There are several factors that can result in hair loss. One common disease is a disorder known as lichen planus. This particular disease is not in itself a direct cause but it is an important trigger and often causes complications with the scalp and can lead to this problem.Lichen planus is more of a skin disorder that also affects other areas of the body. Thus, it can not only affect the skin and body, but also the scalp. When the scalp is affected, "hair loss" is experienced. Licen phanus is usually considered to be an allergic reaction and is often associated with a poor immune system. Some believe that "lichen planus" is triggered from excessive stress. Stress weakens the bodys immune system and render it susceptible to infection and other health symptoms such as hair loss. The chances of getting another lichen planus attack rise with the first affliction, even with treatment and prevention measures.Lichen planus is most identifiable by the changes in the skin that occur. There will be itching in certain areas of the skin, as well as skin lesions that will appear in a variety of places. The skin lesions will have a variety of attributes related to their shape, size and color, all which will help you in identifying the disorder. There may also be nail abnormalities, such as ridges in the nails that begin to appear. The skin lesions will then begin to move into the mouth area and cause your mouth to feel dry. From here, lichen planus will begin to show on the scalp area and hair will be lost from the irritation from the scalp area.Once you notice these symptoms, do not wait too long to treat the lichen planus. In most cases, the symptoms are not severe enough and will simply go away over time. However, there is also the possibility of the symptoms become full blown and it will be more difficult to treat at that point in time.For treatment, you can take prescribed medications. Antihistamines are useful in helping to treat lichen planus. Vitamin A in the form of ointments and creams are also considered to be effective. It can be expected that this disorder will disappear after a few months or after a longer amount of time. Also, ensure a healthy diet and lifestyle to boost your immune system.If you notice both the above mentioned symptoms and also experience hair loss at the same time, then it is possible that you can be having lichen planus. To be absolutely sure, it is best to seek a professional diagnosis. Lichen planus can cause much discomfort to you as it affects your physical appearance. Understanding what the symptoms of lichen planus are and knowing what to do will help you repair your skin and treat yourself from hair loss.
PART 1Very much a highlighted news topic, the stem cell research controversy continues. Reasons for the need of research include possible help for persons with terminal cancer, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, spinal cord injuryand hair loss.Hair loss is an important subject for the many men and women who experience it. The careless remarks and gratuitous jokes about baldness made by people with full heads of hair only add to their humiliation. Some people even experience anger that their hairline threatens to become as receded as the waters of the Red Sea for the Hebrews so many years ago. Countless people wonder whether or not there really exists a cure for "hair loss" . Before we answer that question, we should first answer the questions, What is hair loss? and What causes it?What is Hair Loss?The term Alopecia, more commonly known as baldness, includes various disorders that involve the lack of hair where it would normally grow; especially when it involves the head. The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair-thinning condition that occurs in some adults.Each piece of hair has a follicle located at the end of the hair shaft. Follicles act as the hairs incubator; it is where the hair is produced. Each strand of hair has a matrix, located at the base of the follicle. Cells in this area produce keratin, a tough protein that makes up the hair shaft, and melanin. Melanin stains the keratin, giving hair its color. The activity of each follicle is dependant on surrounding follicles. Healthy hair follicles continuously grow. About 85% of the hair follicles on a healthy scalp are actively growing at the same time, and hair loss is not a problem. Each strand of hair continues to grow for about 4 years, before going into a dormant period of about 4 months. On an average, only about 15% of the total amount of hair follicles on a healthy scalp is dormant at any one time. It is when a higher percentage of hair follicles stop growing at one time that hair loss becomes a problem. What Happens During Hair LossFollicles are nourished by a network of capillaries, bringing nutrients to the base of the follicle. The amount of blood available to the scalp and to the follicles is determined by the health of the capillaries in the scalp, as well as the arteries in the neck and temple.Problems develop when hair follicles do not receive proper nourishment. For instance, some women experience noticeable hair thinning after menopause, after the production of estrogen slows down or stops. Hair loss in women is usually more diffuse then in men. Women seldom have bold spots; a large area of the head may show sparse hair growth instead. Only about 15% of women are afflicted by such a high degree of hair loss that it becomes obvious. In men the hormone DHT can harm hair follicles, making them shrink, or cause them to prematurely enter into the resting stage of the hair cycle. When this happens the result is often the characteristic U-shaped pattern of hair loss at the top of the head.What Causes Hair Loss?Predisposition can be one factor as to why one person begins losing their hair as they age, while another person does not. Various other disorders, such as obesity, allergies, and diabetes can also be attributed to predisposition. Sometimes hair loss can be the result of side effects caused by certain prescription drugs. Of course, these factors can often be countered. Where you may not be able to reverse predisposition, you can sometimes contain it. By changing lifestyle, maintaining a customized healthcare regimen, and eating a well-balanced diet, many such factors can be alleviated or turned around. More about Hair LossWhen it comes counteracting or slowing down the process of hair loss, products such as Rogaine, Dutasteride, and Propecia can help. Scalp exercises and massages using special preparations can also help. Telogen Effluvium (TE) is a type of hair loss solutions more common in women then men. It is characterized by high numbers of hairs that enter into the resting stage of the hair cycle, all at one time. This usually causes profuse shedding, as opposed to bald patches. This can be an overwhelming experience for women, especially those who once had luxuriant hair.TE can be brought on by prolonged emotional or physical stress, severe illness, post-pregnancy hormone changes, or crash dieting. Once the triggering factor has been removed, TE "hair loss solutions" usually stops. Hair can grow back in even without treatment, usually in 6 months to a year.With proper treatment, hair growth can be accelerated. Some professionals recommend bringing the level of iron stored in the body up to 70 or 80 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter). The range of iron normally stored in a womans body might be between 12 50; the lower end not high enough to speed hair growth.Rogaine can also be used for a few months to start the TE recovery process; once hair does begin to grow back in, Rogaine use can stop.As mentioned earlier, crash dieting can trigger TE in both men and women. As a matter of fact, diets of less than 1,200 calories a day can trigger sudden hair loss solutions. This is especially true of diets low in protein. When the body lacks proper protein it borrows by shifting healthy hairs into dormancy to conserve protein. Although hair loss solutions resulting from inadequate diets is most often temporary, it can result in permanent loss of hair in persons genetically predetermined towards hair loss solutions. Also, extreme weight loss in men can increase the production of androgens male sex hormones that kill hair follicles. Once hair follicles are destroyed, there can be no re-growth of hair. In part-2 we of this article we discuss effective treatments for hair loss solutions and where to go for help. Visit Writers Write Now for part 2, What can be done about Hair Loss.2006 Lori S. AntonWriters Write Now
Propecia is used for:Treating certain types of male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) in men.Propecia is a steroid reductase inhibitor. It works by reducing the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. This may block certain types of "hair loss" in men.Do NOT use Propecia if: * you are allergic to any ingredient in Propecia * you are pregnant or may become pregnantContact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.Before using Propecia :Some medical conditions may interact with Propecia . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you: * if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding * if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement * if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances * if you have a narrowing or blockage in the urinary tract, prostate cancer, or trouble urinating * if you have a history of abnormal liver function tests or liver problemsSome MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Propecia . However, no specific interactions with Propecia are known at this time.Ask your health care provider if Propecia may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.How to use Propecia :Use Propecia as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. * An extra patient leaflet is available with Propecia . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information * Take Propecia by mouth with or without food. * Continue to take Propecia even if you notice improvement of your symptoms. Do not miss any doses. * Taking Propecia at the same time each day will help your remember to take it. * If you miss a dose of Propecia , skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Propecia .
Hair usually grows about half an inch per month, although this slows as you age. Each hair remains on your head for two to six years, and during most of this time is continually growing.But many factors can disrupt this cycle. The result can be that your hair falls out early or isn't replaced.A new discovery has been made in finding out what actually causes hair loss, namely: the hardening of collagen. Persons who do not suffer from "hair loss" have supple collagen and persons who begin showing signs of hair loss have hardened collagen. Collagen hardening interferes with the healthy functioning of the hair roots. The vital exchange process of the hair follicle cycle is disrupted and the hair becomes suffocated.But What Causes Hair Loss?Diet: Too little protein in your diet can lead to hair shedding. So can too little iron. Bottom line: Too strenuous dieting can result in hair loss! If you want to lose weight, do it the sensible way, especially if you have a hair thinning/loss problem to begin with.Childbirth: Some women lose large amounts of hair within two to three months after delivery.Hot Tips!One great tip is after washing your hair, dry it in whatever manner you normally do. Then turn your head upside down, give your head a vigorous shake, and once back in a standing position, either "place" your hair using your fingers, rather than a brush or comb. You can also use a hair pick to style your hair. The upside down, shaking, also gives a great deal of fullness to otherwise flat looking thin hair. You'd be amazed at how creative you can be with your fingers without pulling at the root of the hair!To protect hair, the best practice is to shampoo only when hair is dirty. Because fine hair gets dirty faster, people with fine-textured hair need to shampoo more frequently -- even though fine hair breaks more easily.For that reason, fine-textured hair benefits from a good shampoo and volume-building conditioner
There are roughly 80 million men and women in the world suffering from hair loss. In humans, it is caused by a number of different factors. Male pattern baldness is the most common form of "hair loss" and is estimated to affect 90 percent of men by age 50. That said, pattern baldness (or natural hair loss) isnt specific to men; women suffer from female pattern baldness as well. WHY PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HAIR "Male pattern baldness" (clinically known as androgenetic alopecia) is the most common reason for hair loss. Its related to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a naturally occurring hormone present in all men. DHT has a detrimental affect on the hair follicles. It slows down hair production and causes new hairs to be shorter and weaker than usual. The hormone can even completely stop hair growth, gradually depleting your stock of hair. There are a number of other reasons why people go bald, including other forms of alopecia, the treatment of terminal illnesses and diet, just to name a few. Surgical hair loss treatments like Bosley are most commonly used to regrow hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HAIR LOSSBy default, men typically blame mom for hair loss, as it was widely understood that hair loss is simply inherited from their mothers side. This is just one of a number of common hair loss misconceptions: - Hair loss is inherited from your mothers father Not true. Baldness is inherited, but from both your mother's and father's genes. - Hair loss slows and eventually stops as you age Not true. Hair loss is a progressive trait that doesn't stop; in fact, it gets worse with age. - Hats or helmets can cause [*_*] Not true. Wearing something on your head has no effect on [*_*]. Although hairpieces and weaves that pull and strain your hair may cause traction alopecia. - Brushing or massaging the scalp reduces [*_*] There isn't sufficient evidence to conclude that brushing or massaging the scalp prevents or reduces [*_*]. - Too much sun causes [*_*] Not true. Though excessive sun exposure is damaging to your hair, there isnt evidence to conclude that it causes permanent [*_*]. HAIR LOSS TREATMENTAs previously stated, there are various [*_*] treatments, which have been proven to stop [*_*], and in some cases even regrow lost hair. Of the non-surgical hair treatments, Propecia and Minoxidil seem to be effective with a significant number of people. New, alternative methods of laser treatments have also been developed. First, there was the LaserComb, which employs low-level laser light technology to coerce hair follicles to regenerate. The handheld device requires people to spend 20 minutes a day running the comb through their hair. Recently, the technology has been further developed, evolving into a more effective, less intensive treatment. In the new laser treatment, a laser light helmet is used to aim high concentrations of laser light at affected areas of the scalp. If you, however, have already experienced significant male pattern baldness and are looking to naturally and permanently cover your bald spot, then hair restoration surgery might be your best bet. HAIR RESTORATIONOver the past century, hair restoration has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among men and women alike. Theres a plethora of hair restoration surgeons in the United States, many of which provide their patients with stellar results. Hair restoration surgery involves transplanting hair follicles from the donor areas of the headtypically the back and sidesto the bald or thinning areas. These are called grafts. Each graft can contain between 1 to 4 hairs. Because the donor hairs are from areas of the head that are not prone to balding, they are considered permanent when transplanted to balding areas, such as the scalp. The result is often a permanent, natural looking head of hair.BattleAgainstBald.com follows real hair restoration patients as they restore their natural hairlines with Bosley procedures. Torrance and Seth are the Battle Against Balds Bosley patients and in addition to their weekly entries detailing the updates of their Bosley procedures, the blog provides a wealth of comprehensive information on [*_*], its causes and the methods used to combat it. It has been nine months since Seths Bosley hair restoration and its official, he has more hair. Seth wanted to improve the appearance of his hair and restore a more youthful hairline, which he was able to achieve through just one Bosley procedure. Most hair restoration patients dont start to see results until 3-5 months after the procedure. It has been four months since Torrances Bosley procedure and hes beginning to see signs of hair after years of male pattern baldness. Battle Against Bald is a blog that is sponsored by Bosley that speaks to those who are struggling with [*_*] and are interested in hair restoration. ~Ben Anton, 2007