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The deeper causes of hair loss : Disease & Lifestyle
Most people will shed about 50-100 hairs a day, but losing about 100000 hair on a scalp is noticeable. As
people age, the hair gradually become thin The other causes of hair loss include hormonal factors, medical
conditions and mechanical damage.
Hairloss due to Disease or Illness
As the hair follicle is very sensitive, it responds to imbalances in the body. Most causes of hair loss that are
due to disease or illness is temporary and stops as the body recovers.
Major surgery/chronic illness
Anyone who has a major operation will notice an increase in hair shedding within one to three months later. This
condition can reverse itself within a few months for those who have a severe chronic disease. A hair transplant
surgery can actually cause additional hair loss or shock fallout. Hair loss from this shock usually cannot grow.
An under active thyroid and an over active thyroid can cause hair loss. Hair loss due to thyroid problem is
diagnosed by a physician with lab tests and can be reversed with proper treatment.
Some people take low protein diets or have severe abnormal
eating habits which causes protein malnutrition.
To help save the protein, the body shifts growing hair into the
resting phase. When this happens, massive amounts of hair
shedding can occur, approximately 2-3 months later.
If your hair can be pulled out of the roots easily, then this
condition can be reversed and prevented by the right protein
intake. It is very important to maintain an adequate protein
High fever or severe infection
Sometimes a person experiences hair loss for 1-3 months after
high fever, severe infection or flu. This is temporary.
Drugs and Medications
Some prescription drugs can cause temporary hair shedding. Some
of these include gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high
blood pressure or blood thinner. High Vitamin A quotient may also
cause hair shedding.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment can cause hair loss as it stops
hair cells from dividing. The hair is thin and can break easily from the
scalp. This will usually occur one to three weeks after the treatment.
Some drugs can also prevent this hair loss from occurring.
Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. It can be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation
of birth control pills or the onset of menopause. The most known cause of hair loss is male-pattern baldness or femalepattern baldness. This can begin as early as puberty.
Iron deficiency can occasionally produce hair loss. Some
people lack iron in their diet or might not be able to absorb
iron well. Wome who are undergoing heavy menstrual periods
may develop iron deficiency which can be detected by
laboratory tests and can be corrected by taking iron pills.
Stress can cause hair loss in some people and will usually stay till 3 months
after the stressful event has taken place. In most cases, if the person is not
prone to genetic or Androgenic Alopecia, it can trigger genetic hair loss or
can worsen existing Androgenic hair loss.
Hair loss due to Alopecia Areata can be caused by the immune
system reacting to hair follicles as if they were anti bodies and were
shutting down. The hair loss is usually of a coin sized area and leaves
a smooth round patch. Hair loss due to Alopecia Totalis manifest as
hair loss on the entire body, including eyelashes. This hair loss
treatment for this condition includes topical medications, a special
kind of light treatment or in some cases drugs.
Fungus Infection (Ringworm) of the scalp
This fungus infection or ringworm has nothing to do with
worms and begins with small patches of scaling that can spread
and can manifest as broken hair, redness, swelling, and even
oozing. This contagious disease is common in children and oral
Hair loss due to Styling
Damage to the hair can either be either intentional or non
intentional. Some people going through stress may pull at their
hair until it comes out. Bleaching, braiding and straightening
can cause damage and can result in hair loss.
Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling
Some children and adults pull their hair but twisting or
pulling on it. This can be a part of a behavioral problem or a
bad habit that is done unconsciously. If this behavior is not
checked, permanent hair loss can result from constant stress
on the hair. It is best to take advice from a mental health
professional to get the right hair loss treatment.
Hair Styling Treatments
Many people use chemical treatments, such as dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners, relaxers and permanent
waves. If it is done correctly using reputable products, it is rare to suffer any damage. Hair can also break if
the solution is left for a long time or if the two hair procedures are done together. Some chemical relaxers
contain powerful chemicals. There have been instances of people getting chemical burns from them which can
result in permanent hair loss.
Many black women and black men have a habit of braiding their hair or wear hair weaves. They cause no
problem under normal conditions. However, if the weave is too tightly attached or the braids are wrapped too
tight, they put a strain on the hair follicle.
If this is continued, you may suffer from permanent hair loss and this is known as Traction Alopecia. It is
common among people who braid or weave their hair.