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Hair loss, diet, reason and treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I need help for my wife for her hair fall problem
User :   she is facing hair fall since last 2 months... since we got married
Doctor :   Ok
User :   how to stop it?
Doctor :   May I know her age?
User :   26
Doctor :   How many hair is she losing per day approximately?
Doctor :   Does she have her periods regularly?
User :   quite a lot... when she combs... a bunch is gathered when we check
User :   yes
User :   regular
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Her travel time has actually increased by an hour compared to earlier
User :   also water has changed
Doctor :   Does she have any other medical problems such as diabetes, thyroid problems, dandruff problem?
User :   no
User :   til recently she has had healthy and long hairs
Doctor :   Has she tried any treatment or seen a doctor for this problem?
User :   not yet...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Hair fall is a concerning problem to many.
Doctor :   However we considered hair fall as significant and concerning if the number of hairs lost are more than 100 hair per day.
Doctor :   So the next time, she loses hair, I suggest to count the number of hair strands lost.
Doctor :   If they are less than 100, then it is not significant hair loss medically.
User :   it could be around 100 or more
Doctor :   There are many factors which are responsible for hair fall.
Doctor :   Treatment is principled around treating the cause.
Doctor :   Treat the cause and hair fall reduces.
User :   which doctor should be consulted or visited... and what kind of diet should be required to reduce hisrloss
Doctor :   Accordingly the treatment options are as follows: User :   ok
Doctor :   1. You are right. Diet factors play a major role in treating hair fall.
Doctor :   It is common to see hair fall in people who are under diet restriction.
Doctor :   So if your wife is dieting, I suggest that she stops it.
Doctor :   A healthy diet containing a balanced food with good quality proteins and vitamins are very essential in treating hair fall.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hence taking plenty of fruits and vegetables in her diet is important.
User :   she usually carries fruits in her lunch pack
User :   takes water soaked almonds every morning
Doctor :   She can also consider taking nutritional supplements such as b protein and multivitamin capsules if needed.
User :   but she drinks less water throughout the day
Doctor :   Yes, almonds, nuts, spinach, citrus rich fruits such as amla, oranges, legumes, peas and so on are useful in enriching nutrition. There by enriching hair.
Doctor :   Dryness of skin is again to be avoided to prevent hair fall.
Doctor :   Hence plenty of water consumptions helps.
Doctor :   2. Stress and anxiety have been associated with hair fall in many people.
Doctor :   You mentioned that she has been traveling a lot these days.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Probably that could be a factor for hair fall.
Doctor :   I do suggest that she takes time to sufficiently destress herself.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Good and ample sleep, physical exercises, transcendental meditation, yoga and therapies can be useful means of destressing.
Doctor :   I recommend these lifestyle changes too.
Doctor :   3. Environmental pollutants, allergens are again factors for hair fall.
User :   ok sure will take care of this
Doctor :   Perhaps the change in the water
Doctor :   may have caused damage to the hairs triggering hair fall.
Doctor :   If possible avoid exposure to these pollutant when ever possible.
User :   ok
Doctor :   4. Apart from this, I also recommend use of regular antidandruff shampoo and hair conditioning.
Doctor :   They can be useful in treating hair fall.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Nizoral shampoo is recommended by most hair experts.
Doctor :   You may use them if you are not happy with your shampoo.
Doctor :   5. Wiping hair with towel when wet can actually increase hair fall.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Instead drying the hair under the fan or hair dryer is recommended.
Doctor :   6. Medications that are useful in treating hair fall are
Doctor :   Certain herbal /homeopathic preparations as suggested by alternative medical experts.
Doctor :   Minoxidil which can be prescribed by dermatologist.
Doctor :   She can consider these products if the above measures have not been useful to her.
Doctor :   7. Watch out for increase in her weight or if her periods become irregular.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If such symptoms happen, thyroid hormones / ovarian hormones needs to be checked.
Doctor :   All these above treatment options are which I recommend to treat hair fall.
Doctor :   As far as the specialist who can be consulted,
User :   Ok .. will keep a tab on this
Doctor :   A general physician or a dermatologist can be consulted to evaluate and prescribe some of the medications that I suggested.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No doctor.... thanks for your time
User :   will try your suggestions
Doctor :   You are welcome.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Good night.
User :   bye
User :   good night
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