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Alopecia, or hair loss, is a highly prevalent problem for adults. However, it may also sometimes occur in children. Children may suffer from alopecia areata, which is a condition that is believed to be the result of the immune system mistakenly attacking the hair. Although children with this condition may sometimes regrow their hair, the appearance of bald spots can be quite upsetting and may lead to social embarrassment.
For more information on alopecia in children, watch this video. You’ll hear the story of Jake, who was getting teased in school because he has alopecia areata. His mom, a nurse, met with his class to discuss the condition and answer their questions.
Hair transplantation is a viable treatment option for many people who suffer from hair loss. Learn more about hair loss and its treatment by calling the Baltimore office of Dr. Kiely, MD, at (240) 292-4315.
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The average person has about 100,000 hairs. The appearance of your hair is directly related to how you care for it. Shiny hair, for example, is often an indicator of healthy hair. Dull hair typically indicates dry, brittle hair that is prone to breakage. You can improve the health of your hair by following a few simple steps.
Style Your Hair Gently
It can be tempting to try all the latest hairstyles your friends are experimenting with, such as color treatments, chemical relaxers, and perms. Before you do, however, consider the health of your hair. All hair types require gentle treatment. Harsh treatments, such as strong chemical relaxers, can lead to significant hair breakage. Any type of heat treatment, such as straightening, can also damage your hair. If you do straighten your hair, wait until it’s fully dry. Wet hair is even more susceptible to damage. Try not to blow dry your hair very often.
Consider Your Hair Type
Teens often have oily hair due to overactive sebaceous glands. If you do have oily hair, wash it every day using a mild shampoo. If you have dry hair, consider washing it every other day. You can use a dry shampoo on days when you refrain from washing it. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that’s formulated for your hair type.
Protect Your Hair from Breakage
Although it’s best to avoid aggressive styling techniques, it’s a great idea to have your hair cut regularly. By trimming off the ends, your hair is less likely to suffer from breakage. Additionally, eat a well-balanced diet to nourish your hair growth.
Dr. Kiely, MD, is a board-certified physician who specializes in female hair loss. At our hair loss clinic, we use the latest innovations in hair transplantation to provide maximum coverage for the best possible results. Residents of the Baltimore area who suffer from hair loss are invited to call us at (240) 292-4315 to arrange a consultation.
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To improve the health of your hair, choose nutrient-dense, whole foods and avoid processed foods. Since your hair is made up of various proteins, it’s essential to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet. Some foods that are lean, yet high in protein include turkey, chicken, and fish. If you’re a vegetarian, choose legumes, tofu, and Greek yogurt. In addition, your hair needs healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in walnuts, salmon, and avocado.
For more information on the link between your diet and the health of your hair, watch this video. This nutritionist explains why the health of a person’s hair is an indicator of his or her overall health. She also recommends ruling out digestive problems that would prevent proper absorption of nutrients.
Have you noticed thinning hair or balding spots lately? Make an appointment with Dr. Kiely, MD, at his Baltimore clinic to discuss your hair loss treatment options. Contact us at (240) 292-4315 or via our website.
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Stress can inflict an incredible array of problems on your overall health. The rise in cortisol levels can lead to weight gain and the constant worrying can lead to sleep deprivation. Stress can also result in problems for your hair. If you’ve noticed that your hair appears thinner than usual or you have balding patches on your head, consult a hair loss expert. The hair loss specialist may question you about your health habits, including your typical stress level, which can lead to the following types of hair loss.
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss in which white blood cells halt hair growth by attacking the follicles. This causes the hair to fall out. Although the exact causes of alopecia areata are not well understood, researchers believe the contributing factors may include severe stress. It’s also likely that your genetics play a role. You could be more likely to be diagnosed with alopecia areata if one of your relatives has an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Your hair follicles go through resting cycles and active growing periods. The telogen phase is the resting phase, which typically lasts about two months. At any one time, only about 10 to 20 percent of the hairs on your head are in the telogen phase. The rest are in the anagen phase, or active growing period. If you have telogen effluvium, it means that a much larger percentage of your hairs are shifted over from the anagen phase to the telogen phase. Inside a matter of months, those hairs may spontaneously fall out. It is thought that significant emotional or physical stress, such as from a major surgery or the death of a family member, can contribute to this condition.
Stress can also lead to trichotillomania, which is a psychological condition that is characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair. A person might pull out a group of hairs at a time, or they may pull out one hair at a time. This behavior can lead to bald patches on the scalp.
Along with practicing stress management techniques, consider your hair restoration options. Dr. Kiely, MD routinely performs hair loss treatments such as hair transplants for women facing hair loss. Call (240) 292-4315 to speak with a friendly representative at our clinic in Baltimore.
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Your intake of nutrients has a direct effect on the health of your hair. You can reduce your risk of hair loss and promote healthy hair growth by ensuring you eat plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Some minerals that are helpful for hair growth include zinc, which is found in spinach and whole grains, and magnesium, which is found in wheat germ, chickpeas, fish, and green veggies. Iron is another critical nutrient for hair loss prevention. Some good sources of iron include eggs, dried fruits, fish, and lean red meat.
Your hair and scalp also need a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin A, which facilitates the production of sebum. Vitamin A is found in spinach, broccoli, and dairy products. Vitamin E can improve your scalp circulation. This vitamin is found in wheat germ, dried beans, nuts, seeds, and leafy green veggies. Vitamin B12, which is found in chicken, eggs, and fish, can also help prevent hair loss. Biotin is popular and harmless, but animal studies showing growth of hair have not been reproduced in humans.
If you do suffer from hair loss, learn about your hair loss treatment options today. Schedule an appointment at the Baltimore clinic of hair loss specialist Dr. Kiely, MD.