Daily shedding of few hairs is a normal cycle. Every 2-3 months approximately 10% of the hair falls out and new hair grow in its place. Excessive hair loss and failure on the part of reappearance of new hair are factors which lead to baldness.
Common causes of hair loss are:
1. Androgenetic Alopecia – male or female pattern baldness
2. Auto immune diseases – an immune reaction that attacks the hair follicles, producing antibodies which attack these tissues as if they were foreign invaders.
- – the body’s immune system is sensitized to increased levels of DHT in the scalp causing hair loss in these high concentrated DHT areas
Alopecia Totalis, universalis – immune sensitivity to a substance other than DHT
3. Connective tissue disease – causes scarring of skin, loss of circulation to hair follicles and an autoimmune reaction leading to temporary or severe loss of hair.
Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, MCTD, Scarring alopecia etc…
4. Radiation exposure – Irradiation therapy or exposure to radiation from any source can cause localized or total hair loss, which may be severe if the dose is high enough.
5. Iron deficiency anemia – very common with women but can also affect men.
6. Hormonal changes – due to pregnancy, birth control pills, other medications, and enopause.
7. Thyroid disease – either hypothyroid or hyperthyroid disease causes hair to become brittle and break resulting in localized or generalized loss. Correction of the thyroid condition usually causes hair to re-grow.
8. Stress – usually temporary and transient. Hair may re-grow when stress levels decrease
9. Drug interactions – certain vitamins, many prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) supplements may have individual and non-specific side effects of hair loss. Excessive Vitamin A has been linked to some hair loss scenarios.
10. Others: Exposure to toxic chemicals ,Tobacco smoking active or passive, Individual reaction to illness or a personal sensitivity to the environment, Chemotherapy, Fungal and bacterial infections, Cosmetic procedures like perming, crimping , straightening and colouring are enormously contributory factors, and should be avoided as far as possible.
In Homoeopathy we do take a detail case history of the patient & we use advance diagnostic technique to find out the exact cause of hairfall.With the help of constitutional homoeopathic treatment & external homoeopathic application with proper nutritional support we surely & successfully treat hair fall.