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Month: August 2015

Hair Fall – Facts & Medications

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Hair Fall – not a natural phenomena anymore !

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Thick bouncy and beautiful hair… something everyone wish for. And well, many of them are gifted with healthy hair but people, nowadays, suffering from hair fall / hair thinning is outnumbering them. Whether its a repercussion of today’s stressful lifestyle or poor diet habits, or whether use of multiple chemicals via shampoos, gels, stiffeners or sprays is affecting; hair fall has become one of the wide spread problem.

Sadly, a situation which usually affected older age group earlier, now has not spared our young generation too. Children, even from their college age are suffering from hair fall and are caught in loop of multiple remedies being advertised everyday for controlling hair fall or hair re-growth.

My purpose of mentioning this article is to highlight benefits of certain medicines which have been successful (in most of the cases – as otherwise it is very subjective) in controlling this disturbing situation.

Which Medicines are they?

One of this is Mintop.

Mintop containing the active ingredient minoxidil is considered a vasodilator type of medication. it dilates blood vessels of the scalp, improving blood flow within your hair follicles. This facilitates stimulating hair regrowth and to slow hair loss. It is suggested to be effective when hair fall is recent. There are two types of solutions available in the market – 2% and 5% and it is highly recommended that one should consult a dermatologist before starting medication and understand its process of application. Since it is very important to know that this medicine needs to be applied directly on the scalp and shouldn’t be used on hair.

Another known medicine for this purpose is FinaxHair_wax

Finax (Finasteride) is a male pattern hair loss treatment. This slows down the hair loss and help re-growth of hair in men affected by androgenic alopecia. Again to underline, kindly consult your doctor before prescribing to any medicine.

There have been certain side-effects also, noticed when people used these medicines; such as drying scalp, itching, scalp irritability etc., therefore, be very careful while applying any such medicinal solution that it shouldn’t come in contact directly with eyes, should be kept away from children and never ever over do them.

Dandruff – Facts and Cure

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Dandruff – Is it a disease?

Dandruff – a term not unknown to any. Dry, flaky white dry skin falling off on shoulders or collars can be quite embarrassing as well as irritating (specially when you’re flaunting a dark-colorer dress!)

Even it is so commonly seen, there has been no particular reason established medically, what causes dandruff but one of the fact studied is that a common fungus called malassezia furfur may contribute towards quick dying and re-generation of cells on scalp resulting in dandruff. One fact one should be aware of is that dandruff is not related to hair but the culprit is skin of the scalp.

One of the main symptoms or we can say consequence is the itchy scalp when dandruff has set-in. If it is not treated right from the beginning, it may become severe by spreading as reddish, scaly plaques in the eyebrows, on forehead, on ear, and on folds of skin near our nostrils as well.

Other than fungal infection, sickness, low immune, oily skin/ scalp or even allergy to a particular medicine can intensify dry scalp or dandruff. Also, ironically, some studies have shown that men are more prone to dandruff than woman.

If not serious – why go for treatment?

In today’s time when an individual’s physical presentation plays an important role in the its social engagements, individuals with severe dandruff may face social or self-esteem problems. Therefore, important is to treat this for both physiological and psychological reasons.

There is an array of remedies flowed over the internet and suggested by dermatologists; we are highlighting few of the most used and reasonably effective ones:

  1. Using medicated shampoo – containing active ingredients like salicylic acid/ Zinc pyrithione/ Selenium sulfide/ Ketoconazole. Here, be careful while using these as you may require to switch between types of shampoos if one type controls the dandruff at first but later loses its effectiveness. Also, read the directions for use carefully for acquiring maximum effect.
  1. Corticosteroid creams – to reduce inflammation
  2. Antifungal creams – it may help in growth of fungus and avoid itchiness.
  3. Use of Vinegar – as a wash after shampoo – shown to reduce flakes

Although there are various home-made treatments available, one should be cautious to use them as what may cause allergy to one’s scalp is unpredictable and may worsen the situation. It is, therefore, advised to consult dermatologist if dandruff doesn’t appear to be reducing even after usage of over the counter medicines/ shampoos or home-made solutions.

Hair Fall – what triggers it Post-Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is indeed a beautiful phase a woman goes through, bringing plethora of changes – physically, mentally and emotionally in her body and all it creates a beautiful life inside. One of the priceless rewards during this journey are the hormone levels, especially estrogen, takes its peak, resulting in beautiful, shining skin and lustrous, bouncy, beautiful hair throughout these 9 months.

What triggers hair-fall?

Once the baby is delivered, the major change a woman experience is “postpartum” fluctuations – marking hormone levels returning to pre-pregnancy. It can be really challenging if these dramatic changes not followed-on systematically because delivery drains out all strength out of mothPregnancy - er’s body and she is already in a state of “hard recovery” from various changes initiated immediately after delivery. One of the most ‘worried’ and ‘talked about’ problem, a mother notices is “Hair-fall”, a medical condition known as “telogen effluvium”, which gradually begins after she starts nursing the baby.

Apart from various changes already pressurising a new mother, hair-loss  can make it worse if one doesn’t have knowledge on how to cope with the same. Various “quick tips” are being suggested, viz. lotions, creams, medicines but nothing can work as ‘miracle’ if hair fall has already set-in and deteriorating the bouncy hair (at the time of pregnancy) to thinner, dry strands and gradually balding the scalp.


Well, inspite of numerous remedies being told by friends, relatives, elders and internet resources, as for the internal recovery, a good balanced diet is one most crucial thing that needs to be followed diligently:

  1. An iron enriched diet for recovering with blood loss;
  2. high protein for relaxing muscle strains,
  3. diet enriched with calcium – to enhance milk supply for baby,
  4. Zinc, one of the most important mineral required by body for hair health,
  5. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – for baby’s healthy brain development
  6. Above all – a good sleep so to combat “postpartum depressive mood swings”

And as no power in this world can stop a mother to not to get worried about baby’s development, so better is to take a very good care of your health with balanced and nutritious diet and plenty of rest – which will ultimately nourishes the baby and strengthen the bond between you two!