Hair Loss Treatments and Causes

Hair Loss Treatments

By PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines

Everyone, men and women, lose hair on a regular basis, between 50 and 100 hairs daily, but if you see emergence of depopulated areas or thinning hair, you may be suffering from some form of hair loss, the cause must be determined.

The so-called hereditary hair loss, is the most common cause and it is also known as: alopecia androgenetic, male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, but there are many other causes; stress can cause hair loss, some medical treatments and some diseases can cause hair loss, inappropriate hair care can cause hair loss, women after childbirth may suffer hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women

Only in United States more than 80 million men and women suffering from hereditary hair loss. The physician who specializes in this type of disease is the Dermatologist and through a clinical study that includes a range of questions the patient will try to clarify the particular cause in each case. He ask if the loss was sudden or gradual, if allergic, if you are taking medications for other illnesses, if you are on a diet etc. Any clues would be useful in reaching a safe diagnosis

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Since the causes can be complex, the dermatologist, will not only examine your hair, your scalp type; He can even order a biopsy or blood test to pinpoint the real cause of hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatments

Since there are many causes for hair loss, there are also many hair loss treatments, some more, and others less effective. Some  prescription and others without a prescription. In all cases, it is advisable to start as soon as possible, the treatment of choice, to more difficult hair loss or reduced efficacy in the treatment.

One of the most common hair loss treatments, without a prescription, is the application of minoxidil, a drug approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is used to stop hair loss or to make it grow. The drug can be used by men and women. For best results, your dermatologist can combine minoxidil with other treatments.

Also without prescription can use special brushes, combs and devices that emit laser light that can stimulate hair growth, but it is unknown in the long term, their effectiveness and their safety. The FDA classifies these devices as medical devices by which are not subjected to rigorous tests as other drugs for hair.  

Hair Loss Treatments  with Finasteride

With prescription and only for men, approved by the FDA, are used Finasteride pills that stimulates hair growth and works by blocking a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). that apparently causes hair loss.

If hair loss is caused by inflammation, the dermatologist may prescribe corticosteroids which are injected into the scalp to eliminate inflammation. If extensive hair loss and baldness is notorious, the physician can assess use some type of procedure, such as hair transplantation to areas where necessary.

Another surgical procedure is the reduction of the scalp which is to extirpate bald scalp and scalp with hair approaches between whether to reduce baldness and can perform only or accompanied by hair transplantation.

Another procedure is the expansion of the scalp, during 3 to 4 weeks are inserted underneath the skin special devices in order to stretch the skin, can also be used in populated areas in hair to reduce the area of baldness.

In many cases the hair returns to grow without any treatment, but in most cases you must try something to stop hair loss  and eventually find a hair loss treatment that really restores your lost hair.

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