The Chronic Hair Loss Signs You Need To Watch Out For & How To Treat Them
Man has battled with hair loss for centuries. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was a victim of male-pattern baldness himself, which he tried to treat with a potion of pigeon droppings, horseradish and spices. Needless to say, he failed.
Hair loss – or alopecia to use the scientific term – is a bigger issue than ever today, with men increasingly focusing on looking and feeling good for professional, romantic, or personal aspects. Hair loss directly influences self-esteem. In fact, 43% of people with alopecia would rather have a fuller head of hair rather than more money!
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you want to stop hair loss quickly. One of the best ways to do that is early detection of the signs of alopecia. Most men start noticing hair loss by the age of 21. The sooner you identify these signs, the more hair you will be able to save.
How Do You Check If You Have Hair Loss?
There are pages of information on identifying hair loss that you can find online. However, most of what you would find confuses normal hair loss, where the follicles are safe, for alopecia or male-pattern baldness. The best starting point is the correct information that allows you to diagnose and treat hair loss effectively.
Here are a few key signs of chronic hair loss you need to look for:
1. Change In Your Hairline.
This is one of the most visible symptoms of alopecia. If your hairline starts showing more of a widow’s peak or M shape, it could be an indicator of baldness. A key thing here is that your hair won’t immediately fall off, but rather thin gradually at first.
You can compare this using photos of your hairline taken months or years apart to notice any potential baldness. Be careful to take the photos in similar lighting conditions, otherwise it will give you a false impression of hair loss.
2. Notable Hair Thinning.
Another common type of male-pattern baldness is diffuse thinning, which means you lose a roughly even amount of hair across the scalp. If you are suffering from this kind of hair loss, you may notice thinning from the back of the crown or at the top. To check hair loss this way, take pictures of the back of your head with the help of your bathroom mirror.
3. Significant Daily Hair Loss.
It is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day, so if you see a few small clusters in your hands after a shower, don’t worry about them. Even when the alopecia progresses to clumps for a couple of days, think of any undue stress factors, new medicines or diet you are on. If the pattern of hair loss is consistent for a larger period of time, seek help before it becomes chronic.
Treating Hair Loss Effectively
The market is saturated with treatments that claim to ‘cure’ hair loss by blocking DHT – a hormone that causes hair follicles to shrink. However, there isn’t much evidence for this method.
There are two main hair loss treatments recommended by medical experts:
> First is an antihypertensive vasodilator in the form of a foam that you can apply to your scalp twice a day. While this doesn’t reverse hair loss, it can slow the process down and buy you a bit of time.
> Another mainstay in the hair loss treatment space is a pill that inhibits the enzyme that forms the hair-loss causing DHT hormone. This is meant to be had once a day. An added benefit of this drug is that it can help your hair grow back.
Before taking any medicines yourself, consult a doctor first to determine whether your hair loss is a sign of pattern baldness or something more serious.