Hair Loss Treatment

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Hair loss, also known as alopecia is defined as the shedding of more than 100 hair strands per day. This shedding may be noticed while combing hair, washing it, or in other ways like waking up to a pillow covered in hair.

If you notice this excessive shedding, you should see a dermatologist in order to diagnose and treat your condition. The treatment may involve topical or oral administration of drugs, or may be just a change in diet.

Common Treatments for Hair loss

Here are some common causes of hair loss and their treatments:

  • Postpartum hair loss: Occurs because of hormonal fluctuations following pregnancy. This is a normal condition that occurs as your body’s hormone levels gradually return to pre-pregnancy levels. A diet rich in iron and zinc, such as meats and pineapples should help your hair remain healthy during this transition.
  • Medications: If hair loss occurs during the use of medications such as warfarin, heparin, propiltiouracila, carbimazol, retinol A, isotretinoin, lithium, colchicine, and amphetamine, inform your doctor about it. He or she will advise you if it is safe to stop or substitute the drug for one that does not cause hair loss as a side effect.
  • Receding hair line: Typical treatment is minoxidil, finasteride, or hair transplantation. Hair transplantation involves harvesting hair follicles from an area with healthy hair and transplanting it to an area where hair loss had occurred.
  • Alopecia areata: Treated with anthralin, tazarotene, or glucocorticoids.
  • Scalp ringworm: Use shampoo with selenium sulfide 2.5% or ketoconazole.
  • Traumatic alopecia: Change hairstyle, avoiding dreads, braids, and hair straightening treatments.
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