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What Are The Reasons For Hair Loss Diseases

Published at 07/14/2011 11:37:45

Our hair is considered as our crowning glory. It's no wonder why billions of dollars are going to the hair industry because a lot of people spend tons of money buying different shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments.

It doesn't come as a surprise when men and women anxiously complain about hair loss. Hair loss is inevitable because it is a normal part of aging. As we grow old the cells in our body degenerates and that include the cells which are responsible for hair growth. Unfortunately, there are specific causes of hair loss where men and women actually lose their hair before old age and these are affected by several factors such as chemotherapy, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, certain types of medications, infections and too much hair treatments. To explain further, read on for more reasons of hair loss diseases.

Pattern Baldness

It is where the time of normal hair growth shortens and with that the falling of hair exceeds the growth of new hair. Hereditary plays an important role in determining when this specific type of hair loss will occur. If you’ve noticed that your father starts to go bald at a very young age and chances are, you're more likely to suffer from pattern baldness as well.

Cicatricial alopecia

This type hair loss occurs when the follicles are damaged because of inflammation. While it is idiopathic in origin studies have shown that there's a link between cicatrical alopecia and lupus erythematosus.

Alopecia areta

This type of hair loss is caused by an autoimmune disease such as thyroid diseases. Alopecia areata is also hereditary in nature. Patients who are suffering from this type of hair loss experience hair loss and hair regrowth a couple of times.

Traction alopecia

This occurs when your hair stylist forcefully pulls the hair causing scarring and damage to your hair follicles. You can also have traction alopecia if you’re sadistically dragging your hair. Be careful when it comes to styling your hair and ask your stylist to be careful in fixing your hair, not only you’ll suffer from hair loss but you’ll also leave the salon with an angry face.

Poor nutrition

Having an inadequate diet can lead to hair loss. Sufficient amount of protein and iron is needed for healthy hair. People who are suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa can suffer from hair loss as well people who are yo-yo dieting.

Medical Treatments

Chemotherapy and radiation and radiation therapy cause hair loss. This is because the chemotherapy functions to kill both cancerous and healthy cells and that include your hair cells. Patients who are undergoing this kind of treatment are reminded about the hair loss and are advised to use hair wigs and hair pieces to cope up with the hair losses.

Hormonal changes

Hair loss can also occur during a hormonal imbalance such as pregnancy, childbirth, onset of menopause and underproduction of the thyroid glands.

Hair treatments

Too much of the good thing is bad for you. Over styling, too much blow drying and use of a flat iron can severely damage your hair leading to hair loss. More so, dying, bleaching and tinting of hair can also lead to hair loss.

Tips and comments:

While hair loss in inevitable, there are some things that you can do to slow down its process by taking good care of it and preventing any circumstances which may lead to hair loss.


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