Cases of hair loss have been on the rise in Singapore, as is the case with the rest of the world. According to Viviscal Professional, anxiety and stress are some of the known causes of hair loss. Our world is moving so fast, putting a lot of stress and burden on our back, while leaving us only a few meek hours to rest and replenish. Without us realizing it, this is a winning combo for hair loss.
Sure, everyone loses small amounts of hair when washing, blow drying, and brushing hair. This kind of hair loss is normal, and should not raise red flags. However, there is abnormal hair loss, where you lose hair in big chunks or your hair falls off and thins out. This could be an indication of a severe medical condition, and calls not only for your condition’s treatment but also hair loss treatment. With some causes of hair loss being unknown to many, people are obsessing with different over-the-counter or home remedies without achieving the desired results.The following are 6 unknown causes of hair loss and how you can treat them:
- Telogen Effluvium : Telogen effluvium is a situation that occurs after major surgery, pregnancy, extreme stress or drastic weight loss, leading to you shedding large amounts of hair daily during your grooming sessions. This phenomenon can arise as a side effect of anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressants.
Treatment: If medication is the cause, see if your doctor can reduce your dosage or change your drugs. In cases such as major surgery and pregnancy, you have to wait until your hair loss slows down. If your hair loss is stress-related, look for activities that will help reduce your anxiety levels.
- Unhealthy Scalp : An unhealthy scalp can become inflamed, making hair growth a difficult. Hair loss can be caused by skin conditions such as fungal infections like ringworms, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, which is also known as dandruff. These conditions come with an uncomfortable itch that irritates your scalp.
Treatment: Each scalp condition requires a prescription; oral antifungals are best for ringworms, light therapy or medications for psoriasis and medicated shampoo for treatment of seborrheic dermatitis.
- Hypothyroidism : Common in women, thyroid problems can cause hair loss, and hypothyroidism is many a times associated with loss of hair. The thyroid hormone is responsible for everything, ranging from basal metabolism to the rate at which your body used energy and oxygen to function, as well as growth of nails, skin and hair.
Treatment: A doctor is likely to prescribe thyroid hormone medication for restoration of hormone levels to normal. A thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test can be done to ensure right dosage amount.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) : Millions of women all over the world suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition is caused by hormonal imbalances that cause ovaries to produce excessive male hormones, and can lead to infertility. PCOS causes facial growth, and while you experience hair loss on your scalp, you are likely to notice excessive hair on other parts of your body.
Treatment: Birth control pills are used to treat most PCOS cases. However, if you cannot use contraceptives, your doctor can prescribe spironolactone (Aldactone) to block male hormones.
- Alopecia Areata : Alopecia areata is an autoimmune deficiency that attacks hair follicles, leading to losing small patches of hair. This condition affects millions of people, both men and women. While its cause is still unknown, it is likely to be triggered by illness or stress.
Treatment: Alopecia areata is treated with intralesional corticosteroids, and with minoxidil (Rogaine) in some cases. Lowering your stress levels can also help with this condition.
- Genetics : Genetic loss of hair is called androgenetic alopecia, and this is seen to be the most prevalent cause. You can inherit this gene from either side of your family, but you are more susceptible to it your parents have hair loss.
Treatment: You can reduce hair loss with topical application of minoxidil (Rogaine) to your scalp. This works for both men and women, but women are advised to use lower-strength formulas to avoid severe side effects. Do not use minoxidil if you are pregnant or nursing.
Before you seek services for hair loss treatment in Singapore, take time to analyze your lifestyle and determine if there have been any changes in your diet, stress levels and your body function. Furnishing yourself with this information will allow you to seek the right treatment regimen for your hair loss, and for the condition that is causing it.