Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Diffuse Alopecia and Hair Loss

Subjects who have been diagnosed by with diffuse hair loss usually tend to worry lest they might become bald. As a matter of fact the condition does not end up with the complete baldness, but may cause you to lose hair from the scalp region leading to thinning of the hair layer. Diffused alopecia is a condition that is seen both in the men and women. It usually affects the whole of the scalp instead of a specific region of it. As a matter of fact no itching or pain is associated with the condition of diffused alopecia. The primary sign of the onset of the condition is abrupt and increasing fall of hair followed by thinning of the hair layer in the region of scalp.

There are many reasons for diffuse hair loss, but the points worth metioning are pregnancy, infection, lack of certain necessary hormones, and sometimes may also occur due to the drug interactions. Deficiency of certain minerals such as iron, has been seen to be one of the major causes of the condition of diffuse hair loss. Sever infections such as pneumonia leads to serious hair fall condition. Certain diseases of the internal organs may also lead to the condition. The decreased thyroid function is again another major cause for the diffuse hairloss.

The treatment however, largely depends on the cause of the condition. The doctor may advise the patient for certain tests to make the confirmed diagnosis of the hair loss. Deficiency of certain minerals such as iron have been seen to be one of the major causes of the condition and as so, sometimes the condition may be recover automatically on its own.

In case of thyroid gland malfunctioning the doctors will prescribe the thyroid replacement medications either alone or in the combination of the iron supplement. The doctor is the best person to decide the mode of treatment and hence it is advisable not to go for the self-medication. If left untreated, the diffuse hair loss or alopecia would become more marked and may even persist.