Eczema is never a popular condition wherever it occurs.
However, there are a number of types, that typically occur in sweaty or oily conditions (which can pretty much perfectly describe a head in summertime) This is called Seborrheic Eczema, also known as Seborrheic Dermatitis or Seborrhea. It is a mild, chronic form of dermatitis which can affect men, women and children of all ages.
This type of dermatitis is basically linked to a type of fungi and it doesn’t usually cause severe itching. Whilst it may be an unpleasant condition marked by occasional itching, blotchy red patches and flaky (and occasionally even scaly) skin, if left untreated it can cause hair loss on a temporary basis.
Your head can also suffer from another type of eczema called contact dermatitis. This is caused by an irritating substance, such as shampoo or hair gel. Again, this gives red, flaky skin and also leads to more severe itching
Eczema and hair – why is there a problem?
Quite simply, the issue with hair comes down to irritation. This causes two problems.
- If you are constantly scratching your head, you risk causing more inflammation that will cause damage by disrupting hair follicles on the head
- Eczema itself will cause issues for irritation of the scalp.
As the skin becomes inflamed it damages the hair follicles which can then no longer hold onto the hair shafts and in serious cases lead to bald patches and thinning hair.
This is made worse as the body’s first line of defence is to send large supplies of white blood cells to the affected areas to try to deal with inflamed skin tissues and the itching and irritations. These white blood cells will not supply the nutrients that hair needs in order to be healthy and grow.
Restoring hair following eczema?
If you are starting to suffer from male pattern baldness, the hair that is lost is all the more important to your hairstyle. It may be that the hair you are seeing disappearing from your head was helping to cover a patch of male pattern baldness. This is how it can appear that you are losing significant amounts of hair.
There are a number of treatments that are available that help rebuild hair. These range from laser hair therapy where laser light is used to stimulate hair follicle and their associated blood vessels to caffeine-based shampoos.
However, if you believe that you are suffering from a more severe form of hair loss, such as male pattern balding, it makes sense to see one of Private Cosmetics independent hair transplant surgeons who will be able to advise you on long-term progress to put things right. Use the form below to book a free, no-obligation consultation with an independent hair transplant surgeon near you.