Hair Loss and its Symptoms

Loss of hair more than usual can be considered hair loss. It can occur in the entire body and not only in scalp. It can affect anyone (men and women of any age as well as children). Hair loss may be due to hereditary, medications, hormonal or due to medical conditions. Baldness or excess hair loss in scalp is the most common type. Age related hereditary hair loss is the most common type of hair loss.

Many people prefer to let hair loss run its natural course. Some people prefer to use wig, hat, scarves or with different hairstyle. However, some people like to use various treatment modalities available for treatment of hair loss. However, you should learn pros and cons associated with treatment.

What are the symptoms of hair loss?

Hair loss can start in many different ways, depending on the cause. It can come on suddenly or gradually. It can affect only the scalp or the whole body. It can be temporary or permanent.

The signs and symptoms of hair loss include,

  • Gradual thinning of hair as one age, starting on the forehead and resemble letter M for men. In women the hairline may remain, but hair become thin. This is very common and can affect both men and women.
  • Some people may experience small circular bald areas, mostly in scalp, but can occur in other parts such as eyebrows, beard. Skin in bald area may be smooth or may be patchy.
  • In some people there may be complete hair loss in all parts of the body, sometimes also called alopecia universalis. It occurs most commonly due to medical conditions or due to medications (such as due to cancer chemotherapy). The hairs usually comes back if disease is resolved or medication stopped.
  • In certain physical or emotional shock, handful of hairs may come out if pulled, as they become loose due to shock. Hair loss may also occur during washing or combing hair.
  • Sometimes there may be patches of scaling over the scalp with hair loss. This type is due to ringworm infection of scalp. There may also be broken hairs, redness, swelling of skin and even oozing. Treatment of ringworm with appropriate antifungal drugs cure the ringworm and associated hair loss.

When should you seek medical help for hair loss?

The answer is simple. If you are distressed because of hair loss of yourself or your family members (even children), you should seek medical help. If the cause of hair loss is due to treatable condition such as ringworm, it will go away with appropriate treatment. However, certain type of hair loss, such as age related hereditary hair loss do not have permanent solution and may recur if treatment is stopped.


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