irritant dermatitis scalp

irritant dermatitis scalpIrritant dermatitis, a type of contact dermatitis, is a common condition that can result in substantial discomfort and multiple issues — including hair loss. The irritation can be caused by a host of different factors — determining what those factors are and successfully treating the condition often requires consultation with your doctor. After all, the irritation can be from alkaline materials like detergent, fabric softeners, soaps and solvents, or it can be caused by hair-dyes, pesticides or rubber gloves, maybe even your shampoo. While allergic dermatitis is another common condition, irritant dermatitis does not imply you have an allergy to a substance, rather that your skin is reacting to an irritating substance.

What Does Irritant Dermatitis Look Like?

Irritant dermatitis is similar to the way a burn appears, and it can be solid red or patchy. On your scalp, irritant dermatitis causes hair loss, a rash and itchy discomfort. Additionally, you may experience a sensation of excessive warmth or tenderness, develop red bumps or blisters, or have scaly and thickened skin. Some people who suffer with irritant dermatitis may feel a burning sensation or pain, while skin inflammation and small cuts can also form. Symptoms can vary over time, depending on what caused the reaction in the first place. Irritant dermatitis frequently occurs due to hair products, cosmetics and perfumes, with your head, face and neck affected most often.

Treating Irritant Dermatitis

If irritant dermatitis occurs, you’ll want to find out why and cure it as quickly as possible. Complete cures can take three weeks or less. Why not contact your care provider and find out what you can do to treat it and prevent irritant dermatitis from recurring? Your provider will recommend treatment based on whatever is causing the problem, beginning with a throughout inspection of your skin and questions about any substances you’ve come in contact with recently. Allergy testing using skin patches may also be performed.

From avoiding exposure to specific substances to using topical medications including creams, ointments and moisturizers, or oral medications, there are a variety of ways to treat irritant dermatitis. Anti-itch lotions can soothe the skin while treatment takes effect, and when hair loss occurs, it can also be successfully treated.

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Male Pattern Baldness

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For centuries, people have been at a loss when dealing with receding hairlines. Hair has always been associated with youth. Those dealing with hair loss often wonder if there is anything that can be done to restore some, or all, of the 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles on their head. Scientists have studied how to help re-grow hair but much more has to be done. Although no cure for baldness has been found yet, you may want to understand more about what causes your unplanned hair thinning.

The Causes of Baldness

Most baldness issues can be summed up with one term, male pattern baldness. Don’t be fooled by the name, women can suffer from the same. In men the cause is linked to sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). There are also some people that have hair follicles that are sensitive to this hormone. Often this sensitivity can be due to genetics. Male pattern baldness runs in families, so if you go through your family photos and you see members of your family suffering from hair loss, that can be an indicator for what you can expect. If you do have this issue, then your hair will slowly start to grow shorter and wispier. Of course, male pattern baldness isn’t the only cause of hair loss.

Hair Loss as a Stress Symptom

Do you remember your parents blaming you for their gray hair or hair loss? Well, there might be some truth to that. Stress can do a lot of havoc on your body and that includes our hair follicles. Every hair follicle has three distinct phases:

  • Anogen: the growth phase
  • Catagen: the transitional phase
  • Telogen: the resting phase

During anogen, your hair can grow a centimeter a month or more. When your hair follicle enters the catagen stage, which is after two to seven years of anogen stage, the follicle shrinks, which causes your hair to get shorter and thinner. As your hair follicles enter into the telogen stage, your hair falls out. Every follicle goes through this same cycle but not all at once. Only about 10 percent of your hair is in the catagen or telogen stage at one time. Extreme stress can have such an impact that a much larger percentage of your hair can enter into those stages, which results in you losing more hair than normal.

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If you are dealing with thinning hair or find your wear hats to cover your bald head, there are treatments available. At VanScoy Hair Clinic we offer the latest in non-surgical, non-invasive hair loss treatments for both men and women.

For men, thinning hair and hair loss can dramatically affect not only your appearance, but also your self-esteem, how you look at yourself in the mirror, and how others look at you. But with the latest in men’s hair loss treatment and hair restoration technology, it’s easier than ever to get back a great looking, full head of hair.  There are lots of options, from hair transplants to non-surgical men’s hair replacement. The results are amazing. So much so that nobody will ever know that you had a thinning hair problem.

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Male pattern baldness can keep you from looking and feeling like your true self. It can create a sense of loss of self, and in many case depression. At VanScoy Hair Restoration Clinics in Columbus, Ashland and Cleveland, Ohio, we have combined artistry and technology in a private, professional setting to provide proven hair loss treatment and non-surgical hair replacement solutions for men of all ages and hair types. To schedule a private, no-obligation hair and scalp analysis and to get answers to all your hair loss and hair restoration questions, call us today or book a free, private appointment online today.

medicationsMedications often have side effects that can make using them seem as troublesome as the problem they treat. A large number of drugs made to handle all sorts of conditions can cause hair loss. This is often a shocking experience and can have a huge impact on how a person lives their life. However, more often than not drug-induced hair loss is reversible.

How Drugs can Cause Hair Loss

The most common way that drugs cause hair loss is by changing the typical growth cycle of hair on the scalp. In the two to six years anagen phase, the hair grows. During the three-month long telogen phase, the hair rests and near the end hair falls out to be replaced by new growth.

Consequently, there are two types of drug-induced hair loss: telogen effluvium and anagen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium

The most common form of drug-induced hair loss is telogen effluvium and it happens around four months after using the drug. Telogen effluvium makes follicles shift into the resting phase and fall out prematurely. Typically patients with this condition lose from 100 to 150 hairs daily.

Anagen effluvium

The second type of hair loss is anagen effluvium, which happens, of course, in the anagen phase of the hair cycle, as the hair grows actively. This type of hair loss stops the matrix cells from making new hairs and from going through their regular dividing process. This condition starts within days or weeks of starting the medication. This kind of hair loss happens when people take chemotherapy drugs and it can be severe, resulting in a person losing the hair on their head, eyelashes, eyebrows, and other areas of the body.

The amount of hair loss depends on the kind of drug and the size of the dosage primarily, but also how sensitive the patient is to the effect of the drug.

The Types of Drugs that Cause Hair Loss

Here is a list of common drugs that can cause hair loss:

Acne medications with vitamin A (retinoids)

Chemotherapy drugs

Antibiotics and antifungal drugs


Anti-clotting drugs

Cholesterol-lowering drugs

Immune system suppressants the


Weight loss drugs

High blood pressure medications, such as beta-blockers and diuretics

Hormone replacement therapy

Regardless of the cause of your hair loss, whether it’s temporary or permanent Van Scoy Hair Clinics will find the hair loss solution that is right for you. We offer non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement treatment solutions. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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