Causes of hair loss and available treatment options
As its name implies, hair loss or thinning, also known as alopecia, is a problem that causes loss of hair on the scalp, however it may also affect the entire body. Depending on the cause, hair loss can be either temporary or permanent.
Causes of hair loss
Here are the contributing factors to the hair loss problem:
- Changes in hormones
- Health concerns
Hair loss is a problem that can affect everyone, but it is more common in men than in women.
Usually, older men lose excessive amounts of hair from their scalp, resulting in a condition called male pattern baldness—hereditary hair loss worsening with age.
Hair loss is often completely treatable, yet very few people seek treatment.
- Some men prefer to let their baldness run its course.
- Other people hide it under their hats, using makeup, or concealing hairstyles.
By seeking treatment, you will be able to avoid progression of hair loss and stimulate regrowth of your hair cycle.
Signs and symptoms of hair loss
Depending on the cause, hair loss can affect different parts of your body, with the scalp being the most obvious one.
This hair loss may come suddenly or gradually. It is often accompanied by the following symptoms:
Patchy or circular bald spots
In some people, the onset of patchy or circular bald spots is usually preceded by itchiness and pain of the scalp . Then the hair starts to fall out of the scalp, beard, or eyebrows.
Gradual hair loss on top of the head
Considered to be the most common type of hair loss, this condition affects people of age. When affected by gradual thinning on top of their heads:
- An experience of recession at the hairline on the forehead;
- Frontal fibrosing alopecia is mainly experienced by elderly females, and due to this condition experience a receding hairline.
Hair becoming loose suddenly
Sudden loosening of hair can be caused by an emotional or physical shock. Once loose, your hair will start to come out when combing, washing, or gently tugging it, thereby leading to temporary hair thinning.
Hair loss on the entire body
Some health problems may require treatments resulting in full-body hair loss; this includes chemotherapy for cancer. Fortunately, the hair may grow back after some time.
Who is at risk of hair loss?
Some people are at a higher risk of hair loss than others, as indicated below:
- Those with a family history of balding
- Older people
- People suffering from diabetes and lupus
- People experiencing stress
- Those who have had significant weight loss
- Those following unhealthy diets
- People who smoke
- Those who spend so much time in the sun
- Medical treatments such as chemotherapy
Long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays and smoke can also lead to hair loss over time.
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