Hair normally begins to come out two to four weeks after therapy begins. It might come out in clumps fast or gradually. Not all hair will be lost during treatment. Some of it may even grow back after chemotherapy ends.
Hair that grows back after cancer treatment is normal. Even if you didn't have any hair before your treatment started, new hair will grow in once the medication stops. This is called alopecia areata. Men with prostate cancer also may experience temporary hair loss during treatment with hormones or radiation. The hair will grow back after treatment ends.
Many people worry about losing their hair while taking chemotherapy drugs. However, most cases of chemotherapy-induced hair loss can be prevented by eating well and getting enough rest. Also, there are treatments available for those who still lose their hair despite these precautions.
People who are going through treatment for cancer should not shave their head or wear a hat during visits to the hospital or doctor's office. Wearing a scarf or wig is helpful at making patients look less sickly. It is important for others to know that you are receiving treatment so that they can help you avoid isolation.
Is my hair worth losing? That is a question only you can answer.
Loose hair will most likely accumulate on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or in your sink or shower drain. Your scalp may be sore. You may experience fever, pain, or irritation at the injection site.
If you lose your hair, it won't go away on its own. Stay aware of what's going on with your headdress/headscarf. If you notice hair loss, ask your doctor if there is a medical reason for this side effect. Sometimes the cause is unrelated to treatment but could be due to other factors such as illness, stress, or low blood platelets (which can be a side effect of chemotherapy).
Your doctor may recommend products such as minoxidil or finasteride to help prevent further loss of hair. Finasteride (Propecia) may also be used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to the bone. Minoxidil (Rogaine) may improve your hair growth after it has been damaged by treatments such as radiation or alopecia areata.
Hair loss usually begins two to four months after the incident that caused the condition and lasts around six months. New hairs begin to develop soon after a hair falls out, although considerable growth may not be seen for several months. Hair that is not caught before it drops will stay off the scalp for several weeks or months before falling out.
On average, men lose about 100 strands per day. Women can lose as much as 30-50 strands each day. Strands that are not lost due to natural processes such as aging or disease development call for action. There are many factors that can cause individuals to lose their hair, with some causes being medical problems, medications, stress, and more.
Hair falls out because of how our bodies work. When we experience an event that causes pain or injury to the head, the first thing that happens is that blood flows into the area to protect other parts of the body. This results in new cells forming inside the scalp where they remain until they reach the end of their lifespan, which is usually about 110 years for women and 120 years for men. As these cells die they release pigment that gives your hairits color. Over time this process leaves your hair thinning or bald on top. However, the bottom line is that hair falls out because of how our bodies work; there is no need for alarm unless you cannot explain the reason for your hair's absence.
Excessive shedding usually returns to normal after six to nine months, but chronic stress might cause it to lead to permanent hair loss. When taking out your hair, proceed with caution. Teenagers sometimes play with their hair inadvertently, spinning or pulling on it. This can result in thinning hair or scalp pain.
If you are concerned about your hair loss, ask your doctor for a referral to an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-and-throat doctor). These specialists can help diagnose hair loss and other related conditions of the head and neck such as alopecia (loss of scalp hair) and hirsutism (hair growth).
Alopecia areata is a condition where the body's immune system attacks hair follicles, causing them to shut down. This can also be caused by drugs, chemicals, or infections. Hair loss is usually temporary but may become permanent if you continue to damage hair follicles. Your dermatologist can advise you on ways to protect your hair and manage symptoms. If you suffer from hair loss, make sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally; this will help you cope with the situation.