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Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Risk Factors
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Home Remedies
Doctors to Consult

Common name

Baldness (Eng.); Pangangalbo (Fil.)

Hair loss (Alopecia) is the loss of hair on the head or in any other part of the body.


Hair begins to fall out often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter.

Risk Factors
  • Androgenic alopecia
  • Drugs (including chemotherapeutic agents)
  • High fever or severe infections (including fungal infections)
  • Systemic illness (particularly those that cause high fever, SLE, endocrine disorders, nutritional deficiencies)
  • Other heredity, aging and local skin conditions
  • Childbirth
  • Severe emotional stress
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
  • Minoxidil may prevent further hair loss and increase hair growth when applied directly to the scalp twice a day
  • Finasteride works by blocking the effects of male hormones on the hair follicles and is taken by mouth daily. Contraindication: Finasteride is not used for women with hair loss.
  • Corticosteroids (Triamcinolone acetonide, triamcinolone hexacetonide, hydrocortisone acetate) suppress the T-cell-mediated immune attack on the hair follicle
Treatment and Management
Home Remedies
  • Regular massaging with basic oils (lukewarm oil i.e. Coconut oil, mustard oil or almond oil)
  • Regular intake of wheatgrass or aloe vera juice
  • Use natural concoctions i.e. Coconut milk
  • Wash hair w/ paste made from neem leaves or other homemade paste by adding honey and olive oil to some cinnamon powder mixture
  • Eat a healthy diet (more seeds and nuts, green leafy vegetables), foods rich in calcium, protein, and iron
Doctors to Consult
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