Frequently Asked Questions
How to regrow hairs after Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.?
After chemotherapy and radiotherapy of 7 months how to regrow my hair properly.....Pls HELP.
Hair almost always grows back after chemotherapy.
Hair will commonly not grow back after radiation therapy.
It depends how much radiation and what area of the body.
Have you discussed this with your radiation oncologist and medical oncologist?
We don't know how you were treated, what you were treated for,
or what part of your body was irradiated. I assume the head/brain area.
What have you tried to help prevent balding/regrow hair?
My boyfriend is only 24 and his hair is thinning on the top of his head. Its starting to get noticeable and he's obsessing over it. Has anybody tried a product (besides surgery and laser treatment) and ACTUALLY got results? If you have, what was it and how much did it cost?
Causes for hair loss:
-Eating disorders can result in this condition due to the deficiency of iron and protein.
-Persistent use of certain medication to treat arthritis depression, sleep disorders, heart problems, cancers etc. also trigger hair loss.
-It can also be caused by Diabetes and lupus.
-Radiation therapy also causes hair loss. However, once the treatment is stopped, the hair starts growing.
-Hormonal changes in the post-natal period also cause temporary hair loss.
-Exposure of hair to harmful chemical treatments such as bleaching, coloring, perming, straightening etc. can also cause hair fall. The hair tends to get damaged and breaks off if these products are used frequently.
-Rigorous brushing also causes the hair to break resulting in hair loss.
-Infections like ringworm affect the hair and skin of the scalp leading to hair loss. Treatment of the infection is essential to prevent this problem.
A number of medications, injections, serums, creams and ointments are available in the market these days to treat this condition. However, it is essential for you to consult a dermatologist prior to using any of these products in order to determine the exact cause for hair loss and rectify it accordingly. Surgical treatments for rectifying this condition include hair transplant and scalp reductions. These are expensive and can also be painful. They are accompanied with the risk of scarring and infection if proper care is not taken. It is strongly recommended that you approach only on board-certified dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons or plastic surgeons for any surgical procedure.
Prevention of Hair loss:
-Take a well balanced and nutritious diet rich in proteins, essential fatty acids vitamins and minerals.
-Do not use excessive heat or harsh chemicals to treat your hair.
-Style your hair when it is completely dry. Never brush wet or damp hair.
-Use mild shampoos for washing your hair.
-Everyone wants to have a well maintained, glossy mane. The secret is to dote on a well balanced and nutritious diet, drink loads of water and go low on harsh chemicals.
Proscar is a prescripted medication for Men only who have hair loss. check out this site for more information.
I work at a pharmacy and for 1 month your looking into .00CAD depending to which pharmacy you go to since they have different dispensing fees. I totally recommend this for men because it has a 26%-68% rate of success of hair growth!... I'm also a hairstylist and been cutting mens hair with hairloss and has taken proscar and worked!
So go ask your family doctor or dermatologist about this medication!!
If you dont want to go into precripted medications, there are shampoo and condtioner that helps prevent hairloss. product is called nioxin. check out their website nioxin.com
if not you can massage your scalp:
This can be done by using your own fingers or by asking someone else to give you a massage. Organize the massage in such a way that your fingers remain more or less in one place, but the scalp moves. With the small circular movements or back and forth motion you will be able to cover larger areas of your scalp. A fifteen minute scalp massage with oil twice a week before shampooing must form an essential part of your hair care program. This can be done by using your own fingers or by asking someone else to give you a massage. Organize the massage in such a way that your fingers remain more or less in one place, but the scalp moves. With the small circular movements or back and forth motion you will be able to cover larger areas of your scalp. A fifteen minute scalp massage with oil twice a week before shampooing must form an essential part of your hair care program.
Postpartum Hair Loss? Where did it go and how can I get it back?
So I expected this, I knew our hair thins out postpartum due to hormones, but mine is really bad! I am 5 months postpartum and my hair is falling out so bad I have small bald sports that I need to brush over. Everytime I wash my hair there are clumps of it in the drain. Is there anyway to stop or regrow hair? I would go to the doctor but can they even do anything? Help!
While Androgenetic Alopecia is the number one reason why individuals experience hair loss, it is not the only one. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, ringworm and fungal infections can cause hair loss. Certain medications such as blood thinners, gout medication, birth control pills and too much vitamin A can cause sudden or abnormal hair loss as can following a crash diet, sudden hormonal changes, chemotherapy and radiation.
Emotional stress, pregnancy, or surgery can also cause our hair to fall out and is usually not noticed until 3-4 months after the stressful event has taken place. Stress can cause a slowing of new hair growth because a larger number of hair follicles enter into the resting phase and no new hair growth is experienced.
Another way in which individuals experience hair loss is due to mechanical stressors on the hair and scalp. Wearing pigtails, cornrows or tight rollers that end up pulling on the hair can scar the scalp and cause permanent hair loss. Hair products such as hot oil treatments and chemicals used for permanents can cause inflammation to the hair follicles which can also result in scarring and hair loss.
As far as the way to stop the hair loss and even re-growing it - read more on the site I found for you in the source
I recently went through radiation therapy and i was wondering when my skin color would return to normal?
my name is zakaria and im 16 and i went through 17 treatments of radiation therapy that took about 4 weeks to complete, and i just wanted to know when all the dead skin would peel off my neck? I would also like to know when my hair, and my taste will return to normal?
Your hair will start to regrow immediately. My skin never peeled off. It just naturally went back to normal color like a suntan fading. My taste took a little over a year. Even now, 2 years later, it's still a little dulled. Just means I can eat spicier foods than before. When I couldn't taste anything, I added hot peppers to almost everything I ate.
what is the real cause of hairloss and balding?
if a kid as young as 22 starts experiencing hairloss(thinning) what could be the causes of this....at that age he's supposed to have hair,are there any causes other than the scientific DHT level cause. are there any spiritual causes? or dietary causes for male pattern balding.
About 90 percent of the hair on most people's scalps is in a two- to six-year growth (anagen) stage at any given time. The other 10 percent is in a two- to three-month resting (telogen) phase, after which time it is shed. Most people shed 50 to 150 hairs a day. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again as a new hair from the same follicle replaces the shed hair. New hair grows at a rate of approximately one-half inch each month.
Hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.
What causes androgenetic alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is caused by heredity. Although it's most common among men, it can also affect women. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.
What causes alopecia areata
Alopecia areata is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop this type of baldness are generally in good health. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.
Other causes of temporary hair loss include:
Disease. Diabetes, lupus and thyroid disorders can cause hair loss.
Poor nutrition. Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.
Medications. Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.
Medical treatments. Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may cause you to develop alopecia. After your treatment ends, your hair typically begins to regrow.
Recent high fever, severe flu or surgery. You may notice you have less hair three to four months after events such as an illness or surgery. These conditions cause hair to shift rapidly into a resting phase (telogen effluvium), meaning you'll see less new hair growth. A normal amount of hair typically will appear after the growth phase resumes.
Infancy. Newborns often lose hair during the first several months of life. This baby hair (vellus) is eventually replaced by more permanent hair. It's also common for babies to lose a patch of hair on the back of their heads from rubbing against mattresses, playpens and car seats. Hair will grow back once a baby begins to spend more time sitting up.
Childbirth. Some women experience an increase in hair loss several months after delivering a baby. This is because during pregnancy the hair is shifted into an active growth state that then goes back to baseline soon after delivery. This increased hair loss usually corrects itself.
Hair treatments. Chemicals used for dying, tinting, bleaching, straightening or perming can cause hair to become damaged and break off if they are overused or used incorrectly. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly also can cause some hair loss. This is known as traction alopecia.
Scalp infection. Infections such as ringworm can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally regrows. Ringworm, a fungal infection, can usually be treated with a topical or oral antifungal medication.
Baldness, whether permanent or temporary, can't be cured. But treatments are available to help promote hair growth or hide hair loss. For some types of alopecia, hair may resume growth without any treatment.
The effectiveness of medications used to treat alopecia depends on the cause of hair loss, extent of the loss and individual response. Generally, treatment is less effective for more extensive cases of hair loss.
The types of drugs for treatment of alopecia that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration include:
Minoxidil (Rogaine). This over-the-counter medication is approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. Minoxidil is a liquid that you rub into your scalp twice daily to regrow hair and to prevent further loss. Some people experience some hair regrowth or a slower rate of hair loss or both. Minoxidil is available in a 2 percent solution and in a 5 percent solution.
New hair resulting from minoxidil use may be thinner and shorter than previous hair. But there can be enough regrowth for some people to hide their bald spots and have it blend with existing hair. New hair stops growing soon after you discontinue the use of minoxidil. If you experience minimal results within six months, your doctor may recommend discontinuing use. Side effects can include irritation of the scalp.
Finasteride (Propecia). This prescription medication to treat male-pattern baldness is taken daily in pill form. Many people taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. Positive results may take several months. Finasteride works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that shrinks hair follicles and is an important factor in male hair loss. Rare side effects of finasteride include diminished sex drive and sexual function. As with minoxidil, the benefits of finasteride stop if you stop using it.
Finasteride is not approved for use by women. In fact, it poses significant danger to women of childbearing age. If you're a pregnant woman, don't even handle crushed or broken finasteride tablets because absorption of the drug may cause serious birth defects in male fetuses.
Corticosteroids. Injections of cortisone into the scalp can treat alopecia areata. Treatment is usually repeated monthly. Doctors sometimes prescribe corticosteroid pills for extensive hair loss due to alopecia areata. Ointments and creams can also be used, but they may be less effective than injections.
Anthralin (Drithocreme). Available as either a cream or an ointment, anthralin is a synthetic, tarry substance that you apply to your scalp and wash off daily. It's typically used to treat psoriasis, but doctors can prescribe it to treat other skin conditions. Anthralin may stimulate new hair growth for cases of alopecia areata.
Hair transplants and scalp reduction surgery are available to treat androgenetic alopecia when more conservative measures have failed. During transplantation a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon takes tiny plugs of skin, each containing one to several hairs, from the back or side of your scalp. The plugs are then implanted into the bald sections. Several transplant sessions may be needed as hereditary hair loss progresses with time.
Scalp reduction, as the name implies, means decreasing the area of bald skin on your head. Your scalp and the top part of your head may seem to have a snug fit. But the skin can become flexible and stretched enough for some of it to be surgically removed. After hairless scalp is removed, the space is closed with hair-covered scalp. Doctors can also fold hair-bearing skin over an area of bald skin in a scalp reduction technique called a flap. Scalp reduction can be combined with hair transplantation to fashion a natural-looking hairline in those with more extensive hair loss.
Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. Possible risks include infection and scarring. If you're interested in these procedures, consider only board-certified dermatologists, plastic surgeons or cosmetic surgeons, and check local and state medical boards for a record of patient complaints before choosing a doctor. Consult with this doctor to confirm the cause of your hair loss and review all treatment options, including nonsurgical ones, before proceeding with plans for surgery.
Wigs and hairpieces
If you would like an alternative to medical treatment for your baldness or if you don't respond to treatment, you may want to consider wearing a wig or hairpiece. They can be used to cover either permanent or temporary hair loss. Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available.