What Causes Hair Loss?

The average person shed about 50 to 100 hairs a day. Hair loss on this scale is scarcely noticeable, if at all, considering there are over 100,000 hairs in the scalp. As people age hair gradually thins, but unfortunately for some, hormonal factors, medical conditions and medications could result in dramatic hair loss.

Hormonal changes can cause an imbalance in a person’s chemistry. This could affect anything in the body, and hair loss has been noticed in those certain cases. Certain medical conditions that can cause hair loss are thyroid problems, alopecia areata, scalp infections, and other skin conditions that can cause scarring such as lichen planus and certain types of lupus. Medications that have been known to cause hair loss are treatments for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure. Causes of hair loss or general thinning have occurred from a physical or emotional shock, sudden or excessive weight loss, or high fever. There are hair pulling disorders that will cause the person to uncontrollably pull out their hair. Also known as Trichotillomania, this hair pulling disorder is typically found in women and categorized with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and can occur simultaneously.

New York Dermatologist, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar can effectively diagnose and recommend a treatment route depending on the individual. Rogaine is a highly recommended topical treatment for hair loss. After administering in foam form onto the head, thinner and older hairs will shed for two weeks. The active ingredient, minoxidil will cause the hair follicles to increase in size, allowing for thicker hair to grow in the lost hairs place, which may take up to four months to reach desired results.

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