Severe or normal hair loss?

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Severe or normal hair loss

Do they suffer from severe or normal hair loss?

Visiting the hair­dress­er often works won­ders. The hair shines and let you shine your­self. Because fresh­ly cut and just froze hair looks good and this makes you feel attrac­tive. No won­der, then, that unhealthy or even fail­ing hair has a neg­a­tive effect on your mood and self-per­cep­tion. However, it is quite nor­mal that you fall out with about 100 hairs a day. Hair loss is there­fore not always a cause for con­cern. This is espe­cial­ly true if a nor­mal amount of hair fails dai­ly.

But when should you mon­i­tor your hair loss more close­ly or even see a doc­tor? The rea­son for severe hair loss should be clar­i­fied in the fol­low­ing sit­u­a­tions:

  • If you notice that you lose much more hair every day than usu­al (on the pil­low, in the tow­el or in the brush).
  • If you notice that bald spots are form­ing on your head.
  • If, the hair loss lasts for a longer peri­od of time.

Because short-term hair loss is often not the cause of health. To be absolute­ly sure, it is best to con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist. He decides on pos­si­ble treat­ment after the exam­i­na­tion.

Reasons and causes of hair loss

There are many pos­si­ble caus­es for hair loss. It also man­i­fests itself in dif­fer­ent ways among women and men. The rea­son for this is of a hor­mon­al nature. Genetics also plays a major role.

Hair loss in women is often man­i­fest­ed by the loss of hair in the apex area. The whole hair becomes thin­ner and los­es pig­ments. For this rea­son, it becomes fin­er and the scalp shines through. Women often get the impres­sion that they lose more hair than usu­al in the months after preg­nan­cy. That is not cor­rect. During preg­nan­cy, women lose less hair than usu­al. As a result, the hair often appears thick­er dur­ing preg­nan­cy. In the months that fol­low, you lose more hair. This gives the impres­sion of suf­fer­ing from hair loss. Hormone prepa­ra­tions such as the pill also cause severe hair loss in some cas­es.

In men, on the oth­er hand, the so-called secret coun­cil cor­ners quick­ly arise. They devel­op on the sides above the tem­ples. Over time, they grow larg­er and big­ger. Genes are respon­si­ble for this.

In men and women, how­ev­er, there are many oth­er rea­sons for hair loss:

  • A weak­ened immune sys­tem
  • Nutrient defi­cien­cy
  • Infections
  • Diseases
  • An unhealthy lifestyle
  • Drug treat­ments
  • Stress
  • An imbal­ance in the hor­mone bal­ance

You should also be care­ful with your hair. Because it is under stress due to coarse comb­ing or fre­quent dye­ing. In this case, the hair breaks, becomes brit­tle or its roots fall out.

Hereditary or plant-related hair loss

People who suf­fer from hair loss usu­al­ly suf­fer from hered­i­tary hair loss. It is also known as alope­cia andro­ge­net­i­ca or andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia. Almost one in two men is affect­ed by this form of hair loss dur­ing their life­time.

This plant-relat­ed hair loss is almost always sim­i­lar. At the begin­ning, the well-known secret coun­cil cor­ners devel­op.

Affected peo­ple also lose their hair:

  • at the back of the head
  • in the fur­ther course in the apex region

Once the hered­i­tary hair loss has pro­gressed, there is only a horse­shoe-shaped edge hem. In extreme cas­es, com­plete bald­ness is formed.

Men are not the only ones affect­ed by andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia. Women also suf­fer from this form of hered­i­tary hair loss. However, it affects only one in five women affect­ed. The course is also very dif­fer­ent from the course of a man. Women don’t lose all their hair. The hair loss is notice­able in the light­en­ing apex area.

Responsible for andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia is a hered­i­tary hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the hair root to a par­tic­u­lar hor­mone. This hor­mone is dihy­drotestos­terone, or DHTfor short. Age also plays an impor­tant role in this form of hair loss. The change in hair thick­ness often begins between the ages of 30 and 40. The hair swells and the affect­ed areas become big­ger and big­ger.

Treatment for hair loss

The treat­ment of hair loss depends on the under­ly­ing cause. If this con­sists of exter­nal fac­tors such as fre­quent hair dye­ing, smooth­ing or stress, it is usu­al­ly suf­fi­cient to change this. An unbal­anced diet or an unhealthy lifestyle as a cause of your hair loss also do not require any drug treat­ment. Most of the time, the hair recov­ers by itself when you change your lifestyle habits or change your diet.

In the case of hor­mon­al hair loss, treat­ment is car­ried out by oth­er means. In this case, it is not pos­si­ble to avoid going to the doc­tor. Only a der­ma­tol­o­gist is able to make a reli­able diag­no­sis. Because he car­ries out the nec­es­sary inves­ti­ga­tions. For these he needs a tri­chogram. With this instru­ment, he per­forms an analy­sis of the hair root sta­tus. Specifically, it con­trols the ratio of grow­ing to non-grow­ing hair.

If hor­mones are the rea­son for your hair loss, in some cas­es med­ica­tion ther­a­py is appro­pri­ate. Often, how­ev­er, med­ica­tions are not nec­es­sary. Because in the case of preg­nan­cy or the use of a hor­mon­al con­tra­cep­tive method, the prob­lem usu­al­ly resolves itself. The hair grows back as soon as the hor­mone bal­ance has returned to nor­mal or you have dis­con­tin­ued the drug in con­sul­ta­tion with your doc­tor.

Androgenetic alope­cia requires more com­plex treat­ment. For this pur­pose, med­ica­tions for stim­u­lat­ing the blood cir­cu­la­tion of the hair fol­li­cles are pos­si­ble.

They stim­u­late the activ­i­ty of the hair root on the scalp. However, there is a risk of var­i­ous side effects:

However, good care does not stop or slow down andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia. In many cas­es, this form of hair loss can­not be influ­enced at all.

If the hair loss can no longer be stopped, it is pos­si­ble to use wigs or toupets. Alternatively, you can have hair roots trans­plant­ed by a doc­tor. There are cur­rent­ly sev­er­al ways to do this:

  • The autol­o­gous hair root trans­plant: In this pro­ce­dure, the physi­cian removes hairy skin area under local anes­the­sia. He uses this again in the hair­less places.
  • The use of plas­tic hairs: these are used in the light areas.

In any case, it is impor­tant that you first have the caus­es of your hair loss med­ical­ly clar­i­fied. Only then can a suc­cess­ful treat­ment begin.

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