Over half of men past the age of 50 will experience some form of Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), known commonly as the dreaded androgenetic alopecia. Maybe this is why we tend to associate balding with old age and wisdom. However, the complete picture of hair loss science suggests that a number of things could be the reason for a loss of hair.
Hair loss is the product of several factors, such as a family history of balding (especially on the mother’s side), hormonal fluctuations, diet and even stress levels, can all play a part.
It is important to notice the symptoms of hair loss as early as possible so that adequate treatment can be sought. What is even more important is to pay attention to your body, and how it reacts to significant life events. The sharing of this information, with a medical professional, can build a more complete picture of a condition (including whether it is temporary, or requires urgent treatment).
Balding can vary from person to person depending on the cause, the severity and genetic profiles. Symptoms can set in from any age and will usually encompass some of the following:
- Thinning at the crown
- Patches of hair falling out faster than normal
- Receding hairline at the front
- Inflammation of the scalp
- Dryness or tightness of the scalp
Though the symptoms are not usually ‘life or death’, they can still have a profound effect on a person, ranging from feelings of embarrassment and shame to gradual social withdrawal.
Luckily, with early intervention, a lot of balding conditions are eminently treatable. If initial treatment is unsuccessful, there are other options such as hair transplantations and stem cell therapies. Both of these options have seen great advances over the years, and can now promise effective and proven results for many individuals.
It is important to note that there are many forms of balding, with some of the most common types as follows:
- Androgenetic alopecia: pattern baldness affecting both men and women.
- Alopecia areata: patches of hair loss with sudden onset.
- Alopecia universalis: hair loss occurring all over the body, including both body and pubic hair.
- Telogen effluvium: temporary thinning of the hair, usually occurring after an intense stress.
- Trichotillomania: hair loss resulting from compulsions to pull hair out.
- Folliculitis: hair loss resulting from inflammation or infection of the hair follicles.
Due to the numerous forms of balding, it is critical to get a comprehensive understanding of the causes, effects, and solutions as they are all individual specific. If you are unsure where to start, consider getting in contact with Advanced Hair Studio for a complimentary hair check today to find out more.
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