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Hair Loss

Hair loss is a condition that can affect everyone (men and women) at any stage of life. It is important that you know the most common causes for hair loss early to help prevent any major loss. Below are the most common causes for hair loss.

Causes of Excessive Hair Loss

Improper Hair Cosmetic Use/Improper Hair Care.
Hairstyles that pull on the hair, like ponytails and braids, should not be pulled tightly and should be alternated with looser hairstyles.

Hereditary Thinning or Balding

One treatment involves applying a lotion, minoxidil, to the scalp twice a day. Another treatment for men is a daily pill containing finasteride, a drug that blocks the formation of the active male hormone in the hair follicle.

Alopecia Areata

Treatments include steroids (either topical or by injection) or topical minoxidil, most commonly.

Thyroid Disease

Both an over-active thyroid and an under-active thyroid can cause hair loss. Your physician can diagnosis thyroid disease with laboratory tests. Hair loss associated with thyroid disease can be reversed with proper treatment.

Inadequate Protein in Diet

Medications

Examples include some of the medicines used for the following: gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, or blood thinner. High doses of vitamin A may also cause hair shedding.

Birth Control Pills

Low Serum Iron

Major Surgery/Chronic Illness

Hair Loss Treatment

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine): Men and women can use it. It is available as a 2% , 4% and 5% solution.
  • Finasteride (Propecia): This medication is FDA approved for use in only men with androgenic hair loss. is alpha reductase inhibitors which helps reduce hair loss by blocking the action of natural hormones in scalp hair follicles.
  • Low level laser devices.
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP).
  • Hair transplants can be useful for some women as well as men.
  • Daily multivitamin containing zinc, vitamin B, folate, iron, and calcium maybe helpful.
  • Corticosteroids
  • Mesotherapy sessions