What to Do with Hair Loss

What to Do with Hair Loss

According to statistics, almost 75 percent of the Russian population suffer from scalp and hair diseases to one degree or another. Dandruff, active work of the sebaceous glands, dry split ends are still half the trouble. A real problem that many men and women face is hair loss. Or, as doctors say, alopecia.

If you notice even the slightest signs of baldness, you should not look for a “suitable” shampoo, it will not help, you should not rub various ointments into the scalp, bought at the pharmacy or mixed according to “folk” recipes. You need to see a doctor. You can go to a therapist at the nearest clinic, or you can go to a trichologist, a specialist who deals with the problems of hair and scalp. Why this is so important in an interview with “RG” said the head of the consultative and diagnostic department of the State Scientific Center for Dermatovenereology and Cosmetology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Candidate of Medical Sciences Irina Kondrakhina.

According to statistics, almost 75 percent of the Russian population suffer from scalp and hair diseases to one degree or another. Dandruff, active work of the sebaceous glands, dry split ends are still half the trouble. A real problem that many men and women face is hair loss. Or, as doctors say, alopecia.

If you notice even the slightest signs of baldness, you should not look for a “suitable” shampoo, it will not help, you should not rub various ointments into the scalp, bought at the pharmacy or mixed according to “folk” recipes. You need to see a doctor. You can go to a therapist at the nearest clinic, or you can go to a trichologist, a specialist who deals with the problems of hair and scalp.

Why this is so important in an interview with “RG” said the head of the consultative and diagnostic department of the State Scientific Center for Dermatovenereology and Cosmetology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Candidate of Medical Sciences Irina Kondrakhina. Also, the doctor gave advice on how to care for your hair so that healthy hair will delight as long as possible.

Most often from patients I hear suggestions that external factors, for example, stress, are to blame. Of course, we all experience emotional experiences to one degree or another, but not all of us lose hair.

You need to understand the main thing: the condition of the hair is a reflection of the processes that take place inside the human body. Hair, like teeth and nails, is a kind of health indicator. And, if problems have begun, then we must look for their causes.

To determine the negative factor, it is necessary to correctly diagnose. Therefore, it is necessary to contact a medical institution and undergo an examination, having passed the tests prescribed by the doctor. There are many reasons for alopecia, I will conditionally divide them into several blocks.

First, a deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals may affect. Secondly, hair can fall out due to pathologies of the endocrine system, for example, thyroid diseases, problems with sex hormones. By the way, the latter reason is one of the most common. In many women who come to us, during the research, the prevalence of male sex hormones is revealed. And in the front zones of hair growth, at the crown, there are receptors that are sensitive to sex hormones. Therefore, patients with ovarian dysfunction begin to experience various troubles – from menstrual irregularities to baldness. In trichology, there is even a corresponding diagnosis – androgenic alopecia, that is, male pattern baldness, due to the predominance of androgens. And, of course, hair begins to fall out in women with menopause,

Thirdly, problems with the scalp can be due to improper diet. Now a healthy lifestyle is in vogue, people are starting to take care of themselves, this, of course, pleases. But at the same time, many are deliberately limiting the consumption of certain products. However, diets are bad. Doctors do not recommend, for example, excluding meat from the diet, this leads to an iron deficiency in the body, which is fraught, among other things, with hair loss. But if a person, for some serious reason, cannot give up the diet for a while, it should not be very long and it is better to drink vitamins while restricting certain foods. What – the doctor will determine.

Fourth, heredity is important. But, if, for example, a man had a bald father, this does not mean anything. According to the condition of the hair, men genetically inherit the mother’s line, and women, on the contrary, the father’s line.

Let’s go in order. First, about paints. Of course, chemical influences are harmful. But coloring cannot be the cause of alopecia, because it affects more not the bulb, but the hair itself. The dye contains chemicals that lift the scaly layer of the hair. Ammonia products are the best for this task. Therefore, patients often ask whether natural paints such as henna or basma are harmless. Yes, of course, they are less harmful, but they still damage hair to one degree or another. Well, doctors still do not recommend dyeing during the period of acute hair loss.

As for shampoos, this factor also cannot be the cause of loss, as well as a means of stimulating their growth. Shampoo is a hygiene product, not a treatment. There are other methods for the latter purpose. But, of course, it is better to use the shampoo that suits your scalp type. Here advice can be given by a trichologist or dermatologist.

I will also say about balms and conditioners. It makes sense to use these products, mainly with colored, that is, damaged hair. But you need to apply the balm on the hair itself, and not on the scalp, do not rub it into the roots. The bulbs must breathe, and various balms and masks clog them. It is better to wash your hair with water of a comfortable temperature; it should not be too hot or cold.

Now about external influences. At subzero temperatures, it is necessary to wear a headdress; you cannot freeze the scalp. Sudden changes are harmful to the bulbs, for example, when we enter a warm room from a cold street. And the headdress just helps to smooth out this contrast. Also, hair should be protected from direct exposure to sunlight, especially between 12 and 17 noon. It is better to wear a hat or, if you are uncomfortable in a scarf or hat, use special photoprotective hair sprays.

Tight hairstyles are harmful. When pulled, the blood flow is disturbed, the hair should be as comfortable as possible.

Unfortunately, I cannot. I am a doctor and follow medical treatments. Moreover, I consider folk remedies to be very aggressive. For example, the popular burdock oil increases blood flow, while clogging pores, and the situation is further aggravated.

Still people, after reading recipes on the Internet, begin to rub pepper, mustard, onion, garlic, honey, or all at once into the scalp. Understand that you do not rub on the outside, this will not eliminate the internal causes of hair loss, which I mentioned above. That is why we do not get tired of repeating that it is necessary to be examined.

The professional level of our doctors is very high. They attend all international trichology congresses and keep abreast of the latest trends and modern treatments. Russian doctors are trying to recommend well-proven drugs. We prescribe what has been tested by time, both by patients and by us.

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