What Causes Hair Loss?
There are several factors that can contribute to hair loss, such as stress, and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy. The most common cause is hereditary hair loss, which affects as many as 80 million American men and women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. While it is normal to lose small amounts of hair every day (most healthy people lose an average of 50 t o 100 hairs on a daily basis), significant hair loss and the appearance of bald patches can be a sign of a hormone imbalance or hereditary hair loss (also known as male or female pattern baldness).
The good news is that most forms of hair loss can be treated successfully by a dermatologist. The first step in treating hair loss is to determine the underlying cause, which generally involves a physical examination of your hair and scalp, and a detailed medical history to identify potential genetic, medical, or lifestyle factors that may be contributing to hair loss. Some of the most common causes of hair loss include:
- Alopecia (hereditary hair loss) – Alopecia areata is believed to be caused by an autoimmune condition. Cicatricial alopecia results when scar tissue develops on the hair follicles.
- Medical conditions like anemia or thyroid disease
- Cancer treatment
- Hormones associated with childbirth or menopause
- Eating disorders and nutritional deficiencies such as lack of sufficient iron and protein in the diet
- Certain medications such as blood thinners, birth control, anabolic steroids, high doses of Vitamin A
Hair Loss Treatment
Treatment options for hair loss vary depending on the cause. Some cases eventually resolve on their own without any need for treatment. Lifestyle modifications like a better diet, or a new hair care routine will do the trick. Medication and topical laser treatments can also be used to reverse hair loss. In some cases, platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment can be an option as well.
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