Losing hair; should you see a Doctor?
Losing strands of hair is a normal, everyday affair. But it won’t hurt to know when hair loss might be health-related.
We are a race fond of myths, and how we take care of our hair is not exempt from some superstitions. We have heard that sleeping with a wet hair can cause blindness, baldness and headaches; that removing one unwanted grey hair will lead two more to sprout and that cutting hair after giving birth can weaken the health.
Of course, these are all unproven. But a fact that seems to scare us stiff is hair fall and loss. If there’s one thing all Filipinos take pride in , it is their hair, and losing hair means the loss of one’s beauty and being the butt of jokes.
However, there is a line between normal hair fall and health-related hair loss. How can we tell the difference? And how can we know if it’s time to call the doctor?
Health-related hair loss
Hair loss beyond the normal amount probably means you have a deep-seated health issue. Some reasons behind health-related hair loss include genetics, infection, stress and age.
The difficult thing about having multiple causes for hair loss is that some people mistake one cause for a more serious and harmful one. To avoid assuming the wrong cause, call a doctor once these symptoms appear:
· Sudden hair loss
· Hair comes out in patches
· Rash or scaliness appears on the scalp
· Pain, swelling or tenderness
· Puss discharge
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms you might have any of the following:
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease and hereditary hair loss that results in smooth bald patches on the head. Male-pattern and female-pattern baldness are examples of this.
Trichotillomania or the compulsive urge to pull hair is a behavioural and stress-related impulse disorder.
Tinea capitis is a contagious fungal infection in the scalp that is common among kids.
Telogen effluvium is the loss of hair after childbirth, high fever, or sudden weight loss, surgery, severe illness.
Failure to diagnose correctly can lead to serious complications. Some of the ailments mentioned can only be contained or remedied by a medical professional. When it comes to the drastic emotional effects of hair loss, there is also nothing more assuring than a doctor’s advice for a treatment.
Facts about hair loss
let us stick to facts. And the fact is we normally lose about 50 to 120 strands of hair every day. A hundred may be a huge number, but it isn’t special considering we have an average of 100,000 to 150,000 strands at any time on top of our heads. A reassuring number, so don’t fret if you’re hair comb or brush is full of stray hairs.
Often, we only need to change our habits if we want to keep our hair looking vigorous. Wearing fewer accessories, changing to a more nutritious diet, and avoiding hot tools can help keep hair loss to normal levels.
What other habits do you keep to prevent too much hair loss? Have you experienced sudden hair loss? How did you treat yourself? We welcome your thoughts and experiences in the comments box below.