How Serious Is Your Hair Loss Any person who begins noticing a significant thinning of the hair is naturally concerned as to the seriousness of the condition? On average, a person can lose up to 100 strands of hair from the head. However, this is an average and it can mean that hair loss of over 100 hairs is normal for you.
It may seem arduous, but if you are really concerned, you need to do a hair count. Simply collect the hair from your hairbrush or bath/shower after shampooing and count them. Remember that you will experience almost double the hair loss on days you wash your hair.
If you are experiencing hair thinning, it is more likely that hairs are failing to regrow rather than an increased rate of hair loss. This happens when the hair follicle dies and cannot produce new hair. Of course the older we get the more likely this is to happen.
Hair loss or baldness is often referred to as alopecia. Being diagnosed with alopecia is no way related to the seriousness of the condition but there are different types of alopecia varying in degrees of severity.
Pattern alopecia is hair loss that is associated with male pattern baldness. Here hair loss is localized on the crown of the head and along the forehead. The woman can also suffer from pattern alopecia although this is far rarer.
There are a variety of different treatments for pattern alopecia that can either halt the hair loss or result in regrowth of lost hair. It is important to seek advice from a medical professional before using some hair loss prevention treatments.
If your hair is coming out in clumps leaving areas of the scalp bald, it may point to a more serious hair loss condition. It is essential that this type of hair loss is treated immediately as it is normally caused by a fungus or bacteria. The areas of hair loss can become permanently bald without treatment.
There could be other reasons why you are losing hair in clumps. Hair loss has been associated with another unsightly and irritating skin condition – dandruff. Dandruff can be treated using shampoos that are widely available in supermarkets but more severe cases may require medicated shampoo.
Severe hair loss could also be attributed to a lack of nutrients in your diet such as iron. If you are unsure whether this could be the cause, ask your doctor to run some blood tests to determine what could be lacking. Alternatively, try a vitamin and mineral supplement that is specifically aimed at improving hair growth.
Another innocuous reason for losing hair in clumps is referred to as traction alopecia and mainly occurs in a woman. This is simply hair that is being pulled out by being tied up too tightly in ponytails. The solution here is simple – let your hair down.
Stress is another major cause of hair loss. Don’t worry too much about losing some hair and get peace of mind from a doctor if you lose too much.