Everyone at some time or another has had to deal with losing hair at an alarming rate. The statistics on this issue is quite mind-boggling for both men and women. Hair loss is not only disappointing but it has devastating consequences for the person who suffers from the problem. People in every age group have to deal with hair loss; what causes such drastic hair loss and is there any help to be had?
Reasons for hair loss
There are quite a few reasons which lead to hair loss in men and women. They are:
- Androgenetic alopecia which is genetic or even caused by a hormonal imbalance.
- Telogen effluvium caused by hormonal imbalance due to stress, medications or even metabolic problems.
- Anagen effluvium which is quite common in cancer patients.
- Alopecia Areata, which is an autoimmune disorder which causes hair to fall out entirely or in patches.
- Scarring Alopecia, which occurs due to scar tissue arising from accidents or burns. No new hair grows in affected areas.
- Infections can also cause hair loss but can be addressed with medication.
- Congenital hypotrichosis which is caused due to a defect in the gene and is not curable.
Dealing with hair loss
Hair loss can occur due to a number of reasons – poor nutrition, vitamin deficiency, menopause, stress and thyroid problems as well. The right course of action is to consult a specialist who can diagnose the problem correctly and then decide a course of action. There are some ways by which hair loss can be addressed.
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription alternatives
Prescription medications are quite effective but a bit expensive to use in the long run. The alternatives offer similar results and sometimes even better results at lower costs. Most products available on the market offer a money-back guarantee too.
Hair loss treatment options are available by prescription or over the counter in the form of supplements, pills, creams and even tonics.
These are available in different combinations with iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium which are believed to help with hair growth and health.
There are specific medications which assist in stimulating hair growth. Do your own research and also, talk to your doctor before taking any. A doctor will be able to advise users on side-effects and drug interaction.
These are available in drug stores and at big retailers and mostly over the counter. The big advantage of this alternative is that results are pretty quick and not expensive to buy.
Most doctors suggest that their patients have a well-balanced diet which is rich in iron, zinc, folates and biotin.