Alopecia Areata - An auto-immune disorder which causes hair follicles to stop producing hair. This type is often sudden. Telogen effluvium - A type of hair loss that can occur about 2 to 3 months after a major period of stress. Tinea capitis - A fungus infection that causes the hair to break off at the scalp and cause the scalp to flake. Traumatic Alopecia - hair loss that occurs from traumatic events such as extreme heat, strong chemical, and pulling of hair. Drug side effects - Some medications have hair loss as a side effect.
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Hair loss: causes, treatments and transplants
Alopecia Totalis means a total loss of scalp hair and Alopecia Universalis is when hairs across the whole body have been shed including eye brows/lashes. With Telogen Effluvium hairs start shedding around the scalp, as well as over the body as a result of extreme stress, or as a side effect to medication. This condition can affect both men and women, and is often seen in middle aged women. It causes more of a 'thinning out' of hair, rather than a specific bald patch and can get better on its own provided the stress or trigger which started it is dealt with. It is thought to be caused by a deficiency in nutrients like iron (anaemia), hormones (menstruation, giving birth, breast-feeding), certain medication or a psychological shock such as a death or accident. Hair loss can also be caused by fungal infections, thyroid problems as well as chemotherapy (treatment for cancer) but treating the infection/condition may prevent further hair loss and in some cases - including after cancer treatment - the hair may start to grow again. Hair loss treatments There are many companies, products and treatments claiming to cure hair loss, but be wary of miracle cures and remedies with high claims - and high prices. Treatments which work well for one person may not for another but medications recommended by the NHS can help hair re-growth. Minoxidil is a treatment for high blood pressure and is available over the counter at the Chemists for men and women. If the lotion is rubbed onto the scalp every day reports show that that the balding process will slow in about half of users, about fifteen per cent will experience hair re-growth, but one third of users won't see any changes. Finasteride is a drug for treating prostrate cancer, available only by prescription for men from their GP. It works by preventing the hormone testosterone being converted to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink so blocking its production allows the hair follicles to regain their normal size and is known to be effective. Finasteride isn't suitable for women. Both medications require around four months of use before any benefits are seen, otherwise the balding process will resume and there's the risk that any new hair which re-grows could fall out if treatment is stopped.
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