Items (0)

Hair Loss Treatment

There are many different types of hair loss, with different symptoms and from different causes, some are more common than others. Hair loss or baldness can occur in either men or women and is technically known as alopecia.

What is Hair Loss:

Hair loss, or male pattern baldness, is the most common type of hair loss, with an estimated 6.5 million men being affected in the UK alone. On average your hair grows around 1cm per month out of the hair follicles located under your skin. A single scalp hair grows continuously for 2-4 years then stops. When this hair falls out, new, healthy hair beings to grow and the cycle is repeated. The hairs on your scalp are at different stages; therefore it is common to lose scalp hair each day. Male pattern baldness is a common condition where men experience thinning of the hair, which often results in a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head. Hair loss can be caused by a number of genetic factors and a DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone. DHT causes a decrease in growth and thinning of the hair as it causes the follicles to shrink and stop functioning, which leads to male pattern baldness. This process can start affecting men as young as their 20’s and it becomes more common as you age, by the age of 60 most men have some degree of hair loss. Once hair loss has occurred over a long period of time, it may become permanently lost.

Women can also experience pattern baldness (female pattern baldness), which usually thins hair on top of the head. Male pattern baldness is commonly passed on genetically, however, it is unclear what causes female pattern baldness. Around 8 million women in the UK suffer from some form of hair loss, which can lead to a loss of self-confidence and heightened self-consciousness.

What are the symptoms of Hair Loss:

Hair loss in men generally follows a set pattern; the first stage is a receding hairline, then a thinning of the hair around the crown and temples. As these meet in the middle, a horseshoe shape is left on the top of the head which, in some cases, then leads to baldness. Commonly male-pattern baldness begins to occur in the late '20s or early '30s, by the late 30's most men are showing signs of hair loss. In women hair gradually thins with age, but it is generally only noticeable around the top of the head, this could become more noticeable after the menopause.

Hair Loss Treatment - Peak Pharmacy Online

It is important to remember that male or female pattern baldness is not a disease and doesn’t affect your health in any way, however if you are feeling distressed due to hair loss or are finding it difficult to come to terms with then it is important to speak to your GP about your options.

There is a certain medication that is designed to help slow the effects of hair loss, Peak Pharmacy Online provides Propecia. Propecia is a prescription medicine that is used to treat hair loss in Men, and should NOT be used in women or children. Propecia tablets work by blocking the formulation of a DHT in your scalp which helps to increase hair growth and prevent further hair loss in men. Men that are suffering from mild to moderate hair loss, but not complete hair loss, can benefit from using Propecia. 

NHS Choices Logo

For more information on Hair Loss, please visit the NHS Choices website.