Just like the skin, hair is also present all over the body. The thickness of hair varies all over the body. The thickest and most visible growth is on the head all humans. Hair loss can not only affect just your scalp but your entire body. It can be a result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone can experience hair loss. Baldness refers to hair loss from your scalp. Before pursuing any hair loss treatment, talk with an expert and rule out the cause of your hair loss and know the possible treatment options.
Following are the symptoms of Hairloss
- Gradual hair thinning on the scalp: This is the most common symptom of hair loss, affecting both men and women. In men, hair often begins to recede from the sides of the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M. Women typically retain the hairline on the forehead but there is widening of the centre partition of their hair which resembles like a “Christmas tree”.
- Patchy loss of hair: Some people experience smooth, coin-sized bald spots which generally go un-noticed until they visit a barber and it is then brought to their notice. This type of hair loss could also affect the eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, chest, hair on extremities and pubic hair. In some cases the affected skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
- Hair falls easily in bunches on gentle touch: A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to become loose. Handful of hair may come out when you comb or wash your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
- Hair loss from all over the body: Primary loss of hair from all over the body is termed as Alopecia totalis. Some medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. In the later the hair usually grows back.
- Hair loss due to flaking and scaling of the scalp or fungal infection: Tinea barbae which affects the beard or scalp due to use of the same razor at a salon could cause hairloss in affected area. Cradle cap is another fungal infection affecting babies due to which their hair does not grow and breaks easily. At times there could be oozing from the affected area too. Flaking of the scalp could be attributed to dry skin or scalp psoriasis. Until the causative factor is not treated hair in the affected area would not grow and would break easily.
Diagnosing the kind and cause of hairloss is very important for hair fall treatment. Consult our experts to rule out the cause of your hairloss and get it treated at earliest.