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Suggest treatment for premature greying of hair

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Question: I am suddenly facing this problem of grey hair.I an 36yrs old,one & tow lashes of my eye is also turning grey. what should I do.
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly elaborate your query

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

I can understand your concern for grey hairs.

After reading your query and analyzing the complete situation I can make out that your condition is known as "Premature canities".

In view to help you better I request you to kindly elaborate certain points:

- Since how long you have gray hair problem.

- Are there any gray hair on scalp too.

- Is there anyone in your family having gray hair.

- What is your present occupation and daily routine.

- any illness in before starting of this problem.

- How many of hair are gray.

Hope to hear soon from your side.

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Ashwin Bhandari
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (17 hours later)
Dear doctor,

I had few strands of grey hair from the age of 26yrs,but now at least 60% has turned grey (specially the ones on the front portion of the head).I have been applying hair colour & XXXXXXX during these years .

My mom had a similar problem but not as aggravated as mine and also her greying of hair started much later.I am a banker & job is quite stressful. But none of my family members have grey eyelashes.Also to add there is lot of hair fall.

No illness prior to starting of this problem.

Would be happy to answere any queries from you.

Regards
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Canities: various suggestions below

Detailed Answer:
Hello young lady,

Welcome again and thanks for posting your details. I can understand the concern for grey hairs at the age of 36 years.

After analyzing the complete inforamtions I can get that the condition is "Canities"

Let you understand basic medical facts regarding greying- Our hair roots contains color forming cells known as mealnocytes. These continuously secretes color into the hair shaft. During aging process after the age of 30-35 years these stops functioning in a skewed manner and accordingly the hair becomes grey slowly. If at all this process appears early or fast then we call it as Premature canities.

As per your age factor you are 35+ but getting on the percentage of hair getting grey, I kept you under Premature canities.

The exact cause has not been identified yet but we implicate genetical factors, nutritional factor and preceding illness and stress too to be important causes. Many times stress, dietary imbalance or any log term illness is considered to be an underlying important causes. Many a times the scalp hair color is basically genetically mediated so it depends on family pattern also in some persons. I can see that all the three important causes are a part of your problem.

For the prevention part- I first of all counsel my patient that greying of hair is not a disease entity. There is no pin point treatment for it.

I counsel my patients to take vitamins in the form of biotin, calicium pantothenate and other vitamin B complexes. Multivitamin tablets contains all these essential nutrients and zinc with above mentioned vitamins, so you can take it.

Additionally increase you protein intake on daily basis and eat sprouts. Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables and sprouts which contains vitamins and minerals necessary for normal hair function.

Recently, a gel is now available in the market which contains "melitane" (commercially available as Altris gel) a new compound launched to prevent premature greying. It contains a peptide which stimulates the pigment producing cells of hair.

Additioannly a Hair Serum ( Q-SERA BLACK) is also available. It contains Phytic acid, Amino acids, peptides & Acetyl Hexapeptide-1. This serum protects hair from UV rays causing structural damage i.e. internally & externally along with the prevention of graying.You should consult a dermatologist and take guidance so that long term use can be maintained.

Over all improve your diet with fruits and green leafy vegetables, stop any substance abuse and reduce your stress too!!!

I hope these information's will help you. If you have further queries I will be happy to help.

"Wish you good health and early recovery from the problem"

Regards,
Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
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Brief Answer: Kindly elaborate your query Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum. I can understand your concern for grey hairs. After reading your query and analyzing the complete situation I can make out that your condition is known as "Premature canities". In view to help you better I request you to kindly elaborate certain points: - Since how long you have gray hair problem. - Are there any gray hair on scalp too. - Is there anyone in your family having gray hair. - What is your present occupation and daily routine. - any illness in before starting of this problem. - How many of hair are gray. Hope to hear soon from your side. With regards, Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia MD- Dermatology