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.
Call your doctor if symptoms do not approve with changes in grooming and other home care measures.
Diseases of the Skin Appendages. In: James WD, Berger TG, Elston DM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 33.
Morelli JG. Disorders of the hair. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 661.
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