Early Signs of Hair Loss

Hair loss can affect both men and women of any age and it can have many causes, from a genetic predisposition to stress or trauma. While losing hair is common in men, it can be difficult to deal with and lead to low self-esteem.

Luckily, there are now plenty of effective treatments available for . The sooner you treat it, the quicker you may be able to delay the process. However, it is worth bearing in mind that although you may be able to spot the symptoms and begin using treatment early on, it may take several months for the effects to start showing and the baldness will continue once treatment has stopped.ID-10081854

Different types of hair loss will have different symptoms and the treatment you use will depend upon the specific condition you have. Here’s a look at some of the different types of baldness and how to spot the early signs:

Male and female pattern baldness

As the name suggest, male pattern baldness usually follows a pattern, often starting with a receding hairline. This is then followed by a thinning of the hair on the crown of the head and around the temples until eventually, the bald patches join up. The condition is extremely common and most men experience some form of male pattern baldness before the age of 60, although early symptoms may be visible in men in their 20s. With female pattern baldness, the hair is usually lost from the top of the head only, most commonly after menopause.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata involves losing hair in patches and is most common in teenagers and young adults. Early signs usually include sudden bald spots appearing on the scalp, although other areas on the body can also be affected. Although it is rare, around one in 10 people can also develop pitted or grooved fingernails as a symptom. Luckily, this condition is usually temporary and hair normally grows back within a few months.

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is characterised by a widespread shedding of hair on the scalp. At the beginning, you may begin to notice that your hair feels thinner than usual, although you are unlikely to lose all of it. The condition typically occurs after you have suffered a severe illness or your body has suffered trauma, such as surgery or childbirth, and it is usually only temporary.

Other signs to look out for

If you are constantly rubbing or pulling out excessive amounts of hair, or you have unexplained bald patches on any part of the body, it’s a good idea to seek professional medical advice. If you don’t want to talk face-to-face with a doctor about your condition, you can find a wealth of information on hair loss online.

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