Are you worrying about hair loss?
Losing your hair isn’t usually anything to be worried about but it can be upsetting. Treatment may help with some types of hair loss.
It’s normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing.
Hair loss isn’t usually anything to be worried about, but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition.
Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.
Other types of hair loss may be temporary. They can be caused by an illness, stress, cancer treatment, weight loss and/or iron deficiency.
See a GP if you have sudden hair loss, you develop bald patches, you’re losing hair in clumps, your head also itches and burns or you’re worried about your hair loss.
Your GP should be able to tell you what’s causing your hair loss by looking at your hair.
Tell your GP if your hair loss is affecting your wellbeing, and ask what treatments are available.
See your GP first to get a clear and accurate idea of what’s causing your hair loss before thinking about going to a commercial hair clinic, which can be expensive.
Most hair loss doesn’t need treatment and is either temporary and it’ll grow back or a normal part of getting older.
Hair loss caused by a medical condition usually stops or grows back once you have recovered.
There are things you can try if your hair loss is causing you distress. But most treatments aren’t available on the NHS, so you’ll have to pay for them.
No treatment is 100% effective.