What is Baldness

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Baldness is usually noticeable on the scalp, but it can occur anywhere in the body. This condition of losing hair can cause a loss of self-esteem and depression. Let us look at it in detail.


Baldness, also known as alopecia, is a condition in which you see abrupt hair loss. It is characterized by patchy areas of skin without hair. Men are commonly affected, but women can also suffer from baldness. According to the University of Virginia Health System, it is usually detectable on the scalp, but other places bearing hair can also undergo hair loss.

In simple terms, when hair sheds, new hair doesn’t grow to replace the lost ones, and a bald patch occurs. It usually follows a set pattern of events. It starts with the loss of hair in a gradual fashion, in a receding hairline pattern and thereby increases the area afflicted by baldness.

Man with a balding head


The symptoms of baldness include the following:
• Visible hair loss on the scalp. It may also occur in the beard, eyebrows, and pubic hair
• Burning sensation
• Smooth and round patches of skin
• Hair thinning at the top portion of the head


The causes can be any of the following elements or a combination of these factors.

• Change in hormonal conditions within the body
• Genetic or hereditary factors
Stress or trauma
• Age factor
Burns or exposure to fumes
• Inadequate diet
Chemotherapy treatment for cancer
• Long term disorders like typhoid, anemia, viral, and surgery

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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