Hair loss is one of the most distressing occurrences in our lives, and it is the root of many psychological issues such as loss of self-confidence, depression, and anxiety, all of which have an effect on our everyday routines and activities, not only among our family members, but also at work, where we strive to be beautiful and develop our confidence and self-esteem.
Hair loss may be caused by a variety of factors, including certain infections, drugs containing harsh chemicals, or genetics inherited from one of the parents. However, we will discuss hereditary hair loss in this article, including its signs and the steps patients can take to prevent hair loss.
Genetic Hair Loss is a general type of hair loss that is passed on by a parent whose genes bear a baldness-causing genetic code. In both men and women, inherited hair loss is known by multiple terms, including Androgenetic Alopecia and Hereditary Baldness.
Genetic Hair Loss is the most prevalent form of hair loss, accounting for more than 95 percent of all baldness cases.
The hormonal mechanism that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attacks hair follicles, inhibits hair cell formation, and induces baldness is the source of hereditary hair loss.
Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the production of male sexual traits and is much more concentrated in males than in women. Its elevated levels are thought to be the source of baldness; thus, men are much more likely than women to suffer hair loss. While women have low levels of testosterone, these levels are sufficient to induce hair loss in women.
Testosterone is a hormone that is much more concentrated in males than in women and is responsible for the production of male sexual characteristics.
Hair Loss Symptoms
Hair loss symptoms in men differ from those in women and children. However, it usually starts with a receding hairline and progresses to total hair loss in various areas of the scalp as men age.
The following are the signs and symptoms of male pattern baldness:
A person who is prone to hair loss may notice thinning hair on the scalp and a gradual decrease in hair density when brushing or showering. A receding hairline is another sign that the patient may notice. Hair starts to fall out on the patient’s temples and forehead, making baldness more visible and noticeable. Hair loss affects the crown of the scalp, which develops a horseshoe pattern over time, while the hair at the back of the head, where the donor region is located, remains fully healthy. Furthermore, hair loss causes itchiness on the scalp.
The following are the signs and symptoms of female pattern baldness:
Female hair loss has signs that are somewhat similar to male hair loss; however, female hair loss is less noticeable and slower than male hair loss.
Excessive hair loss is common in women, and it normally starts with a bald spot on the crown of the head and a receding hairline. One of the symptoms is thinning hair, which makes the hair brittle and therefore more likely to fall out.
The following are the signs and symptoms of hair loss in children and young adults:
Children and young adults, in general, can experience sudden hair loss, as well as total hair loss on the body. Furthermore, patches of thinning hair or incomplete hair loss on the scalp and brows are common in infants.
Some health conditions, such as diseases, certain drugs, anemia, and stress, can cause excessive hair loss in children, both on the scalp and in the eyebrows.
The following are the signs and symptoms of genetic hair loss:
The signs and symptoms of genetic hair loss are close to those of natural hair loss.