11 Jul '11, 1pm

Hair loss among youths on the rise

Hair loss among youths on the rise

SINGAPORE : It seems the problem of hair loss is no longer only confined to middle-aged men. Dermatologists said teenagers are also facing such problems and the numbers are rising - from an average of one to two cases a month, to weekly. And the youngest patient is reportedly only six. Stress is said to be a major cause. Dermatologists said environmental factors could be a cause too, such as smoking or dieting, or even inappropriate hair care habits. Hair loss treatment for teens is different from that for adults. Doctors rarely use medicine; instead, they use counselling to help patients understand the importance of good health. For more severe cases, doctors may work with psychiatrists to help patients overcome their obsessive compulsive disorders. Doctors in Singapore are considering a new form of treatment that is based on embryonic stem cells. A solution is injected d...

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