Good evening Dr. Sharma,
I’m writing on behalf of my significant other who is unfortunately experiencing sudden hair loss within the past few months, it has slowly become more apparent. It doesn’t seem to run in his family and he’s a pretty healthy guy. We’ve tried using products from lush which specializes in what i think a more natural approach, it’s a shampoo bar that is a clove bud oil base and includes cinnamon leaf oil as well. So far, we haven’t seen much improvement and has caused him to start having dandruff which he never really had in the past. What i wanted to ask is if there could be any other natural way to help his hair grow as well as, help with the new found problem of dandruff. I hope to hear from you soon and thank you for your time in advance.
One technique may help prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. It's called scalp hypothermia , and it involves placing ice packs on the scalp a few minutes before -- and for about a half-hour after -- chemotherapy treatment. Cooling the scalp reduces blood flow to the hair follicles, making it harder for the chemotherapy drugs to get into the follicular cells. Cooling also reduces biochemical activity, making the hair follicles less susceptible to damage from chemotherapy drugs. One concern with this technique is the risk of cancer recurrence in the scalp, as perhaps this area did not receive the full dose of medication due to cooling vasoconstriction.
Many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can
cause temporary hair loss, trigger the onset of
male and female pattern baldness, and even cause
permanent hair loss. Note that the drugs listed
here do not include those used in chemotherapy
and radiation for cancer treatment.
Your doctor may not mention hair loss as a side effect of some drugs, so don't forget to do your own research and read the drug manufacturer's complete warnings. Your pharmacist can provide you with this information even before you fill a prescription.
Many pill and medication guidebooks (sold in bookstores and pharmacies) are also excellent sources of complete information about prescription drugs. If your doctor prescribes any of the following drugs, ask if one that does not have hair loss as a possible side effect can be substituted.
The drugs are listed by category, according to the conditions they treat, then by brand name first, followed by the drug's generic name in parentheses. In some categories, individual drugs are not listed. For these conditions, you will want to discuss the possibility of hair loss as a side effect of using any of the drugs that treat that particular condition, since many do contribute to hair loss.