What Can Cause Hair Loss?

If you are one of the many Americans who suffer from bald patches on your head, or obviously thinning hair, you may wonder what the cause is. If the issue affects only your scalp, this is called alopecia totalis. There are many co-occurring issues with this disorder. Primarily, individuals who suffering from hair loss undergo great mental strain, causing them to experience depression, anxiety, and great loss of confidence.

A million assorted products are on the market to fix this solution, but they might not work. In fact, many people find that nothing works. The reason behind this is that the cure depends on the cause, and hair loss can be caused by a multitude of things. Finding out which is causing your own hair loss will assist you in finding a cause.

Although only a doctor can truly tell you why you may be suffering from bald patches on your scalp or thinning hair, here are just a few of the most common reasons to give you an idea before your appointment.

Disorders & Medical Conditions

There are quite a few disorders or medical conditions which can cause hair loss from the scalp. Just a few of these include:

·    Thyroid issues

·    Cancer (and chemotherapy treatment)

·    Flu

·    Pneumonia

·    Anemia

·    Pituitary Gland Disorders

·    Diabetes

·    Tuberculosis

·    Hormonal changes (including during pregnancy, menopause, or puberty)

Other Reasons

While a medical condition is often to blame for hair loss, it is not the only culprit. These are other reasons you may be suffering from hair loss:

·    Genetics

·    Stress (including acute or chronic depression and/or anxiety)

·    Burns, scars, and other trauma to the scalp

·    Certain kinds of cosmetic surgery

·    Aging (hair typically thins with age, and this is entirely normal)

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·    Improper or poor diet (including yo-yo or strict calorie deficient dieting)