulation blood to the hair follicles. It promotes hair growth and controls loss of hair.

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