Monday, 24 December 2012

Minoxidil For Thinning Hair

Minoxidil is the first medical hair loss treatment that was proven to reverse female hair loss and to be medically licensed by the MHRA in the UK and ‘FDA Approved‘ in the USA. It falls into a class of treatments known as growth stimulants as it slows down hair loss and stimulates hair regrowth. Initially Minoxidil was used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Coincidentaly it produced an interesting side effect. People who were being treated for high BP noticed an increase in their hair growth and in some cases, significant hair regrowth was experienced. Since then a topical solution of minoxidil, first developed by UpJohn Corp, has been used for treating hair loss in men and women.

Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the area that it is applied which increases the nutrients delivered to the hair follicles and prevents shrinkage of the follicles, resulting in prevention of female hair loss and regrowth of the hair in most cases. Minoxidil acts by opening up potassium channels, which has been found to prevent male and female hair loss.
 
Minoxidil For Thinning Hair
Application

Two daily applications for up to four months may be required before evidence of hair regrowth is observed. The onset and degree of hair regrowth may be variable among different patients treated with this medicine. If hair regrowth occurs, two daily applications are necessary for additional and continued hair growth. First hair growth may be soft, downy, colorless hair that is barely visible. After further treatment, however, the new hair should be the same color and thickness as the other hair on the scalp.

If one or two applications are missed, restart twice daily applications and return to the usual schedule. Do not attempt to make up for missed doses or use more than 2 mL at a time. Do not use on sunburned skin.

It is important to continue to use minoxidil for the entire time prescribed by your doctor, even if hair growth does not appear within several months. If there is no hair growth after at least four months or more, consult with your doctor, as this medication may not be effective for you.It is usually applied in a 1-3% solution twice a day. It must be used for a about four months to see the benefits.

Side effects

Common side effects of minoxidil include burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body. Users should stop treatment and seek medical attention right away if they experience any of the following serious side effects: Severe allergic reactions. Side effects include skin irritation, dryness of the scalp along with flaking and itching. Systemic absorption may also occur leading to chest pain, increased heat beat and bloating of the face, feet and hands.

Precautions

Minoxidil should be kept away from children. It is unknown if minoxidil passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug.

Thinning Hair

Thinning Hair is a normal reaction, probably because you had undergone a surgery or a fever. Thinning Hair can also be a genetic characteristic, so, you need to do what's best to prevent and compensate for the shortage. Or perhaps it was a sign warning about the lack of physical or chemical imbalance, Consequently you know sooner the better.

The hair follicle may be divided anatomically into four parts:

Thinning Hair - Anatomy of hair

 

1. The bulb consisting of the dermal papilla and matrix

2. The suprabulbar area from the matrix to the insertion of the arrector pili muscle

3. The isthmus that extends from the insertion of the arrector pili muscle to the sebaceous gland

4. The infundibulum that extends from the sebaceous gland to the follicular orifice.

Scalp hair only constitutes a small fraction (100,000 to 150,000 follicles) of the total count for the body (approximately 5 million follicles). Hair growth can be divided into three distinct phases: anagen (active growth), catagen (active loss), and telogen (resting). In the nonbalding scalp, 90% of hairs remain in the active growth, or anagen phase, which extends over a period of 3 years. During the catagen phase that lasts about 2 to 3 weeks, the hair separates from the dermal root but remains in place only by a thin strand of connective tissue. Telogen, or resting, phase, follows in which the basal attachment becomes even more attenuated, resulting ultimately in the hair shaft falling out. Normally, nonbalding hair remains in the telogen phase about 10% of the time, and the phase lasts about 3 to 4 months. When the rate of hair loss exceeds that of hair growth, thinning of hair ensues.

What Is Normal Thinning Hair?
Events which can trigger thinning hair include: pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, severe emotional stress, rapid or profound weight loss, thyroid disorders, pituitary problems, malnutrition, radiation, lack of protein, large doses of vitamin A, chemotherapy, general anesthesia, chronic illness, scarlet fever, syphilis etc.

Thinning hair can be caused by drugs, including:birth control pills, anticoagulants, diet pills, thyroid medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin, ibuprofen and Aleve etc. Read more about Causes of Thinning Hair

Temporary Hair Loss Treatments
If treatment fails, or is not desired professional counseling might be of help. Perms, dyes and other cosmetic options can be used to give a fuller appearance to hair. Contrary to common wisdom, shampooing doesn't increase real thinning hair. Some salons specialize in the modern forms of hair additions; these have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised. It is always advised that you consult a qualified doctor for advice should you suspect that you are losing more hair than you normally do.

Treatment
If you are diagnosed with a thinning hair problem, don’t panic and stress out as it would result in more hair loss. There are a variety of treatments available to help the hair regrow. Carefully discuss your problem with a hair care physician, evaluate the treatment options available and then proceed with treatment. Apart from undergoing treatment it is also important that you take proper care of your hair like washing it regularly with mild herbal shampoos and carefully drying it. Do not use hair dyes or other harsh chemical products as these can cause hair to break and thin out. If you want to use hair colors, talk to your doctor and find out what is best for you. Always eat a healthy and balanced diet. Proper care and proper diet will ensure healthy hair growth and keep your hair in good shape.Continue Reading