Medical Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are several circumstances that produce a “shock to the system” that alters the hair growth rhythm. As a result, as much as 30%-40% of the

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhairs can cycle into telogen (Resting phase) Later the hairs come out in a massive shedding (effluvium), especially near the front of the scalp.

Some of the common conditions include:

· Childbirth – It can happen in one pregnancy but not in the next. · high fever, allergies.

· Crash dieting – Sudden weight loss.

· Surgery / Trauma / Severe illness,

· And severe stress or loss (death in family, change in sexual preference, divorce, etc.).

None of these has to be life-threatening, nor does hair loss always follow them. Paradoxically, the more dramatic the hair loss, the better is the prognosis.

Treatment for hair loss in Men / Women

There are very few scientifically proven and FDA-approved treatments for hair loss. There are thousands of unproven claims and products to help with hair re-growth. These products are usually harmless but generally not scientifically proven and therefore potentially useless. To slow down hair loss, there are at least four potentially effective, basic options. These include medications like Minoxidil ((Rogaine) Propecia (Finasteride) and Avodart (Dutasteride) they are for long-term use for maintenance.

Drugs & Medicines

A new drug: LUMIGAN which is used to treat GLAUCOMA

(Increased pressure in Eye) It is thought to lengthen the anagen phase (active phase) of hair growth. With the use of Lumigan eye drops it was found that eyelashes got longer and thicker in many users. This led to clinical trials and the approval of cosmetic use of Latisse for eyelashes

Vitamins & Supplements

A good daily multivitamin containing zinc, vitamin B, folate, iron, and calcium is a very reasonable choice. Newer studies suggest that vitamin D may be somewhat helpful and worth considering.

Specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies like iron or vitamin B12 may be diagnosed by blood tests and treated.

Advertised hair-re-growth supplements should be approached with caution as it may not necessarily help in the desired situation.

Other options for hair loss: Include hair fiber powders, hairpieces, synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, hair extensions, hair weaves, laser, and finally surgery. (Hair transplantation)