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Hair Loss Prevention, A variety of medications have been proven to prevent hair loss
Hair loss (alopecia) occurs mainly on the head but it can affect other parts of the body. Studies have revealed that hair loss affects at least 30% of the world’s population. Before we study the methods that result in hair loss prevention, let’s understand the causes. There are several reasons, including mineral deficiency, side-effects of medication, diet, pollution, stress, and genetics. As per research, up to one-third of the population suffers from hair loss and this includes both genders.
Androgenic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and is also referred to as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is hereditary, and can happen from either side of the family, sometimes skipping generations. The top of the hair is left completely bald as it occurs on the crown and at the temples and eventually these patches join together. In women, the back of the head remains dense with hair, while the hair thins initially on the frontal area and the crown and moves down the sides of the head. Both are either hereditary or genetic in nature.
Preventing hair loss is a lot easier, both emotionally and financially than curing it. Simply put, it all depends on sensible hair care. Similar to our skin and nail, hair is often a barometer of general health. Hair loss could always be a sign of possible health problems.
A healthy diet with lots of Fruits and vegetables (Iron, Vitamin B, Zinc and Calcium have been linked to healthy hair), protein-rich (hair is made of proteins), and drinking adequate water will help prevent hair loss. Moreover, dirty hair is more likely to get infected and more likely to fall – so keep your hair clean. Using good-quality shampoos and hair products help preventing the scalp from being affected.
Chemical treatments designed to drastically change the way your hair looks (styling, perming, straightening, hot-oil treatments, hot ironing) have a direct impact on hair loss. Also, blow-drying the hair also should be avoided as this dries out the scalp and damages hair follicles. Avoid combing your hair or rough toweling when it’s wet, this will put out some hair strands from the roots and stretch and break others.
A variety of medications have been proven to prevent hair loss, help grow new hair or enlarge existing hairs to create better coverage. The medications are temporary and require long-term use because, if stopped, hair loss returns. The treatments include an injection to the scalp, a pill or applied on the scalp as an ointment to treat patchy hair loss.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) can be used for both men and women, while Finasteride (Propecia) can be used for men only. Finasteride is taken as an oral drug. Minoxidil is sprayed onto the scalp twice daily and arrests hair loss and may even cause regrowth in a few men. In both cases, it takes about a year to see whether they're effective for you as an individual.
There is currently no way to instigate permanent re-growth of hair that has been lost through genetic or hormonal causes. Nonetheless, it is generally observed that with early diagnosis, specialist products and professional consultation, hair loss can be reduced or delayed. For causes that are reversible, such as an underlying medical condition, it is possible to prevent hair loss by treating the deficiency.
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