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Hairfall /Alopecia

Homeopathic medicines which are effective in hair loss includes Natrum Muriaticum, Silica, Phosphorus, Lycopodium, Sepia and more. Homeopathy for male pattern baldness
Hairfall /Alopecia. It is loss of hair from the head or body.Human scalp contains about 100000hairs. Each hair grows for1, 000 days and it is then shed. Hairfall can be due to a number of reasons, there may be a number of reasons together responsible for hairfall or a single reason may cause too much hairfall.

Causes of hairfall and infections

Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day which goes unnoticed and this should not be a matter of concern. Hair falling with age is normal or it may be genetic. Other reasons for hairfall are listed below:
Scalp infections:
Ringworm /fungal infections:
This infection is also known as tinea capitis. It is usually found in children. It starts as a pimple on the head that grows in size to form patches that lose hair. There are lustureless bald patches with scales &moisture on the head. These patches are inflamed, red& itch.

Folliculitis: This is infection of hair follicle or root of hair. It looks like acne with little rings of inflammation surrounding the opening of hair follicle. As the infection progresses hair fall off.

Seborrheic dermatitis It is a skin infection caused by yeast. Seborrheic dermatitis has greasy scales on scalp that don't spill on to forehead. The skin can be itchy, scaly, inflamed with hairfall. The lesions involve scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Axillae, groins, inframammary region, umbilicus and natal cleft are areas of predilection. the trigger for seborrheic dermatitis may be androgen steroids. The sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicles begin to produce a very rich form of sebum. The sebum contains fewer free fatty acids and squalene but increased amounts of triglycerides and cholesterol. The excess, rich sebum production triggers the proliferation of skin flora.

Hormones and hairfall:

Hormones are chemical messengers of our body. An increase or Decrease in hormones can lead to hairfall Loss of hair due to male hormone testosterone- : Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia affects up to 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women in their lifetimes. It is partly genetic and partly depends on androgen hormone in blood

Male Pattern Baldness in females: Females present with diffuse hairloss. It initially appears as widening of central parting. Although women have much lower levels of testosterone than men do, there is enough to potentially cause androgenetic hair loss. In females there may be increase in facial hair and simultaneous loss of hair from scalp due to increased level of testosterone.AS ovarian tumours also have same symptom, they need to be excluded.

Thyroid and hairloss: Both increased or decreased level of thyroid can cause hairfall. Along with hairfall the hair become dry and coarse when a person suffers from thyroid disorder. Coarsening of body hair &loss of hair from head are important signs of hormonal imbalance.

Nutrition deficiency and hairfall: Studies suggest that nutrition deficiencies, imperfect diet, limited food intake cause thinning of hair. Deficiency of biotin, protein, zinc and poo r human iron metabolism can cause hairloss although complete baldness is not usually seen. A diet high in animal fats (often found in fast food) and vitamin A is also thought to lead to hairfall. Deficiency of Vitamin D is one of the important causes of hairfall. This is more common in the northern hemisphere. For good hair growth it is necessary to have a balanced diet that includes variety of whole foods, fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins.

Trauma:Trauma refers to injury to scalp or roots of hair that can cause hair loss.

Traction Alopecia: This is common in individuals who are in the habit of doing tight hair styles like ponytails or in sikh males who keep their hair tied. hot combing, use of dryers ,hair straightening cause not only damage to scalp but also hair loss The site of hairloss depends on the area of maximum traction.

Pregnancy : Postpartum Hairloss or hairfall after pregnancy is normal. During pregnancy, increased levels of hormone estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker hair. After delivery the level of this hormone again goes down. Hence, more hair enter resting phase, number of hair falling down increases and women are at pre-pregnancy count.

Homeopathy medicine for hairfall

Chemotherapy, anabolic steroids, and birth control pills are drugs that cause hairfall.

Anticonvulsants: Medicines for seizures can cause diffuse hairfall.

vitamin A: large amount of vitamin A intake causes hairloss

Anticoagulants: These are drugs that prevent thinning of blood, it is prescribed in heart diseases and causes loss of hair.

Antihypertensive Drugs: these are beta blockers prescribed to patients of high blood pressure; hairfall is a common side effect of these drugs

Gout Medications: Hair loss is a common side effect of medicines for this type of bone pain known as arthritis

Chemotherapy: Very severe hairfall is common after chemotherapy or radiotherapy, given for treatment of cancer.

Treatment given for fungal infections- Antifungal treatment is a cause of loss of hair in many individuals.

Other causes of hairfall are

Pollution- the toxins present in air and water are dangerous not only for hair but for whole body. Phototoxic effects of sunlight can also cause damage to scalp and hairfall.An unhealthy scalp environment can play a significant role in hair thinning by contributing to miniaturization or causing damage. Air and water pollutants, environmental toxins, conventional styling products and excessive amounts of sebum have the potential to build up on the scalp. This debris can block hair follicles and cause their deterioration and consequent miniaturization of hair. It can also physically restrict hair growth or damage the hair cuticle, leading to hair that is weakened and easily broken off before its natural lifecycle has ended

Spot Baldness: It is also known as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder because of which hair are lost in patches. .hairfall from whole head is called alopecia totalis while loss of hair from whole body is alopecia universalis.

Age related baldness-hairfall is a part of ageing process called involutional alopecia.

Hair cycle and growth

Hair passes through three different phases of growth and shedding during its life cycle.each hair has an independent cycle, not synchronized with neighbouring follicles. The stages of hair cycle are:

Anagen phase: Phase of activity and growth

Catagen phase: Phase of transition

Telogen phase : Phase of resting /degeneration.The duration of each phase is different in different parts of the body

Tests and diagnosis of hair fall

A complete medical history, family history and physical examination can help in a diagnosis. The pattern and rate of hair loss, the appearance of nearby hairs, and accompanying symptoms are considered when making the diagnosis.

Blood Tests: Tests for thyroid, cholesterol & lupus etc. are done to rule out hairfall due to these medical conditions.
Pull Test : This helps to evaluate diffuse hair loss. Gentle traction is applied at three different spots of scalp. if more than 10hair per area come out, the test is considered positive.
Pluck test: it is conducted by pulling hair
out "by the roots". The root of the plucked hair is examined under a microscope to determine the phase of growth, and is used to diagnose a defect of telogen, anagen, or systemic disease. Telogen hairs have tiny bulbs without sheaths at their roots. Telogen effluvium shows an increased percentage of hairs upon examination. Anagen hairs have sheaths attached to their roots. Anagen effluvium shows a decrease in telogen-phase hairs and an increased number of broken hairs.
Trichoscopy is a method of hair and scalp evaluation and is used for diagnosing hair and scalp diseases. The method is based on dermoscopy and videodermoscopy. In trichoscopy hair and scalp structures may be visualized at many fold magnification.

Management of hair fall

In almost all cases of thinning, and especially in cases of severe hair loss, it is recommended to seek advice from a doctor or dermatologist. Many types of thinning have an underlying genetic or health-related cause, which a qualified professional will be able to diagnose.
Dietary management of hair fall

Updated: March, 3 2015

Comments (3)

  1. Anuradha Sharma Feb 25 2015 8:08PM Reply
    Dear doctor,I am suffering from severe hairfall since last three months.It started after i had an attack of typhoid fever. I have tried many medicines but none has helped me .Can you please advise me.
    • Dr Shivani VermaFeb 26 2015 9:08AMReply
      Hi Anuradha, Hairfall, after typhoid fever is a very common problem.It is mainly because of the weakness caused by this fever.So, first & foremost you need to take a balanced diet which is rich in nutrients. Regarding medicine, Carbo Veg, Cinchona, Acid Fluor and Thallium Metallicum are some of the important medicines whose prescription depends on Law of Similars and the need varies from case to case .
  2. Anubhav Feb 25 2015 10:01AM Reply
    A very nice and self explanatory article. Personally liked the information distribution.

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