5 Reasons Hair Stops Growing or Falls Out
While it’s true that men are far more likely to lose their hair than women, women too can end up losing their hair as they grow older. Men lose hair largely because of male pattern baldness, but with newer treatments being devised in recent years, it is no longer necessary to invest in unsightly toupees or take medication with side effects for the rest of your natural life.
“There are a number of causes for hair loss other than male pattern baldness,” says one surgeon who specializes in robotic hair transplant in Palo Alto, California. “But for cases that seem intractable and where medication is not an option or no longer seems effective, surgical procedures can be exactly the solution you’re looking for.”
#1. Physical Stress
It’s true, physical stress can cause your hair to fall out. This can be job related, life related, or because of a traumatic event such as a death in the family or a car accident. Hair has a sort of life cycle of its own; a growth phase, a rest phase, and then a phase where it begins to fall out. This is known as tellium effluvium. A stressful event causes the hair to kick into the shedding phase. The upside is it should begin to regrow after a while.
#2. Too Much Vitamin A
Overdoing the Vitamin A can trigger hair loss, according to experts. On the plus side, once the excess Vitamin A is flushed from the system, the hair should begin to regrow once again.
#3. Emotional Stress
While emotional stress doesn’t typically result in the loss of hair, it can happen. As we’re all well aware, emotional stress can have physical symptoms, and physical stress can cause hair loss. This can be particularly true when someone is confronted with the loss of a loved one, and other responsibilities such as child care, bills, work, and managing the arrangements for the funeral are all compounded one on the top of other. In these instances it’s difficult to reduce the hair loss without reducing the stress itself.
The thyroid is a gland that is critical in the production of hormones and hypothyroidism is one of the key reasons that women can also face hair loss. In these cases, medication can be taken to reverse the effects.
#5. Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune disorders happen when your immune system becomes confused and begins attacking parts of your body. This can happen to your hair. In this case your immune system recognizes your own hair as an invading foreign object and begins attacking it, which in turn causes your hair to fall out. In this case, the hair will fall out in clumps and patches. Steroids can be used to treat the condition, but are not a long term solution.
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