Did you know that 56 million people suffer from hair loss in the United States alone. When most people think of hair loss, they think of men. However, hair loss only affects 35 million men and 21 million of the 56 million are actually women. Hair loss can be caused by genetics, a side effect of many health conditions, or a reaction to certain medications.
Below are some of the more common known causes for hair loss:
Androgenetic Alopecia is a condition where genes and environment are thought to be factors that lead to a pattern of hair loss experienced by many women.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition in which hair is lost in round patches that can vary in size. Many times they are about the size of a nickel or quarter. Some people will have only a few patches of hair loss and in some there might be more extensive loss.
Alopecia Universalis is a condition where there is loss of hair all over the body. Additional support in coping with the physical aspects of hair lossin regard to the the eyelashes and eyebrows may be helpful to you.
Alopecia totalis is a condition similar to alopecia areata, however there is total hair loss of the scalp hair. This condition is believed to be an autoimmune condition. There is an autoimmune response against the hair follicle.
In some cases there may be a temporary thinning of the hair several months following the birth of a child.
Eating a low protein diet for extended periods of time can possibly cause the temporary thinning or loss of hair due to the low protein levels. A diet rich in protein is necessary for healthy growth of hair. Usually this type of hair thinning and loss will be resolved when the proper diet is resumed.
Many times there are medications taken for various conditions that may possibly have a side effect of temporary hair loss while the medication is being taken.
In various thyroid conditions, a side effect can be hair loss. In Hyperthyroidism there is an excess of thyroid hormone in the blood stream that can cause an overactive thyroid condition.
Sometimes there can be a severe reaction to various chemical treatments used when coloring or perming the hair.
Trichotillomania is a disorder that seems to be most common in females. It is thought to be a compulsive behavior where the person will pull out the hair on the head.
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