Lifestyle and Medical Factors that Causes Hair Loss

Hair loss can stem from a variety of causes, and aside from genetic predisposition there are other factors that can also bring about this dilemma. Lifestyle and medical causes are two of the major causes that are controllable. If you want to gain control over such factors, here are some that contribute to hair loss.

LIFESTYLE CAUSES THAT LEAD TO HAIR LOSS


DIET

If you have a problem dealing with some eating disorders you are setting yourself up to losing a good amount of hair. This is because it depletes your body from essential nutrients, such as iron, calories and proteins causing your hair to become weak and stringy. As a result, they become vulnerable to breakage and excessive shedding.

STRESS

Subjecting yourself to too much stress can also take a toll on your hair. This is due to the hormonal changes that it triggers which can have a detrimental effect on the hair. The hair loss that results from this is referred to as stress alopecia. The best way to handle this is to get a lid on the reason that is bringing on the stress, and gradually this can stabilize the physical symptoms.

HAIRSTYLE

For the ladies, and maybe for some of the guys, the type of hairstyle that one constantly uses can also have a negative effect on the hair. Tight braids, ponytails and hair weaves can take a toll on the hair which can even lead them to be uprooted leaving you with bald spots and thinning areas. So give your hair some time to relax, keep it down for a change and try to avoid straining it as much as possible. Supermodel, Naomi Campbell’s suspected hair loss was believe to be the result of aggressive hairstyle and treatments.

MEDICAL CAUSES FOR HAIR LOSS

HYPERVITAMINOSIS A

Vitamins are good for the health, but as they say too much of a good thing may not be too beneficial after all. In some instances, the amounts of vitamin A in the body can exceed what is actually needed by the body. Hypervitaminosis A is a condition where the body has an increased amount of this nutrient, particularly retinoid. This can cause hair loss and can be controlled if you stop or reduce your intake of vitamin A.

THYROID DISORDER

Hair loss is also one of the side effects of thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid problems. There are medications that can control this problem, and the best way to be sure of this is to get a blood workup checking on thyroid hormone levels.

TINEA CAPITIS

TInea capitis, more commonly known as ringworm, is a fungal infection that can occur on the surface of the scalp. It can result to hair loss due to the invasion of the fungus to the hair shaft. The hair loss that results can be accompanied by itching, scaling, inflammation and pustules.

DIABETES

Diabetes can affect one’s hormone levels and might even lead to hair loss. The reason behind it is that it halts the regeneration process of the hair follicles causing them to thin out, get smaller and shed.

Lifestyle and medical factors can lead to hair loss, but before being finally sure of this reason, it is important that you get yourself checked by a certified hair doctor. Only when the real reason for hair loss is pointed out can a successful treatment be possible.

Dr. Andrew Kim specializes in surgical hair restoration and is committed in providing his clients the most satisfactory results. He is the founder of The Australian Institute of Hair Restoration which operates in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia.  

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