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What causes hair loss? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 17-Jul-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User:Hello
Doctor:
Please proceed with your query
User:Actually I am experiencing hair loss for the past few months. I moved to XXXXXXX a year ago.
User:I am not sure if we get river water or borewell, but mostly it is borewell.
Doctor:Ok
Doctor:What other symptoms do you have?
User:I mean the hair and the scalp feels very dry.
User:very dry hair and scalp
Doctor:Do you mean there are lot of flakes on the scalp?
User:not a lot.
User:but overall it feels dry.
Doctor:May I know how many hair strands you loose in a day approximately?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes
User:Maybe 5 or more.
User:That is a lot if you are a male.
Doctor:Ok
Doctor:Let me brief you.
User:Ok.
Doctor:There are two issues here.
Doctor:1. The dryness of scalp and hair
Doctor:2. Hair fall.
Doctor:Let me address the second issue first.
User:ok.
Doctor:Scientifically hair also has its own cycle. Old hairs fall away and new ones gets formed.
Doctor:Clinically, any hair fall that is less than 50-100 a day is absolutely normal.
Doctor:Those hairs are always replaced.
User:But the overall volume of hair has reduced. It is much less than what I used to have earlier.
Doctor:We become concerned when hairs are shed above this number.
User:OK maybe I did not pay much heed to the numbers. But the hairfall is definitely more than expected.
Doctor:In this context, before you step on to hair fall medicines, I would suggest the following measures.
Doctor:1. Avoid plenty of cosmetics. I suggest my patients to use good shampoo along with conditioners.
User:ok..
Doctor:Nizoral is one such good shampoo.
User:I will note this down.
Doctor:You can use any other conditioners such as those from nutregena.
User:finme
Doctor:2. Prefer to oil your hair couple of hours before bathing. I would advice against oiling overnight.
Doctor:3. Avoid very hot water bath.
Doctor: XXXXXXX warm water or even cold water bath is perfereable.
Doctor:4. Make sure you take a blend of fruits and vegetables.
Doctor:You should particularly include vegetables that are grown under the soil such as beetroot, carrot, radish, turnip and so on.
Doctor:5. Avoid skipping meals. If you are non vegetarian diet take eggs and meat for extra proteins.
Doctor:6. Keep yourself free from stress through regular sleep. Exercise, yoga and meditation can be handy.
Doctor:7. If necessary, you can add vitamin and antioxidant pills such as biotin forte once a day for few weeks.
Doctor:Try these measures and see if it makes difference.
Doctor:if hair fall issues continue to persist, then you need to see a dermatologist for evaluation.
Doctor:Have you followed?
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