Hair Loss and Medical Conditions

Hair loss is a universal problem that affects both men and women. Some experience hair loss at an early age, while others may suffer from it for years. Whatever the case may be, it can be embarrassing for both sexes to have. Most often, it affects those who have blond hair or gray hair. Hair loss in these areas is most often hereditary but other factors such as stress, poor diet, lack of proper vitamins and hormonal imbalance are also possible culprits. Nevertheless, it should never be considered a cause of shame for anyone to experience.

Hair Loss

 

The good news is that hair loss can be prevented. For many people, this would be a welcome development because it gives them back their confidence. If you are one of those who have not given this issue any thought, consider this: losing hair can be inherited but with proper hair care and management, this problem can be avoided. Baldness in general generally refers to excess hair loss in the scalp. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender and race.

 

Hair loss can be treated through medication and medical treatment or through alternative methods such as natural medicines and herbal treatments. Chemotherapy is often used to treat hair loss due to other illnesses or due to hormonal imbalance. This treatment produces several side effects including hair loss, nausea, drowsiness, vomiting, weight gain and fatigue. Side effects produced by chemotherapy drugs can increase the possibility of developing cancer, so care should be taken to only use these medications under qualified doctors’ supervision. There are also medications that can produce hair loss.

Cause

Two of the most common causes of hair loss are male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Telogen effluvium is a temporary condition that can occur due to a number of factors. Some of these factors include emotional stress, medications, and diseases. Hair loss caused by telogen effluvium is temporary and normally resolved within a few months. The scalp may become oily, patchy and coarse.

Hair loss caused by medical conditions can cause hair loss to be prolonged and painful. The most common medical conditions include thyroid disorders, chronic liver disease, tumors, pregnancy, menopause, autoimmune disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These conditions produce temporary hair loss and will eventually be resolved. However, because of the prolonged nature of these medical conditions, temporary hair loss usually occurs.

Hair loss caused by hormone therapy can be reversible through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This treatment is often recommended to women who have hormonal imbalances due to menopause. However, if the hair loss continues after the therapy has stopped, then medical treatment for the underlying medical condition must be sought. Temporary treatments using minoxidil (Rogaine) and oral contraceptives are also used to treat female pattern baldness. Hair grows back in most cases within one to two months. Hormone treatment is only recommended in cases where the hair loss continues beyond six months or where the scalp is discolored, patchy and thick.

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