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What are causes and symptoms for hair loss? – Part 1

Hair loss is lack of hair that can be due to several reasons. Hair loss is part of “hair thinning”. The degree and pattern of baldness differs from person to person.
Hair loss can lead to:
– androgenic alopecia
– alopecia androgenetica
– alopecia seborrheica
• Hair loss is involved in pattern Hair loss.
• This commonly involves patchy hair loss.
• Extreme forms of alopecia areata are alopecia totalis.
• This leads to the loss of all head hair.
• The most extreme form is alopecia universalis.
• This condition involves the loss of all hair from the head and the body.
• In a lifetime, approximately 90 percent of the hair on an individual’s scalp is growing.

Every hair follicle has a life cycle which is influenced by:
• Age
• Disease
• Hormonal changes
• Other factors

This life cycle is split into 3 phases:
• Anagen – stage of 2-6 years when the hair growth is active.
• Catagen – stage of 2-3 weeks growth which is also referred to as transitional hair growth.
• Telogen – a relaxing phase of roughly 2-3 months; Hair is shed at the end of this phase with the replacement of new hair with the start of the growing cycle again.

Causes of Hair Loss

• Temporary severe stress
• Nutritional changes
• Hormonal changes like those in:
– Pregnancy
– Puberty
– Menopause
• Several health conditions like:
– Thyroid disease
– Iron deficiency anemia
– Medications
– Cancer treatments
– Immune suppression medications
– Chemotherapy

Signs and Symptoms of Hair Loss

Symptoms of hair loss include:
• hair loss
• skin lesions
• scarring

In male-pattern hair loss:
• loss and thinning starts at temples
• Hair loss at the crown
• Hair thins out or falls out.

Causes of alopecia include:
• Alopecia mucinosa
• Androgenic alopecia
• Chronic inflammation
• Diabetes
• Dissecting cellulitis
• Fungal infections (like tinea capitis)
• Hair treatments
• Hereditary disorders
• Hormonal changes
• Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
• Hypervitaminosis A
• Iron deficiency or malnutrition in general
• Lupus erythematosus
• Pseudopelade of Brocq
• Radiation therapy
• Scalp infection like Dermatophyte and Tinea capitis.
• Secondary syphilis
• Telogen effluvium
• Traction alopecia
• Trichotillomania
• Tufted folliculitis
• Stress can cause hair loss

Causes of Hair Loss in Detail

1. Hard hairstyles or treatments
• Hairstyles that constantly make use of rubber bands, rollers or barrettes, or even pull hair into restricted variations like cornrows can damage and also scar hair follicles.
• Also, incorrectly-used chemical products like dyes, bleaches, and straightness or permanent wave solutions can damage the hair follicles.
• Based on the level of harm, resulting hair thinning may be permanent.

2. Hormone imbalances
In ladies, hormonal changes can stimulate a lot more follicles of hair than usual to get into the inactive phase from:
• birth control pills
• pregnancy
• childbirth
• menopause
• hysterectomy

3. Disease or Surgery
• The pressure from sickness or surgery might activate the body to momentarily stop inconsequential tasks like hair generation.

4. Particular ailments
• Thyroid disorders
• Syphilis
• Iron deficiency
• Lupus
• Severe infection
• An autoimmune problem known as alopecia areata, that has no cure, brings about quick body-wide hair thinning.

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