Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Charleston Men’s Clinic. This is part two of our blog series about preventing hair loss in men. Last time, we covered a lot. We discussed drinking plenty of water, improving your diet, and seeing a dermatologist. Generally, it’s better to seek treatment from a medical professional for all men’s health issues rather than relying on home remedies. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, our focus is on men’s sexual health. Visit our site or contact us today to learn more about treatment for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease, low testosterone, and premature ejaculation.
Stress is one of the major preventable causes of hair loss. Ironically, we may even stress so much about our hair loss that we actually lose more hair as a result. Telogen effluvium is a condition that is known for pushing hair out of your head. This issue is usually temporary and almost always grows back after the condition is cured. This condition is typically caused by a stressful event in one’s life, leading to a change in hormones and a thinning of the hair, usually on the top of the head.
Trichotillomania is another stress-related condition that affects many men. This is the urge to pull out your own hair under stressful conditions. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system attacks your own hair follicles. Hair will usually start to fall out in clumps but the amount of hair that falls out varies from person to person. Here are a couple of tips for reducing stress:
Not only does sweating open up pores, releasing toxins from your skin and the rest of your body, it reduces stress which reduces your likelihood of hair loss. Try to get at least 30 minutes of strenuous exercise each day for improved skin health.
Get More Sleep
Most health specialists recommend getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Sadly many Americans don’t follow this, and as a result, are left with higher stress levels and more hair loss!
We live in a time where people are always rushing to meet deadlines while at the same time, taking care of their personal life. There’s nothing wrong with being busy, but if that comes at the expense of your health and well being, you may need to find a way to reduce your workload.
Quit Smoking And Drinking
Surely, you’re well aware of many of the terrible side effects of smoking, but many people don’t realize that it can contribute to hair loss as well. One of the most damaging effects of smoking is the way it impedes blood flow and when there’s a lack of blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, you’ll experience hair loss as a result. When it comes to drinking, drinking too much can result in dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and increased stress and we already know the negative effects of those! If you really want to smoke or drink, keep it to a minimum to prevent hair loss.
Avoid Certain Medications
Aside from the medications that your dermatologist may prescribe to you to cure your hair loss, there are certain medications on the market that could actually contribute to the issue. Let’s take a look at some of these medications:
Anticoagulants – This type of medication is known to cause hair loss in people with specific health conditions like heart disease.
Beta-blockers – This medication is made to lower blood pressure and reduce workload on the heart. They are known to cause telogen effluvium.
Anticonvulsants – anti-seizure medication can lead to diffuse hair loss in some cases. Valproic acid and trimethadione are categorized as anticonvulsants.
Contact Charleston Men’s Clinic
We understand that there are certain health issues men face that can be difficult to seek treatment for. Although our initial reaction is to think of issues like hair loss, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction as making us “less of a man,” that is not the case. However, most men experience these issues at some point in life and there’s no shame in it! Contact Charleston Men’s Clinic today to learn more about our men’s sexual health treatment options.