What Is Diffuse Hair Loss & How To Treat It?
Posted on 3rd February 2023 at 13:14
Diffuse Hair Loss Explained
The loss of hair is a common occurrence for both men and women, caused by a variety of factors. Diffuse thinning is one such type of hair loss that occurs when hair is shed evenly across the scalp.
It is typically caused by telogen effluvium, which is triggered when a high number of hair follicles enter the telogen or resting phase. This can happen due to high-stress levels or the use of certain medications, such as hormone therapies and antibiotics. Hormone replacement medications, for instance, can affect the natural levels of testosterone and estrogen in the blood, leading to diffuse thinning.
To prevent this condition, it is important to minimize stress and be mindful of the side effects of medication.
Hair growth follows a three-stage cycle of anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the phase where hair grows from the follicle, lasting 2 to 6 years on average. Catagen is the transitional phase where the hair bulb detaches from the blood supply, leading to shedding in the telogen phase. In normal hair growth, this cycle repeats and hair regrows, but in telogen effluvium, the follicles remain in the telogen phase for an extended period or a larger number of follicles enter the telogen phase at once, leading to hair loss and thinning.
It is important to identify the signs of diffuse thinning early to prevent it from worsening. One of the most obvious signs is excessive shedding, with a daily loss of more than 50 to 100 hairs being a cause for concern. Another sign is a receding hairline, which can be a result of diffuse thinning affecting the natural hairline.
Telogen effluvium can sometimes resolve on its own if caused by temporary stress or medication, but it can also persist long-term. To slow down hair loss in such cases, daily scalp massage and exercises to improve blood flow and strengthen hair follicles can be helpful. If hair loss persists, a hair transplant can be a solution to restore hair to its former quality.
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