If you’re losing hair on your scalp, this article should help you understand why.
Hair loss can be due to a lot of reasons such as the genes you have inherited, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiency, certain auto-immune conditions, stress or just a part of aging. It is important to keep in mind, up to 100 hair falling in a day is known as physiological hair loss, which is normal.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)
This is also known as male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss. It is dependent on your family history, that means the genes you have inherited, and also the male hormone called Testosterone. Sporadic cases are common to appear as well.
- For males, your frontal hair line receding is a good indicator for the start of AGA, whereas in females it usually starts along the line of partition.
- Unfortunately the treatment for this is long term as neither your genes nor your hormones can be removed from your body.
- Most commonly Minoxidil lotions with or without oral or topical Finasteride are given.
- Always consult a dermatologist for the correct treatment line to be started.
- If there is a Thyroid hormones imbalance, you are likely to lose hair rapidly as well.
If you’re a someone in your teens or early twenties, one of the most common cause of hair loss is lacking nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. This type of hairloss is also known as Telogen Effluvium. Crash dieting very often triggers this condition.
Post pregnancy, females suffer from hair loss as well, and this can continue for upto a year.
Auto immune conditions
If there is patchy hair loss on your scalp, you should consult your dermatologist immediately. This usually signifies inflammation around your hair roots, which needs to be addressed as early as possible. Conditions like Alopecia Areata, Lichen Plano Pilaris, DLE/SLE etc are included in this group.
Stress is known to increase your hair loss, falling under Telogen Effluvium. It is also known to trigger auto-immune causes of hair loss.
Around the age of 50 years and above hair thinning can be age related as well. This is known as Senescent alopecia .
This article should help you understand the common causes of hair loss, other than the above mentioned, there are many more conditions that can increase hair fall. Visit your dermatologist for the best suited treatment for your condition.
Dr. Shubhangini Sharma
KMC Eye & Skin Hospital, Ulwe Navi Mumbai