Many patients ask me- “What is the reason I am losing hair?” Is it because I am wearing a helmet, or not putting enough hair oil, or because I relocated to Bangalore, or because I am not eating well or not sleeping enough, so on and so forth.  In reality however, there are only a handful of reasons for hair loss. These are –

Patterned hair loss

Here the hair falls in a pattern, typically confined to the top of the head and the temple areas, with the back of the head remaining quite intact. Patterned hair loss is caused by either hereditary or hormonal factors. Hormonal factors are seen more often in women like Poly cystic ovarian disease and Thyroid disorders.

Scalp infections

Common varieties of scalp infections are either fungal or bacterial. Typically there will be dandruff, itching on the scalp, boils, etc, along with hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium

This category includes hair loss which occurs due to factors like change of water, stress, illness like typhoid, jaundice etc. Most of these losses are temporary and if treated early, show a good chance of recovery.

Most hair loss cases fall into one of the above 3 categories. Some patients might have 2 types of hair loss occurring together, for example hereditary and scalp infection both at the same time and that can make the hair fall faster. But that is about as complicated as it gets.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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