HAIR LOSS (ALOPECIA)
It is not a secret that each part of the body is susceptible to diseases. Since the hair is also part of the body, it is not left out. There are several diseases which can assail the hair.
Hair diseases have mostly one target and that is the hair follicles. In order to understand hair follicles, there is a need to understand the make of the hair.
On the surface of the skin is the hair itself. Moving down the surface of the skin is the sebum which is an oily secretion of the sebaceous gland and which lubricates the skin. Moving further down there is the follicle and then the sebaceous glands.
That said, we can now understand how the diseases affect the hair.
Hair loss can affect anyone. Male, female, adult, and even children. Hair loss is also called Alopecia.
A protein called keratin is produced in the follicles of the hair and this is what the hair is made of. The hair is actually a combination of dead keratin cells and they are old cells which have been pushed through the skin surface by new cells.
Although it is not known what causes hair loss, there are some factors that may influence it.
Genes are units of heredity which are transferred from parents to their offspring and determines the features of those features.
This simply means that when parents have hair loss problems, they could easily pass it down to their children.
Drugs could also influence hair loss especially drugs used in chemotherapy. There are also some birth control pills that could cause hair loss.
Hormones are chemicals that occur naturally in the body. It occurs in both males and females and when their levels are too high, they could cause hair loss.
Sometimes when an injury occurs on the head, they may lead to temporary hair loss, at least until the injury heals.
Too much of some cosmetics could also cause hair loss. This is usually common in shampooing or hair dye and bleaching
Diets with protein and vitamins deficiency which are important for hair development can also lead to hair loss.
Other factors include medical conditions, burns, illness, and stress.
Alopecia is of many types. These include:
This is a genetic condition that affects both men and women and in the men, it could start affecting them in their teens. Its symptom is a receding hairline.
As a result of changes in the growth cycle of hair, temporary hair thinning over the scalp may occur.
Other types of alopecia that affect the head hair include scarring alopecias, Trichotillomania, which is common in children, Alopecia areata and so on.
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
Hair loss treatments include hair transplant surgery, medication, laser therapy, and home remedies.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplantation involves removing hair follicles from one part of the body to the balding part of the body. The history of the procedure dates back to 1897 when a man successfully implanted hair from one part of the scalp to the other.
The cost of the surgery depends on the amount of hair being moved. When it is done, people who have gone through the surgery may need medications for a while.
Drugs may be given to reduce inflammation. There are many drugs available to treat certain types of hereditary baldness. To prevent drug abuse, it is advisable to seek the opinion of experts.
Some natural home remedies have been prescribed to combat hair loss. These include the eating of onions or adding fresh pastes of onion juice to the balding areas.
Others include garlic, egg, and eating food with lots of protein.
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