Hair is considered as the crowning glory and everyone dream of healthy, thick, soft, shiny and lustrous hair. Hair loss is thought to affect around 70% of men and 40% of women.
Men developing bald patches might not seem like the end of the world, but imagine the same happening to a woman. The moment a woman starts to see extra hair on their towels or pillows, they hit the panic button, because they are worried that very soon there might be bald patches appearing on their head.
It is important to remember that hair loss in men is actually different from the manner in which hair loss happens for women.
In men, pattern hair loss is caused because of an increase in the level of DHT or Dihydrotestosterone. However, in women, it is caused due to an increase in oestrogen, a condition that can be caused due to menopause, pregnancy, childbirth or even the starting or stopping of contraceptives.
There are a number of medical conditions which can lead to hair loss. From improper functioning of the thyroid gland to skin infections such as lupus or lichen planus, from certain scalp infections to a more severe condition known as alopecia areata, there are several medical conditions that can lead to excessive hair fall. In addition, even medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery can lead to hair loss.
Hair loss can also be cause due to certain medications, which are being used to treat conditions such as cancer, depression, heart problems as well as arthritis.
There are also other causes which are known to cause hair loss, such as extensive use of chemicals and heat on the hair, as well as tight hair styles, which is also known as traction alopecia. Even a crash diet could lead to hair loss as can a really high fever.
In order to have a proper diagnosis, understanding the type of hair loss is crucial and this could include:
In most women, the hair loss will start to become obvious with the gradual thinning on the top of the head. The front parts of the head will normally be the last to be affected, and there will be a broadening where the centre parting lies. For some women, there could be bald patches which arise on various parts of the head. There could also be situations wherein the hair starts to fall out in clumps. In order to gain a proper diagnosis, here is all that which might be done:
At AK Clinics, we offer more than just hope for those who are facing severe hair loss, we offer them real solutions. In addition to the expert advice, we will also provide you with state of the art treatment, which will restore the confidence that you had always flaunted with your hair!