Understanding Hair Loss Causes in Men and Women

By 16th October 2019 Hair
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For men and women alike, balding and thinning hair is a frustrating event. But many people fail to truly understand hair loss causes, making them susceptible to less impactful solutions. If we don’t understand the true causes of hair loss, we tend to gravitate towards less optimal ‘fixes.’

At Starks, we educate you on the reasons why you’re hair is falling out before recommending any hair loss procedures or solutions. Our goal is to pair you with the right treatment for your hair loss, not push a status quo recommendation.

Starks’ medical professionals are highly educated and skilled at diagnosing the reasons for hair loss in both men and women.

Here’s a list of possible hair loss causes:

Stress

Stress notoriously causes hair loss in both men and women. If your body doesn’t manage stress well, it could be at the center of your thinning hair. Clearly, the best thing you can do in cases of stress impacted hair loss is to lower the stress.

That’s easier said than done for many people.

Female Pattern Baldness

Our culture focuses a great deal on male pattern baldness, but rarely mentions it’s female counterpart. But realize this, according to the Mayo Clinic, female pattern baldness affects a whopping 3 million women per year. That’s a lot of women struggling with balding.

Male Pattern Baldness

We’ve all heard of male pattern baldness. Similar to female pattern baldness, male pattern baldness strikes 3 million men per year. It’s typically diagnosable by a medical professional.

*Both female and male pattern baldness last a lifetime unless the affected person decides to treat it.

Diet

Our modern world is ripe with convenience foods. Many of these foods contribute to inflammation of the body. Fast food and diets laden with artificial chemicals create a poor environment for our hair and skin.

Thyroid, Hormone Imbalances

Prolonged cases of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism often stimulate hair loss. This hair loss typically occurs on the scalp, but can also occur on other parts of the body. With either disorder, it’s important to consult a medical professional.

Chemotherapy

Many cancers are treated with chemotherapy. While chemotherapy can act as a life-saving treatment, it can also take a toll on the person’s hair.

During the chemotherapy process, many patients lose most, if not all, the hair on their heads. After successful chemotherapy, many of these people will experience a regrowth of hair. In cases where only portions of the hair grow back, some hair loss treatments can help. Contact a Starks location near you for more information.

* Not just chemotherapy, but many pharmaceutical medications can cause the side effect of hair loss. If you suspect a medication you are on is contributing to your hair loss, contact your doctor for an evaluation. The exact term of this hair loss condition is Anagen effluvium.

Autoimmune Disease

There are some theories that a form of hair loss called alopecia areata, which leads to patchy hair loss, eventually spreading all over the body, is caused by an autoimmune reaction. In this case, it is believed possible that the body’s immune system begins to attack hair follicles because it believes them to be foreign invaders.

Conclusion

Hair loss has many different causes. It is important to get properly diagnosed rather than continue guessing. Starks medical professionals can help you understand why you are experiencing hair loss and what treatments may help you recover hair. Contact one of our locations today.

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