A Hard Look at the Medical Causes of Hair Loss

Losing hair can be confusing, especially if there is no family history of hair loss. If you have found that there is more hair on your pillow in the morning, or more hair on the shower floor after you wash your hair, then you may want to look into some possible reasons that you could be losing hair.

Generally, hair loss has been looked at as a normal thing for men (and in some families women) to go through. There are, however, reasons other than heredity that can be causes of hair loss, and many of them involve medical problems.

Illness and Hair Loss
One of the possible causes of hair loss is illness. When you have never had any problem with hair loss, and there is no family history of hair loss, you might want to consider the fact that hair loss can be an underlying symptom of some sort of illness.

Sometimes the signs that you are ill may be subtle, as in losing a little more hair than usual. The normal amount of hair that each person loses may vary slightly, but it is usually around 100 hairs a day. Normal shedding is not something to worry about, but if you notice that there is more hair on your pillow for many mornings in a row, or in your comb or brush every time you brush your hair, you may become concerned.

If you have noticed thinning in spots or that your hairline is receding, then you may want to ask your doctor about the possibility of having a treatable condition. Some of the most common illnesses have hair loss as a symptom. Of the many hair loss causes that your doctor may look into, some of them are simple and easy to fix. One of the causes of hair loss that is easily treated is a deficiency problem. If you are suffering from Vitamin A deficiency or Zinc deficiency, you may have hair loss as a symptom. The way to fix the problem is to take supplements which contain the nutrient that you are deficient in.

Some other common causes of hair loss are glandular problems. Cushing’s Syndrome, which is an adrenal gland problem, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism, all offer hair loss as a symptom. One simple way to find out if any of these problems is what causes hair loss for you is to have a blood test to see if your levels are right.

Cellulitis, a skin infection, and Lupus, an autoimmune disease, are other common causes of hair loss. These conditions will need to be carefully diagnosed by a doctor. If you are presenting other symptoms of one of these diseases, then your doctor will do the proper tests to determine if one of them may be what is the hair loss cause for you.

If you are suffering from one of the medical causes of hair loss, your doctor can help you find the best treatment options and ways to bring the hair loss, and the illness, under control.

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