Hair Loss

How is Hair Loss Diagnosed?

When you visit your doctor, prepare for questions like how much hair you are losing, how it is affecting you, when it started and also whether any of your close family members has hair loss. You doctor will take a look at your scalp and may get a few strands for further tests. Sometimes your doctor may decide to do a blood test if the cause of hair loss becomes unclear.

Treatment Options

Most hair loss problems arise from treatment/ medication of a certain infection or condition. Treating the infection first may assist to prevent any further hair loss. Chemotherapy patients usually recover from hair loss after treatment has stopped.

Hair loss arising from stress levels (sometimes called Telogen effluvium) generally improves without treatment in about five months. Although there are some treatments available for hair loss, many of them will not completely cure the problem and will often be paid separately, or rather privately.

Hair transplant surgery is the closest to curing hair loss and doctors will recommend this to male and female-pattern baldness patients. Some people will opt for hairpieces, like toupees or wigs to cover the baldness. Finding different styling techniques like combing or dyeing might be helpful.

Preventing Hair Loss

If you have inherited genes containing male- or female-pattern baldness, you might not have so many options. Treatments will slow down hair loss, but cannot eliminate the genes responsible for hair loss. However, reducing stress, ensuring a high protein and iron diet, avoiding certain medicines may prevent hair loss.

Your local pharmacist may share some useful advice and your hair stylist may be able choose a suitable haircut for you.