Hair loss

What is Hair Loss?

On average, humans lose around 50-100 hairs per day while growing hair at the same time to replace the loss. When new hair does not replace this hair that falls out, it is known as hair loss.

Hair loss typically occurs due to a number of factors, such as heredity (family history) and medical conditions. It is a common condition for both men and women that often happens with ageing and is easily treatable with new and improved techniques and treatments.

What are the types of Hair Loss and common causes in Singapore?

The most common types and causes of hair loss include:

  • Hereditary condition - Also known as androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness
  • Hormone irregularity and changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid issues
  • Medical and immune-related conditions such as alopecia areata, scalp infections such as ringworm
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stress
  • Excessive hair styling

What are the common symptoms of Hair Loss in Singapore?

The symptoms of hair loss include:

  • Receding hairline
  • Bald spots
  • Patchy and itchy spots on the scalp
  • Gradual thinning of the hair
  • Scaling on the scalp (ringworm)
  • Excessive hair fall

What are the risk factors for Hair Loss?

There are a number of factors that increase the risk of hair loss in an individual. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Family history of hair loss and balding
  • Age
  • Certain medical and hormonal conditions
  • Weight loss, heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle
  • Malnutrition
  • Stress

What are the treatment options available for Hair Loss in Singapore?

  • Identification - Identifying the underlying cause of hair loss is key to finding out the best treatment options. Investigative tests such as blood tests, trichoscopy, hair mount and biopsies are normally done to determine the cause of hair loss.
  • Oral or Topical Minoxidil - Available in both oral and topical forms, minoxidil is usually prescribed to reverse hair loss in androgenetic alopecia cases.
  • Oral Finastride - Useful in males with male pattern baldness or androgen
  • Low Level Light Therapy - A non-surgical hair loss treatment that utilises laser light to stimulate cell growth and supercharge hair follicles.


What does a contact allergy look like?
Skin rashes, hives, itchiness, redness, burning, swelling, and tenderness could be symptoms of a contact allergy, especially after coming into contact with a particular substance.
How do you relieve contact allergies?
Applying anti-itch creams and taking anti-itch medications, cold compresses, cool baths, and avoiding the particular substance that causes the allergy can all provide relief for contact allergies.
How long does it take to treat contact allergies?
Upon avoiding the contact allergen, symptoms typically clear up in 2-4 weeks. However, it depends on the individual and treatment plan.
Are contact allergies contagious?
No, contact allergies are not contagious and will not spread to other people.



Dr Uma Alagappan is a MOH accredited consultant dermatologist in private with more than 15 years experience as a medical doctor. She sub-specialises in paediatric dermatology, women’s dermatology and general dermatology. Dr Uma’s interests include chronic eczema, food allergy and immunodermatology. She is also well versed with the use of lasers for treating paediatric and adult patients.
Dr Uma completed her dermatology training in Changi General Hospital and National Skin Centre in 2015. She joined KKH Dermatology Service to subspecialize in paediatric dermatology in 2017. She was awarded the Ministry of Health Manpower Development Plan Award in 2019 to pursue paediatric immunodermatology and allergo-dermatology in the renowned Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, USA. Upon her return, she spearheaded a number of clinics at KKH including the food allergy eczema clinic for the paediatric eczema patients, immunodermatology clinics and the psychology eczema multi-disciplinary clinics.
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