Hair loss is also known as Baldness. It can be the result of specific medications, an underlying medical condition and heredity. Women, men and children all are affected by hair loss.
In some cases, it may cover up with makeup, scarves or hats and hairstyles. And in other cases, it may be treated by surgical treatment and medications. There are many types of treatment for hair loss. Consult with the health care provider about the side effects of treatment and best treatment, before starting any type of the treatment.
What are the causes of hair loss?
The following are the common causes of temporary hair loss:
Poor nutrition is the main cause of hair loss. If someone having unbalance iron or protein in his/her diet, it can cause hair loss. Poor nutrition is developed due to specific health illnesses, fad diets and crash diets.
Severe flu, high fever or surgery
Any health disease such as eating disorder or surgery can cause hair loss. It may cause hair to shift rapidly into a resting phase such as effluvium, telogen, which means less new hair growth will be seen by people.
After giving a newborn baby, a rapidly hair loss is experienced by some women. The hair is moved to an active growth state, and it goes back to baseline after giving a child, therefore, during pregnancy, women may experience hair loss.
Sometimes, hair loss is associated by scalp infection such as ringworm; it can invade the skin and hair of the scalp. An oral or a topical antifungal medication will be recommended by the health care providers to treat ringworm, a fungal infection.
In some people, hair loss is developed by the certain medications, which are used to treat arthritis, high blood pressure, gout, depression and heart problems. Women may experience hair loss in case of taking birth control pills.
Sometimes, after the treatment ends such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy may cause Alopecia (the form of hair loss).
In the first few months of life, hair is lost by newborns babies. Most of the permanent hair is replaced instead of the babies’ hair (Vellus). A patch of hair on the back side of the baby’s heads may lose in many babies.
In rare cases, if dying, bleaching, perming, tinting, or straightening with chemicals are used incorrectly or overused, it may cause hair loss. In some cases, it may cause by different excessive hair styles. This is also called by Traction alopecia.
Health problems such as lupus, thyroid condition and diabetes can cause hair loss.
The following suggestions are very helpful to reduce the baldness or hair loss:
- Discuss with doctor about the right options for treatment of hair loss.
- Make sure about the causes of hair loss.
- Talking with person who has experienced the same medical problem and learning how he/she can be reassuring.