Hair loss overall can be a very stressful event. People typically lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually is not noticeable because new hair are growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn't replace the hair that has fallen out.
Hair loss is not only a side effect of things, but it in itself has its own side effects. Hair loss can lead to loss of confidence, added stress, uncomfortable situations and the list goes on and on.
Did you know that 1 in 4 people experience some type of hair loss? Millions of people all over the world are privately and publicly dealing with the signs of hair loss. Hair loss is neutral. It affects men, women, and children no matter their age or ethnicity.
Hair loss can take many different forms depending on what is causing the hair loss. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body.
Signs and Symptoms
Thinning in the crown: This is the most common type of hair loss. It affects people as they age. Hair loss in women typically is broader. An increasingly common hair loss pattern in older women is a receding hairline (frontal fibrosing alopecia). In men, hair loss often begins to recede at the hairline or the forehead, but can occur in other areas of the scalp.
Round or patchy bald spots: Sometimes people lose hair in a round spot while others may have patchy bald spots on the scalp, or other hairy parts of the body. The skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
Loosing hair suddenly: Handfuls of hair may suddenly come out when you comb, brush or wash your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning, but is usually temporary. Also, a physical or emotional shock can cause hair loss.
Total hair loss: Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over the body. Most often the hair usually grows back.
Hair loss is can be typically related to one or more of the following factors:
Genetics: The most common cause of hair loss is genetics, a hereditary condition that happens with aging. This condition is called androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns, i.e., a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair along the crown of the scalp in women or elsewhere on the scalp.
Hormonal changes and medical conditions: A variety of conditions can cause permanent or temporary hair loss, including hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems. Medical conditions include alopecia areata (which is immune system related) which can cause patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm, and a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania.
Medications and Supplements: Hair loss can be a side effect of certain drugs, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.
Hairstyles and Treatments. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as cornrows or ponytails can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot-oil hair treatments and permanents also can cause hair to fall out. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.
Physical or Emotional Shock: Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary.
Environment pollutants: Pollutants from the environment like air pollutants, chlorine, metals, minerals and water pollution and toxins from within our body, can play a combined role in hair loss.
COVID-19 and Hair Loss
Did you also know that COVID-19, with all its uncertainties, may certainly cause hair loss?
More than a quarter, or 27%, of patients recovering from COVID-19 reported hair loss as one of the lingering problems in a survey of more than 1,500 people in the Survivor Corp Facebook group. Those with a genetic predisposition are at a higher risk but according to recent studies, the hair loss is temporary and sufferers should see regrowth in a few weeks.
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