Diffuse hair loss: causes and treatment

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Frau mit diffusem Haarausfall Problem Berühren des Haares stehend zu Hause

Diffuse hair loss caus­es the hair to fall out even­ly over the entire head. We explain what caus­es this and what helps against it.

What is diffuse hair loss?

The once thick hair becomes thin­ner and thin­ner and the scalp shim­mers through more and more: If the hair becomes even­ly thin­ner and falls out more than the nor­mal 100 hairs per day, dif­fuse hair loss is often the result. This form of hair loss can also be rec­og­nized by the fact that there are no iso­lat­ed bald spots. There can be var­i­ous caus­es for this, such as dis­eases like hypothy­roidism or hor­mon­al changes. If the trig­ger for dif­fuse hair loss is removed, the hair usu­al­ly starts to grow again.

Forms of diffuse hair loss

Unlike hered­i­tary hair loss, experts dis­tin­guish between two dif­fer­ent forms of dif­fuse hair loss:

  • Theologian phase: This is the more com­mon form of dif­fuse hair loss. Hair loss occurs about two to three months after the cause of the hair loss has been iden­ti­fied. The hair is cur­rent­ly in the so-called rest or loss phase. Only when the trig­ger of dif­fuse hair loss is removed can the hair grow back — this usu­al­ly takes six to twelve months. In the­o­ry, any­one can fall ill with this hair loss, but women are affect­ed slight­ly more often than men.
  • Anagen phase: The ana­gen phase is the acute form of dif­fuse hair loss. Here, the hair falls out already one to two weeks after the trig­ger has occurred — and still in the so-called growth phase. Hair loss occurs very quick­ly in this phase. An exam­ple of the cause of this form of hair loss is chemother­a­py.
    Causes of dif­fuse hair loss

There can be many caus­es for dif­fuse hair loss. Among them are:

  • Stress
  • var­i­ous dis­eases, for exam­ple hyper­thy­roidism and hypothy­roidism, skin dis­eases such as viral and fun­gal infec­tions or pso­ri­a­sis
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Lack of nutri­ents, for exam­ple due to a change in diet, a diet or as a side effect of dis­eases such as influen­za
  • hor­mon­al changes, for exam­ple due to preg­nan­cy or menopause
  • Maintenance error
  • Chemotherapy and radio­ther­a­py
  • med­i­cines, for exam­ple for high blood pres­sure or acne

Diffuse Patterned & Unpatterned Hair Loss Treatment

Since there are so many pos­si­ble trig­gers, one should con­sult a doc­tor to find out the pos­si­ble caus­es of hair loss.

Therapy: This treatment helps with diffuse hair loss

In order to get the hair loss under con­trol, the respec­tive cause must be treat­ed. If, for exam­ple, med­ica­tion caus­es hair loss, it may be pos­si­ble to change the med­ica­tion in con­sul­ta­tion with the doc­tor. Iron defi­cien­cy can, for exam­ple, be con­trolled by includ­ing iron-con­tain­ing foods in the diet or using appro­pri­ate iron prepa­ra­tions. A blood test can clar­i­fy whether iron defi­cien­cy is present. Underlying dis­eases, such as thy­roid dis­ease, must also be treat­ed.

If the hair loss is caused by a diet, it should be stopped. In order to lose weight per­ma­nent­ly, a bal­anced diet in com­bi­na­tion with some sport is a health­i­er alter­na­tive any­way. In this way, one can also pre­vent the lack of nutri­ents. If the hair falls out due to chemother­a­py, this is usu­al­ly a great psy­cho­log­i­cal bur­den, espe­cial­ly for women. Psychological sup­port, for exam­ple, can help here.

It is impor­tant to know that hair loss can often con­tin­ue for two to three months after the cause has been removed before hair growth resumes.

With Factor Hair Activator for Women, hair loss is stopped pre­ma­ture­ly and hair growth is stim­u­lat­ed, so that after a few weeks the hair begins to grow back. Since Factor Hair Activator does not con­tain hor­mones, it can also be used dur­ing chemother­a­py to dras­ti­cal­ly reduce or even pre­vent hair loss.

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