What your hair and scalp say about your health

Are Bad Hair and Bad Health Related?

Hair is a product of your skin. It is made of hair follicles located in the deepest layer of your skin. It is mostly composed of pigment and dead protein. Hair texture, quantity, and thickness can change due to changes in metabolism. The location of the hair follicle is a key factor in how many hairs are produced.

White Flakes are not a health risk.

Dandruff refers to the skin scale that the scalp produces. A few scales are normal because part of the function skin has, including the one on the scalp, creates a semi-impermeable horny barrier that protects us from the external environment.

Dandruff Treatment Tips

Sometimes, excessive scaling may occur on the scalp. In these cases, you might need to alter your habits to reduce the amount of dandruff. It is possible to build up dandruff by not washing your hair enough. The skin flakes build up and cause a sloppy appearance to the hair and clothes. It is easy to shampoo your hair more often. A medicated anti-dandruff shampoo can be helpful if the cause of the dandruff is a scalp condition. If all else fails, a professional may be needed to help.

Yellow Dandruff

Seborrheic Dermatitis is the most common type of rash in adults. Seborrheic dermatitis affects the skin on the scalp, ears and forehead, and the back and mid-chest. The red scaling plaques on the scalp can cause excessive dandruff. This condition is extremely common, but there is not much information about its causes. It is not incurable. However, many safe and effective treatments are available, such as topical steroids, zinc-pyrithione shampoos, selenium sulfide shampoos, and topical antifungals. Tar preparations can also be used in medicated shampoos.

You may have more hair than you think.

Every hair follicle, even those with 100,000+, has a growth cycle. The cycle includes growing, quiescent, and regression periods. These periods can be affected by hormones, anatomical locations, genetics and medications. 90% of scalp hairs are currently growing (anagen), while 10% are in the telogen’s resting phase. Each hair grows and is replaced by its hair.

Telogen Effluvium Causes

Sometimes, the hair cycle goes through a phase where synchronized growth occurs in which a large number of scalp follicles grow simultaneously. This is when there is a lot of hair shedding. This “telogen effluvium” can be caused by various factors, including pregnancy, severe illness, certain drugs, or emotionally traumatizing situations. The hair will almost always grow back normally once the provocation is over.

Alopecia Areata Attack

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks hair follicles usually less than 1 or 2 inches in diameter. Although the condition is usually resolved spontaneously, it can sometimes affect all hairs on the body or the entire scalp. Although there is no cure, steroid injections can often temporarily reduce inflammation. Otherwise, the hairless skin appears normal.

Itchy Scalp: Psoriasis, Ringworm, Folliculitis

Is your scalp itchy? There are many causes. Your scalp is the most common place to experience psoriasis. The scalp can look like dandruff, with fine white scales or thick crusts. Scalp Ringworm is a condition that can cause skin reddening and itching. It’s most common in children aged 3-7. Scalp folliculitis may cause pusty, red lesions that look similar to pimples. These lesions can be extremely itchy.

Female Hair Loss is 90% Caused by Genes.

Almost all people experience normal hair thinning due to follicular miniaturization as we age. This includes the temples and frontal hairline. The extent of it depends on hormonal and genetic factors. This is most common in women after menopause. It can also occur in men as early as the 20s. This condition is not curable. However, topically applied minoxidil (Rogaine) and oral finasteride(Propecia) can stimulate hair growth in certain patients. This type of hair loss can be disguised by hair transplantation.

Female-Pattern Baldness

Female hair loss can cause severe cosmetic problems. Classic female pattern balding can be caused by a genetic predisposition exacerbated by hormonal factors. It can also be a sign that there are other serious medical conditions. To determine the cause, you may need to see a doctor.

Avoid sun damage to your hair.

Hair is made up of protein, so it is essential to maintain it properly. Healthy hair can be a sign of good health. Hair cannot repair itself and can be damaged by chemicals, sunlight, dryness, and other physical traumas. A great haircut can make hair look healthier and more beautiful. You can also shave your scalp, which seems to work for some men.

For healthy hair, nutrients are important.

A healthy diet and adequate exercise and sleep will result in beautiful hair. A bad diet or protein restriction can reduce hair growth.

Hair- and heart-healthy diet

No food can provide all the nutrients required for hair growth. Many believe diets rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish are beneficial. Even though there are nutrients in excess, they won’t significantly impact your hair’s health. Ask professional dieticians specific questions.

Premature Gray Hair Is Genetic

As we age, hair pigmentation begins to decline. A variety of conditions can cause hair colour loss, including some that dermatologists do not easily diagnose.

Traction Alopecia Damages Follicles

You can damage your hair in various ways, including trying to make it look better. Traction alopecia is the most common condition that can lead to permanent hair loss. When the hair shaft is subject to constant tension, it can cause permanent hair loss. This causes hair loss and damages the follicle. This condition is more common in certain hairstyles like cornrows, braids, tight ponytails and cornrows.

Over styling Weakens Your Hair.

Hair damage can be caused by drying, colouring, straightening and ironing.

Surprise Side Effects of Medication

Many drugs can inhibit hair growth. It takes approximately two weeks for a hair to grow from its root to the follicular organ. This makes it difficult to identify which drug is responsible. Here is a list containing potential drugs that may inhibit follicular function.

What is the Benefit of a Scalp Massage?

A scalp massage can be a relaxing experience for some people. They have no medical benefits.

Hair analysis is not always reliable

Hair chemical analysis can provide information about past toxic exposures. Hair analysis has provided valuable forensic information. It revealed the presence of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic or thallium. However, it is important to be careful when collecting evidence and interpret the facts carefully.