You may be one of many who spends time each day in front of a mirror carefully checking their hair. Men and women alike are interested in their hair, and sometimes it can be a source of deep worry. Let us state some facts. On the average, your scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. An average hair continues to grow for only two to six years, not endlessly. It then falls out, and after an interval, a new hair starts to rise from the same pore. The life cycle of an individual hair is called a hair cycle. Because of this cycle, even if one does not have a hair problem, some 70 to 100 hairs fall out naturally every day.
When this hair cycle becomes abnormal, baldness occurs. There is another type of hair loss called alopecia: a medical problem that refers to the condition wherein patches of scalp experience hair loss. Now, there are many other regions of our body which have the presence of hair, and, unlike the baldness in the head are common but commonly ignored. Your shins, for example.
What is the Anterolateral Leg Alopecia?
It is frequently referred to as peroneal alopecia because the hair loss happens in the distribution around the peroneal nerve. This distinctive pattern of hair loss occurs predominantly in male, and it is confined to the lower legs.
We can say that the cause of this hair loss pattern is still in the process to be elucidated. There have been some experts giving a number of possible factors contributing to this condition. They consider that the common practice of leg crossing, trouser rubbing, and friction have a causal relationship but it has not been confirmed by any studies.
Some others suggest an association between anterolateral leg alopecia and male pattern hair loss. However, another important group has demonstrated no statistically significant association between the two conditions. Peripheral vascular disease and thyroid dysfunction have also been pointed as potential causative factors. And a final group blame dehydroepiandrosterone levels, which is a hormone found in the adrenal glands. DHEA helps to make other hormones, like testosterone in men and estrogen in women.
What do experts recommend to solve this problem for men?
Even though there is a surprisingly little available information on cause, pathogenesis, course, and treatment, it is possible to determine if there is permanent damage to the hair follicles, so that the hair loss can be undone. One of the procedures is improving the blood circulation to the legs with a combination of cholesterol-lowering drugs, antihypertensive drugs, and blood thinners. This depends on the medication necessary and can eventually allow hair growth to return to the legs.
In the end, not many people worry about treating hair loss on the legs as it is not a major cosmetic problem and does not pose any risk to a person’s health. More of a visible problem is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. Anyway, you can look for applications containing hair-stimulant like monoxide. This may be effective for treating hair loss on the legs. However, it should only be used when prescribed by a doctor.
If you are willing to go for hormone medication, it is because you are also treating an underlying hormonal disorder. And, to cap it all, if you are considering a hair transplant for the hair loss on the legs, also try to get some psychological help too.