Medically known as alopecia, it’s a condition characterised by the thinning or complete loss of hair from the scalp or body, affecting individuals of all genders and ages. This phenomenon can be influenced by a myriad of factors, including genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or even stress. For some, it’s a natural part of the ageing process, while for others it could be indicative of underlying health concerns.
The aetiology of hair loss varies widely, with the primary instigators being genetics, hormonal shifts, certain diseases, and medication side effects. Hair usually goes through cycles of growth, rest, and shedding. When these cycles are disrupted, either due to internal or external factors, hair loss can ensue.
Understanding the types of hair loss can help determine the best form of treatment:
Linked to genetic predisposition and hormonal changes, it’s often referred to as male or female pattern hair loss. In men, it manifests as receding hairlines and bald spots, while in women, it typically causes overall thinning of the hair.
An autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to patchy hair loss on the scalp, face, and occasionally other areas of the body.
Brought on by physical or emotional stress, significant weight loss, illness, or medication, this condition results in temporary hair thinning over the scalp.
Manifestation of hair loss can vary significantly, from gradual thinning on the top of the head to circular or patchy bald spots, or even sudden loosening of hair. It may involve the scalp or the entire body, and the degree of hair loss can range from minor thinning to complete baldness.
Treatment for hair loss in Singapore is primarily sought to improve appearance and self-esteem. Hair plays a significant role in one’s self-image and confidence, and its loss can have profound psychological impacts, including anxiety and depression.
The choice of treatment depends on the underlying diagnosis and/or cause of hair loss. Topical and/or oral medications may be prescribed on a case-by- case basis.
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Yes, particularly in individuals with a family history of balding. However, sudden or excessive hair loss at any age may indicate an underlying health issue and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Yes, intense physical or emotional stress can lead to two types of hair loss: telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.
While no natural remedies can cure hair loss, a balanced diet and proper hair care can promote overall hair health and slow down hair loss in some cases.
Yes, while both men and women can experience androgenetic alopecia, the pattern of hair loss is usually different. Men often have receding hairlines or bald spots, while women tend to experience overall hair thinning.