Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss



Symptoms and Diagnosis

Treatment and Management


Hair loss can stem from multiple factors

  1. Genetic Predisposition: The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, which affects both men and women. This condition leads to the miniaturization of hair follicles, shortening the growth phase of hair.
  2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid issues can trigger hair loss. For instance, women may experience postpartum hair loss due to declining estrogen levels.
  3. Medical Conditions: Several medical conditions can cause hair loss, including alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles) and scalp infections such as ringworm.
  4. Nutritional Deficiencies: Inadequate nutrition, lacking vital nutrients like iron, vitamin D, and proteins, can contribute to hair loss.
  5. Medication and Treatments: Certain medications, including chemotherapy for cancer treatment, can lead to significant hair loss.
  6. Stress: Both physical and emotional stress can trigger a type of hair loss known as telogen effluvium, which causes hair to enter the resting phase prematurely.

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