Thinning hair around the crown or vertex is the initial step of your journey towards baldness. Prevention is better than cure. Keeping this point in mind, it’s important to know the root cause of the same and take precautionary measures.
Main Causes of Hair Thinning
Hair thinning on the crown can be caused for a list of assorted factors which may range from the genetically driven factors to reaction of various drug interactions. Physical conditions, systemic diseases and ailments with environmental factors and improper food can lead to hair thinning.
►Physical & Mental conditions
Physical conditions like, thyroid, rapid weight gain or weight loss, iron deficiency or malnutrition, vitamin A overdose, chronic ailments, liver cirrhosis, and syphilis can cause major hair thinning on the crown. Other conditions such as Traction Alopecia, is caused by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle by constant pulling or tension over a long period. Scalp erythema and scaling may occur in patients with dermatomyositis.
Heredity or genetic aspects also play a major role in hair thinning. This reason is also known as androgenic alopecia and is termed as male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss. There are many hair loss treatments which are designed to get rid of hereditary hair thinning.
►Psychological or emotional conditions
Psychological or emotional conditions like anxiety, depression can have serious effects on hair line. This condition make hair thinner and gradually leads the journey towards baldness.
Poor diet or improper food can lead to hair thinning. Balanced nutrition consisting of appropriate proportions of carbohydrates, protein, vitamin, fat, etc leads to healthy hair that doesn’t fall off.
Stress is the new age factor that is major contributor to hair thinning. Work related stress is something that is unavoidable in today’s competitive world. It is essential to learn a way to strike a balance between work and personal life to stay healthy.
A Diagnostic Approach
The problem of thinning hair should be treated in time to avoid the problem of baldness. A thorough examination of the hair and scalp, undertaking routine blood tests would help reverse a significant amount of hair loss problems. A trichologic examination (a trichogram) defines the stage of damage to the hair, an overall assessment of the condition of hair and scalp, a determination of the speed of growth and the daily loss of hair. Undertaking routine blood tests such as TC(Total Count), DC(Differential Count), Hb(Haemoglobin), etc is crucial in the treatment for falling/thinning hair. Other blood test pertaining to a specific condition such as, overactive or underactive thyroid gland, decrease in testosterone level, high incidence of insulin level etc lead to hair loss.
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