Baldness (or alopecia) typically refers to excessive hair loss and is a concern for men, women, and children. This condition can affect just the scalp or the entire body. It may be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications.
Hair loss is more common in men but anyone can experience it. Treatments to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth include hair replacements and hair restoration.
As mentioned, due to male pattern baldness, men are more likely to lose their hair than women. But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.
Typical Causes of Hair Loss
People typically lose about 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when the cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
Physical stress – Any kind of physical trauma, surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness, even the flu can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium.
Too much vitamin A can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Lack of protein – If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This can happen about two to three months after a drop in protein intake.
Heredity – Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness.
Female hormones – Just as pregnancy hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills. The change in the hormonal balance that occurs at menopause may also have the same result.
Emotional stress – is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen, for instance, in the case of divorce, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent.
Anemia – Almost one in 10 women aged 20 through 49 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency (the most common type of anemia), which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is another imbalance in male and female sex hormones. An excess of androgens can lead to ovarian cysts, weight gain, a higher risk of diabetes, changes in your menstrual period, as well as hair thinning.
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Hair loss can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. Are you experiencing hair loss? ANF Therapy® can help you. Contact us for more details and experience the therapy of the future.
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