Whilst illness as a result of hair loss is something more associated with women, it’s also true that it can result in hair loss for men, too. However, many men often fail to make the link between hair loss and illness due to the fact that it often takes around three months for the increased shedding to begin, which is usually long after the illness itself has ceased to be a problem.
We tend to lose around 100 hairs a day, but if you’re noticing an increased amount of shedding (perhaps more hair is coming out when you comb your hair, or in the shower, or maybe patches of scalp are beginning to be visible) and it has been around three months since you were ill, it might be that this is to blame.
No Common Rule
Severe illnesses with fever can cause hair loss, as can long term illnesses like Crohn’s and thyroid diseases. There is no common rule for what illnesses do or don’t cause hair loss, as it can vary from person to person, so it should not necessarily be assumed that the hair loss is a result of the illness itself.
Hair may take a while to return to its previous state, but within a year it should be back to its normal thickness and health. If this isn’t the case, it may be that you are experiencing a different type of hair loss. If you have noticed patchy hair loss all over the scalp, it’s possible that alopecia areata is the cause. This auto-immune disease can be triggered by illness or stress, and whether or not it can be treated depends on its severity: if the hair loss is patchy, a hair loss treatment programme can often clear it up, but if the loss is extensive treatment may not be effective.
If hair loss is in the form of a receding hairline, overall thinning atop the scalp, or thinning on the crown, it may be that the hair loss from the illness has masked the onset of male pattern hair loss. This is the most common form of hair loss in men, affecting 95% of men who are experiencing noticeable shedding. A genetic condition, pattern hair loss cannot be cured, but it can be treated to prevent further hair loss and potentially also regrow thinning hair.
When Treatment Can Help
Pattern hair loss is most effectively treated via a combination of the only two clinically proven for hair loss medications. The first of these, Propecia, works by blocking DHT, the androgen that causes this type of hair loss by attacking hair cells on top of the scalp, resulting in thinner, weaker hair being produced. The second medication, minoxidil, appears to stimulate growth in hair follicles, and can make a big difference to those trying to regrow their hair; even stubborn cases of thinning can be treated with Belgravia’s unique high strength minoxidil creams.
Belgravia offers free consultations with no obligation to continue with treatment, so if you’re not sure about what type of hair loss you’re dealing with, or if you want to find out what treatments are available to you and what the most effective way of preventing baldness is for your individual case, make an appointment and come in and talk to one of our hair loss specialists. For an idea of the wide range of conditions that we treat and the brilliant results we achieve for our patients, take a look at the before and during treatment photos on our success story blog.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.