Friday, October 13

Androgenetic alopecia-does it ring a bell?

M.S.Dhoni will be the last person to brief you about it but ask South African cricketer Gibbs and he is sure to fill you up with pages of information that will make Dr.Pistone nod his acknowledgment with a big smile.

You had figured it out by now what is all this about? Yes, we are on the familiar territory-‘The Hair Loss’.

A progressive, diffuse loss of scalp hair in men that begins in the twenties or early thirties, depends on the presence of the androgenic hormone testosterone, and is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors also called Androgenetic Alopecia.

There are many kinds of hair loss, including what we call:
*alopecia areata (patches of baldness that usually grow back);
*telogen effluvium (rapid shedding after childbirth, fever, or sudden weight loss); and
*traction alopecia (thinning from tight braids or ponytails).

All of these types of hair loss can be alarming but, fortunately, they are most often mild and temporary or reversible.

Most people may not notice their hair loss that happens gradually but anyone can be alarmed to notice a sudden hair loss which is generally a different condition than the gradual hair loss.

Anagen Effluvium is the term for sudden hair loss resulting from both chemicals and radiation. Most people who suffer from Anagen Effluvium may be undergoing cancer treatments that interrupt the growing process of hair. While there is no explanation for the disorder, but the process almost always results in the hair growing back on its own.

The majority of people who lose their hair, however, do it gradually and all through the scalp, with some emphasis on the frontal part. Doctors refer to this process as "androgenetic alopecia" which implies that a combination of hormones (andro-) and heredity (genetics) is needed to develop the condition.

Ok, enough of medical terms. Let me come to the remedial action.

The moment you are experiencing sudden hair loss, contact Pistone Hair Restoration for a consultation. Seeking professional help is important because they can review your medical history and current condition. And there is no better choice other than the double board certified Dr.Pistone in New Jersey.

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