Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thinning Hair - Causes

Have you been thinning lately? Er, I mean your hair. Your hair loss may have been gradual over many years or it may have come on suddenly. The fact is, about 40% of women will experience thinning hair at some point in our lifetime. Even celebrities are not immune. Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell and Nigella Lawson are just a few of the celebrities who have experienced hair loss.  There are numerous factors that can contribute to hair loss. Doctors say that losing up to about 100 hairs per day is perfectly normal.  If you are one of the 40% who definitely is worried about your hair, however, read on to learn about the main culprits that may be at play. Later, come on back and we will discuss cutting edge treatments that will put a halt to this all too common and anxiety producing condition.

Medical Conditions or Your Medicines Can Cause Hair Loss
Conditions such as a thyroid condition, diabetes and the flu can all bring about sudden hair loss. Some people lose hair when they become pregnant, others a few months after giving birth.  Anesthesia that is administered for surgery has been known to cause hair loss in others. Medications too can bring on a sudden onset of thinning hair. Just starting birth control pills or suddenly stopping them has been known to precipitate hair loss. If you recently started experiencing hair loss, any of these factors could be to blame.

Yes, as we age, things slow down. Estrogen, one of the female hormones that protects us and keeps us young also decreases as we age. At the same time, cellular reproduction is diminished as well. This combination of factors causes less hair to be produced.

Yet another compelling reason to reduce your levels of stress.  Prolonged periods of intense stress or a sudden stressful even can trigger hair loss. Your hair most likely will not begin to fall out on the day you lost your job, however, if you do not deal with the stress form that event, you could experience hair loss within the next 3-4 months. Psst…please quit stressing about your hair.

Nutritional Deficiencies
A diet that severely restricts your caloric intake can cause hair loss. Also, a steady diet of junk food or empty calories can have the same unwanted effect.

Scalp Diseases
There are many conditions that can affect the scalp. Many are often mistaken for dandruff. However, if you have tried over the counter anti-dandruff products and they fail to work, you may be experiencing a serious medical condition that must be diagnosed by a doctor. When there is a medical condition at the root of hair loss, there will be a sudden and traumatic loss of hair in patches. See your doctor immediately.

Whether it’s your every day ponytail, weaves, or braids, if they are too tight, you stress the same areas of the scalp on a daily basis or the style does not allow you to adequately clean and moisturize your own hair regularly, then you will eventually experience hair loss.

Chemical Treatments
Long term constant use of chemicals can eventually kill hair follicles resulting in thinner hair. Chemicals can also burn the scalp, with immediate hair loss. If the burn results in scarring, hair loss may be permanent.

Male Pattern Baldness
This genetic condition can affect women as well – especially as we get older. If there is a family history of this type of hair loss, you could fall victim to it as well.

With all hair loss, if you were unable to identify a potential cause from this discussion, please see a dermatologist.

In another article, we will discuss the latest treatments and solutions available to deal with thinning hair.

Do you have a hair loss story? Please share.

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1 comment:

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