Excessive hair loss can be a frightening thing, for both men and women. Though stressful events and some medical conditions can temporarily cause this issue, there are a few things you can do to keep your hair on your head where it belongs.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, temporary hair shedding can happen at many different times in your life, but the issue should resolve itself over time without any help from you or any medical products you may purchase.
Medical issues such as an illness that involves a high fever, an operation, or even child birth can all lead to excessive shedding. Though as your body heals and your hormone levels balance out, the shedding will slow down to the normal 50 to 100 hairs that everyone experiences each day. Some other changes that could lead to above-normal hair shedding is a weight loss of 20 pounds or more, high amounts of stress, or discontinuing the use of your birth control. Again, this abundant shedding is only temporary, so don’t panic.
Even over-styling your hair can lead to more hair shedding than you’re used to due to the heat from curling irons and straighteners, tight pulling from hair clips and ponytails, and styling products that cause dryness that leads to brittle, weakened hair.
The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is inherited from a parent. The process can be slowed for both men and women with the use of minoxidil. Men can also use an oral medication called finasteride. A dermatologist may be consulted for help if needed.
Prevention Magazine also lists numerous illnesses that if left untreated can lead to permanent hair loss. This is why it’s important to consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice a distinct change in the amount of hair you are losing or any other physical issues experienced.
Hyperthyroidism is one illness that can cause your hair to fall out. A simple blood test can determine the issue, and your doctor can give you the right thyroid medication to balance out your hormone levels and halt the excessive shedding. Some people who suffer from Lupus can also experience shedding and hair loss as well as a number of other symptoms and health issues. Oral medications like prednisone can help deal with this though scalp rashes require the use of a topical cream as well.
Though Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause unwanted body hair in women, it can lead to scalp hair loss as well due to elevated testosterone levels. A quick talk with a doctor can lead to an easy treatment of either birth control or spironolactone to block the male hormones. An autoimmune disorder called Alopecia Areata can cause hair loss on the scalp as well as the rest of the body. Though doctors are not entirely sure of the cause, they can treat it with intralesional corticosteroids. Reducing stress levels can also help to stop the shedding.
Even something simple like low iron can affect your hair’s production, so be sure to eat healthy foods like beef, fish, beans, and anything rich in vitamin C to keep your iron levels are at their peak or take an iron supplement that includes biotin or silica to help promote hair growth.
If you want to have full, healthy hair, it is important to also have a healthy lifestyle, which can be easily outlined using tips from hair restoration surgeon Dr. Robert True. A healthy diet is important to all aspects life physically, mentally, and even emotionally. Lacking in vitamins A and C, zinc, iron, and copper can all contribute to excessive hair shedding as can eating too much junk food.
We’ve all heard the expression “pulling my hair out” when dealing with stress. We may not actually do this, but stress can lead to extra shedding so try to keep your stress levels low. Use meditation, bubble baths, or whatever else works for you to keep the hair loss temporary. Sitting in the sun is a great way to get the necessary levels of vitamin D your body needs but too much exposure can lead to weaker hair. If you have to be outside for too long, add a hat to your wardrobe to protect the strands you’ve got.
Cancer is not the only thing you may suffer from if you smoke. Due to the fact that smoking can mess with both the oxygen and blood supply that reaches your scalp, it can actually cause more hair shedding, which can lead to permanent hair loss. So butt it out for the good of your hair.
The easiest way to help your hair stop its abundant shedding is to care for it properly. Limited brushing, heat styling, ponytails, and styling products are just a few of the tips in this video by the AAD. By following these tips, you’ll have the thick, gorgeous hair your friends will envy. Thanks for reading BloomGorgeous, take a chance to poke around and see if you find anything else you are interested in.
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