Genetic and hormonal factors interfere with hair health
More than an aesthetic function, hair is responsible for protecting the scalp against solar radiation. It is normal for them to fall and renew themselves daily, in a process that experts call seasonal replacement. By paying attention to some details of your appearance, it is possible to know if hair loss is normal or not.
Is this drop normal?
On average, a person has 100 thousand hairs and, according to the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, it is expected that about 100 to 200 hairs fall out per day. But this is only an estimate, because that amount depends on genetic, hormonal and age factors.
But that’s not what you should be paying attention to. Contrary to what it seems, the warning sign should not be the number of hairs falling out, it is not the brush full of strands, but the density of hair that is on the scalp. Notice if the wires are getting thinner, if there is a decrease in total volume or the appearance of more empty areas on the head.
If you identify with this condition, see a dermatologist . Specific tests can find the true source of the problem and determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
Know the main causes
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as baldness, is a problem that can lead to total or partial hair loss. Although it is more common among males (concentrated fall at the top), it can also affect women (more diffuse fall, spread over the scalp). The disease is triggered by countless genetic and hormonal factors that must be investigated by the dermatologist.
There is also hair loss caused by alopecia areata, which is an inflammatory disease. Several aspects are involved in its development, such as genetics and immunity. In this case, in general, the wires start to fall leaving circular flaws in the head. Emotional factors, physical trauma and infectious conditions can trigger or worsen the condition of alopecia areata.
Hormonal factors should also be considered when talking about hair loss. In the case of women, for example, continuous use of the birth control pill, pregnancy and menopause usually trigger the problem. In men, excess male hormones are often the villain. The same goes for the use of certain medications, such as those indicated for chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer, for arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure.
Hair loss has treatment
The good news for hair loss sufferers is that there are numerous treatment options. To find the most suitable, it is necessary to consult a dermatologist , who will investigate the characteristics and probable causes of the problem.
According to the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, among the therapeutic options are topical medications (which are those you apply to the scalp), oral medications and laser procedures, which can be used to stimulate hair growth. In the most severe cases, hair transplantation can also be an option.
Only a doctor can tell you what is right for you. Be sure to seek help. Self-medication in case of hair loss can worsen the condition and put your health and beauty at risk.