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Hair fall problem. May I know the reason for this?

Dec 2013
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i have hair losing? I didn't have this before and there is no one in my family has this problem. I smoke cigaret and I don't eat a healthy food a lot I know this is maybe a reason for hair loss but I loss hair very bad
Posted Sat, 2 Nov 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Eat good diet and use minoxidil lotion

Detailed Answer:

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to XXXXXXX

As per your query you are suffering from hair fall. In your query you have not provided us the relevant details like since how long you have hair fall, how many hair fall each day do you see hair on your pillow and in bathroom when you are washing them, exact area or any specific area of scalp or generalized falling from scalp and any history of recent illness in last 6 months.

Before I directly to you concern let me explain you some medical facts regarding hair fall.

Medically the number of normal hair falling varies from few hair to up to 50-100 per day. Now if your hair falling more than 100s per day then it is definitely a problem. If it is not then you have to understand hair fall as normal process of day to day life.

We have almost 1 lac hair on our scalp and amongst them around 5% of hair are in falling phase and then another 0.1% (around 100) of hair can fall everyday. In males this is super-added with hormonal influence of testosterone hormone ( the male hormone) which we call as "male pattern baldness". This also depends upon genetics- meaning type and pattern of hair your family pattern (from your father and mother's side).

As per your details you told that no one in your family has this problem. It does not mean that you carried your genes from your parents only. We carry our pattern from up to last many of the generations of forefathers.

So "male pattern baldness" is most common cause of hair fall in young men like you.

This process of falling starts by 18-20 years and is highest in between the age of 20 to 30 years. I can see you are a young man of 21 years. So it is quite obvious that you can have this problem of hair fall just because of hormonal influence.

Other than this there can be simple falling of hair all over the scalp which can occur after any illness or long term stress. It generally gets better within 6 months of period of onset.

Nevertheless in both the problems smoking and poor diet contribute to increase the hair fall. SO you have to stop smoking and eat healthiest of diet.

So, as I said earlier your problem may be basically Androgenic alopecia or simply saying male pattern baldness. It affects mainly frontal and parietal region of the scalp as in your case too. The temporal and region is rarely affected and occipital region is never affected in this condition. So the most important thing is not to be worried about this normal physiological age related men's problem.

Now regarding the part of treatment:

There are innumerable products in the market claiming to be useful for hair growth. We dermatologists believes in application of Minoxidil lotion. It is one product which is unanimously used by all dermatologists. It is to be started with 2% lotion applied over the scalp once or twice in day. It is to be applied when the scalp is dry. Only 1 ml is sufficient to be applied at the root of hair in frontal region. If for one month there is no burning and irritation then we increase the percentage to 5 % to 10% gradually. The same we do to taper off the medicine. That means we do not stop the medicine at once and gradually taper it off to 5% and then 2% and then alternate day or off and application of lotion before stopping it completely.

I would like to suggest you to have a good nourishing diet along with all the medicines because that is quite very helpful in retaining the hair and maintaining it better.

Hope these informations will help you. If you have further queries I will be happy to help.

"Wish you good health"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
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