Blog Section

Hair loss in Males

Hair loss in Males

BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT MALE PATTERN BALDNESS

  • The adult human body has approximately 5 million hair of which about 80,000 to 1,50,000 are on the scalp.
  • Hair is composed of a protein called keratin , hence it is important to take enough protein in your diet to prevent hair loss.
  • Hair grows at the rate of half an inch per month. It grows best between the ages of 15 to 30. The total length to which the hair can grow is genetically determined, hence everyone cannot grow hair to the same length.
  • There are 3 phases of the hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is the growth phase followed by catagen, a period of status quo wherin there is no growth as well as regression. Ultimately the hair follicle enters the telogen phase ,wherein the hair strand falls off and the follicle does not produce any new hair. Every hair goes through this cycle.

Common causes of male pattern baldness/androgenetic alopecia.

  1. Genetic history : 50%
  2. Skin disorders of the scalp : like seborrheic dermatitis ,eczema, etc…
  3. Mental stress
  4. Illnesses : like jaundice, malaria, typhoid.
  5. Smoking:
  6. Frequent travelling involving a change of water or long term use of hard water is also a causative factor for hair loss.
  7.  Certain allopathic drugs- like anti epileptic drugs, anti hypertensive , few antibiotics….
  8. Frequent use of ammonia based dyes etc…. 

FAQ’s

Q.Why is there an increase in hairfall while washing?

A.  The hair that fall during washing are in the telogen (terminal) phase and would have fallen anyways.  Also,longer the    time interval between the washes, greater is the fall, for then it is a cumulative fall.

Q. Can the amount of hair fall vary from time to time?

A.  Yes. The hairs are in different phases of the cycle. Not all hair can be in the  same phase at the same time. Thus while some hair are in the growth phase ,some are in the telogen phase …. Which are ultimately going to shed during  combing or washing and this hair loss is normal.

Q. Does exercising cause hair loss ?

A. No. Research studies show  that there is no relation of hair loss and exercise.

Q. How often should I wash my hair?

A. This depends from person to person according to the type of hair. For oily hair,  it is important to wash daily.   Similiarly , where the hair becomes sticky due to excessive sweating , it is important to wash daily. For dry hair, one can wash  alternate days.

Q. How can I take care of my dull and dry hair?

A. Shiny hair is due a healthy cuticle. Dull hair is due to a damaged cuticle. This can be taken care with the use of mild conditioners and improving one’s diet  to ensure the intake of adequate proteins ,vitamins and minerals.

Q. Why does hair loss carry so much of importance?

A. Although hair loss is not a disease, but yet causes a lot of suffering  in a patient. Hairloss is regarded as a negative trait and is subconsciously associated  with aging and loss of beauty. Hence, when hairloss is specially premature, it leads to lack of confidence and social withdrawal.

 Dr.Neha Smart

More

Thanda Thanda Cool Cool

Thanda  Thanda Cool Cool

We all look forward to the summer – sunshine, school holidays, rest and relaxation. But the summer can bring its own problems and stresses with it. Homeopathy can help keep you healthy over the summer, making life easier for all the family.

 

From travel sickness and holiday accidents to common summer ailments such as hayfever there are hundreds of homeopathic remedies you can buy for the everyday stuff that causes you stress in the summer.

 

With homeopathy you know you are using natural medicines that work with your body, provide gentle relief and are safe for use by all the family, and safe to use with other medication. Homeopathy is different from conventional medicines – it works in a different way. It works with you, not against you. It’s natural and safe, with no known side-effects.

 

1. Common holiday remedies :                                                             

 

  • Travel sickness?   Nux-vomica 30c for dizziness with nausea or Ipecac 30c for deathly nausea and vomiting
  • Fear of flying?    Aconite 30c, before you leave and on the day you fly.
  • Prone to jet-lag?   Arnica 30c on the day you fly and when you get home
  • Sun-burn & high temperatures?   Belladonna 30c and a calendula-based cream
  • Food-poisoning?   Arsenicum 30c and drink plenty of water
  • Nasty bites and stings?  Apis 30c and a cold compress
  • Sprains, twists and other accidents?  Arnica 30c first, then Ruta-grav 6c to follow
  • Prickly heat? – Nat mur 6c or Pulsatilla 6c and a calendula-based cream

 

2. Seasonal allergies and hayfever:                                                         

 

Homeopathy can help with chronic illness such as allergies and has a good track record in                   this area. The following remedies can help the symptoms:

  • Streaming sore nose, drips like a tap? Nat-mur 6c six times a day
  • Sneezing,itching in nose ? Sabadilla 30 three times a day.
  • Cold and burning in eyes ?  Justicia and euphrasia 30  three times a day.

 

 

3. Skin care —                                                                                

 

  • Prickly heat.-This is characterised by small eruptions all over the body with itching and burning sensations. Avoid synthetic clothes. Loose fitting cotton clothes help the skin to breathe. Kali bich is a good remedy to reduce these eruptions. Sulphur and Psorinum are also effective remedies for prickly heat.
  • Skin tan or hyperpigmentation. This occurs due to increased production of melanin. The skin looks           blotchy and uneven. Apply a sunscreen lotion daily . Avoid using perfumes while going out in the sun as it could irritate the skin. A detailed evaluation with a homeopathic physician is suggested. Application of lime juice or raw potato paste on the affected part helps in lightening the skin.

 

  1.  Cool Fundas                                                                                          

— Drink plenty of fluids
— Include salads and fruits in your diet
— Avoid oily and greasy food
— Take a cold shower twice a day
— Wash your face often with cold water
— Wear loose fitting, cotton clothes to help the skin breathe
— Use sun screen while going out
— Use sun glasses to protect eyes from the harsh rays of the sun
— Exercise regularly

More