Hair loss, what can you do about it?

Hair loss. It’s not just the elderly who suffer from it. Hereditary factors cannot be influenced, but you can certainly do something about it.

Hair loss, what are the causes?

Each of us loses about 100 hairs a day, but hair loss is nothing to worry about. In a healthy person they also occur again. You only have to worry about hair loss if you notice a sudden noticeable increase and find hair everywhere, on the couch, in the sink or on your pillow.
Hair loss can also:

  • are hereditary;
  • are the result of a disease;
  • manifest in reduced fitness;
  • prevented by the use of medications.

 

What types of hair loss do we know?

Genetically determined hair loss

The best known and most common form of hair loss is genetically determined hair loss, also called Androgenetic Alopecia. Although this form of hair loss mainly affects men, women around menopause can also experience it. Diseases and conditions of the hair itself are not hereditary.

Spotted hair loss

If there is locally limited hair loss, we speak of spot baldness or Alopecia Areata. This form of hair loss, which often occurs in people in their twenties and thirties, is usually due to an autoimmune disease. Due to a defect in the immune system, the body produces antibodies against its own hair, causing it to be rejected.
Alopecia Areata can differ from patient to patient. It is usually found in spots on the head, but it can also appear in the eyebrows or the beard area .

What else causes hair loss?

There are countless things that can cause hair loss. This often makes it difficult to determine the correct cause and one must be very systematic in detecting it. Hair loss can occur, among other things:

  • during or after pregnancy;
  • as a result of diseases (thyroid; anemia; cancer);
  • after surgical intervention;
  • during stressful experiences;
  • due to medication such as use of blood thinners and chemotherapy;
  • due to acne;
  • due to fungal infections;
  • after radiation treatments;
  • due to hormonal changes.

 

Smoking and hair loss

It is also widely believed in the medical world that smoking can affect hair loss because it prevents proper blood circulation to the skin. As a result, the hair roots are not sufficiently supplied with nutrition and oxygen. As a result, hairs lose quality and can even fall out in the long term.

What can be done against hair loss?

As mentioned in the introduction, there is little you can do about hereditary hair loss, but you can certainly do something about it:

  • healthy diet: older people in particular often eat unhealthy food, especially if they are single. Make sure you get enough vitamin B because this vitamin has a demonstrably positive effect on hair, skin and nails;
  • a healthy lifestyle without too much stress can also contribute to a good head of hair;
  • handle your hair with care and do not damage it, for example by pulling it hard or braiding it too tightly;
  • also be careful when using medication and always consult the package leaflet to recognize possible side effects; Medication use is particularly high among the elderly (think of blood pressure thinners and antihypertensives);
  • use good quality and preferably natural shampoos that do not damage the hair.

 

Want to know more about hair loss?

If you want to know more about hair loss and baldness, the Gezondheidsplein.nl website is recommended. In recent years, this site has proven itself to be a very reliable partner when it comes to understandable and reliable medical information in the broadest sense of the word.

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