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Hair loss can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience, causing detrimental effects to self-confidence, body image and mental wellbeing. So, if you are worried about developing hair loss, it can be helpful to be familiar with the warning signs. In this blog we are going to explore the early signs of hair loss and explore how we can prevent it developing further 
 
Hair loss can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience, causing detrimental effects to self-confidence, body image and mental wellbeing. So, if you are worried about developing hair loss, it can be helpful to be familiar with the warning signs. In this blog we are going to explore the early signs of hair loss and explore how we can prevent it developing further. 
 
Hair loss can develop in a variety of ways, under different circumstances. Therefore, it is important to determine what specific branch of pattern baldness could be affecting you. 
Symptoms may include: 
 
• Gradual thinning of hair from the top of the scalp 
This is the most common form of hair loss, which develops in both men and women, and usually occurs with age. This starts out as hair receding from the forehead in men in a ‘m’ shape, whilst women develop a broader parting in their hair. 
• Patchy or bald spots 
 
If you are noticing tiny patches of hair missing from your scalp, around the size of a coin, this could be a sign of alopecia areata, a form of hair loss. Whilst this usually only affects the scalp, it can also develop on beards or eyebrows as well. Skin can also become itchy or irritated before falling out. 
 
• Spreading of scaly patches on your scalp 
If you are noticing that scaly patches are developing on your scalp, which are possibly becoming irritated, swollen and red, it is important to see your doctor, as this is a sign of ringworm. This can also be accompanied by broken or damaged hair. 
• Sudden loss of hair 
A sudden loss of hair through activities such as combing, brushing or washing your hair, can be a shocking and traumatic experience. This type of hair loss usually indicates an overall thinning of the hair, and not bald patches as you would find with alopecia areata. 
 
Hair loss can also be encouraged through different risk factors, such as a prior family history of balding, stress, weight loss, age, medical conditions, hormone changes and certain hair styles. 
Hair loss can be induced by a number of causes, but there are treatments to slow down or reverse hair loss. These treatments vary depending on how severe the hair loss is and how long you have been dealing with hair loss. 
If you are looking to make lifestyle changes to prevent hair loss from occurring, you could try following these following tips: 
 
• Stop smoking 
• Avoid tight hairstyles 
• Resist playing with your hair too much 
• Brush your hair gently 
• Avoid hot rollers and curling irons to style your hair 
 
If you are experiencing drastic hair loss, visiting a dermatologist or hair loss clinic would be a good idea, as they can provide great advice on treatments to help support hair regrowth and conservation. If you are worried about your hair loss, why not contact Birmingham Dermatology Clinic, to find out more. 
 
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