Hair loss is very common and can be caused by a multitude of factors. It is normal to lose some hair every day, either after washing or brushing your hair, or even during a windy car ride. However, some people will experience more severe hair loss which can cause thinning and balding, and lead to dissatisfaction with personal appearance. If you notice these symptoms, here are 3 things you should do:
- Try to find a cause:
Evaluate recent changes in your lifestyle, diet, or activities. Has a new job been causing you a lot of stress or sleep deprivation? Have you recently decided to stop eating certain foods or to change your exercise routine? Think of the things you put in and on your body and how they could be affecting your chemical makeup, and therefore your hair. Once you pinpoint a potential cause, you can start to adjust your habits and help your body along with changes to decrease hair loss. Fortunately, many causes are temporary and can be treated by just listening to your body and its needs.
- If you are male, ask your older male relatives about their experience with hair loss:
Another very common cause of hair loss is a genetic disorder called Male Pattern Baldness. If you are experiencing this disorder, characterized by depleting hair follicles and loss of hair around the hairline and crown, you may want to get insight from those who have similar genetics. Your older male relatives will be able to tell you if they have the same condition, how it may have affected them, and how they went about dealing with the issue of hair loss. Knowing what to expect can be very helpful in your own coping process with Male Pattern Baldness.
- Consult a doctor:
If your hair loss is extreme or is causing you to be insecure or uncomfortable with your appearance, you should talk with your doctor. Dermatologists specialize in treating issues with skin and hair, but even your general doctor should be able to give you some guidance. Your doctor should know which medications you’re on which may include hair loss as a side-effect. In addition, if the cause of your hair loss is hard to personally detect or treat, your doctor can help you find a solution. Physician-guided stress management can help your body’s hormones balance and may solve hair loss issues. If your problem is a more permanent condition such as Male Pattern Baldness, you should see a specialist who can treat hair loss with effective, natural solutions. NeoGraft™ is a hair follicle harvesting and implantation system that is proven to help men regrow their own hair. This treatment can be performed by specialized doctors and has helped many men regain their confidence and personal appearances.
If you are experiencing hair loss, your options are to find a cause, talk to your family, and consult a doctor. One thing you should not do is stress! Additional stress on your body can do nothing positive for your health or your hair. Remember that hair loss is very common and you can most likely find a solution or get help to rebuild your hair health.
The Dermatology Center of Indiana has offices in Plainfield and Zionsville, Indiana and services sounding cities including: Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Brazil, Bloomington, West Lafayatte, Terre Haute, Greencastle, Mooresville, and more.