Causes of Hair Loss
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For the typical male pattern baldness, heredity is a big factor for baldness. Although, there is no specific cause for genetical hair loss, but several researches have shown that high dihydrotestosterone levels are often associated with genetic baldness.
However, except the heredity factor, in many cases of hair loss, the lost hairs just grows back either by continuing vitamin supplements for a few months or without any treatment. So, don’t get too worried for losing hairs from your scalp. Naturally, as you age, your hair will become thinner and the rate of hair regrowth will slow. You need to know that at different stages of our lifetime, we may lose more hairs than usual; anyone — men, women and children — can experience sudden and excessive hair loss without any significant variations in their usual life.
Available Treatments to Halt Your Hair Loss
Hair loss often has a very uncomfortable emotional impact; for most people with alopecia (baldness), it becomes the most distressful and embarrassing situation when they find out that they are finally getting bald. However, if you are experiencing the same problem, here are a few points that I believe you need to consider first before using any hair growth product.
- Visit a dermatologist or skin care expert and ask for opinion and suggestions.
- Find out the underlying causes of your hair fall.
- Find out the specific type of alopecia that affected you.
- Check your dihydrotestosterone (DHT) level.
If an underlying disease is the cause of your hair loss, no treatment is required for the lost hairs. You only need to continue the medications for the disease, because your hair will naturally grow back when the disease is gone. However, if the test results show that you have high DHT level and a specific type of alopecia affected you, there is a little chance that your hair will grow back. You may need to accept the fate that you are gradually moving towards baldness and there is no such cure to get back all the lost hairs.
Although there is no cure that will repair the natural cyclic process of hair regrowth, but don’t feel so embarrassed. There are a number of treatment options (both surgical and nonsurgical) available today to reduce or slow hair loss, stimulate partial hair regrowth or damage hair replacement. Below is a chart of some proven treatments for hair loss.
To know more about these treatments with details, read my next post "Understanding Hair Loss – Treatments and Drugs".
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