Hair Loss Disorders

Hair loss disorders are broad category that comprises a wide range of conditions, from mild thinning to total baldness.

Abnormalities of hair growth bear a profound psychological and social impact on both men and women. Although it is thought that hair loss disorders in men is more common; 40 percent of women in the US experience several forms of hair loss.

Evaluation and management of hair loss disorders in women and men are a crucial part of patient care in Turkey.

Hair Disorders in Men and Women

Alopecia: the loss or thinning of hair. There are two types of alopecia: scarring- where hair follicles are destroyed- and non-scarring, which can be reversed.
Male Pattern Baldness (androgenic alopecia): The is the most prevalent type of hair disorders, mostly affecting men over 50 years of age.
Telogen Effluvium (TE) is the second most common form of hair loss. TE happens when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair.

This hair loss disorder occurs two or three months after a major body stress such as a prolonged illness, serious surgery or major infection. It can also happen after women give birth or after a sudden alternation in hormone levels.
Drug Side Effects: hair loss can result as a side effect of certain medications including lithium, beta-blockers, warfarin, heparin, amphetamines and levodopa. Moreover, many medications used in cancer chemotherapy can cause sudden hair loss affecting the entire head.
Signs of a Medical Illness: hair loss can be manifested as a symptom of medical illness that encompass lupus, syphilis, a thyroid disorder, hormone imbalance or serious nutritional issue, particularly deficiency of protein, iron, zinc or biotin.
Tinea Capitis: is a fungal infection of the scalp. It is also known as ringworm. Tinea capitis is caused by mold-like fungi.  Causes of tinea capitis include poor hygiene and having wet skin for a long time. This condition is contagious and often affects children. Tinea capitis can also be spread by pets, especially cats.
Trichotillomania: is an impulse control disorder causing urge to pull out hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or other body hairs. It is partially a physiological disorder occurring when some people feel lonely and isolated. 1.5 percent of men and 3.4 percent of women worldwide suffer from trichotillomania.

Treating Hair Loss Disorders in Turkey

There are a variety of treatments available in Turkey to cure hair loss disorders. Men and women with hair loss symptoms can be treated with topical medications such as Rogaine, Propecia and Avodart.
Hair loss medications may not be suitable for all patients; that’s why hair transplant Turkey can be an appropriate alternative to medications.