The medical name for hair loss is alopecia (ah-luh-pee-shuh). When it occurs on the head, hair loss is generally referred to as baldness. Baldness or hair loss is typically something only adults need to worry about, but it can happen in children also. Hair loss is a part of your daily life, whether you realize it or not. But don’t worry, not all hair loss is permanent.

There are a number of causes of hair loss. The common causes are:

Infection: Fungal infections can cause hair loss. They are easily treated with topical medicines.

Hormones: For men baldness is usually caused due to hormones. Hair loss may occur due to an overactive or under-active thyroid gland. Changes in androgen and estrogen level can cause a hair loss in both men and women. Hormone/ Steroid injections are usually given to correct hormonal imbalance.

Illness: Prolonged illness, major surgery, stress, can result in hair loss in large amounts. Temporary illnesses generally do not cause hair loss. Hair loss may also occur due to diseases, such as lupus or diabetes.

Pregnancy: Hair loss in women may occur after child birth. Such hair loss occurs after 3 to 4 months delivery. This is because of high level of hormonal changes during and after pregnancy. This type of hair loss is self correcting and new hair usually grow back.

Medicines: Some medicines can cause hair loss such as anticoagulants used for treatment of gout, chemotherapy used to treat cancer, over consumption of vitamin A, antidepressant medicines, and birth control pills.

Diet: Your diet also plays a role in hair loss. Eating enough healthy nutrients will keep your hair healthy and full. Nutrition increases the size of the hair shaft, this helps make the hair that you have cover a larger area. Supplementing a good multivitamin is essential to maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Smoking: I know you have heard everything is attributed to smoking, well hair loss can also be added to that list. Smoking causes the blood vessels in your body to shrink. This restricts the amount of blood that gets to you hair. Without adequate blood flow some hair will die.

Genetic: The biggest cause of hair loss is the genes being passed on from generation to generation.

Stress: Major traumatic events and even built up stress over time can have an impact on hair retention and growth. Reducing stress or getting through trauma can assist in hair re growth.

Hairstyles: When their hair is pulled tight on a repetitive basis, hair loss can result. Women who wear tight pony tails often suffer from some magnitude of hair loss.

The main issue during treatment is to use the most effective combination of drugs and herbal remedies. It’s important to find the cause of your hair loss and whether or not the hair loss will respond to medical treatment. Now keep in mind that treatment to regrow hair does not work for everyone, and will definitely not work if the wrong kind of hair loss has been diagnosed. To get advice and treatment for hair loss, you should always start with either your doctor or a professionally qualified trichologist.

Hair Loss and Its Causes

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