Hair loss otherwise known as alopecia is an excessive loss of hair from the scalp. It can occur without scarring of the scalp which is most common.  This can be present in different ways depending on the cause. It can be temporary, permanent, sudden, or gradual.

Not having enough hair or scanty hair on the scalp can be related to different causes and lots of perception is attached to it. Mostly, young people feel a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable with it thus covering it with hats, cap, scarves, and the likes. It can be experienced by anybody but most common in men. Typically, hair is loss every day but usually doesn’t show noticeable signs as new hair is growing at the same time.

  • Stress

Thinning of hair can be experienced in a physical or emotional stressful state. However, it is often temporary.

  • Infections such as fungal infection of the scalp (tinea capitis) ringworm are a fungal infection that tends to attack hair shafts and follicles leading to loss of hair which mostly affects school age.
  • Hairstyles and certain treatments.

Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull hair tight can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation disruption of hair follicles that leads to loss of hair. If scarring occurs, this codition can however be permanent

Prevention 

The prevention depends on the underlying cause. However, the following can be done to prevent it.

  • Good hair hygiene with regular shampooing will promote healthy hair.
  • Balanced nutrition, especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B is good for the hair.
  • Treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances
  • As much as possible, avoid plaiting tight hairstyles.
  • Avoid the use of harsh hair treatment
  • While washing or brushing the hair, treat gently to avoid excessive pulling off

Hair loss is not life-threatening and some are reversible when there is no scarring of the scalp. Remedies such as the use of wigs caps can be used to relieve any psychological feelings of baldness.

However, if you notice sudden loss of hair, always check with a doctor at eDokita. eDokita is a Health Technology Organisation with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience. Talk to your eDokita. https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=09060002544

  • Hormonal factors

Variety conditions related to hormonal changes can result in partial or total loss of hair such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.

  • Health condition and some medications

It can be a result of some systemic disease and side effects of medications such as thyroid disease, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medication, and antidepressant, etc.

  • Stress

Thinning of hair can be experienced in a physical or emotional stressful state. However, it is often temporary.

  • Infections such as fungal infection of the scalp (tinea capitis) ringworm are a fungal infection that tends to attack hair shafts and follicles leading to loss of hair which mostly affects school age.
  • Hairstyles and certain treatments.

Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull hair tight can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation disruption of hair follicles that leads to loss of hair. If scarring occurs, this codition can however be permanent

Prevention 

The prevention depends on the underlying cause. However, the following can be done to prevent it.

  • Good hair hygiene with regular shampooing will promote healthy hair.
  • Balanced nutrition, especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B is good for the hair.
  • Treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances
  • As much as possible, avoid plaiting tight hairstyles.
  • Avoid the use of harsh hair treatment
  • While washing or brushing the hair, treat gently to avoid excessive pulling off

Hair loss is not life-threatening and some are reversible when there is no scarring of the scalp. Remedies such as the use of wigs caps can be used to relieve any psychological feelings of baldness.

However, if you notice sudden loss of hair, always check with a doctor at eDokita. eDokita is a Health Technology Organisation with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience. Talk to your eDokita. https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=09060002544

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Causes of hair loss

Several factors can result in loss of hair.

  • Age is a risk factor to balding but it is a myth that everyone goes bald at 50 years.
  • Hereditary

Genetic predisposition and family history are leading to a male and female bald pattern.

While the patterns of baldness for men and women differ, in men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line like an M shape and gradual thinning in women.

  • Hormonal factors

Variety conditions related to hormonal changes can result in partial or total loss of hair such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.

  • Health condition and some medications

It can be a result of some systemic disease and side effects of medications such as thyroid disease, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medication, and antidepressant, etc.

  • Stress

Thinning of hair can be experienced in a physical or emotional stressful state. However, it is often temporary.

  • Infections such as fungal infection of the scalp (tinea capitis) ringworm are a fungal infection that tends to attack hair shafts and follicles leading to loss of hair which mostly affects school age.
  • Hairstyles and certain treatments.

Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull hair tight can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation disruption of hair follicles that leads to loss of hair. If scarring occurs, this codition can however be permanent

Prevention 

The prevention depends on the underlying cause. However, the following can be done to prevent it.

  • Good hair hygiene with regular shampooing will promote healthy hair.
  • Balanced nutrition, especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B is good for the hair.
  • Treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances
  • As much as possible, avoid plaiting tight hairstyles.
  • Avoid the use of harsh hair treatment
  • While washing or brushing the hair, treat gently to avoid excessive pulling off

Hair loss is not life-threatening and some are reversible when there is no scarring of the scalp. Remedies such as the use of wigs caps can be used to relieve any psychological feelings of baldness.

However, if you notice sudden loss of hair, always check with a doctor at eDokita. eDokita is a Health Technology Organisation with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience. Talk to your eDokita. https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=09060002544

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Causes of hair loss

Several factors can result in loss of hair.

  • Age is a risk factor to balding but it is a myth that everyone goes bald at 50 years.
  • Hereditary

Genetic predisposition and family history are leading to a male and female bald pattern.

While the patterns of baldness for men and women differ, in men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line like an M shape and gradual thinning in women.

  • Hormonal factors

Variety conditions related to hormonal changes can result in partial or total loss of hair such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.

  • Health condition and some medications

It can be a result of some systemic disease and side effects of medications such as thyroid disease, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medication, and antidepressant, etc.

  • Stress

Thinning of hair can be experienced in a physical or emotional stressful state. However, it is often temporary.

  • Infections such as fungal infection of the scalp (tinea capitis) ringworm are a fungal infection that tends to attack hair shafts and follicles leading to loss of hair which mostly affects school age.
  • Hairstyles and certain treatments.

Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull hair tight can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation disruption of hair follicles that leads to loss of hair. If scarring occurs, this codition can however be permanent

Prevention 

The prevention depends on the underlying cause. However, the following can be done to prevent it.

  • Good hair hygiene with regular shampooing will promote healthy hair.
  • Balanced nutrition, especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B is good for the hair.
  • Treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances
  • As much as possible, avoid plaiting tight hairstyles.
  • Avoid the use of harsh hair treatment
  • While washing or brushing the hair, treat gently to avoid excessive pulling off

Hair loss is not life-threatening and some are reversible when there is no scarring of the scalp. Remedies such as the use of wigs caps can be used to relieve any psychological feelings of baldness.

However, if you notice sudden loss of hair, always check with a doctor at eDokita. eDokita is a Health Technology Organisation with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience. Talk to your eDokita. https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=09060002544

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