Welcome to chemoexperts to learn about hair loss. We will discuss: What is it? What does it look like? Who gets it? and How do we treat it? Hair loss can occur after certain chemotherapy treatments when cells within the hair follicles stop growing.
When this happens, the hair can fall out in clumps or gradually over time. Hair may not grow back as long as chemotherapy is ongoing. If hair loss happens, it typically begins about two weeks after chemotherapy is started, but ranges from 1 3 weeks. After chemo, hair can fall out in clumps while brushing your hair, in the shower, or hair can be found on your pillow after sleep.
Along with losing hair from the top of the head, you can also lose hair from the arms, legs, pubic area, armpits, eyebrows, and eyelashes. The likelihood of hair loss happening depends upon which chemotherapy agents are given. Intravenous chemotherapy medications such as these can contribute to hair loss more so than most of the oral chemos. However, not all I.V. chemo causes hair loss.
In fact, many chemotherapy medications do not cause or only rarely contribute to hair loss. Do NOT cut your hair without knowing how common hair loss is with a particular regimen! Although small, oral chemotherapy pills can cause many side effects including hair loss. However, it is rare for an oral chemotherapy to cause complete hair loss from the head. Losing your hair can be a very distressing side effect.
Some patients choose to cut their hair short or shave their heads before starting chemotherapy in order to avoid large clumps from falling out. General hair care tips include brushing with a soft brush, washing hair only when necessary, avoiding a curling iron, rollers, bleaching, or coloring. You may also consider trying a satin pillow case, or cutting the hair short to make it easier to put on a wig.
Eventually, hair will grow back when chemotherapy is complete. Sometimes, it is even a different texture or color. Some patients choose to get more than one wig. Ask a nurse or social worker for valuable information on where to obtain one. Wigs may be fully or partially covered by your insurance. If interested in a wig, ask your for a prescription for a cranial prosthesis.
Which is the medical term for a wig. Then, submit the prescription to your insurance company along with a receipt for the wig. Some alternatives to wigs include hats, scarves, and head wraps. But if you decide not to cover your head, be sure to protect it with sunscreen. Some oral medications may help with hair loss. Additionally, topical agents such as minoxidil (or Rogaine) may lessen the severity or frequency.
You should be consulted before trying any of these options to make sure they are safe with your chemotherapy and other medications. Hair loss isn’t always preventable from chemotherapy, but several options exist. But know you are perfect however you look with or without hair! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and tell us what you think. pause now to read our disclaimer and thank you for watching.
5 Vitamins That Can Control Premature Graying Of Hair
Although your genes actually determine the age when your hair will start losing its natural color, in a number of cases, deficiency of certain vitamins can lead to premature graying of hair. When vitamins that are essential for production of melanin are missing from your diet, insufficient melanin synthesis will turn your hair gray. However, premature graying of hair associated with nutritional deficiency is reversible.
Consumption of foods rich in these essential nutrients helps in restoring the normal melanin synthesis process of the hair. Therefore, if your hair is losing its natural color, before covering the grays with hair color, check whether you are suffering from any of the following vitamin deficiencies. 1. Folic Acid.
Deficiency of folic acid or vitamin b9 is associated with premature graying of hair. Increasing intake of foods rich in folic acid seems to help in reversing premature graying of hair. To stop graying of hair at an early age, add folic acid rich foods to your diet such as leafy greens, broccoli, citrus fruits and tomatoes. As this watersoluble vitamin cannot be stored in the body, regular intake of foods that.
Are rich in folic acid is necessary to avert deficiency of this important vitamin. 2. Vitamin B12. Loss of natural hair color is also associated with deficiency of vitamin B12. Your body cannot produce enough red blood cells when you are suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency, which leads to a condition known as pernicious anemia.
Premature loss of hair color is one of the common symptoms of pernicious anemia, which can be reversed by increasing intake of vitamin B12 rich foods such as fish, red meat, liver, eggs and dairy. 3. Biotin. Biotin plays an important role in healthy hair growth.
Therefore, deficiency of this b vitamin can cause loss of hair color at an early age. To fight premature graying of hair, consume foods rich in biotin such as chicken, red meat, egg and milk and dairy. 4. Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is known to help in slowing down graying of.
Hair. Deficiency of this B vitamin reduces melanin production. Hence, to maintain the normal melanin producing activities of the hair cells, add foods rich in pantothenic acid to your diet. Liver, sunflower seeds, broccoli, mushroom, corn, tomatoes and avocado are good sources of vitamin B5.
5. Vitamin E The antioxidant Activity of vitamin E is believed to help in slowing down graying of hair. It helps in inhibiting degeneration of the cells responsible for producing the hair color. To increase vitamin E intake, add wheat germ, corn, broccoli and green leafy vegetables to your diet.