Reasons for Hair Loss

Here are some common reasons that hair loss occurs, and a brief explanation of each to help you understand what is happening a little better.

Chemotherapy

The word cancer can strike fear into the heart of just about anyone. Patients face not only the uncertainty of their health, but also the anxiety that comes with the side effects of treatment, especially hair loss.

Cancer is a condition of uncontrolled cell growth. When different chemotherapy drugs are given, they attack rapidly dividing cells in the body. Unfortunately, they can't differentiate between cancerous cells and healthy cells, and since hair follicles divide rapidly, they too are affected.

Alopecia

Alopecia is a hair loss condition that can vary in severity. It can range from patches of hair loss that come and go to permanently losing all of it.

There are three main types of alopecia:

Alopecia Areata: patches of hair missing on the scalp and body 
Alopecia Totalis: baldness on the scalp only 
Alopecia Universalis: baldness on the scalp and body

Pattern Baldness/Thinning Hair

Unfortunately, there are just as many women experiencing thinning hair and hair loss as men these days. The fact that hair is usually such an important factor to how a woman presents herself to the world makes this even more difficult to deal with. The symptoms are a gradual thinning of hair on the top, front and crown areas, with some milder thinning on the back and sides.

Lupus

Lupus causes the immune system to become overactive and create antibodies that attack healthy tissues, including hair follicles.

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a condition where someone compulsively pulls out their own hair. Most of us have a bad habit of some sort, but people suffering from trichotillomania can suffer overwhelming emotional and even physical effects.

Other Reasons for hair loss:

- Stress
- Medications
- Thyroid, Diabetes, etc.
- General lifestyle 
- Post pregnancy
- Post surgery
- Gradual or reactional hair loss
- And more

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