It’s an important day at work, you have been preparing for this day for months now. You jolt out of bed for a quick shower. You get dressed and are all set to do your make-up, when you suddenly notice a white shiny patch in the centre of your head. Your thoughts are racing, am I balding? Is this permanent?
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Hair loss typically affects the scalp but it can also affect your entire body. It can be the result of stress, medical conditions and scalp infections, medications, hormonal changes and heredity. It can also be a result of change in environmental factors like change in usage of water for showering (hard water or soft water), change in climate etc. Anyone can be affected by hair loss men , women and children.
The following are some of the symptoms of hair loss.
Gradual thinning of hair : This is the most common complaint in adults of all ages. In women hair thinning often begins from the parting of their hair, it usually occurs in the center of their head and in men hair thinning begins as receding hairline in the form of alphabet M from the forehead.
Small Circular patchy bald spots : Some people experience circular, coin sized, smooth bald spots. Sometimes their skin might be very itchy before the hair loss could occur. It mostly affects the scalp but it can also be seen in eyebrows and beard.
Sudden Loosening/Thinning of hair: Sudden physical or emotional shock causes overall hair thinning. Brisk tugging of hair leads to hair fall. Large chunks of hair is lost while combing hair. This kind of hair loss causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
Full body hair loss: Some medical treatments like chemotherapy for cancer causes full body hair loss. This is a temporary phenomenon. Once the treatment is over hair growth resumes back to normal.
Patchy scaling of the scalp: This is a sign of ringworm infection. It is usually seen with redness, boils and swelling of scalp. It is accompanied by itching of the scalp.
These are some of the clinical signs of hair loss. Before seeking hair loss treatment, consult a Trichologist about the cause of hair loss and the best treatment options available.
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