From A Nurse: Treating Hair Loss And Keeping It Natural


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Interesting bit of trivia: the word alopecia is formed from the Greek word meaning fox; the origin comes from the fact that the fox sheds its coat twice a year. One large study that was done in Australia showed that the prevalence of mid-frontal hair loss increases as people age and affects 57% of women and 73.5% of men aged 80 years and over. The term bald derives from the English word balde, which means white or pale, or the Celtic word - ball, which means a white patch or blaze, such as on a horse's head.

Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance; correcting the hormone imbalance may stop the hair loss. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss, especially thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop hair loss. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine or you may find you really don't need the medicine at all. One type of baldness is called traction alopecia, which is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with excessive force.

In the past it was believed that typical baldness was inherited from a person's maternal grandfather; while there's some basis for this belief, both parents may contribute to their offspring's likelihood of hair loss. Traumas such as chemotherapy, childbirth, major surgery, poisoning, and severe stress may cause a hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium. Some drugs or medications can cause hair loss, which improves when you stop taking the medicine; medications that can cause hair loss include blood thinners, medicines used for gout, and chemotherapy drugs used for cancer, too much vitamin A supplementation, birth control pills and antidepressants.

There are natural products and chemical-based products for hair loss. Studies done on subjects of various ages suggests that weight training alone may increase testosterone in studies where aerobic exercise only was compared to either weight training or a moderately sedentary life. Minoxidil is available without a prescription and is for topical application, but consider the side effects.

There are hundreds of hair loss products used as hair loss remedies and treatments. Go a more natural way with treatment if possible; taking hair loss drugs require many months of exposure to chemicals. While drastic, broad spectrum anti-androgens such as Flutamide are sometimes used topically; Flutamide is potent enough to have a feminizing effect in men, including growth of the breasts.

Stress reduction can be helpful in slowing hair loss. Immunosuppressants applied to the scalp have been shown to temporarily reverse alopecia areata, though the side effects of some of these drugs make this therapy questionable. Please be aware there are side effects and serious side effects sometimes with the drugs that are commonly used for hair loss.

Massage the scalp with the fingers daily. Garlic oil remedy for hair loss - at bedtime, puncture a couple of garlic pearles, squirt the oil on the scalp, massage, cover with a cap, shampoo and rinse in the morning. Saw Palmetto is an herbal DHT inhibitor often claimed to be cheaper and have fewer side effects than finasteride and dutasteride; unlike other 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, saw palmetto induces its effects without interfering with the cellular capacity to secrete PSA (protein specific antigen).

Garlic for hair loss remedy - an hour before bedtime, slice open a clove of garlic and rub it on the hair loss area, wait for an hour then massage the scalp with olive oil, put on a cap, go to bed, shampoo your hair in the morning, repeat for a few weeks, and hopefully hair will stop falling out and regrowth will be showing. Rub vitamin E oil into the scalp nightly. Beta Sitosterol, which is a constituent in many seed oils, can help to treat BHP (benign prostatic hypertrophy) by lowering cholesterol; but consuming large amounts to get at small quantities of beta sitosterol is likely to exacerbate male pattern baldness.

Circulation to the scalp is important. Try scalp massage every day. Raw onion remedy for hair loss - take half a raw onion and massage the scalp with it; cover the head overnight, shampoo and rinse in the morning.

Try lying on a slant board with head down for 15 minutes a day, but clear it with your doctor first. Polygonum Multiflorum is a traditional Chinese cure for hair loss; whether the plant itself is useful, the general safety and quality control of herbs imported from China can be questionable. One patient reported that he used coconut oil on his hair and scalp for a year and during that time his hair became thicker and he had more of it on the top of his head where he had been receding a bit; good as a hair gel too.

Keep your scalp in good condition at all times. With extensive research, reading ratings and reviews and reading testimonials from real people, not paid actors, you may be able to find the right hair loss product, hair loss treatment or hair loss remedy that'll work for you. To prevent further hair loss, consider a healthier lifestyle - eat a more plant-based diet, and get plenty of exercise; be good to your immune system.

For more information on hair loss remedies and hair loss products go to a nurse's website specializing in hair loss treatments, causes and resources for men, women and children including information on hair transplants and hair loss natural treatments


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