04
June
2014

What is causing your hair loss?

Hair loss can be caused by many different things.  Losing a bit of hair every day is normal.  The average person can lose up to 100 hairs per day.  Since there are thousands of them on the average human head, losing a few dozen a day is nothing to get worried about.  However, if you are noticing a lot of hair loss at once (such as your hair coming out in clumps in the shower), it could be a sign of a bigger problem.  Here we will discuss the causes of hair loss and which ones to be worried about.

Family history

In many cases hair loss in hereditary.  There isn’t much that can be done about this, and it’s not hazardous to your health and doesn’t indicate any other health problems.  There are certain hair loss treatments that work well for people to get their hair growing again, so you can research them and try them on your own.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer.  If you have cancer, you can expect some hair loss if you are going to go through chemotherapy.

Poor diet

If you are malnourished, you might see some extra hair loss.  This is especially true if you are not getting enough protein, iron, or certain vitamins.

Ringworm

If your child starts to lose hair, it is important to get him or her to the doctor right away.  Hair loss in children is not normal, and may be caused by ringworm in the scalp.  This is more common in children than in anyone else, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for this.

Thyroid diseases

Hair loss can be caused by problems with the thyroid, such as hypothyroidism (your thyroid not working hard enough) or hyperthyroidism (your thyroid working too much).

Age

Hair loss, unfortunately, is more common as people get older.  This is a natural part of life and normally isn’t anything to get concerned about.  However, if your hair loss occurs very rapidly and a lot of hair is falling out at one time, you should speak to your doctor.

As you can see, some causes of hair loss are normal and some are causes for worry.  If you are experiencing extensive hair loss, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor so that he can help you figure out what could be causing it.

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