Have you ever experienced washing your hair and finding a lump of hair stuck and clogging your bathtub? Or finding lots of hair on your hairbrush? Or lots of hair everywhere in your house and car and everywhere!
That’s me, exactly what I am experiencing right now. I am so interested in looking into this, to the point that I am writing up about hair loss in my Masters’ thesis project.
I want to know more about this and find ways how I can help myself and also help you in my clinic. Is it the shampoo? Is it my diet lacking in certain nutrients? As a doctor and GP myself, I try to self-diagnosed and self-medicate (I know I shouldn’t do this, but I have no time to visit my own GP, and there’s no way I can get an appointment for something minor like this, or so I think?)
So, let’s go back to the reasons for hair loss. On my research for my thesis, I found lots of articles on hair loss causes. My main focus is for women for this writing. I will have to write a separate post for men. I might bore you with different conditions of hair loss with all the medical jargons such as Alopecia Areata, Telogen Effluvium and Androgenetic Alopecia. So I will leave that for my thesis project.
Here are the 5 main reasons:
- Genetics – baldness runs in the family! Unfortunately, you cannot do much to change your genes.
- Stress – this can either be day-to-day stress, so severe that can lead to hair loss. Other than that, major surgeries or severe illnesses can put a strain on the body. So don’t be surprised if you see more hair on the floor when you are stressed and depressed. This can become a continuous cycle, and the more stressed you become, the more hair loss will occur.
- Certain medical conditions can lead to hair loss. These include anaemia, kidney problems, liver problems or thyroid problems. The first port of call would be to see your GP to get blood tests to rule these out.
- Medication/drugs causing hair loss – some of your prescribed medication can predispose you to hair loss. Some antidepressants and blood thinners, as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs, can cause hair loss.
- Smoking – this one, in particular, can cause all sorts of health problems, including hair loss. Why are you still puffing away then??
So first things first, I would suggest that you should go and see your doctor (I should have blood tests done myself too!!)
There are different treatment options out there. These ranged from nutritional hair vitamin treatments, through to medicated shampoo and prescribed medication.
We are looking at expanding our treatment offers to our client to include hair loss consultation and treatment (hence the thesis project in hair loss as well!). Watch this space, we will keep you updated.