What Causes Hair Loss?

If you’re wondering what causes hair loss, it’s important to understand that the answer to this question is hard to find. There are many reasons for hair loss to happen. The most common causes for hair loss are medication, radiation and chemotherapy and even nutritional factors or stress.

So here we go, in random order; what causes hair loss:

#1 Genetics aka “Runs in the family”

You can inherit the genes that causes hair loss. There is not much you can do about it. However, it’s not said that you actually will inherit these bad genes. You may end up being lucky and see your brother or sister lose hair while it doesn’t happen to you. It may even skip a generation and show up again with your children.

#2 Auto-Immune Disorder

One of the most common forms of hair loss is caused by an auto-Immune disorder called Alopecia Areata. This is a disease that causes the white blood cells to attack the hair follicles. The result is a temporary loss of hair.

#3 Hormonal changes

Hormones are responsible for both growing and losing hair. Therefore it’s obvious that hormonal changes can cause hair loss. This is the most common cause of thinning and affects both men and women.

#4 Childbirth

Within 8 to 12 weeks after giving birth, a lot of women will start to lose quite an amount of hair. Although this situation can last an alarming and frustrating 6 to 7 months, it’s good to know that in most cases everything will turn out just fine. All it takes is the women’s body to recover from 9 months of pregnancy.

#5 Prescription Medications

A growing number of reports warn for prescription drugs to cause hair loss. These are “every day” drugs, used to fight common diseases and illnesses like low cholesterol, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s and arthritis as well as blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medications. It’s obvious you’d better lose your hair then being sick, so don’t be afraid to take recommendations from your doctor. But be aware that in many cases there are alternative drugs available that will not cause hair loss.

#6 Chemotherapy Treatments

Almost 100 out of 100 cancer patients who have to undergo chemotherapy will lose hair. It’ll start within a few week after the chemo treatment started. And no, not just on their scalp. All areas of the body are affected. Most patient however, will notice their growing back 6 to 8 months after the last chemotherapy session.

#7 Stress

Yip, it true. Stress can cause hair loss. It’ll usually start a few months after a stress-event and will last a couple of months, depending on the impact of the stress-event.

# 8 Toxins and poisons

In our modern society, we are constantly surrounded by toxins and poisons that are used in the manufacturing of many everyday products. When inhaled over a long period of time, some of these poisons and toxins are know to cause hair loss.

#9 Head Injuries

Head trauma like chemical, severe damage from a blunt object, and over-exposure to extreme low temperatures run the risk of total and permanent hair loss. Wearing a tight helmet over a long period of time is technically not a head injury, but the continuous pressure it causes, can lead to permanent hair loss as well.

The answer to the question What Causes Hair Loss can be much longer. But in general the most common causes are listed above.


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