Common Causes of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Hair Loss | Female Pattern Hair Loss) - The most common cause of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia is hereditary. Hair will fall out gradually, thinning across the entire scalp.

Stress - Stress can trigger hair loss whether people are predestined to hair loss or not. When stress causes hair loss in men and women who do have hereditary hair loss, stress can actually speed up the process. The stress experience must be quite severe, such as the loss of a loved one, severe illness, or strenuous sports or training, before it leads to hair loss.

Hormonal changes- Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. When the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, a person's hair may fall out. This hair loss can often be helped by treating the thyroid disease. Hair loss may also occur if hormones are out of balance for men or women and correcting the hormone imbalance may stop the hair loss. A woman's hormones can alter during or after pregnancy or menopause, and after discontinuation of birth control pills. In some cases, this can lead to temporary and sometimes permanent hair loss.

Alopceia Areata- Results in loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Starts with one or more small round patches. The hair may grow back any time. Hereditary.

Alopecia Totalis / Alopecia Universalis - Alopecia Totalis refers to hair loss on the entire scalp. Alopecia Universalis refers to hair loss on the entire body. Hereditary. Thought to be an autoimmune disorder.

Scarring Alopecia - Occurs when scar tissue replaces destroyed normal tissue on the scalp and can be caused by burns, infectious agents, or diseases such as Scloredrema or Lupus Erythematosus. Because normal tissue is replaced, the hair cannot grow through scar tissue. Scarring Aolpecia is permanent.

Traction Alopecia - A temporary or permanent condition where hair in certain areas of the head stops growing. Caused by continuous and excessive stress on the hair by using ponytails, buns, braiding, cornrows, comb clips etc. If hair loss has not become permanent, a change of attachment or hairstyle will usually reverse the process.

Trichotillomania - An impulse control disorder, often refered to as "hair pulling disorder". Self induced hair loss, which results from continuous pulling, is most common among young children and women.

Tinae Capitis - Also known as ringworm, it appears on the scalp, is highly contagious and may spread throughout an entire family. The main symptoms are scaling and redness in a round or uneven area of stubbled hair loss.This is where the Tinae is digesting the keratin of the hair. These patches of hair slowly expand as the tinae spreads. Oral and topical treatments are prescribed.

Chemotherapy / Radiation - Drugs designed to poison cancer cells also poison the hair follicles and will often result in total hair loss. Hair loss starts approximately 2-3 weeks after first treatmen. The hair loss is reversible and will be back in about 3-4 months after last treatment. The scalp may become tender and hair that is still growing may become dull and dry. The hair may grow back thinner and perhaps a different color but will eventually return to it's original color and thickness.

Hair Products - If overused or used incorrectly, chemicals used for dying, tinting, bleaching, straightening or perming can cause hair to become damaged and break off and may even cause permanent damage to the hair follicle. Excessive hairstyling or styling that pulls your hair too tightly can also cause some hair loss.

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