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Medical Conditions

Seasonal Affective Disorder And Hair Loss

man with hair loss from seasonal affective disorderMillions of Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which can negatively impact their quality of life. In fact, anywhere from .5% to 3% of the general population is affected by this disorder. SAD is a form of depression and can create a lot of obstacles for those suffering from it, but can it also be contributing to your hair loss? [Read more…] about Seasonal Affective Disorder And Hair Loss

Tips for Healthy Hair

healthy hair under a microscopeWhether you wear your hair long or short, everyone wants healthy hair. Common mistakes in diet and habits can damage hair and increase natural hair fall (the amount of hair shed through normal grooming). The good news is that simple changes and tips can improve your hair’s health and appearance. [Read more…] about Tips for Healthy Hair

Melatonin and Hair Loss

melatonin and hair lossMelatonin is a hormone that is naturally created in your body by the pineal gland while you sleep. You may have heard that some people take melatonin as a short-term sleep aid to treat insomnia. It is also an antioxidant, which means it can combat oxidative stress to reduce the signs of aging. [Read more…] about Melatonin and Hair Loss

Birth Control Pills And Hair Loss

woman holding birth control pillsBirth control is an important part of many women’s lives – whether they’re sexually active or not. Birth control pills are frequently prescribed to even out hormone cycles in addition to preventing pregnancy. In fact, a recent study showed that nearly 2/3rds of women aged 15-49 in the United States use some form of birth control with the pill being the second most popular option. [Read more…] about Birth Control Pills And Hair Loss

No-Shave November Benefiting Cancer Research

no shave novemberIt’s that time of year again. Men all over the country are opting to hold off shaving for the whole month as a part of No-Shave November. This year is going to be a bit different though. The No-Shave November campaign will be introducing new cancer-focused nonprofits that individual donors – and the greater No-Shave community – will be able to designate as the specific nonprofits their money will go towards. [Read more…] about No-Shave November Benefiting Cancer Research

Weight Loss Surgery and Hair Loss

weight loss surgeryThere is certainly no shortage of weight loss remedies and treatments that exist and are readily available to the public. Sometimes diet and exercise are enough, but in more extreme cases prescription drugs or even surgery become the only answer. While some may feel weight loss surgery is extreme, it is often done as a life-saving procedure. [Read more…] about Weight Loss Surgery and Hair Loss

Protein And Hair Loss

man looking at hair loss in mirrorWhat we put in our bodies affects our whole body. A healthy diet where you’re taking in the necessary vitamins and nutrients has a positive effect on your overall well-being – a higher probability of healthy skin, nails, and yes, healthy hair. Malnutrition has the opposite effect. [Read more…] about Protein And Hair Loss

OTC Medications That Accelerate Hair Loss

medication and hair lossThere are many different illnesses and infections that could potentially cause hair loss. In those cases, you’ll often be prescribed a medication that will result in hair regrowth. Other medications like minoxidil – which has a different function when taken orally – can treat hair loss when applied topically.

While there are examples of medications that can help to prevent hair loss or even reverse temporary hair loss, there are still other over-the-counter medications available that could trigger or accelerate hair loss.

So… what medications cause hair loss?

Aspirin And Hair Loss

How aspirin affects our hair might be more complicated than you think. A lesser-known positive effect of aspirin is that it can help reduce inflammation when it’s applied topically. This includes scalp inflammation. This is why aspirin is an ingredient in many dandruff shampoos. In these instances (when used topically) aspirin can potentially save you from temporary hair loss.

That said, taking aspirin orally is a different story. Studies have shown that taking aspirin along with minoxidil (the drug used in Rogaine) decreases its efficiency. This is due to the anticoagulant properties in aspirin.

Anticoagulants And Hair Loss

Anticoagulants have been tied to a specific kind of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss can affect the entirety of your scalp and does not accelerate male pattern baldness. Basically, your scalp gets pushed into the resting state where you’ll shed hair on your scalp… but it won’t necessarily grow back. It can take about three months before hair loss through medications like anticoagulants can be noticed.

It’s important to note that anticoagulants are life-saving drugs. If you’ve been prescribed anticoagulants or recommended to take over-the-counter anticoagulants by your doctor, do not stop taking them without consultation and approval.

Do NSAIDs Cause Hair Loss?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are similar to anticoagulants in that they can trigger telogen effluvium hair loss. You may be taking over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to help manage arthritis pain for example. Though it’s not overly common for regular ibuprofen use to cause telogen effluvium, it does still happen. It will take – just like with anticoagulants – approximately three months to notice the effects.

If you’re managing the pain of arthritis to get through your day-to-day life, please talk to your doctor before you stop taking ibuprofen.

Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island Can Help Restore Your Hair & Confidence

Many of us take over-the-counter medication to help manage ailments like arthritis or to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Unfortunately for some people, side effects of regular use of those OTC medications include hair loss.

Whether it was hair loss and thinning caused by over-the-counter medications, stress, or simply a genetic disposition, RHRLI has got you covered. We offer both surgical and non-surgical remedies and procedures to restore your hair including the use of our state of the art ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System. This hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation.

How To Diagnose The Cause Of Hair Loss

doctor diagnosing hair lossWhen we suspect we might be losing our hair, many of us don’t know what to do at first. We don’t want to wait for more visible balding, but are we overreacting? Rather than wait around to see if you lose more hair or trying to do a self-diagnosis, you can visit a doctor who can help determine if you may be experiencing hair thinning or loss. [Read more…] about How To Diagnose The Cause Of Hair Loss

Lack of Sleep and Hair Loss

man having trouble sleepingMany of us know that stress plays a role in hair thinning or hair loss. Specifically, telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss associated with high stress where a high number of hair follicles on your scalp end up being pushed into the resting phase together, which results in a disproportionately large amount of hair to shed or fall out together resulting in noticeable hair thinning. [Read more…] about Lack of Sleep and Hair Loss