Almost everyone faces the issue of greying hair. Just as you get accustomed to the few you have, more seem to pop up. Even more distressing is that of hair loss and complete balding. An increasing number of people are balding each decade, something that was actually expected by scientists just not quite at the staggering rate that it is. Combine the lengthening of life span with the chemicals that are in our food and world nowadays and it shouldn’t be surprising. Add that to the stress of daily life, and a few decades worth of hair products, dies, and heating elements, and it’s only a matter of time before it all takes its toll on our hair.
Hair loss is a worrying issue for many, and finding the solution can cause even more stress. But it doesn’t have to. Far too few people enjoy baldness, and because of this there are many cures and solutions on the market. Not surprisingly, they are all marketed as being “the best” compared to the competition, which makes making an educated decision a bit difficult.
Considering a hair transplant?
Experts would state that the common answer to this question is “not really,” and this is because hair transplant is usually the last option for hair loss and those who have come this far are no longer considering. They have failed to find a less painful and better cure and ready to take action to change their look.
A hair transplant shouldn’t be the first solution though. It is an option for those that couldn’t find an effective solution otherwise, didn’t take preventative measures, or didn’t take action soon enough. And a hair transplant isn’t a solution for everyone. For example, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is a disease that will affect all hair growth, including newly transplanted follicles.
Is there a permanent solution to Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia?
Unfortunately, this condition does not yet have a cure. It leads to permanent baldness in the affected areas with scars to the scalp that will not enable even transplanted hair to grow. Hair systems can be a solution, along with changes to style such as shaving the head completely or taking up the dapper look and dawning hats, which can be as fun and versatile as any occasion. The novelty quickly wears thin though.
Is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia caused by chronic flu?
Although it may seem unrelated, it’s possible this may actually be a real issue. Studies have shown that those who catch the cold and flu often may face hair loss and greying faster. This has been linked to mucus production. Apparently, the more mucus the body produces over the course of a lifetime, the whiter the hair can be in the long run. It’s hypothesised actually that if the common cold and influenza were to be completely eradicated in the future (something extremely unlikely), that hair loss might be slowed to a point of near non-existence.
What is to be done?
Important to understand is that individuals are individualistic even as it applies to experiencing the same conditions and medical treatments, which makes it hard to give general advice. The best plan of action is to find a specialist who can attend to your individual case – skilled professionals who can make accurate diagnosis and prescribe the most appropriate forms of treatment for you.
Most importantly perhaps is finding someone who although may be lacking the needed skill, has the required honesty, and can still send you to the right specialist. In the case of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, it will usually be a dermatologist. If there is any rule of thumb applicable here, consider trying milder medicinal treatments before spending the money on more painful surgical procedures, as it may be avoidable.
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