Male Hair Loss
Causes of hair loss since 4 years
Sir, I’m suffering hair loss from 4 years, my parents are not bald mean no genetic problems?
Thank you for your question. As you have already mentioned, you don’t have baldness in your paternal & maternal side. It is a good thing to know, however history of genetic predisposition of baldness may present in your earlier generations also rather than only in your parents. So not having baldness in either of your parents doesn’t mean that you will not get baldness in the future. If you are losing hair, you need to understand whether you’re losing hair from the entire scalp or facing frontal hairline recession, crown thinning. If you’re losing hair in this way, then this is called patterned hair loss. This is also called as Androgenetic alopecia. Other types of hair loss like Telogen effluvium gives all over diffuse thinning on the entire scalp & are a type of hair loss is due to some acute stress, or triggers in a body. This is usually temporary & doesn’t lead to baldness.
Nutritional factor also plays an important role in hair loss. As you’re already taking vitamin supplements, to can continue with it. But we strongly recommend you to undergo blood investigations to judge your level of vitamin deficiencies & based on that can start with supplements.
Hair loss is a multifactorial condition, in which a patient feels hair loss due to multiple reasons. This includes hair loss due to hereditary causes, genetic factors, Stress related, Medicinal, hormonal, due to some nutritional deficiencies etc. Each type of hair loss has to be treated differently. Let’s elaborate you more on these types:
- Hereditary & Genetic hair loss:- In this type of hair loss, the patient gives a family history of baldness. Scalp show a frontal hairline recession, mid-scalp thinning, crown thinning. Hair thinning is more gradual & come out with different grades from grade 1 to grade 7 baldness(Norwood scale). Minoxidil & oral finasteride is the mainstay of treatment in treating this type of alopecia.
- Hormonal:- Many of the patients gives a history of thyroid dysfunction, most commonly in females which also leads to diffuse thinning of hair on all over the scalp.
- Stress-Induced:- This type of hair loss also called as ‘Telogen effluvium‘, which usually gets triggered by some acute stress like a history of hospitalization for some illness, crash dieting, in females after delivery. These factors act as a trigger for hair loss. This leads to diffuse all over thinning on the scalp. This type of hair loss usually continues for 3 to 4 months & then settles down.
- Nutritional hair loss:- This type of hair loss caused due to deficiencies of certain vitamins in the body. So, a patient needs to be investigated for this. Supplementation of these deficient vitamins helps to control hair loss.
- Medicinal:- certain medications can also lead to hair loss.
We request you to consult a board-certified dermatologist, who can diagnose the exact cause for your hair loss & accordingly can guide you your treatment plan. Treatment of hair loss is individualized & should be taken at a proper time to avoid further consequences.
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