A bad hair day

Could your hair be telling you there’s something amiss with your health 화엄경 다운로드? Your hair can definitely give you a “heads up” as a first sign of an underlying medical disorder. Before you put it down to a bad hair day, let’s take a closer look!

Does your hair feel dry and brittle?

• Overstyling (heat and colour) can damage hair
• An underactive thyroid gland can cause dry thin hair, tiredness, weight gain, weak muscles, feeling cold, eyebrow thinning and menstrual irregularities
• Cushing’s syndrome: facial puffiness, skin thinning, bruising, weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes.

Is your hair falling out excessively?

• An underlying anaemia (blood-deficiency), especially when you have a shortage of iron, is a common cause
• Certain medications can cause hair loss (anti-cancer drugs, anti-coagulants, anti-epileptics, anti-gout, Beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, tricyclic anti-depressants, anti-thyroid drugs)
• Excessive stress/shock
• Poor nutrition, crash diets, deficiencies in protein, zinc, selenium, calcium, sodium and potassium
• Major surgery

Worried about thinning hair?

• 30% of menopausal women experience hair thinning
• After stopping an oral contraceptive pill
• Pregnancy
• PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). You may also have irregular periods, excess hair growth, acne, insulin resistance and obesity.
• Protein deficiencies (patients with gastro-intestinal conditions, or who have just recently undergone gastric bypass surgery)

Battling with severe dandruff?

There are different causes for dandruff: the most common one can be treated with anti-dandruff shampoo. However, there are also other causes that need medical treatment:
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis
• Psoriasis
• Eczema
• Excessive hair-products can cause irritation & flaking of the scalp.

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What about the premature greying of your hair?

“You make me go grey before my age!” Has your parents told you this when you were naughty? It is true that you can go grey due to stress and trauma, but mostly, the age when you go grey is determined by your genes.

Heard of alopecia?

• Alopecia areata is an auto-immune condition, where the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles, causing one or two bald patches; in some cases all the hair falls out.
• Traction alopecia causes hair loss due to prolonged pulling on hair that’s been bound or pulled back in tight braids or ponytails.

If you think you suffer from any of these, maybe give our doctors a call – they can help you figure out what it is, and what to do.