Question: i am 17 year old I noticed from past 4-5 months that my hairs are falling down and then slowly I noticed that the density of my hairs is becoming very low and on my scalp i feel like dandruff is deposited on it and is covering my whole scalp but the of dandruff is brown and yellow and the size of it is very large and now i start loosing my front and sides hair and i am looking bald from front and sides please help me i tried using apple cider vinegar and also flaxseed oil
Answer: Hi, Ranveer. The dandruff-style flaking you describe, coupled with thinning hair could be one of three main scalp conditions.
These are: Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Pityriasis Amiantacea.
Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Psoriasis both cause a flaky scalp, which can be itchy leading you to scratch your head which, in turn, can weaken and damage the hair’s cuticle, resulting in breakage where the hair snaps along its shaft. This can look like hair thinning although it is not actually a hair loss condition.
Pityriasis Amiantacea is the most likely scalp condition to cause actual hair loss. This is because the hair can become trapped in the scales that form as a result of the condition, which often causes the scalp to be sticky and also commonly presents simultaneously alongside psoriasis.
The pattern of your shedding does sound as if it is more likely to be early onset androgenetic alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness – which only affects areas around the top of the scalp and/or hairline in those who have a pre-existing genetic predisposition towards the condition. As such it is worthwhile getting checked out by a professional hair loss specialist nurse who can diagnose both the cause of your thinning and your scalp condition. Once these have been established they can also tailor an effective, personalised plan of male hair loss treatment combined with therapeutic treatments to treat and soothe your scalp.
In the meantime, ensure you wash your hair regularly – daily if possible – using a medicated shampoo or alternating between a gentle shampoo suitable for daily use and a medicated shampoo if you find using a medicated shampoo every day too harsh. You should also check you drinking enough water, and are getting enough healthy fats, such as omega-3s, from your diet as these fatty acids – which are found in fish, shrimp, eggs, walnuts and flaxseeds (and from many other natural food sources) – can help to prevent the scalp from becoming too dry.
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