Hair loss, also known as alopecia, affects many people. This condition can be permanent or temporary and is caused by a wide variety of things. While it is more common in men, it can happen to anyone. If you are suffering with hair loss, speak to your dermatologist. There are some treatments that can prevent further hair loss and restore hair growth.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
Hair loss can begin in several ways. It may be gradual or sudden and it may affect only your scalp or your entire body. Signs of hair loss include:
- Gradual thinning on the top of the head. This is the most common type of hair loss.
- Sudden loosening of hair. An emotional or physical shock can cause hair to loosen, leading to handfuls of hair falling out during washing or brushing. This is usually temporary.
- Bald spots. Some people lose hair in circular spots on the scalp, eyebrows, or beard. The skin may be itchy or sensitive before the hair falls out.
- Full-body hair loss. Some conditions and medical treatments cause full body hair loss. In most cases, the hair grows back.
- Scaling patches. If you are experiencing patches of scaling that spread over the scalp, it might be a condition that causes hair loss.
Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by many things including:
- Hormonal changes
- Medical conditions
- Radiation therapy
- Some hairstyles and hair treatments
Hair Loss Prevention
Most hair loss is due to genetic factors and there is no way to prevent this type of loss. However, there are some things you can do to avoid preventable losses. These include:
- Protect your hair from sunlight and UV rays
- Be gentle with your hair and avoid harsh treatments and tension.
- Stop smoking
- Speak to your doctor about medications and supplements that may cause hair loss
Online Dermatologist for Hair Loss
If you are experiencing hair loss, don’t wait to speak to a dermatologist. Book a virtual appointment with one of our online dermatologists for hair loss to get started today.