Some Causes of Hair Loss

When hair loss is mentioned, many people think mainly of male pattern baldness and picture a middle aged man with that familiar horseshoe shape of hair on his head. Maybe they picture a comb-over, or even a completely bald head. To the surprise of many, some of them surprised by unwelcome experience, male pattern baldness is not the only type of hair loss, or reason for hair loss. Nor are middle aged men the only ones who experience hair loss.

Hair loss can strike anyone, at any age. Some of the causes of hair loss are preventable, and some of them may not be. Sometimes the hair loss is reversible with treatments or with waiting until the cause resolves itself, sometimes it can’t be reversed. The possibility of reversing hair loss may depend on two things; what caused the hair loss, and how severe it got.

Some of the most common hair loss causes, besides the all too familiar male pattern baldness, can affect men, women, and children:

  • Alopecia Areata is a hair loss condition that some doctors and scientists think may be an autoimmune disease that is sometimes brought on by a virus. Usually this type of hair loss is genetic. It is almost always found in more than one family member. With alopecia areata, sometimes the hair will grow back, but it may be lost again. It appears to be a cyclic autoimmune disease that may come and go periodically.
  • Telogen effluvium is what hair loss caused by a sudden emotional or physical stressful or traumatic situation occurs. Sometimes the body will react to trauma with symptoms such as hair loss, skin blemishes, and other strange physical reactions.
  • Malnutrition is another thing that can cause hair loss. With the lack of necessary nutrients being a regular part of your diet, hair loss may occur. If you don’t get enough protein, iron, zinc, or other key nutrients in your diet, hair loss may be one of the symptoms of a lack of those nutrients. If the missing nutrients are once again added to the diet, the hair loss should end, and new hair growth should begin.
  • Illness and Medications can also cause hair loss. Hair loss is a symptom of many illnesses. Lupus, diabetes, cancer, and thyroid disease are a few of the illnesses that may cause hair loss. Medications may also cause hair loss as a side effect. Chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, antidepressants, and arthritis medications all have the potential to cause hair loss. If hair loss occurs because of illness or medication, it is usually put to an end when the conditions change.
  • Hormonal changes can cause hair loss. When there is not enough estrogen and too much testosterone in a woman’s system, she may experience hair loss, which is very similar to the male pattern baldness many men experience. When men produce too much DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), they may experience hair loss, the all too famous male pattern baldness.

Whatever the reason that hair loss occurs, finding the true cause of your hair loss will enable you to possibly find a way to successfully treat it.

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