by Dr. John Ann
Hair loss is a common phenomenon. It is not limited to a particular race or culture; rather, it is a universal problem. Light hair loss is not so unpleasant, but excessive hair loss may require appropriate medical treatment. There are various causes of hair loss and several factors can actually contribute to excessive hair loss. Let’s examine some of them here in this article.
Inheritance factors can be a real cause of hair loss problem. The most common of all types of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which refers to the predisposition of baldness. However, the role of heredity in hair loss is not easy. Genetic propensity, along with the prevalence of androgen hormone and aging, plays a significant role in the development of baldness.
Serious diseases such as typhoid, malaria can lead to excessive hair loss. If someone undergoes chemotherapy, it leads to enormous hair loss, and in most cases it is also incurable. Apart from that, surgical intervention can be considered as one of the main causes of hair loss. A transient disease for hair loss can be induced by stressors experienced at the time of the disease.
Hormone-related dysfunctioncant functions can play an important role in premature hair loss. Many of the important hormones are released by the thyroid gland. People with a hyperactive or less active thyroid gland may experience hair loss problems. This type of hair loss can be solved with a thyroid treatment. It is believed that the imbalance of sex hormones androgens and estrogens is one of the main causes of hair loss. Many women have hair loss during pregnancy as well as before and after childbirth. All this is due to a hormonal imbalance within the body system.
There are certain medications that can promote hair loss. In most cases, however, this is only temporary. If you stop taking certain medications that promote hair loss, the problem will be alleviated. Blood thinners or anticoagulants, gout medications, chemotherapy, steroids, interferon, excessive amounts of vitamin A, birth control pills and antidepressants are the drugs that are considered to be causes of hair loss.
Stress is an important factor that promotes hair loss. Studies show that someone who has no obvious causes of hair loss but suffers from stress may suffer from hair loss. Essentially, stress is associated with two types of hair loss — Telogen-Effluvium and Alopecia areata. Apart from that, psychological dysfunctions such as trichotillomania can contribute to hair loss.
Different types of fungal infections can be the causes of hair loss. Especially in children, it is often the case that hair loss is caused by a fungal infection in the area of the scalp. However, this type of fungal infection can be treated with antifungal drugs.
Internal health hazards
Diseases such as lupus or diabetes can lead to hair loss. In these cases, hair loss is considered to be one of the early warning signs of the diseases. So if you don’t have your hair for no apparent reason, it’s always advisable not to neglect the situation and immediately ask expert health experts for advice.
Improper hair care
Last but not least, improper hair care can contribute to significant hair loss, which is why it can be considered one of the main causes of hair loss. If you tie your wet hair together or pull it with firm hair wrappers, it can lead to traction alopecia,a type of hair loss. If you stop pulling your hair before it’s too late and before a scar forms in the area of the scalp, there’s a chance your hair will naturally grow back. However, if you develop a scar, there is a high probability that you will lose your hair in the scar area forever. Chemical treatment in conjunction with permanent waves can lead to severe hair loss in some people, which can lead to scarring and inflammation in the affected areas.
Dr. John Anne is a herbal specialist with many years of experience and extensive research on herbs and alternative health.