It’s not a rare occurrence for a patient to come to our clinic who has never had a hair loss problem, and there is no history of hair loss in their family. But, suddenly, the patient finds hair falling out at a steady rate. During our thorough history-taking, we learn that the patient is being treated for an illness with a specific medication. It is often within a few weeks of starting the new meds that the patient notices the hair fall-out.
For those of you who think that HRC Dayton has embarked on a totally new phenomenon – you are wrong. Four thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians were searching for a hair loss cure. In 1500 B.C., Egyptians recited a magic spell to the sun god before swallowing a cocktail of onions, iron, red lead, honey and alabaster. Needless to say, it didn’t work. Then, in 1100 B.C., balding men rubbed the fat from lions, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, ibex, tomcat, serpents, porcupine hair and geese onto their scalps.
Teenage Hair Loss is surprisingly common. Hair loss is only associated with old age or stress – right? Wrong! It is surprising, but true, that hair loss is a common problem among teenage girls, too. Is there anybody more self-conscious of their appearance than a teenage girl? Just imagine what hair loss can do to her self-esteem. Sometimes, the hair loss is an alarm for some deeper medical issue.
At this time of year, we are often asked if chlorine can cause hair loss. The answer is absolutely, no. In a study reported in the Journal of Dermatology, researchers compared the hair of 67 professional swimmers and 54 individuals who had spent little to no time in the pool. Although swimmers’ hair exhibited some signs of having chlorine-induced damage like dryness and coarseness, swimmers were not significantly more likely to experience hair loss. But, high exposure to chlorine can cause the scalp to become dry and flaky.
A traveler recently wrote in saying that almost a year after all her traveling was done, she has experienced increasing hair loss. She went on to say that it wasn’t too noticeable in the beginning, but recently people have commented on her very thin hair. After a little bit of research, she discovered that other men and women have had the same experience when returning home from very humid, tropical climates.