A Brief Overview on Hair Loss

The term hair loss is self-explanatory – it means you’re losing hair.  However, there are different types and forms of hair loss and knowing where yours is can be very important.  Most men who undergo hair loss immediately assume that they may be headed towards baldness.  The thing is not all types of hair loss are permanent as there are some that are just temporary.  In order to fully know what type of hair loss you are undergoing, you need to have your symptoms and your condition fully diagnosed by a doctor specializing in hair loss.

According to dermatologists, hair loss somewhat like a stomach pain in that it is a symptom and not a diagnosis.  There are a number of things that can cause stomach pain and its treatment varies according to the cause.  This is similar to hair loss with which there are a number of factors that can cause hair loss where there are also different treatments.

As part of the normal hair growth cycle, it is relatively normal to see one lose fifty to a hundred hairs on a single day.  However, if you see hair falling off more than usual, then you need to go see a dermatologist.  Even if you look in the mirror all day, you will not be able to determine whether the hair loss condition you are undergoing is permanent or simply temporary.  The only way to totally be sure about your condition is to undergo tests and the examination of your hair and scalp.  Such is the only method for determining the cause as well as the proper treatment for your hair loss.

Permanent Hair Loss – this condition mostly involves male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) which is a genetic condition that causes most men in the family to lose hair.   Male pattern baldness is a genetic and hormonal issue wherein if one of the two is missing, then the condition of balding will not occur.  The condition occurs with the thinning of the hair follicles.  This means that under close inspection, if the hair follicles of the scalp are thinning out followed by the two popular determining factor of male pattern baldness which is the receding of hairline and the balding on the crown, then the condition is definitely androgenic alopecia.

Temporary Hair Loss – your doctor will likely examine the specimens of your hair that have fallen off and try to determine whether there are still bulbs at the root end of your fallen hair. If there are no traces of bulbs at the end of the hair, the condition is likely hair damage brought about by several factors like sun damage, hair dye, or excessive styling.  The root of the hair will be able to grow back normal hair once these causes have been avoided.

If the breakage occurs due to medical reasons like scalp infection or skin disease, your doctor will likely prescribe you with medications that can help you treat the infection or skin disease.  If the hair loss is a result of scarring, it means the hair follicles are destroyed and new hair will never grow back from it. This is why it is important to undergo consultation as early as possible so the problem can be identified as quickly as possible.