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Hair fall

Hair loss is a very common condition of shedding of hair strands leading to thinning of hair, baldness, etc. and can affect both men and women. Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, can affect people at any given time in their life for reasons that might be genetic, or due to bad diet, unhealthy lifestyle, recovery from a recent disease, and so on.

Hair loss can be distinguished based on breakage of hair shaft and decreased hair growth. Usually, hair loss is more prevalent in older adults, but it can be found in children as well. However, one should understand that losing just 50-100 hair strands a day isn’t a cause of concern, given there are more than 100,000 strands on your scalp.

Alopecia can be both permanent and temporary. If you notice losing more hair than usual that’s when you should consult a doctor. We, at Vardaan Clinic have plenty of solutions for your hair fall problems ranging from over the counter medicines to medical treatments.

Causes of Hair loss

There can be a number of reasons for which you might be experiencing hair fall. Before taking a treatment, you first need to get diagnosed with the problem, if there is any. Dr. Jyoti Sharma is an expert in recognizing the root cause and advising the best solutions.

Some of the common causes can be-

  1. Hormonal changes in women due to-
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Childbirth
  4. Menopause
  5. Birth control pills
  6. Medical conditions such as-
  7. Thyroid
  8. Alopecia Aerate (an autoimmune condition in which body attacks its own hair follicles.)
  9. Scalp infections such as ringworm
  10. Iron deficiency anaemia
  11. Due to medications for curing other diseases such as-
  12. Cancer
  13. Arthritis
  14. High Blood Pressure
  15. Depression, etc
  16. Unhealthy diet lacking iron, protein, vitamins and others leading to thinning of hair.
  17. Ageing
  18. Puberty

Getting a treatment

Once your doctor identifies the underlying cause of your hair fall/ hair loss, there are various treatments that you can undergo to get rid of this problem.

  1. Medications

Easiest way to treat a hair fall problem is taking prescribed medications. It is always better to try and fix the problem using over the counter methods than surgeries, etc. Your doctor can either recommend you apply certain kind of shampoo and serum on your scalp, or oral medicines or a combination of both based upon your diagnosis.

However, there are always certain side effects associated with the kind of medications you decide to intake such as-

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Cataract
  3. Reduced sex drive
  4. Eye infection, etc

Therefore, never take a medication without a prescription and without discussing it’s pros and cons with your doctor.

  • Medical procedures

If medications aren’t enough to treat your hair fall condition, then doctors can go further to suggest relevant medical procedures that can help you with the problem. These include-

  1. Hair Transplant Surgery

This involves moving of small portions of your skin having a few hair to the bald area of your scalp. It is recommended for people with inherited baldness.

  1. PRP for hair fall

Platelet-rich-plasma is a process in which a substance is taken from your blood and then injected into your scalp. It is a process which increases the concentration of certain proteins that contribute towards healing in your body.

  1. Scalp reduction

In this procedure, a part of your scalp without hair is removed and replaced with another piece of your scalp containing hair. Tissue expansion is another form of this procedure which requires two surgeries, where in first surgery; a tissue expander is placed under a part of your scalp which has hair next to a bald spot which over a few weeks stretches out over your scalp. In the second surgery the expander is removed by the surgeon and the stretched part of your scalp is moved over your bald spot.

Any of the surgical procedures tend to be expensive and always include a form of risk and various side effects. So, it is always advisable to take various opinions before choosing to undergo a medical treatment.

How to prevent Hair loss?

Best way to cure a disease is to avoid getting a disease in the first place. So avoid hair fall, you can ensure the following-

  1. Less stress
  2. In taking a nutritious diet containing proteins, etc
  3. Avoid use of heating combs, blow dryers, colouring products, etc
  4. Use lightweight shampoo and conditioner
  5. Avoid tight hairstyles

In Conclusion, Talk to your doctor to know what would work best for you. Live a healthy lifestyle to avoid any such conditions. Contact us for the best dermatologist in Delhi.

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