Why are you losing hair?
Hair loss is a cause for worry for most men and women. There is no single cause for hair loss, it can vary depending on the individual. This could be due to the kind of food one eats, medical conditions, stress or lifestyle.
This is probably the most common reason for hair loss and a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. This usually starts with aging and reflects as a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women. About 80 million men and women in the United States suffer from this type of hair loss.
Temporary hair loss can result from the plethora of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth, stopping birth control pills, and menopause. Hypothyroidism occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones and this can cause hair loss. In women, PCOS can cause thinning of hair.
Medical conditions that can cause hair loss include alopecia areata that causes patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm and a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania. Stress can also led to hair falling out.
When one goes through a physically or emotionally shocking event, this may lead to hair loss. This could be a sudden death in the family, an unexpected business loss, high fever or extreme weight loss.
Medications and supplements
Sometimes hair loss may be a side effect of drugs prescribed for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure. Some supplements may also result in this.
Hairstyles and treatments
Certain hairstyles such as tight pigtails and corn rows where the hair is pulled tight can result in a condition called traction alopecia where hair fall happens. Radiation therapy on the head can cause hair loss too. Hot oil treatments are popular but these can sometimes cause inflammation of hair follicles resulting in hair loss.