Hair loss can affect you at any stage of your life. Hair loss can make all of the hair of your body disappear or it might be limited to your scalp. Male and female both can experience baldness but it is more common in men.
Generally, baldness is referred to as excessive hair loss from the scalp. The most common type of hair loss is androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia happens to almost every 2 out of 3 men and every 2nd women in the United States.
It is not a universal rule, that each and everyone witness hair loss in their life. Some people do have hair loss in their 20s and some people don’t have it, ever.
This type of hair loss is also known as pattern baldness in which hair loss increases with the passage of time.
There are two types of people in this world, ones are those who simply don’t care about hair loss. They let hair loss run until complete baldness. On the other side of the story, there are those who go for the treatments for slowing or curing the balding process.
Men can bear the baldness but it is very hard for the women to survive. Although, pattern hair loss rarely leads towards complete baldness, however, less amount of hair also looks awkward in women.
Signs of Hair Loss
Thinning of hair
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of pattern hair loss in both men and women. It starts with thinning of hair on top of the scalp. After that next phase comes in which slowly and gradually hair started to fall down.
Women are blessed in this type of hair fall, they can easily hide their baldness with necessary hair style. Women do not witness and movement in their hairline while men face the hairline turning into the character “M” shape.
When androgenic alopecia is caught, most of the hair of the scalp is lost. The moment when you feel hair fall on the scalp, the best choice will be to visit the doctor on the spot. Hair loss will increase if you delay the medication.
When to act
Visiting doctor earlier will help you to treat hair loss more effectively. However, there are some not prescriptive medications available in all over the counter for slowing down the baldness process. These products use a drug named as Minoxidil, it is approved by FDA of the United States.
Patchy bald spots
Alopecia areata happens in the shape of bald spots on the scalp. Bald skin area looks smooth and normal.
This condition is generated when the body’s immune systems target the hair follicle. It disturbs the natural hair growth.
This type of hair fall is also seen in both men and women. In some cases, alopecia areata is also seen occurring in eyebrows and beards.
Normally one’s skins become itchy or painful before the hair falling process starts.
Most of the time, the alopecia itself resolves without treatment within a year but sometimes it can get permanent. It would be better to see the doctor as soon as possible.
Best time to act
If you don’t visit the doctor on time, this might turn into alopecia totalis. Alopecia totalis is a hair fall, which starts from small bald spots and then spread all over the scalp.
Unexpected hair loss
Unexpected hair loss can affect the body when ones faced something really shocking. Loads of stress can also come up with hair loss in both men and women. The stress causes the hormonal change in the body which also affects the hair follicle.
A number of hairs might come out while combing of shampooing.
It causes overall thinning of hairs. This type of hair loss is generally temporary. After the mental and physical stability hair starts to grow back.
It would be better to see the psychiatrist alongside with dermatologist to treat this problem.
Full body hair loss
This normally occurs after medical treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer. Chemotherapy is a powerful medication that attacks rapidly growing cells of cancer.
Alongside with the cancer cells, it also attacks other rapidly growing cells. Within 4 weeks of treatment, the patient will completely get bald. The patient will also lose all of his/her body hair.
This is not any gender specific, this type of hair fall occurs in every men and woman going through chemotherapy.
In general cases, hair comes back after three to six months as treatment ends. Your hair might look a little bit different in color or texture in the start but they will be normal after some time.
Don’t make it so late
However in some cases, hair does not grow back, if you’re not having hair growth after three to six months it would be better to visit the doctor and discuss your situation.