Hair loss (also known as alopecia) is a common problem, and can affect just scalp or entire body. Hair loss can occur in different patterns, depending on the cause. It can affect both men and women, and also children.
It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. It is triggered by a variety of factors from diet to your DNA’s composition.
Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. It can come suddenly or gradually. Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
There is a strong connection between nutritional deficiency and hair loss. Some nutritional deficiencies can cause hair loss. Hairs are only as healthy as the diet. If food is not properly digested and body is not getting the right nutrients, this can impact hair structure and hair growth.If diet lacks certain nutrients like Vitamin D, Protein, Vitamin A, etc. for an extended period of time, it can cause hair follicles cells to stop working properly.
Hair loss is very common and can occur due to a combination of factors such as severe stress, genetics, illnesses like thyroid disease and anemia, nutritional changes, hormonal changes related to puberty, pregnancy and menopause, or side effects of medication (like chemotherapy).
Hair loss associated with alopecia is unpredictable and random. The most prominent symptom is patchy hair loss. Hair usually falls out in round patches, mainly from the scalp. Any site of hair growth may be affected, including beard and eyelashes. Other signs are itchy scalp, hair growth stops, severe hair loss, thinning hair etc. Currently there is no cure for alopecia, there are some treatments and medications that can be suggested by doctor to improve and stimulate regrowth of hairs.
Lifestyle factors like high emotional stress, smoking, motion sickness while travelling, too much alcohol or caffeine can also cause upset stomach.
Hair fall can be diagnosed in two ways; first way is by hair analysis, where doctor can diagnose with the sample of hair and examine it under microscope. Second way to diagnose hairfall is by undergoing blood tests, including tests for specific condition, such as thyroid.