Hair fall is a very common and chronic condition that both men and women experience on a daily basis. Shedding a few hair strands here and there is normal. Even shedding hair is a usual pattern of our hair growth cycle. However, losing too much hair on a daily basis is a serious concern.
What is hair loss?
Shedding 50 to 100 hair strands is considered as the healthy pattern of hair growth cycle, as new hair growth will replace the ones you shed. However, when you shed more hair and fewer grow back, this situation is called hair loss.
Alopecia or hair loss is a condition that can affect both men and women. There are many types of hair loss, and few types can cause hair fall in other body parts as well. Although older people are more at risk of having a hair loss condition, it can occur to anyone at any age.
What are the types of hair loss?
Most types of hair loss are temporary, but some types can be permanent. Some of the common and rare types of hair loss include:
- Androgenic alopecia: Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss that can occur due to genetics. This type of hair loss refers to female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness. Androgenic alopecia generally develops gradually, some people experience this in their puberty and some may experience this in their late sixties. Men with this type of hair loss, may experience hair loss in the crown and temples area. On the other hand, women with this hair loss experience overall hair thinning.
- Alopecia areata: This type of hair loss is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles which results in bald patches. These bald patches can be small and large. Along with the hair loss on the scalp, some people may also experience hair loss all over the body including eyelash and eyebrows.
- Telogen effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a sudden type of hair loss that can cause rapid hair loss. This often happens due to physical or emotional shock, such as surgery, serious disease, stress or traumatic incident. Hormonal changes due to PCOD, pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and menopause can also cause sudden hair loss. Apart from all these, some medications including thyroid medications, beta-blockers, oral retinoids and others can also cause this type of hair loss.
- Anagen effluvium: Anagen effluvium generally happens due to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Although this can cause severe hair loss, hair will grow back once the treatment is over.
- Tinea capitis: Tinea capitis is a fungal infection, which is also known as the ringworm of the hair that affects hair shaft and scalp. This generally causes small bald patches on the scalp that are scaly and itchy. Although it is treatable with antifungal medications, without treatment the bald patches may increase in size.
- Traction alopecia: One may experience this type of hair loss if they put too much pressure on the hair due to hairstyles such as ponytails, tight buns and braids.
What are the symptoms of hair loss conditions?
The main symptom of hair loss is excessive hair fall. However, as the pattern of hair loss can be different from person to person due to the types of hair loss, this is why it can be difficult to identify if you are suffering from a hair loss condition. Here are the common symptoms of hair loss:
- Receding hairline: Receding hairline is one of the most common symptoms of hair loss.
- Widening hair part: If you part your hair and notice that your hair parting is getting wider, then it might be a sign of hair loss.
- Bald patches: Bald patches generally indicate hair loss, and without treatment they may increase in size.
- Pain and itchy scalp: If you have an underlying skin disease, then you might experience pain and itchy scalp along with hair fall.
What are the causes of hair loss?
Hair loss can result from many potential causes. The most common causes include:
- Hair loss due to genetics.
- Fungal infection on the scalp.
- Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and menopause.
- Nutritional deficiency.
- Thyroid disorders.
- Hairstyles that pull the hair.
- Hair Care products that can damage the hair follicles.
- Medical treatments including radiation and chemotherapy.
- Stressful events including surgery or losing a close person.
How is hair loss diagnosed?
If you are experiencing too much hair fall, then it is important to see a specialist as soon as possible to determine the cause.
To understand the cause of the hair loss, your doctor will want to know various factors about your health. Your doctor may:
- Ask you about your current health status.
- Analyze your medical history.
- Look at your family history of hair loss.
- Ask you about your lifestyle.
- Examine your scalp to look for the signs of infection.
Hair growth cycle is a complex procedure, this is why many different levels are needed to be examined in order to diagnose hair loss condition. Your doctor will prescribe you a Hair Fall Test or hair loss test.
A blood test for hair fall will measure different levels in your body to detect the cause of your hair loss. However, your doctor might prescribe you additional tests as well.
If your doctor suspects that your hair loss is due to an autoimmune condition, then your doctor might prefer taking a scalp Biopsy to look for a skin disease.
What is the treatment of hair loss?
Fortunately, there are various treatments available for hair loss, but the best treatment plan depends on the cause of your hair loss.
Most types of hair loss are generally treated with oral or topical medications in the first course of the treatment. Doctors generally prescribe minoxidil which can be found in topical creams, solutions or gels to apply on the scalp. Depending on your condition, your doctor might also prefer hair transplant as treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What are the signs of hair loss?
- Overall hair thinning
- Receding hairline
- Wider hair part
- Bald patches
- Split ends
- Dry and frizzy hair texture
What are the causes of hair loss?
- Thyroid disorder
- Poor lifestyle (smoking, drinking, lack of physical activities, eating fast foods and stress)
Why should you choose thyrocare?
Thyrocare offers the best healthcare package and provides home sample collection facilities throughout India. Our hair fall packages offer 40+ parameters, and the hair fall test price is also very affordable.
What samples are required for the test?
For this hair fall test, only a sample of blood is needed.
Do I need to fast before this test?
Yes, you are required to fast for 8 to 12 hours before the test.
How to book a hair fall test package in North Delhi?
To book a package, just fill out the attached form with your complete details and select your preferable slot. Then our agent will contact you via email or sms to confirm your booking details.
When will I get my test reports?
You will receive the soft copy of your test report within 12 to 24 hours of the sample collection. You can also get the hard copy by courier which may require additional charges.