Hair loss is a common and traumatic condition which affects all ages. Losing hair can show up in a number of different ways from patchy hair loss on the scalp to complete hair loss all over the body. There are many factors which can cause hair loss and the management of this is all down to getting the right diagnosis in order to receive the correct treatment.
The range of causes includes dietary factors (low iron), hormonal causes (thyroid or ovary problems) autoimmune conditions such as lupus, prolonged ill health or hospital stay, pregnancy, rapid weight loss, certain medications including chemotherapy, skin infections and of course genetic. Although it is very commonly blamed, stress is not seen to be a major cause of hair loss. Itching is the most common reported symptom however; most people won’t experience any symptoms at all.
The technical term used to describe hair loss is known as Alopecia.
There are several types, which are broadly classed into ‘scarring’ and ‘non- scarring’ types. In most cases the former is much harder to treat, it is important to catch at an early stage so that the condition does not worsen or progress. The latter is usually easier to treat.
Over the last 10 years there have been some excellent advances in treating thinning hair, although some forms of hair loss recover on their own.
Treatments are available in the forms of creams, injections and tablets but mostly only on prescription and with specialist administration.