Unraveling Hair Loss: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, can manifest in various ways—ranging from scalp-only to full-body loss and from temporary setbacks to permanent conditions. While it predominantly affects men, hair loss can occur in anyone. Determining the root cause is the first crucial step to effective treatment, emphasising the importance of early intervention.

Understanding the Basics 

It’s entirely normal to shed between 50 to 100 hairs per day. However, shedding that surpasses this rate could indicate abnormal hair loss. The signs manifest differently depending on the underlying causes but may include:

  • Thinning Hair: Visible in thinner ponytails.
  • Bald Spots: Expanding over time.
  • Receding Hairline: Along with a loss of clear edges.
  • Widening Hair Part: A noticeable change in the scalp area.

In certain cases, your dermatologist may recommend a skin biopsy for a microscopic evaluation to make an accurate diagnosis.

Identifying Common Causes

The reasons behind hair loss can be multifaceted and include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Stressful Events
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Infections
  • Medications
  • Hairstyling Damage
  • Chemotherapy and Radiation

Prevention and Management Tips

To minimise hair loss, consider these practical tips:

  • Loose Hairstyles: Avoid tight braids, buns, or ponytails.
  • Gentle Handling: Minimise pulling, twisting, or rubbing.
  • Soft Drying: Pat hair dry gently instead of rubbing or twisting.
  • Nutrient-Rich Diet: Incorporate iron and protein into your meals.
  • Minimal Styling Products:
    Limit the use of hair dryers, straighteners, and chemical treatments.

Seeking Specialised Help?

If you’re troubled by hair loss, our expert dermatologists at Al Das Medical Clinic are here to help. With locations in Palm Jumeirah, The Meadows, and Golden Mile, a solution to your hair fall is just a call away. Book your appointment today for a comprehensive consultation and personalised treatment plan.

Book a visit 04 452 9998 or by filling the online form