Hair is, rightly known as the crowning glory. Different hairstyles add or subtract so much from our overall appearances. What we eat, how much we sleep, the amount of water and our lifestyle have a telling effect on our mane. There are many environmental, dietary and genetic factors that affect our scalps and our hair. Let us look at nine scalp conditions that affect men.
- Hair Loss
When you lose large amounts of hair and it doesn’t grow back, it is called as hair loss. All of us lose some amount of hair every day but when we lose more than what the body can regenerate it becomes a serious condition and needs to be treated medically.
- Male Pattern Baldness
When men lose hair from around the temples and the hairline keeps receding, it is known as male pattern baldness. When the hair’s growth cycle weakens and the hair follicles begin to shrink. This produces thinner hair and ultimately even that tapers off. Take a medical opinion because in most cases it is harmless but could be caused by certain types of cancer, medicines and thyroid problems.
- Alopecia Areata
When men suffer the loss of hair in small coin-shaped patches, it is known as Alopecia Areata. The patches occur at random places. In most cases, the person’s immune system goes against itself and begins to attack the hair follicles. Though you will not suffer total hair loss, you will still need medical attention to regrow your hair.
- Seborrheic Eczema
In this scalp condition, the skin becomes scaly and red and dandruff is caused. While in most cases it happens in the hair scalp and causes hair loss, it may spread to the face, neck, chest, and back. Usually, the oiliness in the skin triggers this condition. It is a long-term skin issue and needs regular sittings with the dermatologist. In most cases, it can be avoided by following a good skin care routine.
In this scalp condition, thick, red patches develop. This is an autoimmune disease in which the buildup of cells occurs causing a scaly appearance. It is associated with other diseases like diabetes, heart issues, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
- Head Lice
Scary as it might to be to have insects crawling on your scalp, it is better to be informed about what they are. Lice are blood-suckers that spread through contact with an infected person, sharing personal items like combs, towels, and headphones, even. Extreme scalp itchiness, sores on the scalp and a feeling that something is crawling on your head are instant giveaways. Many OTC medications are available to treat the condition.
This is, perhaps the most common scalp condition. White flakes that are a result of the buildup of the dead skin from the scalp. The condition is blamed on a fungus living on the skin. Washing hair regularly with a medicated shampoo treats the problem.
- Ring Worm
When circular, red, scaly patches are left on the scalp leading to hair loss; it is known as a ringworm infection. It is caused by a fungus and not by worms. It can be treated medically by ingesting medicines and an antifungal shampoo.
This is an infection affecting the hair follicle. The follicles are sacs at the bottom of the hair which fill with pus. The condition is caused by bacteria and can be treated with an antibiotic.