Baldness or alopecia refers to hair loss from the scalp. It can be caused by hereditary factors, ageing, skin conditions, certain medications and diseases. It is more common in men than in women.
The most common type of hair loss affecting men is male pattern baldness. Heredity is a major factor in male pattern Baldness. If either parent has thinning hair, the chance of their children experiencing hair-loss is increased. The first areas of the head to be affected are usually the top (at the back) or the sides. Hair loss can begin at any age and the degree of Baldness can vary from a bald spot in the back or a receding hairline, to complete Baldness.
Women are not affected as frequently as men and in most cases there is only diffuse thinning of the hair. It is rare for a female to suffer complete Baldness. The causes of Female-Pattern Hair Loss include, excessive androgen (male hormone) production, anaemia, severe illness, certain medications (e.g. those used to treat cancer), an underactive thyroid or pituitary gland or pregnancy. In some cases the hair loss is temporary and the hair grows back.
Alopecia areata is the term used to describe the sudden loss of hair in a particular area, most often from the head or beard. Provided the hair loss is not widespread, the hair usually grows back in a few months. the bladder and stop leaks when you cough or sneeze. If they are weak it is difficult to prevent wetting. These muscles, like any others, can be made stronger with exercise.
If the patient is already under the care of a Doctor, prescribed medication (e.g. for cancer) may be a possible cause. Sometimes this medication must be maintained and the hair loss has to be ignored. People with male or female pattern Baldness can have hair follicles removed from a part of the body and transplanted to their scalp.
A product containing finasteride has been used successfully in some cases of male pattern Baldness. Ask your Doctor whether this product is suitable for you.
If the hair is thinning, a few drops of rosemary essential oil may be used in the shampoo, or place 2 to 3 drops neat on fingertips and massage into scalp. The oil must be ESSENTIAL and not fragrant.
Ask your Pharmacist for advice.