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Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss is now becoming a major concern to most American men, women, and children. Surprisingly, the statistical numbers are quite a scare:

As based on the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 2020 survey, the number of American people looking for proven medical and surgical treatments for hair loss grew 13 percent from 2016 to 2019.

With several hair loss treatments all over the market, either non-surgical or surgical, finding the hair loss treatment solution is still a big challenge ahead.

Causes of Hair Loss

1. Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common hair loss condition, which affects 95 percent of men and some women also. It is genetic in nature for both men and women, where men lose hair from the temples and crown of the head, while for women the hair becomes thinner.

2. Deficient Nutrition

Extreme diet, limited food intake, or deficiency in nutrients can cause hair thinning to patches of baldness. Which include nutrient deficiencies from iron, zinc, biotin, and amino acids (protein).  Consulting immediately with your doctor is the next best thing to do if you notice hair falling out due to nutritional deficiency.

3. Emotional Stress

Significant emotional stress due to poor circulation can cause temporary hair loss. These major life events can be like bankruptcy, divorce, death of a loved one, or loss of home. However, once all things go back to normal, hair growth is restored.

4. Medications

Some medications have side effects that can cause hair loss. To name such medications to include:

5. Post-Pregnancy

After giving birth some women may experience hair loss or thin of hair. This happens because of fluctuating hormonal levels after pregnancy and childbirth. However, on the brighter side after the body recovers back to normal all the hair will grow again.

6. Thyroid Problems

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss because of hormonal imbalance. Hormones play a major role in regulating bodily functions, particularly hair growth. Treating these thyroid conditions can stop hair loss and grow back again. 

7. Excessive Hair Care

Hair follicles are sensitive to extreme treatment that can cause damage and breakage to strands:

8. Infections

There are several infections and illnesses that can cause hair loss. These infections, which include:

9. Birth Control Pills

People using birth control pills can experience hair loss. They may experience hair loss several months or weeks after they stop taking them. It is advisable to take birth control pills with a low androgen index. Birth control pills with low androgen indexes:

Hair Loss Treatments

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still doing research and studies on hair loss treatments and medications. However, below are some of the approved hair treatments:

1. Minoxidil

Since 1990, this topical hair treatment has been treating baldness for both men and women over the years. Minoxidil stimulates hair growth and slows down balding. Generally, it is considered safe and effective for people aging under 40 years of age and with recent hair loss. 

2. Finasteride Shampoos

According to American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), this treatment is a safe anti-hair loss shampoo treatment. It lessens the levels of DHT of the body in order to prevent the miniaturization of hair follicles.  

Other Treatments (No FDA Approval)

  • Hormone Therapy - this hormonal treatment is beneficial for women only. It works where the progesterone prevents testosterone conversion to DHT. Azelaic acid and spironolactone medications are used to block DHT in women. Usually, both medications are compounded in topical preparations.

  • Topical Melatonin - topical melatonin solution is another promising treatment for AGA methods. Studies found effective results for both men and women with no increase in serum melatonin levels

Other Women Medications (No FDA Approval, but effective for some)

Additional Practical Hair Loss Treatments:

  • Cause: Stress or hormonal changes(Pregnancy)
  • Treatment: No treatment. The hair will grow back after the period has passed.
  • Cause: Hair Styling Practices (Braids/Ponytails)
  • Treatment: Stop doing what caused the damage
  • Cause: Thyroid Health Issue
  • Treatment: Treat the thyroid conditions, and hairs will grow back
  • Cause: Poor Nutrition
  • Treatment: Supplements like multivitamins like biotin. Also, Minoxidil solution is best for Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) as approved by FDA. 
  • Cause: Infections
  • Treatment: Treat the infection problem.
  • Cause: Birth Control Pills
  • Treatment: Stop taking the pills, and hair will regrow again

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