Hair Pain!

Hair Pain! An unexpected and rather challenging issue experienced by some people with hair loss is hair follicle pain. In the medical world this is considered to be a form of cutaneous dysesthesia (or Trichodynia when it affects the scalp region). Trichodynia is more commonly experienced with telogen effluvium (non-scarring diffuse shedding of the hair), […]

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Diabetes and Hair Loss

Diabetes Diabetes Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a metabolic disorder which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels. The principal hormone involved in this process is insulin, which is produced by beta cells of the pancreas. Insulin regulates blood glucose levels by stimulating cells to use glucose for energy. Insulin also encourages the body

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PCOS and Hair Loss

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) What is it? Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting roughly 50% of women in their reproductive years. PCOS is an endocrine disorder primarily affecting ovulation, leading to the overproduction of underdeveloped ovarian follicles. In some women with PCOS these follicles are unable to produce an egg (oocyte) and

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Thyroid and Hair Loss

What is the thyroid? The Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck just behind the larynx (voice box). The thyroid is divided into 2 main regions, the right and left lobes which are connected by a narrow passage called the isthmus. The thyroid consists of tiny sacs called follicular cells which secrete

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Blood Tests

Blood tests can be an extremely useful tool during a hair loss investigation, particularly with female hair loss issues. Hair loss is often a symptom of another health issue, rather than a condition in its own right, so finding out how things are on the inside can be crucial to tackling a hair loss issue

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What is Trichoscopy? A Trichoscope is a magnifying device your Trichologist may use during your examination. Like a Dermatoscope that a dermatologist would use, a Trichoscope was developed over recent years specifically for use with scalp and hair disorders. A Trichoscope allows the hair and scalp to be seen at a magnification of around 50x

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Stress and Hair Loss

Stress and Hair Loss We often think of stress as a bad thing, but it is in fact one of the best ‘built in’ survival mechanisms we have! Otherwise known as the ‘Fight or Flight response’, our body is designed to react quickly to immediate threats and perceived danger. The release of adrenal hormones (cortisol

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