Topic: Health and Beauty

Main Causes of Hair Loss

Aug 26, 2007
Hair loss is considered to be a serious problem for most women and may be even a cause for depression. Though people lose hair every day, the amount of normal hair loss and excessive hair loss may become an indication of health problems.

What is a normal hair loss?

Basically, hair grows from two to six years and it's about one inch per month. When the hair stops growing it usually remains in a resting condition for two or three months. After that the hair falls out and it's about 10 percent of all hair on your scalp.

Unusually excessive hair loss is noticeable as a person can see a lot of hair left around during the daytime and night.

What causes hair loss?

Many women seek for the cause of hair loss in cosmetic products or improper care. This can be partly true and if you think that your hair started falling out after coloring or using different hair style (like wearing ponytails) then it's a cosmetic problem but in most cases hair loss is connected with one of the health problems.

Hormonal changes

Many women with overactive or underactive thyroid gland have their levels of hormones out of balance. Usually women have a particular norm for female and male hormones but when one of hormones is predominating - the hair loss may indicate this. Hormonal changes may also occur when a woman starts taking birth control pills.

Though this happens rarely, a woman may notice hair loss after she starts taking birth control pills. If the problem becomes disturbing you should talk to your doctor about it to decide on the future use of these pills.

After child birth women are also prone to experience hair loss for some period. This usually happens after two or three months after child birth. Again, the changes in hormonal levels cause hair loss and in this case hair returns to its usual growing cycle after several months.

Infections

Sever infections and fungal infection (more common for children) is the main causes of hair loss.

Insufficient diet

Many women experience hair loss keeping to a diet that is poor in protein. Excluding protein like not eating meat for example may result in hair loss as human body tries to restore the amount of protein by keeping hair in the resting phase. The same can be said about the lack of iron in a diet.

Stress

Many women who got in a very stressful life situation (like death of a close person) may notice hair loss after several months after event. This usually doesn't require treatment and hair growth will return to its normal cycle.

Medications

Some drugs prescribed for the treatment of other health problems may trigger hair loss. Check if you don't take blood thinners for heart conditions, arthritis, psoriasis and the like. Usually the change in medication can improve the condition or hair loss or it will stop after you finish your treatment.

Cancer patients usually lose hair several months after chemotherapy but the hair will grow again after treatment.

Medical conditions

Alopecia areata develops as an auto-immune condition. If this is a case, the hair falls out in patches. You may need to have injections of steroids to treat this condition and stop hair loss.

Androgenic alopecia is a hair loss that is typically met in men but can also develop in women too. Here you may notice hair loss mainly in the front area of the scalp.

The one thing that a woman should keep in mind while dealing with hair loss is to make sure it is not caused my other medical conditions. Finding the cause of hair loss will help woman treat it as early as possible. Though many cases of hair loss are temporarily, you should check if it's not connected to other health problems and treat them first.