How is diffuse alopecia manifested and treated in men?
Diffuse alopecia is less common in men than in women. The occurrence of this annoying ailment, characterized by loss of hair on the surface of the head or body, is primarily associated with various disorders in the body, a lack of vitamins, and exposure to adverse factors. The disease can be hereditary (androgenetic alopecia), so its appearance, in contrast to androgenic alopecia, is quite possible even in a child.
Faced with severe baldness, it is important to know that this is not a fatal disease, but only a temporary ailment that brings some discomfort. There are many ways to deal with alopecia. This can be wearing wigs and hairpieces, transplanting your own or artificial hair, other options.
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What is the cause of the development of the disease?
Diffuse baldness in men is a consequence of the poor state of the body. Hair ceases to form due to malfunction of cell division, disturbances in capillary blood flow, resulting in a decrease in hair follicles. Lack of nutrition leads to a halt in hair growth and development: "old" - rapidly fall out, new - are formed brittle, weakened, have a completely unattractive appearance.
Before you begin to treat alopecia, you should determine the factors that influenced its development. Among them, special attention should be paid to:
- taking medications (antipsychotics, antibiotics),
- stress or severe nervous strain,
- frequent diets and fasting
- chronic and severe infectious diseases,
- thyroid problems
- vitamin deficiency and lack of protein in the body.
Symptoms of diffuse baldness in men
The main symptom of alopecia in the stronger sex is constant, uniform hair loss: on average about 1000 hairs are lost during the day. Most, unfortunately, do not attach much importance to this, mistakenly believing that hair loss is a temporary phenomenon. An appeal to a specialist follows when an ailment leads to obvious changes in appearance and has long passed into the active stage.
Treatment of diffuse alopecia in men is carried out by a trichologist. With a gradual, gradually accelerating hair loss, which captures mainly the parietal and temporal parts, he can prescribe:
- visual trichoscopy,
- spectral analysis,
- hormonal or biochemical blood test,
- mesotherapy or physiotherapy,
- general strengthening or hormonal therapy,
- surgical hair transplant.
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The main causes of the disease
Normally, about 50-150 hairs fall out for each person, but new hair gradually grows in and out of the place, preventing baldness. If the doctor diagnosed diffuse alopecia, the number of hair loss per day may exceed 1000, which is accompanied by aesthetic dissatisfaction and psychological discomfort. Only knowing the triggering factors, the doctor can determine how to cure.
Diffuse hair loss can occur for various reasons, for example:
- psycho-emotional stresses, as a result of which aggressive hormones are produced,
- hormonal imbalance, endocrine pathology, dysfunction of the adrenal cortex, testicles, pituitary, thyroid gland,
- taking medications, for example, antibiotics, hormones, antidepressants, antipsychotics,
- extensive surgery and severe injuries,
- infectious and inflammatory diseases,
- poor nutrition, misuse of harmful products, deficiency of vitamins and minerals,
- poisoning with toxic substances,
- irradiation of the body.
In any case, baldness never occurs without serious reasons, most often this is facilitated by several disorders in the body, immune and hormonal disruptions. Therefore, it is important to contact the clinic after the first manifestations of alopecia.
The mechanism of the development of the disease
Only a trichologist knows all phases of hair growth and development, indicators of norm and deviations from them. In general, during the growth of hair, 3 phases pass - the phase of anagen, catagen and telogen. If we consider the problem of diffuse alopecia, the patient has a violation in one of the phases, it all depends on the individual characteristics of the body. Visually, this manifests itself in the form of pathological hair loss from the surface of the head.
Any internal malfunctions, pathologies and diseases can lead to such a violation, if weakened immunity and unbalanced nutrition are observed. Hair follicles do not receive the proper amount of vitamins and valuable substances, the supply of blood and oxygen is disrupted, the duration of one or more phases of hair growth is shortened and suspended. As a result, in the last phase, the hairs simply begin to fall out.
Diffuse alopecia can be classified into two types, depending on the phase of hair growth at which it appears. Namely:
- Telogen diffuse alopecia - against the background of the pathological process in the body, alopecia develops gradually against the background of stress, hormonal disorders, deficiency of vitamins and minerals. The trichologist diagnoses premature follicular withdrawal into the resting phase, and hair growth is accordingly suspended.
- Anagen diffuse alopecia - against the background of sharp aggressive factors (radiation, toxic poisoning, intoxication), a sharp hair loss occurs. Most often, such baldness is observed in cancer patients who have undergone a course of chemotherapy.
According to the characteristic signs, the disease can be detected in a timely manner, in which case the treatment will be effective and not long-term. The first and main sign of diffuse alopecia is the uniform loss of hair everywhere on the man’s head. Also, the hair will become dull, weak and brittle. If serious diseases such as syphilis, thyroid dysfunctions, or allergic dermatitis are the cause of diffuse alopecia, hair can fall out on the eyebrows and eyelashes.
You can detect gradual hair loss in the parting area, and bald spots will be rounded. If we consider the telogen form of diffuse baldness, both acute and gradual onset are possible.Anagen alopecia is accompanied by complete hair loss within a few weeks after aggressive exposure to provoking factors.
Diagnosis of alopecia
First, the patient needs to see a therapist who will evaluate the general state of health. Next, you will need a consultation of a trichologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, oncologist, urologist, infectious disease specialist to determine the causes of the development of diffuse alopecia. Laboratory studies involve several types of tests:
- biochemical and clinical blood analysis,
- blood test for the study of hormones,
- checking blood sugar
- allergic tests
- ultrasound examination of the pelvic organs, peritoneum, thyroid gland,
- parasite tests
- an immunogram for the detection of autoimmune malfunctions.
A psychotherapist or a psychologist is also consulted separately to identify any disturbances in the psycho-emotional background, and to correct this condition.
The main methods of treating the disease
The therapeutic measures prescribed by the trichologist should be aimed primarily at neutralizing the triggering factors of alopecia. And only after their elimination, treatment will be aimed at restoring hair growth and healthy scalp. Only an integrated approach to drawing up a course of therapy guarantees a positive outcome, unless the patient consulted a doctor too late.
The medical treatment of baldness is prescribed only by a medical specialist, since many drugs are dispensed strictly according to the prescription, and with irrational use cause side effects. Treatment of diffuse alopecia with drugs is as follows:
- blood flow stimulants - Cosilon, Generolon or Minoxidil,
- sedation - Valerian, Persen, Tincture of peony, etc.,
- intake of vitamins and minerals to stimulate hair growth - Vitrum Beauty, Alphabet, ABC Spectrum, Selencin, etc.
The most common way to treat alopecia of various forms and stages in a beauty parlor is mesotherapy. During the procedures, the doctor injects vitamins into the scalp by injection to strengthen and grow hair, trace elements, plant extracts, amino acids. Vacuum and manual massage are also practiced to improve blood circulation and nutrition of hair follicles.
Physiotherapy is an alternative treatment for diffuse alopecia. The doctor may prescribe massage procedures using a vibration helmet, darsonvalization, cryotherapy or electroporation. All these methods perform one function - they accelerate the local blood flow, due to which the hair roots and follicles receive proper nutrition with oxygen and useful body resources.
If conservative treatment of diffuse hair loss has not led to restoration of hair growth, the doctor prescribes a radical method of treatment - surgery. The operation will last about 4-6 hours, during which hair is transplanted from the occipital part of the head to the bald areas. The maximum effect after transplantation is observed after 3-4 months.
Hair care is another way to restore their growth and strengthen hair roots. It is extremely important for a man to choose shampoos and balms correctly, taking into account the type of hair and the features of the scalp. Pharmacies today offer a wide selection of therapeutic cosmetics that stimulate hair growth. Any problems with the hair, whether it is brittle, dry or excessive greasy, seborrhea and others should be eliminated in a timely manner with proper care.
Androgenetic alopecia (the same as androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness) is thinning (miniaturization) of hair, leading in men to baldness of the parietal and frontal areas, in women - to thinning hair in the central parting of the head with spread on its side surfaces.
The severity of androgenetic alopecia is characterized for men on the Norwood en scale, for women - on the Ludwig scale.
Over 95% of all cases of male pattern baldness are androgenetic alopecia. Data on the frequency of androgenetic alopecia in women diverge significantly - from 20% to 90% of all cases of hair loss, which is associated with a less noticeable and more difficult to diagnose manifestation of this alopecia in women.
Male pattern baldness is associated with androgens - masculinizing steroid hormones produced by organisms of both sexes. The role of androgens is proved by the fact that castration, which significantly reduces their level, stabilizes baldness in all cases, and hormone replacement therapy in neutered patients resumes it.
The action of androgens is realized through the cells of the hair papilla (a section of the dermis with vessels and nerves that protrudes into the bottom of the hair bulb). In the cells of the hair papilla, androgens bind to the corresponding receptor and affect the production of paracrine factors - short-range substances on which the division of hair stem cells, the state of the extracellular matrix, etc.
Paracrine factors include, for example, matrix metalloproteinases that “loosen” the connective tissue skeleton of the skin around the growing hair follicle. Violation of the production of paracrine factors does not allow follicles to reproduce in their previous sizes or makes their growth impossible.
Degenerative changes in androgenetic alopecia affect not only the hair follicles - the scalp is thinning, blood flow and oxygen content in the skin are reduced, with alopecia, the follicles lie to a depth of 1 mm, while in the scalp without signs of baldness they perforate the skin and are adjacent to the subcutaneous vascular nerve plexus (follicle depth is normal: in men - about 4 mm, in women - 3 mm).
As a rule, the hair on the head remains, but becomes thin, short, colorless (fluffy hair) and can no longer cover the scalp - a bald spot forms. In 10-12 years after the manifestation of alopecia, the follicle mouths are overgrown with connective tissue, and even fluffy hair can no longer produce.
For androgens, follicle cells are not only a target, but also a place of transformation into estrogens - the development of baldness is ultimately determined by the intracellular metabolism of androgens and estrogens.
Dihydrotestosterone (the strongest androgen) is produced from testosterone by the 5α-reductase enzyme located inside the cell. 5α-reductase competes for testosterone with another intracellular enzyme, aromatase, which also uses testosterone as a substrate (converting it to estrogen). In competition for the total substrate, the production of dihydrotestosterone depends on the ratio of these enzymes - the more aromatase there is in the cell, the less testosterone 5α-reductase is available.
Aromatase inhibitors used in the treatment of estrogen-dependent tumors of women significantly (several times) increase the incidence of thinning hair and male pattern baldness. Aromatase inhibitors do not belong to drugs that damage cells (from which the entire head balds) - these data show that aromatase is a factor that restrains the development of androgenetic alopecia, and aromatase deficiency makes baldness possible.
It is noteworthy that in the follicles the nape of the aromatase is much larger than in the follicles of the top of the head - in men 3, in women 1.8 times, which correlates with the best hair growth in this area.
It is known that aromatase expression increases in response to hypoxia (oxygen starvation), leading to an increase in local production of estrogen, one of the functions of which is to protect cells from ischemia (inhibiting apoptosis, stimulating angiogenesis, etc.).
It was also shown that aromatase expression increases in response to external pressure (more than 4 times).
Estrogens and androgens are closely related hormones with a common metabolism, but with opposite effects. The estrogens synthesized by aromatase modulate the life cycle of the hair. So, estradiol prolongs the hair growth phase, which is especially noticeable in pregnant women, when, against the background of increasing levels of estradiol, the number of growing hair and the total number of hair on the head increase. After childbirth, estrogen levels decrease and hair that has been in the growth phase longer than usual falls out relatively synchronously, increasing daily hair loss and leading to their temporary thinning. Estrogens increase the thickness of the skin - in a year of hormone replacement therapy (in postmenopausal women), the skin becomes thicker by almost 30%. Estrogens inhibit 5α-reductase by about 40% (in vitro).
The ratios of enzymes, hormones and receptors in cells are in dynamic equilibrium. Changing one of them sets in motion all the others. The zonal differences between the hair of the balding and non-bald areas do not mean that the hair is genetically different - in addition to the protein structure, the reaction norm is encoded in the genes (the range in which gene expression can be found) and the algorithm of the gene’s behavior in certain circumstances, which underlies plasticity phenotype. Under different conditions, the same genes of the same person can behave differently. Under identical conditions, these differences do not arise (but this does not mean that all “accumulated” phenotypic changes are reversible).
The sensitivity of the follicle to androgens is determined by heredity. It is believed that the propensity for hair loss in 73-75% of cases is inherited on the maternal side, in 20% - on the paternal side, and only 5-7% - become the first in the family. Recently, it was possible to determine what features in human DNA are most likely can cause hair loss, and these data are already used in practice to determine the propensity for hereditary baldness in both men and women.
Modern medicine offers two approaches to the fight against androgenetic alopecia - drug therapy and own hair transplantation.
The most effective and reliable method of dealing with androgenic alopecia today is hormone replacement therapy for transgender women.
Of the drugs to date, only two have clinically proven their effectiveness and safety in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia and have been approved by the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration, a drug for topical ( external) use of minoxidil (solution, spray and foam) and a preparation for internal use of finasteride (brand propecia - finasteride 1 mg), the latter is recommended only for men (in postmenopausal women, it was not effective).
Low-intensity laser radiation has also been clinically proven to be effective and approved by the above authorities for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia by using a laser comb at home. In the conditions of medical centers more powerful clinical laser systems are used. The efficiency of the laser comb is low. Clinical laser installations give a significantly more pronounced effect. As with drug therapy, discontinuation of laser therapy leads to hair degradation to its original state.
Hair transplantation is a surgical way to solve the problem. The surgeon takes hair follicles from the occipital and lateral parts of the head surface, where the follicles are not affected by dihydrotestosterone (androgen-independent zones), and transfers them to the site of baldness. After transplantation, the follicles continue to function normally, and normal healthy hair grows from them and lasts until the end of life.However, not all candidates for hair transplantation are suitable for this operation, and the long-term results of the operation are not always satisfactory.
Currently, the world is actively developing promising methods of hair restoration for androgenetic alopecia. Those who are interested in this issue have the highest expectations. hair cloning and new hair growth stimulation.
The essence of the first technology consists in cloning hair follicles taken from androgen-independent zones of the head surface, followed by the introduction of the obtained clones into bald areas of the scalp according to a special technique.
The development of the second technology is based on the established fact that when wounds heal in areas of the skin with hair, a protein called Wnt is activated, which somehow contributes to the appearance of new hair follicles at the site of injury. The hair emerging from them normally goes through all development cycles. Scientists believe that Wnt can be made to produce new follicles on intact skin. source not specified 1183 days .
Diffuse alopecia can be avoided with the help of preventive measures prescribed by experienced trichologists and dermatologists.
- timely treatment of any diseases in the body,
- annual preventive examination of the body in the clinic,
- balanced diet,
- intake of vitamins during off-season periods,
- active and active lifestyle
- comprehensive hair care - shampoos, balms, masks,
- good rest, sleep, stress avoidance.
Such simple rules must be observed by all men, since due to the sensitivity of the hair roots to androgens, as well as their close fit to the scalp, the risks of developing baldness threaten almost everything.
Diffuse baldness differs from other forms of alopecia in men by uniform hair loss without the appearance of foci and visible zones. Such hair loss can be gradual cumulative, and can manifest itself in a sharply acute phase. Much depends on the provoking factors and the causes of alopecia. According to them, the course of treatment is further determined.
Causes of Alopecia in Men
There are many reasons for hair loss in men, but most cases of alopecia are caused by a limited set of factors:
Infectious diseases. Both acute and chronic infections are accompanied by signs of general intoxication, and one of them is a weakening of the hair follicles. Infections of the scalp can also lead to hair loss - in particular, fungal infections.
Stress. Nervous tension affects all body systems, including blood circulation: with a spasm, the vessels contract, the nutrition of the follicles is disturbed and, deprived of the supply of oxygen and nutrients, they die. However, it is worth knowing that hair does not begin to fall out at the time of the highest tension, but after about 2-5 months. Many manage to forget that almost half a year ago they had some kind of trouble, and hair loss seems unreasonable.
Taking medication. There are a number of medicines, among the side effects of which are hair loss: antidepressants, hormones, steroids, diuretics, heparin drugs and many others.
Endocrine Disorders Alopecia in men is often a consequence of thyroid disease. Moreover, alopecia is accompanied by both hyper- and hypofunction of this organ. With insufficient or excessive activity of the thyroid gland, alopecia areata develops, which leads to hair loss on certain parts of the head and the formation of round bald spots.
Injury to the skin and follicles. In the place of deep scars from burns, wounds or inflammations, the hair does not grow, since follicles can die with injuries.There is no cure for this type of alopecia in men, and only hair transplantation can correct the situation in this case. The injuries can conditionally be attributed to the constant tension of the hair, which damages the bulbs. A tight tail damages the follicles, and the hair begins to actively fall out. Fortunately, in this case, it is enough to abandon such a hairstyle, and in a few months everything will return to normal.
Hormonal disorders. Male sex hormones, androgens, are one of the most common causes of alopecia in men. Alopecia of this type is a hereditary disorder, but in the very early stages, hair loss can be slowed down and even temporarily suspended. However, it is extremely difficult to completely cure alopecia caused by hormonal activity.
Lack of vitamins. The diet of a modern city dweller is poor in nutrients, since many busy people eat irregularly and inadequately, their diet lacks the necessary vitamins and minerals. A healthy, but monotonous diet (for example, boiled chicken with the same side dish every day) can also lead to the fact that some trace elements and vitamins will be in excess, while others are too few.
Of course, it makes no sense to guess on the grounds of coffee, what is the root of evil in your case. It is necessary to consult a doctor so that he can establish on the basis of a number of laboratory and instrumental studies what the cause of alopecia is, its type and stage.
Alopecia areata (lat.alopecia areata) - pathological hair loss as a result of damage to the cells of the root system of the hair by immune defense factors. It manifests in the form of one or more rounded foci of baldness. It has a staged morphological development and is defined as focal, multi-focal, subtotal, total and universal alopecia. In the last stage of alopecia, hair damage is observed throughout the body, which indicates a systematic and progressive development of the autoimmune process. Damage to the nail plates (pinpoint onychodystrophy) often accompanies total and universal alopecia. The etiology and pathogenesis have been studied sufficiently in the scope of comparison of any other dermatosis. The genetic predisposition of the disease has become known to a wide range of dermatologists, however, the problem remains of identifying new and systematizing known genes found in people with alopecia areata. It is believed that when certain genes responsible for immunological compatibility are activated, specific proteins are formed that trigger a cascade of immunological transformations. The factors that activate the genes are emotional stress, vaccination, viral diseases, antibiotic therapy, anesthesia, etc. According to various sources, the frequency of episodic manifestations of alopecia areata among different populations ranges from 0.5% to 2.5%.
One of the studies of pathogenesis is a defect in the metabolism of endogenous retinoids.
For the treatment of focal alopecia, there are a number of tools and methods, but they are not officially approved. The most common treatment for alopecia is the use of corticosteroids in various forms (in the form of creams, injections, oral drugs) or drugs that stimulate the release of their own corticosteroids. Unfortunately, corticosteroids used have a selective and unstable effect. In the USSR, in 1972, an organosilicon substance was synthesized, and in the Russian Federation since 1992 it was registered as a medicinal (1-Chloromethylsilatran) and simultaneously cosmetic (Mival Concentrated) for the treatment of alopecia areata. Minoxidil synthesized in the USA in 1962 is also used; other agents include anthralen, PUVA therapy, retinoids with various, variable success. source not specified 1183 days .
Scientists from the Medical Center of Columbia University (USA) for the first time proposed a new treatment method for patients with autoimmune focal alopecia. The treatment involves the use of a Janus kinase inhibitor (JAK kinase), a drug called ruxolitinib, which was previously approved for the treatment of bone marrow cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. In the course of early preclinical studies on a small number of patients, variable success was shown: the effect of the drug manifests itself only while the treatment lasts, and the Janus kinase inhibitor also causes a slight decrease in immunity.
A common feature of various forms of cicatricial alopecia is irreversible damage to the hair follicles and the appearance of connective (scar) tissue in their place. In the structure of types of baldness, cicatricial alopecia is 1-2%.
Causes of cicatricial alopecia can be infections (viral, bacterial, fungal) that cause inflammatory reactions around the hair peritrichi, on the site of which as a result of which connective tissue appears. If the infection is treated in a timely manner, the hair may persist.
Cicatricial alopecia often occurs as a result of physical injuries - injuries, thermal or chemical burns.
For the treatment of formed alopecia, there is only one method - surgical. Either the bald spots are removed if they are not too large, or healthy follicles from areas not affected by alopecia are transplanted into these places.
Chemotherapy often leads to hair loss, which is difficult for the patient to tolerate and can cause emotional disorders that worsen the quality of life. To prevent this complication, a cooling helmet is used. A protective effect is achieved by slowing down the metabolism and the rate of division of the hair follicle cells (chemotherapy mainly affects the cells at the time of their division - when cooled, the metabolism and the rate of cell division slows down significantly (the cells of the hair follicle are one of the fastest growing in the body)). At the same time, alopecia with chemotherapy in the vast majority of cases is reversible.
There are 2 types of hair transplant operations.
The first type is the strip method, in which a skin flap cut from the donor area on the occipital part is used for transplantation. The flap is cut into grafts (the graft contains 1-3 hair follicles) and transplanted.
The most modern transplantation method is a seamless (follicular) method, in which the hair follicles are removed from the donor zone using one special tool. In this case, with insufficient hair on the occipital part of the head, the chin, chest, legs, and inguinal region can be the donor zone.
It is interesting that in a new environment, the hair of these zones change their characteristics. So, hair transplanted from the lower limb on the head becomes more straight and long.
Today, hair transplantation is the only source not specified 3046 days an effective way to restore hair and treat baldness. The survival rate of transplanted hair is more than 95%.
Types of Male Alopecia
Most often, they do not pay attention to the disease in the initial stages, they notice the beginning of baldness with the appearance of strong bald patches. In any case, before starting treatment, it is necessary to establish the type of disease and the cause that caused it.
Forehead baldness in men.
Varieties of the disease:
- anagenic form of diffuse baldness,
Each species has its own characteristics of the course and treatment.
Important! To understand how to cure alopecia in men, you should determine its type and identify the cause that caused the disease.
Alopecia in men of this type is considered the most common.It is diagnosed in 90% of cases of pathology. Androgenic alopecia in men is characterized by the gradual appearance of bald patches. This process happens unnoticed. With the appearance of bald patches, it is difficult to stop the process.
5th stage of male pattern baldness.
Stages on the Norwood scale:
- First stage. A line of baldness affects the frontal part.
- Second stage. Triangular bald patches form on the frontal part.
- Third stage. Bald patches become deep. The affected area reaches the middle of the forehead. At this stage of alopecia, new areas of baldness on the parietal part of the head may occur.
- The fourth stage. At the parietal stage, a rounded spot appears, having a fluff. The frontal zone moves further, leaving small areas with sparse hairs.
- Fifth stage. Between the parietal and frontal zone of baldness, a small narrow strip is noted. Sometimes small islands with thick hair remain over the forehead, and around them areas that have become very thin.
- Sixth stage. Between the parietal and frontal areas of baldness, the border is erased and becomes barely noticeable.
- Seventh stage. It is characterized by the loss of almost all hair. With this degree, a man’s hairstyle looks like a horseshoe.
The cause of this type of alopecia is a violation of the hair development cycle. This can happen at any stage of the cycle and can be characterized differently.
- The first cycle is the anagen phase. Here occurs the formation of hair, the active reproduction of bulb cells. The duration of the period is about five years.
- Catagenic phase. After growth, the hair rests. Peace lasts about two weeks.
- The third phase is telogenic. The life force of the hairs fades, they fall out. In place of the old appears a new hair. This period lasts about six months.
All hairs on the head are in different phases of their development. Some are only emerging, while others are already falling out. If the cycle is disturbed, the hair does not grow, their cycle freezes, and bald patches appear in places where new hair should be. This process occurs imperceptibly for the eyes, since in a year a person loses no more than 5% of hair.
How does diffuse alopecia develop?
Normal, healthy hair should go through the following cycles in its lifetime:
- The period of growth and development (anagen) at this time, cell division begins to actively occur in the hair follicle, this becomes visually noticeable 1.5-2 months after the start of the process, during which time the hair grows by 1-1.5 cm. This phase lasts up to 6 years (average 4 years).
- When the cell activity decreases, the catagen phase begins for the hair bulb, nothing happens at this time, this stage is characterized by “rest”, its duration is from several days to two months.
- A certain part of the hair shaft begins to thicken, pigmentation stops, the root vagina disappears, the hair bulb decreases, weakens and moves away from the papilla - this is the telogen phase
- The last stage of the life cycle is exogen, at which time the hair advances to the surface of the skin, separates from the hair follicle and falls out
In a healthy person, in the absence of any pathologies, the main part of the hair follicles should be in the growth phase of development (anagen), only 10-11% are in the phase of catagen, telogen and exogen.
The transition of the hair follicle to the growth phase and to all subsequent stages is carried out under the guidance of signal molecules, how exactly they transmit this signal has not been completely studied. There are several types of signaling molecules that are involved in all cyclic stages of growth.
In the study of diffuse alopecia, two options for the development of the disease were identified: there is a violation of activity in the process of cell division and growth, or, under a certain influence, a simultaneous premature transition from the phase of growth and development to the phase of rest occurs, etc.
Forms of diffuse alopecia
Currently, diffuse alopecia in middle-aged women is a lot of concern, so this problem requires a deep and detailed approach, at the moment many questions related to this disease remain unanswered.
According to the structure of hair loss and the evolution of the disease, two forms of diffuse alopecia are distinguished:
- Anagen alopecia is hair loss, the only reason for this is radiation or chemical radiation. Hair falls out when it is still in the stage of growth, without moving to the next phase. When carrying out chemotherapy, while taking medications containing heavy substances (bismuth, colchicine, levodopa), from the direct effects of mercury, boron. In addition, the severe form of protein-energy deficiency has an effect. The prolapse process begins approximately 1-3 weeks after adverse effects.
This diffuse alopecia in men and women is almost always a temporary phenomenon, moreover, when the hair grows back, they can even become healthier and stronger.
- Diffuse telogen alopecia is diffuse alopecia in women and men is most common. Telogen hair in an abnormal amount falls out. This phenomenon can occur in acute form - profuse loss within six months, and then the process stops spontaneously, or due to treatment. But in some cases, this phenomenon can occur for a long time several years or more, but the hair never completely disappears.
The amount of hair contained in telogen increases due to the fact that the hair follicles during the growth period have a high metabolic activity and are easily affected, therefore, under unfavorable factors, the growth stage suddenly stops and the hair goes into telogen, i.e. a certain amount of hair follicles appear prematurely transferred to telogen, in addition to the prescribed amount of hair already in the telogen.
After 3-5 weeks, all this “rushing” hair will fall out.
In addition, the following disorders may occur with telogen alopecia:
- Delay in the anagen phase - this diffuse alopecia in women develops during the gestation of the baby due to hormonal effects. Throughout pregnancy, the hair does not go into the dormant (catagen) phase, but with the birth of the baby they quickly catch up, and 1-2 months after the baby is born, the mother begins to profuse hair loss.
- For unknown reasons, the anagen phase is shortened in a person, as a result of this, hair grows only to a certain length.
- The telogen phase is shortened and the whole cycle is broken, the follicle begins to grow prematurely and the time balance between the cycles is broken.
- The late onset of the telogen phase also leads to disruption of phase changes in the hair development. In conditions of lack of sunlight, such a violation is typical.
Causes of diffuse alopecia
In some cases, the causes of diffuse alopecia can be classified according to this symptom:
Infections, viruses (infectious diffuse alopecia). Influenza, malaria, HIV, syphilis, pneumonia, and many other diseases can cause hair loss. In children, after a long-lasting high temperature, an abnormal amount of hair can go into the telogen, in a couple of months, profuse loss will begin.
In this case, the disease has a favorable outcome, when the process of loss stops, normal hair growth will be restored safely. Even if relapses of the disease occur and the prolapse also recurs, recovery will inevitably come.
Medicines (toxic alopecia) - at high doses, anagenic, at low doses, but with prolonged use, telogen appears.
The list of drugs that cause diffuse alopecia is quite large: cytostatic drugs, an overdose of vitamin A (using retinoids), antiparkinsonian drugs, β-blockers, anticoagulants (heparin, coumarins), psychotropic drugs, anticonvulsants, hair removal drugs (thallium, epilin )
Lack of micro and macro elements, with large blood loss, when anemia develops, with deficiencies of chromium, copper, calcium, manganese, selenium, zinc, protein, vitamin B. With starvation, malnutrition, especially in the absence of protein food, the diameter of the hair shaft decreases, slow growth is observed.
From a lack of zinc, hair growth slows down, and the absence of selenium and silicon leads to fragility. Premature graying can be caused by an improper exchange of copper and manganese, with a child's form of alopecia, there has always been a deficiency, or a violation of the balance of trace elements.
Gastrointestinal diseases, in which the absorbing and splitting functions of the stomach and intestines are disturbed, can lead to the fact that the digestibility of protein and other trace elements is impaired.
Endocrine disorders, in which the production of thyroid hormones increases or decreases. With a reduced amount of these hormones, eyebrow thinning can occur.
Chronic dermatological diseases: psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, atopic dermatitis and others.
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In some cases, chronic hair loss is observed for unknown reasons, it is called "idiopathic alopecia", but diffuse alopecia in women can simulate the androgenetic form of alopecia.
Examination of women with severe hair loss should include tests to determine the level of androgens in the blood. Distinctive features of androgenetic alopecia are that prolapse occurs in the central and frontal parts of the head.
Hair follicles are a very dynamic structure, so they need a lot of energy and a constant supply of "building materials" for the proper production of hair.
Incorrect metabolic processes among substances (such as catechins, taurine, glucose linoleate) that supply materials or energy to the hair follicles can also cause diffuse alopecia.
Treatment of diffuse alopecia
To prescribe the correct treatment, a thorough examination of the patient is necessary. Diagnosis includes a visit to an endocrinologist in order to rule out thyroid disease. In addition, it is necessary to pass tests to identify a possible deficiency of substances and tests for hormones, for women a visit to a gynecologist is mandatory.
Treatment for diffuse alopecia includes:
- Proper nutrition, food should be rich in vitamins, proteins. Prescribe vitamins in tablets C, PP, A, injections of vitamin B group. Dietary supplements with seaweed, multivitamin complexes, which include zinc, selenium, copper and other useful trace elements (Pantovigar, Perfect. Fitoval)
- External treatment in the form of lotions, masks, gels. There are many popular recipes for improving blood circulation in the scalp and stimulating hair growth.
- Use alcohol tincture of red pepper
- Onion juice is rubbed into the scalp, and then good quality turpentine
- Birch tar mixed in equal amounts with castor oil
- Rubbing Burdock Oil
- In dry mustard, add water and rub into the roots, until the skin begins to burn, rinse with balm
- Rub fresh cabbage juice into the roots of the head
- Use nicotinic acid
- The main medicinal external means minoxidil, aminexil, tricosaccharide.
- Physiotherapeutic methods: electrophoresis, darsonval.
- When hair care is used, horsepower shampoo is used, but it has conflicting reviews.Natural henna hair dye can strengthen your hair.
It is important to remember that the main thing in treatment is to find the cause of the disease, but since in this case it is difficult, therapy is often ineffective.
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Relevance of the problem
Violation of the biologically natural rhythm of hair occurs in 30-40% of people up to 50 years of age. Baldness, being a pronounced cosmetic defect, especially for women, leads to psycho-emotional disorders and high material costs, due to the duration of the course and the complexity of the treatment.
Despite the constant study of this problem, there is no generally accepted terminology and classification. The reasons and mechanisms of development are not well understood, and the statistics are contradictory.
At the same time, there has been a tendency towards an increase in the disease in recent decades. It is especially noticeable among middle-aged women. This is probably due to a more frequent, compared with men, their appeal to dermatological rooms and beauty salons.
Diffuse alopecia in men is statistically significantly less common due to the fact that most of them consider excessive hair loss to be normal. The true incidence rate is higher, since people seek the help of specialists mainly with the appearance of already noticeable aesthetic disorders - widening of the parting, translucence of the scalp.
Hair development cycle
In the process of hair growth, there are three stages of development:
- anagen phase - the active development and growth of full-fledged pigmented hair, during which cell division of the hair follicle occurs, a rod is formed from new cells, melanin is produced, which gives color and is part of the hair structure, the duration of this phase is from 2 to 7 years,
- catagen phase - the transition phase (several weeks), cell division and pigment formation cease, the follicle begins to decrease, the hair shaft moves away from the hair papilla and moves to the epidermis,
- telogen phase lasting about 3 months - hair loss and a state of rest of the follicles, the hair is easily removed when combed, subsequently a new hair is born, which gradually pushes the old one.
The scalp contains about 100,000 follicles, and only 10,000 are at rest. Therefore, when washing and combing normally about 50 - 150 hairs fall out.
Causes and mechanism of diffuse baldness
Irregular metabolic processes, toxic effects and decreased blood supply have a direct effect on the quality of hair and the duration of developmental stages, on the reduction in the number of hairpins and an increase in gun hair.
They lead to a malfunction in the division and differentiation of cells, to a violation of the metabolism of keratinocytes in the growth zone of the bulb. The number of cells that make up the dermal papilla decreases, and it decreases in size.
The anagen phase becomes shorter, and the decrease in the follicle becomes continuous.
In the catagen phase, capillary blood flow in the skin papillae and hair follicles decreases.
The key role in its restoration at the initial stages of the anagen phase is played by the so-called VEGF factor, which is synthesized by fibroblasts and keratinocytes.
It is a molecule that stimulates the growth of vascular endothelium (epithelium of the inner layer of the vessel wall) in the papillae and follicles, which ensures normal blood flow in their capillaries and stimulates hair growth.
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- Beautiful and thick hair is not only a dream of all women, but also a sign of health.
- Therefore, when luxurious strands suddenly fade, and then begin to fall out, any, even the most daring woman, has panic fear.
- One of the reasons for such changes can be diffuse alopecia, ignoring the treatment of which, you can absolutely lose the main decoration of a woman.
- It is possible to overcome this cosmetic defect and restore curls to their former luxury after setting factors that influence the development of pathology.
Hair serves as a kind of indicator of the general condition of the human body. Failure in the hair growth program is the first signal indicating the presence of violations in any function of the body.
Diffuse alopecia is a common type of baldness, characterized by increased and even hair loss over the entire surface of the scalp.
The disease affects representatives of all ages - from a child to an adult, both female and male.
Reasons for the appearance
Normally, daily hair loss is between 70 and 150 pieces. This is a natural biological process that is caused by cyclical hair growth.
- With diffuse alopecia, the amount of hair loss increases significantly, up to 1000 units per day.
- The negative influence of external and internal factors leads to a violation of the synchronization of hair cycles, resulting in hair loss.
- The main factors provoking the occurrence of pathology:
- Mental stress caused by stress, depression or nervous shocks.
- Complications after infectious or inflammatory diseases.
- Severe autoimmune diseases.
- Lack of nutrients in the body, lack of vitamins, adherence to strict diets.
- Genetic predisposition.
- Drug therapy. The use of hormonal or antibacterial drugs.
- Poisoning with toxic substances, heavy metals, radioactive radiation, chemotherapy.
- Due to the influence of these factors on the body, a malfunction occurs in the process of hair growth, which leads to baldness.
- Methods of treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women and what the result depends on.
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- Anagen type of alopecia is hair loss due to exposure to chemicals, medications, poisoning by poisons, and radioactive radiation.
- Baldness occurs at lightning speed, already in the second week after a negative impact.
However, this process is completely reversible. Hair that has grown back, as a rule, is much stronger and healthier than that which fell out.
Telogen alopecia occurs in two forms. The acute form of the disease lasts less than six months, chronic - from 6 months to several years.
This disease is symptomatic, as it is caused by the development of a pathological process in the body.
The cause of the occurrence can be severe stress, deficiency of nutrients or vitamins, infectious diseases.
Complete baldness during telogen alopecia does not occur. After eliminating the causes of the disease, there is an independent restoration of the hairline.
Diffuse alopecia in women
Diffuse alopecia - uniform hair loss. Hair loss can reach up to 1000 follicles per day.
A science called trichology is engaged in the study and treatment of the disease. This disease can occur in any person, children are no exception. Treatment involves taking various medications.
Establishing the main cause of the appearance of diffuse alopecia causes many difficulties for specialists.This is due to the fact that the disease can manifest itself after a rather long time after the factor that caused hair loss. The most famous and common causes of diffuse alopecia are:
- severe emotional distressprolonged depression, psychosomatic disorders and severe stress,
- malnutrition leads to a deficiency of useful substances necessary for the human body. All this negatively affects the condition of the hair. Lack of zinc, B vitamins, silicon and zinc in the body starts the process of baldness,
- endocrine diseases. The most common diseases leading to active hair loss are: psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, exfoliative dermatitis, etc. Also, diffuse baldness is characterized by pathological conditions such as:
- - hyperthyroidism is a syndrome characterized by hyperfunction of the thyroid gland. It is manifested by a high level of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4),
- —Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by a long-term and persistent lack of hormones produced by the thyroid gland.
- infectious diseases. Pulmonary tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis, mononucleosis and other infectious diseases lead to loss of hair. Also diffuse hair loss is strongly affected by HIV in women,
- drug therapy. Quite often there are cases of hair loss after taking certain medications (for example: cytostatics, anticonvulsants, anticoagulants, antihistamines, anti-Parkinsonian drugs),
- predisposition (genetic predisposition to the disease)
- intoxication with various toxic and toxic substances.
Diffuse alopecia in women also occurs due to hormonal imbalance. In this situation, a woman begins to manifest secondary male signs, usually voice changesHe gets rougher hair falls from the head, but its amount increases sharply on the hands, legs, face and weight changes.
Symptoms of diffuse alopecia
Progressive diffuse hair loss does not lead to the final death of hair follicles, their functioning simply stops. The standard clinical manifestation of diffuse baldness is rapid hair loss in the parietal and parting areas.
The main symptoms of diffuse alopecia are:
- profuse hair loss
- the kind of hair goes bad. They become brittle, too thin, weakened and dull,
- diffuse alopecia can occur not only on the surface of the head. For example, eyelashes and eyebrows can also gradually fall out (a sign of Hertog).
With diffuse alopecia, 1000 or more hairs fall out during the day. The norm is the loss of no more than 100 hair follicles per day. The hair is very confused and naughty, which leads to even greater loss when combing.
Diffuse alopecia: causes, forms, treatment
With baldness, hair falls out most often during washing and combing, the number of hairs dropped can reach three hundred a day. This happens due to the fact that the roots of the hairs are at a dormant stage for a long time and die off before the due date.
The slightest physical impact (when washing or combing) is enough for instant loss. You should not be afraid of this situation, you need to take measures and contact a specialist. Currently, cases of diffuse alopecia (or diffuse hair loss) have become more frequent.
- Unfortunately, the disease is serious with disappointing forecasts, let's talk in more detail.
- Diffuse hair loss is a uniform loss of strands throughout the head, and in some cases throughout the body.
Types of Alopecia
Trichologists distinguish 4 types of hair loss:
Androgenetic alopecia. Approximately 95% of cases of alopecia in men are caused precisely by hormonal imbalance. Excess dihydrotestosterone damages the condition of the follicles, stopping hair growth and leading to their loss. The hair in the frontal and parietal parts of the head is most sensitive to this hormone and falls out first. The tendency to androgenetic alopecia is inherited.
Diffuse alopecia. If the hair falls evenly throughout the head, they talk about diffuse alopecia. This type of alopecia is characteristic of infectious diseases, lack of vitamins, thyroid diseases, stress and many skin diseases.
Alopecia areata. This type implies the occurrence of several small foci of hair loss. The foci have a rounded shape and gradually increase and merge. A characteristic feature of this type of alopecia is hair loss not only on the head, but throughout the body. Most often, the cause of this phenomenon is autoimmune disorders.
Cicatricial alopecia. Burns, abrasions and wounds, traces of inflammation and some skin diseases - all this leads to damage to the follicles. The hair follicles become inflamed and die, and their place is taken by connective tissue.
In addition to the type of hair loss, an important role is played by such a moment as the stage of alopecia - this factor largely determines the complexity of a particular case of baldness.
Stages of Alopecia in Men
Baldness, as a rule, begins with the fact that the hair is gradually thinning. Over time, the hair becomes short, fluffy and eventually disappears completely. More than one decade can pass before complete baldness, during which time hair loss passes through several stages. To describe the stages of androgenetic alopecia in men, the so-called Hamilton-Norwood scale is used, which first described this process in detail in 1975. According to her stands out:
- 1st degree: minimal displacement of the front line of hair growth back.
- 2 degree: the hairline takes on the shape of a symmetrical triangle, bald patches begin to form.
- 3 degree: noticeably thinning hair at the temples or a lesion is formed in the parietal region.
- 4th degree: more noticeable thinning of hair in the temples and forehead, complete absence of hair in the parietal region, but the zones of thinning of the hairline are still separated by a strip of hair.
- 5 degree: the strip separating the two zones of hair thinning becomes thinner, and the zones themselves increase. The baldness zone takes the form of a horseshoe.
- 6 degree: the strip separating the zones of hair loss is so thin that the scalp becomes visible. In fact, baldness zones merge and continue to grow.
- 7 degree: the frontal and parietal part are completely deprived of hair, the hair remaining on the temples and the back of the head also begins to thin.
The closer to the last degree of alopecia, the more difficult it is to stop hair loss. Ideally, alopecia should be treated already at the time of the shift of the growth line and the formation of bald patches, since in most cases a non-invasive intervention will be sufficient. While in the last stages only surgical and invasive methods can help, namely transplantation.
The main approaches to the treatment of pathology
Therapeutic measures in the first place should be aimed at eliminating the underlying cause of the disease. In combination with the main therapy, topical agents are widely used to treat diffuse alopeciathat improve microcirculation in the scalp.
You can choose a tool in the form of a cream, spray, gel or mask, which includes plant extracts, hormonal components. Physiotherapeutic procedures are also very effective in diffuse alopecia.
Microcurrent therapy, scalp massage, iontophoresis and other methods are recommended. A full recovery is impossible without a proper diet.
The diet should be rich in vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the formation of the hair shaft (zinc, nicotinic acid, B vitamins, vitamin A). In severe hypovitaminosis, vitamins are prescribed in injectable form.
The multifactorial nature of the disease requires an integrated approach to treatment. Self-medication and the use of expensive medical cosmetics for baldness will not give the desired result without identifying the causes of diffuse alopecia. Therefore, it is best to undergo treatment under the supervision of a physician.
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Approaches to the treatment of alopecia in men
Alopecia in men requires an urgent review of the menu. It is important that the daily diet contains as many vitamins A, C, B vitamins, iron, polyunsaturated fats as possible (they are rich in salmon and other ocean fish, as well as olive oil) Refuse animal fats, completely eliminate alcohol, sweets and flour. It’s best if you eat at least 5 times a week fish, seafood and liver with a side dish of vegetables, especially - carrots, spinach and zucchini. To notice the effect, such a diet must be followed for at least 2 months.
Many people prefer to use homemade recipes for treating alopecia in men. Rinses from decoctions of various plants are safe and effective - for example, nettles and daisies. Well-proven masks and tinctures with flowers arnica.
True, using Arnica infusion and any other, it is worthwhile to understand that alcohol is usually included in the composition, which in itself is a rather aggressive component, but its component in the mask is small. But the recipes, which include pure alcohol, pepper extract and other components that can cause burns and irritation, it is better not to experience. There is a risk of significantly worsening the situation.
Shampoos and masks cannot completely stop or even slow down hair loss, but they can be used to prevent and improve the condition of hair and scalp. Cosmetics for combating hair loss contain plant extracts that improve metabolic processes in cells, keratin and other proteins to “repair” thinned hair, warming ingredients to improve blood circulation. Many brands are developing their own effective anti-hair loss products, among them Rinfoltil, Fitoval, Alerana, Florasilik and others.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamin-mineral complexes for the treatment of alopecia in men are best chosen together with a doctor in order to prevent an overabundance of certain elements. Typically, hair complexes contain high doses of vitamins A, C, iron, copper, zinc and sulfur. Among such complexes, the most popular and effective are Revalid, Pantovigar, Merz, Priorin, Expert Hair Evalar and some others.
Medicines are prescribed not so much to treat alopecia as such, but to fight the disease that caused it. However, there are remedies whose task is to stop hair loss and accelerate their growth. Two drugs are most known - minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil preparations are applied to the scalp and improve the functioning of blood vessels that feed the hair follicles. Finasteride is used to treat androgenetic alopecia: this drug inhibits the secretion of an enzyme that turns the hormone testosterone into dehydrotestosterone, a substance that causes hair loss. It would seem to be an effective solution, but there is also a certain risk - the slightest excess of the dose can lead to accelerated development of alopecia.
Many beauty salons offer treatments to strengthen hair roots.
- Mesotherapy Mesotherapy has become one of the most popular procedures - injecting cocktails of vitamins and other active substances directly into the scalp. Mesotherapy cocktails for alopecia in men contain amino acids, B vitamins and copper peptide. This is an effective technique, but a whole course of 3-6 procedures is needed.
- PRP therapy (plasmotherapy). A modern therapeutic method for rejuvenating and improving hair growth, treating baldness. It consists in the injection directly into the scalp of platelet-rich plasma obtained from a patient’s blood sample. The method is safe, low-traumatic, and most effective for course use (for example, a complex of 6 procedures for 3 months).
All the methods described above for treating alopecia in men will only give results if the process has not gone too far. In more severe cases, a hair transplant is indicated. Today this operation is carried out by three different methods:
- FUT method (strip method), in which the doctor with a scalpel removes a flap of skin from the scalp, cuts it into small fragments and implants them into the skinless area of the hair. At the place where the flap was taken, there remains a scar that precludes wearing a short haircut in the future. The FUT method is traumatic, requires rehabilitation, carries the risk of complications such as suppuration, swelling and loss of sensitivity, and the result looks unnatural - the transplanted hair grows in bunches. Transplantation can be carried out from one to three times, for a larger donor zone, which is physically excised, is not enough.
- Fue - less painful and invasive method. To carry out the operation in this way, using a tool with a micromotor, not one large area of skin is removed, but many small ones (1.5–3 mm). Since the surface of the lesions is smaller, healing is faster. In the fence zone, not one linear scar remains (as with the strip method), but many small round ones - according to the diameter of the rotating tool used to take the fence. This method carries the same complications as the previous one, although they may be less pronounced. The second big minus is the inability to re-transplant in this way, because the donor area is very sparse and covered with small scars.
- Hfe - An innovative non-surgical method of hair transplantation. The doctor extracts follicular associations (without skin fragments) that are no longer cut and divided, then transplanted them with the implant into the desired area. This technique makes it possible to implant the hair at the right angle, so that they retain the desired direction of growth. After hair transplantation using the HFE method, no scars remain, only points similar to the marks from the injection in the donor zone and in the transplant zone. They turn pale after a few days. The risk of edema, pain, infection and suppuration is minimal, and the result looks indistinguishable from natural hair. If necessary, transplantation can be performed many times.
It is impossible to completely protect yourself from hair loss. But prudent prophylaxis can push back the day that surgery will be the only possible solution to the problem. Handle your hair with care, use mild shampoos with a sulfate-free detergent base, regularly massage your scalp, monitor your diet, avoid hypothermia and treat infectious diseases in time, preventing them from becoming chronic. Even these simple measures will help you keep your hair as long as possible.
Hair loss can be a symptom of a number of diseases - having noticed the first signs of baldness, you should consult a trichologist. He examines the hair roots and scalp, and, if necessary, gives direction to other specialists.
This term means a disease that causes uniform hair loss from the entire surface of the head. The disease can occur in any person, but men suffer from it much less than women.
If we touch on statistical data, the disease we are considering is not as common as androgenetic alopecia. But it must be borne in mind that recent scientific studies report an increase in the incidence of diffuse alopecia in middle-aged women. About 8% of the female population are referred to doctors and cosmetologists with this pathology.
Perhaps more people are affected, as some consider hair loss to be a completely natural process. Usually, a reason for contacting a specialist appears when a tangible part of the scalp is already lost - in these cases the skin is even visible, bald spots are noticeable. The amount of hair that is lost per day is frightening - about a thousand, when in a normal state a person loses 10 times less hair.
Important! The overall risk of suffering from diffuse alopecia is approximately 2%.
At the moment, scientists were able to find out that this disease is autoimmune. It is typical for people who have a genetic predisposition to pathology, and can also occur due to the influence of various external factors.
It is necessary to be able to distinguish between the varieties of the disease - telogen and anagen. Androgenetic alopecia does not belong to the diffuse type of hair loss, although in some older publications the authors attribute it to this type. With the diffuse form of alopecia, the hairline is lost in certain areas, and pathology is manifested due to too high amounts of androgens in the body. By the way, the differences are presented in the ICD-10.
For women, this defect is most characteristic, although some men also suffer from it. The age of occurrence is almost any (although this problem is rarely diagnosed in children).
Important! Statistics show that almost half of the female population once suffered from hair loss.
Most often, girls notice that catastrophic amounts of hair begin to fall out when they wash their hair, comb their hair or just touch it.
Why does pathology arise?
We give etiological factors that fundamentally affect the development of the disease.
Diseases of an infectious nature that the girl suffered. If in recent times a woman had a severe fever provoked by an illness, then after about a couple of months, baldness may begin. It can also occur due to syphilis, tuberculosis, typhoid, brucellosis, mononucleosis, flu, pneumonia, and malaria. Also, this problem is a consequence of the developing immunodeficiency virus.
Exceeding the recommended doses of certain medications can also cause hair loss (anagen form). Other medicines sometimes cause telogen form. At risk are people taking these drugs: anticoagulants, drugs for Parkinson's disease and H2 receptor blockers, drugs for seizures and cytostatics.
Cause baldness can be low in the body of various beneficial trace elements. For example, a low amount of iron in the blood affects the condition of the hairline. And also a lack of selenium and silicon can provoke alopecia.
The low zinc content in the body provokes problems with hair growth. The lack of B vitamins, chromium, proteins negatively affects, therefore diets with a low protein content (or its complete absence) are extremely undesirable. A lack of protein, in addition to baldness, can cause diseases of the digestive system, metabolic pathology.
Important! Scientific experiments made it possible to find out that almost all cases of diffuse alopecia detected in children are associated with a deficiency of selenium in their body, and violations of the ratio of manganese, copper, iron, zinc and potassium.
Chronic diseases Quite often, hair begins to fall out due to problems in the endocrine system. A potential risk group is people suffering from lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, erythroderma and other problems.
Psychosomatics. Many cases are related to stress. Studies by experts suggest that hair loss very often happens in wartime.
If you can’t determine exactly why diffuse alopecia has occurred, it is worth talking about idiopathic chronic baldness. Although scientists suggest that in this case, women do not have diffuse, but androgenetic alopecia, since a comprehensive study of the state of their body revealed that almost half of the patients had a high content of androgens in the blood serum.
As you know, hair must go through the following phases of development:
The first phase involves the division of cells responsible for the growth and coloring of hair. At this time, a rod is formed, pigment is produced.
The second stage lasts for half a month. It is for this period that maximum hair growth occurs.
The last phase involves stopping all of the above events. Hair no longer grows, gradually dying. It is worth noting that the telogen phase does not affect the processes occurring in the follicle. The formation of another hair displaces the old one, and all stages are repeated.
The disease in question is characteristic of the telogen or anagen phase. From this comes the classification of pathology.
Pathology is characterized by too rapid a change in the stage of dividing the follicle into the resting stage. Similar events cause the stem to separate from the bulb. Because of this, hair loss occurs.
Important! If a person is healthy, then approximately 15% of the follicles are in a telogen state. However, with the occurrence of such alopecia, the figure can reach up to 80%.
The disease begins immediately after the end of the anagen phase. Usually, the transitional stage is characteristic of women who gave birth about a month ago. In this case, the defect is provoked by a violation of the hormonal background.
When the anagen phase abruptly breaks off, giving way to the resting stage in most follicles, even large locks can fall out.
Note! The telogen variety of the disease under consideration often accompanies disorders in the functioning of internal organs. If you find out what the true cause of the disease is, you can cope with alopecia, and the hair will return to normal.
The anagenic variety of diffuse alopecia is non-hormonal in nature. In this case, the hair begins to fall out due to radiation exposure, the excess content of vitamin A in the body. These factors affect the thickness of the rod (it decreases), and hair cannot grow because of this.
Bald head can be:
- in the form of a strip,
- in the shape of a nest
- in the form of O - precipitation occurs along the parting.
Also, hair loss in the Temech zone is possible.
This type of alopecia involves first the loss of hair in a dormant state. Developing, the disease spreads to the remaining strands.
The disease has a number of common symptoms. We list them:
- hair becomes extremely brittle
- the strands are very confused, look painful, lose color,
- when combing, a lot of hair falls out,
- eyebrows begin to bald, hair loss occurs throughout the body.
If a person discovered a telogen type of baldness, it means that the hair falls out partially. This pathology can occur acutely or chronically. If the course is acute, the disease is corrected with the right treatment.
Important! The anagenic variety of the disease under consideration provokes a complete loss of hairline - this occurs only a few weeks after the occurrence of a negative factor.
What medications are used?
Usually, in the first stages of baldness correction, agents are used that positively affect the blood supply to the scalp. The most common are special lotions, oils, masks, gels and balms with a high content of alcohol, zinc and ether.
In the future, people are prescribed selenium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper - usually these elements are part of vitamin complexes. Vitamins PP, A and C, groups B - 6, 1 and 12 (using injections) are also recommended.
Note! If therapy has not had any effect, Minoxidil, Aminexil or Trikosaccharide preparations are prescribed.
Sometimes it is advisable to use herbal preparations, but their use requires taking into account the specifics of the patient's body, tolerance of the components, the current season.
Very often, the very fact of hair loss is a huge stress for a person. And as we have already found out, constant experiences are a factor in the occurrence of alopecia. Therefore, various sedatives may additionally be prescribed.
To enhance hair growth, use such funds.
- "Minoxidine." This drug has a positive effect on blood circulation, so the hair roots are enriched with the necessary nutrients. About one year is given for treatment with this remedy.
- Finasteride. It is prescribed to men. The effect of the use of the drug occurs after a few months (if taken systematically).
- Esvitsin. This is a liquid preparation, it contains enzymes, biological stimulants, and vitamin complexes. They are locally treated with a balding area.
Important! When a specific drug is prescribed, the specialist should take into account not only the specifics of the human body, but also the current time of the year.
The disease under consideration for treatment involves the use of a complex of vitamins. To correct baldness use:
- injections of vitamins of group B,
- Vitamins A, C, PP (in the form of tablets).
The most popular supplements that have shown the best results in correcting baldness are Fitoval, Rinfoltil, and Hair Expert.
In some cases, the doctor may prescribe injections of sedatives, so as not to provoke unnecessary stress.
Today, there are a fairly large number of different hardware techniques that are aimed at improving the condition of the hair, their active growth and restoration, normalization and increased blood circulation in the scalp.
In order to defeat diffuse alopecia, a doctor may prescribe ozone therapy, laser exposure, Darsonval. These treatments stimulate hair growth.
Massage is also recommended - both hardware and manual. It is necessary in order to increase blood microcirculation, which will lead to the awakening of the bulbs and active hair growth.
Note! Injections of various drugs and vitamins (mesotherapy) are also introduced, which help restore hair follicle nutrition.
After examining and obtaining the results of the tests, the doctor will be able to determine which of the procedures will be most effective for a particular patient. Perhaps a set of different methods will be assigned.
We indicate the cost of procedures that help in the treatment of diffuse alopecia.
|Type of procedure||The cost of one procedure|
|Ozone therapy||3000 p.|
|Laser therapy||1200 p.|
You need to take your menu very seriously, as it is an essential part of the treatment of baldness. What should be the diet:
- should eat foods rich in healthy elements,
- better to forget about fast food, fatty or fried foods,
- it’s best to cook steamed or bake,
- gradually you need to reduce the amount of sugar and salt,
- It is recommended to drink as much water as possible.
For best results, drugs and local exposure are used. The range of modern products is represented by serums, masks, shampoos. The following brands have proven themselves well: Keranova, Lanotech, Klorane.
On a note. It’s not worth it yourself to choose cosmetics of such a plan. Ask your healthcare provider for advice.
Naturally, hair loss can excite a person and cause him additional feelings that are undesirable during the treatment period. Such patients are recommended the help of an experienced psychologist who will conduct cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis and other techniques.
Remember! Diffuse alopecia is treatable. The main thing is to detect it in time and begin to act as early as possible, in the first stages, so that baldness does not become total. Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. To prevent hair from falling out, eat right, do not burden the body with complex diets, protect yourself from stress, and “help” your hair with special masks.
Of course, some people use not only traditional medicine, but also folk methods. Basically, all such drugs have a positive effect on blood circulation in the problem area.
The most popular remedies to help deal with hair loss are alcohol tinctures with red pepper, masks with onions in the form of juice or porridge, mustard, eggs. It is recommended to rinse hair with chamomile decoction (you can use burdock root or oak bark).
Do not forget! Self-medication sometimes leads to sad consequences. Therefore, if you want to use the alternative method of treating alopecia, ask your doctor for advice.
All expert advice is based on vast experience in correcting this defect. The best diagnostic methods and treatment methods are described. The disease under consideration can be caused by a number of different reasons or by an unfortunate combination of circumstances (the latter negatively affects the diagnosis and treatment).
If you do not want to face the problem of hair loss, it is enough to follow simple tips: eat right, do not overdo it with coffee, alcohol and cigarettes and constantly undergo a routine examination.
Stories of cases
“Six months ago, my hair began to fall out. I tried many ways that I found on the Internet or heard from friends, but nothing helped. I was desperate because bald spots were already evident. I went to the clinic, and there they told me that you can’t self-medicate. We found the reason and selected individual therapy. Already I see that less hair falls out. "
“At the moment I am undergoing treatment in a clinic, I have a diagnosis of diffuse alopecia.” At first I was very worried because the hair fell out in huge quantities. A friend noticed my condition on time and dragged him to a specialist by force. At first, they assigned me tests, and then they selected the treatment based on them. Several months have passed and I'm no longer afraid to comb my hair! Thanks to both my friend and the specialists who correctly selected the therapy! ”
“For a long time I did not attach importance to the fact that the hair falls out badly. I thought vitamin deficiency might be an unhealthy diet, but I simply did not have time to solve this problem. Once a colleague told me that I was literally bald, and I was very scared. Only then she went to the doctor who, after receiving the test results, diagnosed with diffuse alopecia. Of course, I was already very scared, I drew myself all kinds of horrors. It is good that this pathology is treatable.
First of all, the doctor adjusted my diet, then prescribed various drugs and procedures.It took me about three months to see the result. Of course, the hair did not grow back instantly, but it can be seen that they became thicker. Now I will be actively engaged in the prevention of the problem, I do not want to worry about it again. "
Irina, Sergiev Posad
“My hair was never too thick, I got used to the fact that they fall out a lot. Therefore, I did not pay any attention to the beginning of the development of diffuse alopecia. However, when I noticed that my hair became too rare, I climbed onto the Internet and read on forums about such a disease. So it was recommended to contact a trichologist, which I did.
At first I had to pass several tests, on the basis of which the doctor was able to prescribe me treatment. As the trichologist told me, a lot depends on nutrition, so you have to limit yourself in many ways. I refused fast food, soda, began to eat more protein. I was also prescribed ozone therapy - the procedure is very pleasant. I myself made different masks with the addition of red pepper, eggs. I don’t know what exactly influenced so well, but my hair became thicker than usual. They look healthier now. I am glad that I managed to get rid of the disease. I advise everyone not to delay contacting a doctor. ”
Baldness of this species is caused by hair loss in the telogen phase. With telogen baldness, the papillae cease to nourish the hair, and they easily fall off even with minor mechanical damage. The causes of telogenic baldness are various. This may be surgery, stress, trauma, overwork, medication.
A balding man may suffer a focal or nesting form of baldness. The causes of the disease can be different, but most often they diagnose an attack of the immune system on your own body. Nesting baldness in men damages hair roots. A characteristic feature of focal alopecia is the formation of round sections located throughout the scalp. In rare cases, hair loss can be complete, and affect not only the head, but also other parts of the body.
There are several stages and types of focal alopecia, on which the treatment of this pathology depends. They all have one thing in common - symptoms. Usually, all types of baldness begin with redness, burning, and itching of the skin on the head. Then bald patches appear. The reasons for which the disease occurs are many. This may be a malfunction of the immune system, heredity, endocrine disorders, infection. There is a theory about the viral origin of the disease.
Depending on what exactly caused the disease, the following forms of focal alopecia are distinguished:
- severe form in which damage to the nails is possible.
Stages of the disease:
Baldness and Testosterone
Dying and hair loss is a natural process. For women, this cycle takes 5 years, for men it is shorter - no more than three. Therefore, with weak bulbs, male pattern baldness manifests itself more clearly, representatives of the strong part of humanity begin to bald early.
The more the body produces testosterone, the more sexual power a man possesses. Hormone is produced by the adrenal glands and testes, fully responsible for all male symptoms. Muscle growth, hair growth in many parts of the body, degree of libido, sperm production - all are affected by testosterone levels.
In parallel, the body produces the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Interacting with testosterone, it translates the hormone into the active form - dehydrotestosterone. Its deficiency leads to a decline in sexual activity (and sometimes impotence), weak muscles, and the appearance of effeminate symptoms.
Note! The body subsequently responds to a glut of DHT with adenoma and even prostate cancer. The same overabundance becomes the cause of baldness, but only if there is a hereditary predisposition.
Causes of baldness in men
The causes of male alopecia are similar to the causes of female pattern baldness: concomitant illnesses, fungal infections, stress, poor nutrition, harmful production. But there are factors that are mainly affected by men. Closer to old age, many members of the stronger sex lose most of their hair, and some part with it completely. An important role is played by heredity. If in previous generations there is a tendency to baldness in men, then the heirs cannot avoid this fate. The first signs of alopecia in them will appear even at a young age. In the backbone of genetics lies the hormonal composition. The hormone testosterone (or rather, its active form of DHT) affects male pattern baldness.
When they begin to blame dehydrotestosterone for baldness, this is not entirely true. To determine the main cause of baldness in a man and begin treatment, it is necessary to be examined completely, regardless of one diagnosis found. The main culprits of male alopecia are hair follicles that are weak from birth. In men who do not have a hereditary factor, an excess of DHT rarely leads to rapid baldness.
In the cells of the scalp also occurs the synthesis of dehydrotestosterone. Under its influence, the pores narrow, thereby negatively affecting the blood supply to the follicles. They weaken by slowing hair growth. Then there is atrophy of the follicles and their rejection. New bulbs do not form, and bald patches appear in men.
Important!With alopecia caused by a genetic predisposition, the fight against male pattern baldness will come down to leveling out testosterone levels to slow hair loss.
There are various causes that cause baldness. In order for the treatment to be prescribed correctly, it is necessary to identify what exactly caused the disease.
Causes of baldness in men after 30 years.
- Hormonal disorder. Change in testosterone and increased sensitivity of hair follicles leads to hair loss. In an active state, testosterone inhibits their growth, causing complete destruction of the follicles. If the treatment was not started in a timely manner, then it progresses, tightening the hairy mouths, not even allowing the fluffy hair to break through. Testosterone begins to actively transform into a new form - dehydrostestosterone. It adversely affects the hair follicles.
- Heredity. If baldness is detected at an early age, they speak of a hereditary cause of pathology. Bulb genetically weakened are not able to withstand the effects of DHT. The combination of these two factors speeds up the process of baldness.
- Psychological factors. The psyche of men is less resistant to stress, the ability to hide experiences inside leads to hormonal imbalance.
- Taking medication. Prolonged use of antidepressants, hormones, antibiotics, and other medications can cause hair loss.
- Violation of the diet, the use of food that is poor in various vitamins and minerals. In order for the hairs to always be healthy, you need to eat right. Improper nutrition deprives follicles of important trace elements and vitamins, thereby weakening the ability to regenerate. These include cholesterol plaques that clog blood vessels. As a result, the hair roots do not receive oxygen. Gastrointestinal diseases can affect the condition of the follicles, depriving them of their ability to develop normally.
- Smoking. Statistics show that smoking can cause hair loss. Men who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes per day, most often suffer from a severe form of the disease.
- External factors of alopecia. Head injuries, burns, fungal lesions of the hair, dermatitis also contribute to baldness. External factors of baldness include weather conditions (ultraviolet, cold, dirty rains), radiation, chemical exposure.
On a note! Whatever the cause of baldness, the trichologist must establish it in order to prescribe the right therapy. Self-treatment without diagnosis can lead to a disastrous result. Sometimes baldness is caused by mechanical damage to the hair.
Treatment of alopecia in men
It is possible to stop baldness in men, if you choose the right complex of effects on the problem. First of all, the genetic influence is determined. If the hereditary factor is confirmed, then the goal of therapy for baldness is to slow down the irreversible process. In other cases, eliminating baldness is quite realistic.
To understand how to deal with baldness, you need to determine the exact type of disease. How to start treatment for alopecia in men? First, a man needs to contact a trichologist. He will conduct an examination of the scalp and prescribe all the necessary tests that will help determine the cause of the disease.
The results of the treatment of male alopecia.
After that, the doctor will prescribe treatment. Usually, drugs and drugs that stimulate hair growth are selected. It can be ointments, gels, shampoos, lotions and balms for treatment at home. Irritant medications are often prescribed, which have a stimulating effect on the scalp and increase the blood supply to the follicles. Along with local therapy, vitamins, immunocorrection drugs, and biostimulants are selected. What else can a doctor do? Other methods can also be selected to help restore hair growth.
- Where problems are associated with hormones, the doctor will prescribe drugs that normalize the production of androgen, which balances the activity of testosterone. Such remedies for baldness are used only under the strict supervision of the attending physician.
- In case of diseases of the internal organs, appropriate therapy is carried out. It is worth removing this factor, and baldness will reverse.
- Eliminating the psychological factor will also help prevent male pattern baldness.
- The work of the sebaceous glands of the head can be established with the help of drugs that reduce blood cholesterol.
- As for the external diseases of the scalp, here you should carefully select the ointments and creams. Some of them can provoke allergic reactions. The most harmless in this regard, but an effective remedy for baldness is Minoxidil.
- Physiotherapy gives a good result: ozone therapy, laser exposure, cryomassage, darsonvalization, electrophoresis, etc.
- Sometimes, to stimulate hair growth, they resort to injections of medication for alopecia in the problem area of the head.
- In some cases, transplantation is used for baldness, but transplantation is a lengthy procedure (for a month and a half), it requires a large number of sessions and significant cash costs.
Types of therapy
If baldness occurs due to increased testosterone, it will not be possible to restore the lost strands. It is real to slow down the process of baldness, but these methods are fraught with risk.
Hair transplantation is an operational method.
- The main anti-baldness therapy in men is aimed at blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which will reduce the transformation of testosterone into DHT. This, in turn, will affect impotence, reduce sexual desire and damage sperm.
- Local effects on follicles will provide cosmetic therapeutic agents, rubbed into the hair roots, injected under the skin. This will help restore normal blood circulation in the subcutaneous layer of the head and stop baldness.Such drugs are effective, but only if you use them constantly. For some funds of this group, there are contraindications.
- Recently, a method of transplantation has become popular - the transplantation of part of the bulbs from the scalp to the bald patches. In one session, getting rid of baldness is unrealistic - it will require a long period. The operation is not cheap.
Other treatments for baldness
- laser therapy
- scalp massage, etc.
In combination with the medicinal effect on baldness, it is recommended to choose special cosmetics for the care of problem hair (shampoos, balms, conditioners).
Laser treatment of baldness in the physiotherapy room.
As an additional measure, alternative medicine gives a good result. Any folk recipe for baldness is based on natural ingredients, so it has a life-giving effect on the scalp and hair follicles. A full-fledged nutrition of cells is provided, normal blood circulation is stimulated and antibacterial treatment is underway.
Note! In order not to have to wonder how to stop baldness in men, it is better to worry in advance about health and try to prevent unnatural hair loss.
Alopecia in men is a non-painful aspect - it is a psychological factor. Some perceive bald patches as inferiority and loss of their attractiveness. Although this is their subjective opinion, which you can get rid of, taking into account the advice of psychologists.
The bald man is sexy and attractive to the female.
- To prevent bald spots, you can shave the rest of the hair. A well-groomed bald skull is even sexy.
- In order for women to pay less attention to bald patches, it is worth doing sports and making your figure attractive. "Cubes" on the press and biceps will be the main accents that attract gaze.
- You can grow a neat pretty beard that will distract from balding hair.
If a bald man continues to feel discomfort without a beautiful hairstyle, you should get a wig (this is a very extreme measure). It is best to use auto-training to give yourself the idea that life does not end with baldness, and the abundance of testosterone speaks in favor of male power.
It is important to know how to prevent baldness, people who have a hereditary predisposition to it. An early balding man can slow down the process, adhering to the recommendations described above. Particular attention should be paid to the nutrition of the follicles and take care of stimulating the blood supply to the head. The main rule in the prevention of baldness should be the constant monitoring of testosterone levels, so that in case of a failure it can be evened out on time.
Some types of baldness are successfully treated with homeopathic remedies. In the most difficult cases, surgical treatment is indicated. For this, hormones, antibiotics, antifungal drugs can be prescribed. Comprehensive treatment can stop baldness and regain hair, but it takes more than one month.