Common causes of hair loss

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Ursachen für Haarausfall
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

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.

Severe ill­ness

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.

Hormonal dys­func­tion

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.

Medications

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.

Psychological fac­tors

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.

Infection

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.

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