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What is Hairfall?
Hairfall also called as alopecia. Alopecia refers to any form of hair loss, hair thinning, or balding anywhere in the body. There are a variety of causes which can lead to hair loss.
On an average, one can lose between 80 – 100 hairs a day,This is normal as hair follicle undergoes series of changes to produce a hair strand. Between starting to grow and falling off, each strand of hair goes through three stages:
- Anagen (Growing Phase)
- Catagen (Regression Phase)
- Telogen (Shedding Phase)
Hair is made up of keratin, which is a protein produced within the hair follicles on the uppermost layer of the skin. The follicles keep producing new hair cells and push out the old dead cells. Which maintains the balance. When one experience more hair loss and less hair growth, this becomes the cause of consern.
Acute hair loss, or a sudden increase in hair loss, could occur due to many reasons such as stress, pregnancy in women, male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, exposure to strong sunlight, anaemia, hypothyroidism’, vitamin B deficiency, autoimmune disorder, chemotherapy, etc.
You should notice if:
- loss of clumps of hair from your scalp
- excessive thinning of your hair
- unexplained loss of hair from any part of the body
- that you are tearing and pulling out your hair (Trichotillomania)
- incomplete hair loss on the scalp and/or eyebrows
At any given time, 90% or more of the hair on your scalp keeps growing. No two hairs have the same growth pace. In fact, each hair follicle goes through an entire growth cycle of its own, which is influenced by factors such as age, nutrition, illness, and also ethnicity.
It is because each hair follicle goes through a different growth cycle, that you shed only a certain number of hairs per day. If all the hairs on your head went through the same growth cycle, all your hair would fall off at once.
What are the causes of alopecia/hair loss?
Some of the most common causes of alopecia/hair loss include:
- physical stress due to overwork illness, accident, injuries, childbirth, emotional disorders, or surgery
- usage of birth control pills by women
- pregnancy in women which can result in hormonal imbalances
- scalp infections such as ringworm or fungal infections
- poor diet, especially less protein intake, which can cause hair loss as hair strands are essentially made of the protein, keratin
- excessive hair styling and colouring
- genetic hair loss
- autoimmune disorders such as Alopecia areata, or lupus, where the immune system of the body attacks its own healthy cells, including hair follicles
- chemotherapy which can result in spot baldness or complete baldness
- taking excessive amounts of Vitamin A supplements
- male pattern baldness caused by a combination of family genes and male hormones
- female pattern baldness caused by family genes
- medical conditions such as, anemia, iron deficiency, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women, eating disorders, and thyroid disease
- vitamin B deficiency in the body
- sudden weight loss due to physical trauma
- burns and X-rays too can cause sudden temporary hair loss
- taking medicines such as blood thinners and anti-depressants
- trichotillomania which is an impulse control disorder causing people to compulsively pull out their own hair
- natural ageing, especially when people enter their 50s or 60s.
What are the types of alopecia/hair loss?
When your hair growth cycle is disturbed, problems such as hair loss, and hair thinning begins. If for instance, your hair enters the resting phase too early, excessive shedding and thinning of the hair occurs.
There can be a number of reasons which lead to the disruption of the hair growth cycle, and result in different types of alopecia such as
- Alopecia areata
- Involutional alopecia
- Androgenic alopecia
- Alopecia totalis
- Alopecia universalis
- Scarring alopecia
Symptoms of alopecia/hairloss?
The symptoms of alopecia or hair loss include:
- excessive hair loss ( more than 100 hairs a day) from the scalp
- hair loss from other parts of the body, apart from your head
- thinning of hair on the head, especially scalp
- a receding hairline
- patches of broken hairs
- an M shaped pattern in front of your head, just above your forehead, leaving the crown of the head exposed
- clumps of hair on your pillow
- complete loss of all hair from the head
- complete loss of all hair on the entire body
- excessive hair loss while shampooing
How homeopathy helps?
Homeopathy is surely recommended for alopecia.it has excellent effects and results in alopecia.Homeopathy accesses the underlying cause of alopecia thereby treating from its roots.