Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Causes And Treatment For Hair Loss

Shedding of hair is a normal process, these hairs grow back in the same follicle on your head. This is part of the hair renewal process. On a normal day, you would lose about 50 - 100 hairs even more if you were actually going through significant hair loss. Hair loss is usually associated with men but women can also go through hair loss. A number of factors are responsible for excessive hair loss. For instance, if you have undergone major surgery or illness, you might lose more hair for the following three months than you normally do because of stress.

Another common cause of excessive hair loss is hormonal changes within the body. This in itself could be as a result of several factors such as having a baby, dealing with an under or over active thyroid, having estrogen or androgens out of balance, and many more. 

Then, some drugs can also cause hair loss. In this case, once the medication is stopped, the excessive hair loss usually stops as well. The most common include blood thinners, chemotherapy, excessive vitamin A, antidepressants, gout medication, and birth control pills.

If you have a fungal infection of the scalp, you might also find your hair falling out more than usual. Disease and ailments can also be a challenge. For instance, if you are living with diabetes, lupus, or other autoimmune diseases, excessive hair loss may set in. However, by taking the right medication, hair growth generally returns to normal.

Some types of hair loss are genetic, although there are few things you can do to help slow down or stop the process. For example, avoid wearing your hair in cornrows, ponytails, or hot rollers, which tend to pull and stretch hair to the point of breakage. If hair follicles should become inflamed, excessive hair loss may occur. In this case, having your hair permed, colored, or treated with hot oil could be very damaging. In this case you are advised to only have a professional work on your hair, using professional and safe products.

If the hair loss is extreme and you have tried everything you know from eating healthy to using good hair care products yet no improvement, visit your doctor for a professional advice, further checkups and prescriptions. Other than that, there are a number of excellent products now in the market that can help to restore and maintain the hair and in some cases, help with regrowth.

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