Yes, it can be said that losing hair is the major symptom of hair loss. But wait; there are different signs and symptoms for different types of hair loss, some of which can be treated. Below is a description of different types of hair loss and the possible diagnosis.
Hair loss is in small patches – If your hair is coming out in small patches, you could be suffering from Alopecia Areata which is an autoimmune disease that is often reversible. Alopecia areata is when the loss of hair occurs in sharply defined areas usually involving the scalp or beard, but at times every hair on the body. If the small patches are red, oily or itchy, you could be suffering from Seborrhea, Lichen, Planus or Ringworm, all conditions that have treatments available to reduce or eliminate the problem.
Gradual hair loss in front area or on top–This is typically called Male Pattern Baldness. Many shampoos and treatments claim to reverse or slow balding. One prescription medicine, called minoxidil, is available, but it’s expensive and effective for only one-third of patients. It also comes with a few side-effects.
Other possible causes for hair loss:
Follicular Degeneration: is the gradual destruction of hair follicles by the excessive use of pomades with a hot comb or iron. Thinning usually begins at the crown and then spreads evenly throughout the head. The treatment for this problem is to stop using the pomades, hot combs and irons.
Medicines, Steroids, Chemotherapy: If you are on certain medications or undergoing chemotherapy, your hair loss should be temporary. After your treatment is complete, your hair usually starts to grow back.
Iron or Zinc Deficiency: If your body is deficient in iron or zinc, this could be the cause of your hair loss. Always consult with a medical doctor before taking any supplements.
Thyroid Disease: When your body is in crisis, the hair cells can shut down in order to direct energy elsewhere. There is treatment available for thyroid disease.
Stress: Very stressful situations can cause hair loss. Hormone Change: After childbirth, many women experience hair loss. Typically the loss will stop about 6 months after childbirth.
So, as you can see above, in some situations there is a medical solution for hair loss situations. To determine your hair loss, consult with your medical doctor or dermatologist. All prescriptions for hair loss must be taken while under the care of a doctor so that any side-effects can be monitored.