HAIR LOSS: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

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HAIR LOSS: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

By TGN Editorial Team

Hairloss

As we grow older, we experience several signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and dull and thinning hair or hair loss. But hair loss does not happen overnight.

In fact, for most men, going bald is a long and slow process that can take anywhere from a few short years to several decades. It can be due to factors such as stress, certain medication and the lifestyle that we have.

Hair loss with seafarers does not seem to be a major health concern but hair loss onboard can be a result of the type of water used for cleaning which can vary a lot; the distilled water from the ship’s fresh water generator can be one of the worst types for causing hair loss. Seafarers who work with various oils/chemicals are very much prone to hair loss due to frequent contact with these substances.

Use of helmets for long periods and especially in high temperatures can also lead to hair loss.
So, using approved additives in the water made by the fresh water generators onboard and also by using the proper type of safety helmets with ventilation holes and non-irritating materials may help slow down/prevent hair loss (source: A Mariner’s guide on Human Element Issues)

According to Mayo Clinic, here are some of the symptoms, causes and prevention for Hair Loss:

Causes
People typically lose about 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when a hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

Hair loss is typically related to one or more of the following factors:
• Family history (heredity)
• Hormonal changes and medical conditions, mostly for women
• Medications and supplements
• Radiation therapy to the head
• A very stressful event
• Certain hairstyles and treatments

Prevention
Most baldness is caused by genetics (male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness). This type of hair loss is not preventable.

These tips below may help you avoid preventable types of hair loss:
• Avoid tight hairstyles and twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair.
• Treat your hair gently when washing and brush with a wide-toothed comb to help prevent pulling out hair.
• Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments and perms.
• Avoid medications and supplements that could cause hair loss.
• Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.
• Stop smoking. Some studies show an association between smoking and baldness in men.
• If you are being treated with chemotherapy, ask your doctor about a cooling cap which helps reduce hair loss.

Treatment
Effective treatments for some types of hair loss are available. You might be able to reverse hair loss, or at least slow further thinning. With some conditions, such as patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), hair may regrow without treatment within a year.

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery to promote hair growth and slow hair loss. For more information about available treatments, consult your doctor. Source: Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/

Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery to promote hair growth and slow hair loss. For more information about available treatments, consult your doctor.

Source: Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/