As we enter the fall season, both men and women may experience more hair loss than usual. This hair loss is a common phenomenon that happens with each change of season. This is known as seasonal or reactive hair loss. This phenomenon is worrisome for those concerned, but it is often not serious. However, if it becomes a long-term problem, it is important to consult a specialist to determine the exact cause of the problem. The CMCC answers your questions.
What are the symptoms of seasonal hair loss?
Seasonal hair loss is hair loss that is more abundant than normal. It usually happens in the spring and fall and affects both men and women. While an individual usually loses between 50 and 100 hairs per day, seasonal hair loss can cause 300 to 400 hairs to fall out per day and all areas of the scalp are affected by the phenomenon. This is a diffuse hair loss and is not localized, as is the case with androgenetic alopecia.
What are the causes of autumnal hair loss?
There is more sunshine in the northern hemisphere during the summer and, to a lesser extent, during the spring. This increases the secretion of hormones responsible for hair growth. In other words, hair grows more and, in the fall, a larger number of hairs will reach the end of their cycle. In addition, external factors such as sand and sea water tend to disturb the balance of the scalp and weaken the hair. Hence the sudden and sometimes profuse hair loss.
Should I be concerned?
No need to be concerned if the hair loss does not last more than five to six weeks. On the other hand, if it lasts for a long time, it may be a pathological hair loss and it is important to perform a trichoscopy of the scalp as soon as possible to determine the exact cause of the alopecia. It may be a telogen effluvium and, although this is also a temporary phenomenon, it is important to implement a treatment as soon as possible to stimulate hair growth.
What treatments are available?
This will depend on the type of alopecia the patient has. If the hair loss is limited and of short duration, then the best thing to do is simply to eat the right foods and take the right food supplements, which will boost hair growth (in particular, vitamins C, B, B5, B8 and A, as well as cystine). However, if the hair loss is particularly profuse or if the trichoscopy has shown that it is indeed a telogen effluvium, the CMCC dermatologists can prescribe support treatments, such as light therapy sessions or hair stimulation by injection (PRP treatment or mesotherapy). The objective is to promote good scalp vascularization and, in the case of mesotherapy, to deeply nourish the hair follicle. An appropriate diet and nutritional treatment may sometimes be necessary.
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