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My partner, who is in his early thirties, has recently started to suffer from hair loss. He’s been a little ashamed to talk about it, yet I wanted to reassure him so I decided to research online about the causes of hair loss.
I wasn’t expecting to find out anything new, but I was amazed to learn quite a lot about the condition. There are some surprising reasons for hair loss, and it affects both men and women a lot more than you might realize!
I thought I’d share with you what I had learnt during my research, but the most important thing to learn from this post is that there is no shame in losing a little hair. What is more surprising than anything is how poorly we deal with this very common problem.Genetic Hair Loss – Androgenetic Alopecia
If thinning hair or hair loss is a family trait then the most likely (and most common) reason for your hair loss is genetic hair loss, medically known as androgenetic alopecia.
Genetic hair loss may not be surprising, but it can occur much earlier than you may have previously thought, and it can be a very painful and prolonged experience. However, genetic hair loss is not the only reason a person can lose their hair.Medication Related Hair Loss
I was really surprised to find out just how many medications can cause your hair to thin or fall out completely. Everything from antidepressants to Vitamin A supplements can contribute to hair loss.
Make sure that you always check the information slip that comes in your pack of medication, and if you think that your medication may be contributing to your hair loss consult with your doctor immediately! In most cases, they will be able to prescribe an alternative medication, helping to slow down and even stop the loss of hair.Hair Loss Related To Thyroid Trouble
The number of overactive and underactive thyroid gland cases is rising, and if your thyroid gland is not working correctly then it could cause a number of health issues, including weight gain, weight loss and hair loss.
The great news is that hair loss through thyroid disease is usually remedied when the patient starts undergoing the appropriate thyroid treatment.Hair Loss Related To Anesthetic and Surgical Procedures
I was also surprised to find out that the combination of general anesthetic and surgery can cause the patient to lose their hair! This kind of hair loss doesn’t occur often, and it is only a temporary shedding of the hair, but it is still quite surprising.
Hair loss caused by anesthetic and surgery is basically due to extreme physical stress caused during the operation. This stress can impact the life cycle of the hairs, which can result in hair loss months after the operation.
If you think you may be losing your hair due to the combination of surgery and anesthetic, you may want to go and have a chat with your doctor or consultant.Hair Loss Related To Poor Hair CareAs a woman, I was astonished to find out just how much damage my day-to-day hair care routine can have on my hair. Blow dryers, hair strengtheners, curling irons, colors and chemical treatments may make you feel like a million dollars but it could be causing serious damage to your hair, which can result in what may appear to be bald patches.
More often than not, these patches are not actual cases of hair loss, and more a case of extreme hair breakages. If you think your hair is suffering as a result of your beauty regime then be brave and go au natural for a little while to give your hair time to repair. Also consult with your hairdresser and maybe even visit your doctor.
Other surprising causes of hair loss include:
Trichotillomania (a mental disorder in which sufferers experience the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair)
Fungal infections such as ringworm
Anemia (a deficiency of iron in the body)Try Mira Oil NOWInformationHair Loss DiseasesHair Care TipsBlogroll