Hair loss is one of the most common problems faced by people all over the world. Referred to as ‘crowning glory’, tresses are a direct expression of an individual’s personality and style.
Excessive hair loss can be a troublesome problem, often causing worry and affecting self-esteem, especially for women. However, if diagnosed right, you can control your hair fall.
If your doctor suspects that an underlying medical condition may be the cause of hair loss, a blood test or scalp biopsy may be recommended. All of these diagnostic tests can be conducted in your dermatologist’s office.
To determine the cause of hair loss, your dermatologist may ask you a variety of questions about when your hair loss began. These questions may be about –
– Patterns of your hair loss are
– Kind of hairstyles you usually wear
– Whether hair loss runs in your family
Other details about your symptoms, will be asked by your doctor. They may ask about any other medical conditions you have. Details that may seem unrelated such as what foods you eat or whether you recently gave birth may provide a clue about the cause of the hair loss.
Watch this video, where Dr. Naveen, Humain Health’s Consultant Pathologist, talks about the reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss.
– Blood Tests
If doctors suspect the hair loss may be due to an underlying medical condition, a vitamin or mineral deficiency, or a hormonal imbalance, they may recommend one or more blood tests. For example, it may appear that a woman whose hair is thinning all over the scalp has hereditary hair loss, but it is possible that the cause is actually an iron deficiency.
– Iron Deficiency
Less iron in the bloodstream may contribute to hair loss. Doctors use blood tests to check the level of ferritin, a protein that indicates how much iron is stored in the body. Ferritin levels are often low in menstruating women; those with anemia, a condition in which people lack healthy red blood cells; and vegetarians or vegans.
Adding foods rich in iron to your diet may help hair to regrow. These include dark, leafy greens, red meat, whole grains, and legumes. Iron supplements, which are used to treat anemia, may also help to stop hair loss.
– Thyroid Disease
Hair loss may be a sign of a thyroid disease such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The link between thyroid disease and hair loss is unclear, but there is some evidence that thyroid disease may cause the body to produce hormones that destroy the hair follicles.
If you notice unusual hair loss of any kind, do talk to your primary care provider or a dermatologist, to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
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