Hair loss in men, women and children can be caused by a host of reasons. Sometimes the reason is right in front of your eyes but because you are not looking for it, you do not see it. If you can identify the reason for it falling out, then it makes it easier to do something about it. Most everyone with thinning hair wants to stop it from falling out, but they do not know what to do about it. The biggest reason is because they do not know what is causing it to fall out. Let us explore the causes…
Some balding is temporary and some is permanent. Both can be caused by similar reasons. For example, several months after a major surgery or illness, your hair could suddenly fallout in large clumps. This problem can be contributed to the trauma of the surgery or illness and is usually temporary in this case.
Hormonal changes can cause thinning hair as well. Having an overactive or underactive thyroid may cause your hair to fall out. This usually can be corrected by treatment for thyroid disease. This can occur in males or females especially if the hormones, known as androgens or estrogens are out of balance. Having your doctor correct your hormone imbalance may stop your hair from thinning.
Pregnancy can cause hair loss in many women, especially approximately three months after they have had their baby. This problem can also be contributed to hormones. Higher levels of certain hormones during pregnancy cause the body to keep hair from falling out. Once the hormone levels return to normal after the pregnancy, the hair starts to fall out again. This could cause the hair to come out in clumps until the normal cycle of hair growth and loss takes place.
Medications can also cause balding. This problem is normally temporary and your hair will return, provided you stop taking the medication. Some medications that can possibly cause hair loss include birth control pills, antidepressants, large amounts of vitamin A, high blood pressure medication, medication used for gout and blood thinners or anticoagulants. If you are experiencing thinning of your hair, take note to see if you have started or changed medications. You may have to consult your doctor asking him/her to make a change in your medication to another that will not cause thinning of the hair.
Infections can also cause hair loss. Bacteria or fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss mostly in children. This can usually be treated with antifungal medications. Most hair loss in children is usually temporary, once the cause is found and treated.
Another cause of balding is underlying disease, such as diabetes or lupus. Hair loss can be an early indication of disease and is essential that it be paid attention to if just for this reason alone. If this is the case, it is important to catch the disease early. Once the disease is treated, the hair should stop falling out and regrow.