Any underlying metabolic disorders should be treated appropriately.
Improving environmental factors will reduce damage to the hair.
Your doctor may recommend gentle brushing with a soft brush instead of aggressive brushing, ratting, or other procedures.
Avoid harsh chemicals such as those used in straightening compounds and permanents. Do not use a very hot hairdryer for long periods of time. The hair should not be ironed. Avoid excessively harsh shampoos, but always use hair conditioners.
Improving grooming techniques and avoiding products that damage hair will help correct the problem.
This condition is not dangerous but may it affect a person's self esteem.
Calling your health care provider
Call your doctor if symptoms do not approve with changes in grooming and other home care measures.
Review Date: 08/26/2009
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network; Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.