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Thinning Hair, Not sure what the problem root cause is, greater amount of hair fall, please advise

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: November 21, 2020 2:11 PM

Anonymous 4 days

I’m 17 and recently I’ve been seeing quite a lot of my hair falling, on the floor and on my pillow etc. I also noticed that the hairs are thinner close to the root and some hairs are really really thin. Some hairs come loose when I run through a handful of my hair and it’s really worrying because hair thinning is apparently a very disturbing problem and I have no way whatsoever to leave the house of have a physical examination by a dermatologist. I have no idea whether it’s a shampoo problem or a vitamin deficiency problem or a blood problem because I’ve never really payed much attention to it until now when it seems very apparent that some hair strands are really thin. Please advise on any ways that may help relieve the symptoms or OTC meds that I can get at a local pharmacy, or if these should not work and I should get further professional help. P.S. average hairs that fall per day that I can count are around 50-60 strands I’m guessing because I only pay more attention to the hairs that I grab when running through my hair. I also often wear headphones.

Dr Ramzdhan 4 days
General Practitioner

Hi and thank you for asking us

Through the question and statement you gave on the above section, i completely understand your concern over this matter. For your information there are a few factors that could cause hair loss such as:

  • abnormal level of androgen hormones
  • genetics. You have a family history of baldness
  • stress can cause hair loss
  • chemotherapy
  • autoimmune disease
  • shampooing too often, bleaching and dying your hair makes your hair thinner and weaker
  • illness such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, iron deficiency anemia
  • low protein diet can lead temporary hair loss

There are a few treatment plans you can discuss with your doctor to know get the right treatment for your condition such as:

  • minoxidil. It helps in slowing down the hair loss and stimulate new hair to grow
  • finasteride is a medication that can help by blocking the hormone causing hair loss
  • hair transplant is an expensive treatment and you should consult with your doctor on what’s the best plan for you

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Last Updated: Sat Nov 21 2020 14:11:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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