For different people, hair loss has different causes. Some people suffer from autoimmune skin diseases like Alopecia Areata or mental disorders like Trichotillomania. Other people lose their hair because of stress or genetics and for numerous people their hair loss is a result of one of these medical-related reasons:
Chemotherapy, often referred to as “chemo”, is the use of strong drugs to treat cancer. And while chemo can be very effective on cancer, it can cause hair cells to stop dividing. Some patients may lose up to 90% of the hair on their scalp. However, when the cancer treatment ends, it’s possible that hair may grow back.
Hair loss can be an indicator of hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid, and hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid. For those with hyperthyroidism, scalp hair may become fine and soft with scattered hair loss. For those with hypothyroidism, head and body hair may become dry and coarse with scattered partial hair loss, Madarosis (loss of the lateral one third of the eyebrows) or an increased percentage of telogen hairs (shedding hairs). Medical tests are necessary to diagnose thyroid problems, so if you’re noticing similar changes to your hair, make sure to discuss with your doctor.
Sometimes, a dramatic change in hormones may be the cause of otherwise unexplained hair loss, especially in women. For example, if there is a hormonal imbalance due to increased androgens (male hormones), a woman may experience increased thinning over the crown of her head while still maintaining a frontal hairline. The condition becomes increasingly noticeable as it worsens. Hormone imbalances can also contribute to hair loss during pregnancy and menopause.
Millions of Americans are on a quest to lose weight at any given time but some people go to extremes to lose extra pounds. People suffering from eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can experience devastating effects to their overall health and self-esteem, as well as their hair. Because people with eating disorders often develop calorie and/or protein malnutrition, which forces the body to save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. This shift causes shedding of the hair spread out over the entire scalp. This type of hair loss is slow and not noticeable until close to half of the hair is lost. There may also be increased loss when combing, brushing and washing the hair.
Infections, diseases and even common medications can all contribute to hair loss as well. Make sure to discuss any unusual changes in your hair with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions. Remember, no matter the cause of your hair loss, Hair Club can help get your hair back. Call (888) 847-4344 today for more information.