Hair loss on the scalp is called baldness. However, hair loss can affect any part of the body. In most cases, it is part of the normal process of aging. Hair grows from the hair follicles and after a while falls off and new hair grows from the same follicles. This is called the hair growth cycle. Hair loss can cause distress to some as it affects their self esteem.
Hair loss can occur due to medication or cancer treatment. It can be due to hereditary or hormonal changes. It can be found in both men and women of all ages. Hair loss can happen suddenly or gradually. Most common types of hair loss are male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Symptoms include thinning of hair on the top of the head or circular, patchy bald spots or patches of scaling that spreads over the scalp.
Effective treatments are available for hair loss. Treatments include topical and oral medications, surgery, laser therapy or the use of wigs and hair pieces or hairstyle to hide hair loss. However, most of these are expensive.
Homeopathy has some great treatments of high efficacy for hair loss. Positive Homeopathy offers inexpensive and powerful treatment for hair loss.
If left untreated, the extent of the baldness can extend from the front top of the head back to the crown, leaving a fringe of hair around the sides and back of the scalp
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes hair loss?
The most common cause of hair loss for both men and women is heredity. Either or both parents can pass on the gene that causes hair loss. Typically, men are more susceptible to hereditary loss of hair because of testosterone. When broken down to dihydrotestosterone, it acts as a catalyst to activate the hair loss gene. Both men and women are susceptible to this condition, which has been labeled as androgenetic alopecia. This means hereditary loss of hair with androgens (dihydrotestosterone).Other reasons for hair loss may be underlying medical or hormonal problems, medications, excessive weight loss, chemotherapy, or radiation.Also, traumatic injuries, scarring scalp conditions, or burns to the scalp can cause permanent hair loss.
What are the causes of hair fall?
There may be more reasons than one, e.g. nutritional, stress, hormonal, infection, local factors, etc