Dermatology Q&A: Tips for hair fall control

Dr. Aparna Santhanam, consultant dermatologist, answers readers’ questions on Dermatology. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Friday.
This week’s answers:

1. I have white patches which usually come in summer due to sweat. It itches a lot. I applied Propygenta ointment. It is getting cured, but comes again after stop. Please advise me for a better treatment.
Hi, these sound like a common summer fungal infection called pityriasis ersicolor. Apply an antifungal cream which you can get from a dermatologist along with oral tablets which will cure the problem. Stop the propygenta immediately.

2. Hi, how to buy the right sunscreen? Do we use the same one for all seasons?
Buy a sunscreen with both uva and uvb blockers,look for words like dual or broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum spf of 20.If your skin type is dynamic you may need an oil free formulation for the summer. Do consult your dermatologist.

3. I have severe hair fall. Using shikakai. No dandruff, pl help
Sudden loss of hair could be due to a variety of reasons, hereditary, hormonal or dietary. A drastic change in diet or a seasonal viral infection as well as stress may give you hair fall problems.
Conditioning your hair regularly is very important. Oil is a very good pre conditioner for your hair.
You can apply coconut oil before you shampoo it.
Do not comb wet hair as combing wet hair results in breakage Also, always use a wide toothed comb.
Include high protein foods like eggs and soya as well as high biotin foods like green vegetables and nuts in your diet.

These are generic tips for hair fall control. However, it is best to visit a dermatologist who can get to the root of your problem.

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