Understanding Hair Loss and Alopecia Areata
The average human scalp contains abaut 100,000 hair strands an roughly abaout 20 to 100 hairs are lost it from every day. Each individual hair survives for an average of 4-5 years and during this period it grows about half an inch per month after wich the hair falls out and is replaced by a new one in 6-8months. Hair loss become visible especially when the hair that fall out are not replaced adequately with new ones during the expected time period. Hair loss may be patchy (alopecia areata) or diffuse(all over the scalp) in nature. As age progress, men as well as women tend to lose thickness of hair and the amount of hair, but it is possible to prevent and revert these tendency with the right nutritional and holist aproach. hair loss is a medical disorder but often ends into a social concern, as it affects look and sel-esteem of the individual.
When Hair Loss of Concern ?
If the hair loss is above 100 strands daily or if one observes sudden increase of hair falling even within the normal range, it calls for medical attention and evaluation. Again, if one has hair falling within normal range but they fall from the roots amounting to a definite reduction in the quantum of the total hair on the scalp, it calls for appropriate treatment.
What is Alopecia Areata ?
Alopecia Areata is a patchy Hair loss on the scalp, or on the beard the could be extensive to all the hairy parts of the skin. It is related with stress and imunological and endocrinal changes.
Causes of Hair Loss :
- Nutritional Defienncies : anemia, protein, zinc
- Hormonal Imbalances : hypothyroid, menopause
- Stress: triggers some immunological, nutritional and endocrinal changes in the body
- Certain Drugs : beta blockers, chemoteraphy, anti-cholesterol drugs
- Certain Acute Illness : viral infection, thyphoid and others.
- Systemic Desosrders : liver disease, kidney failure
- Local Scalp Disease : psoriases, lichen planus
- Genetic Factors : contribuites when combine with others causes
- Unknown Factors : needs to be individually evaluate through a Homeopathy and Holistic evaluation.
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