Healthy luscious hair is a trait we can all take for granted, but what does it mean when you start experiencing hair loss? Well, I can’t give the exact answer, and if you are worried, perhaps you should visit your doctor to discuss as each type of hair loss has different causes although some of the types are really not understood properly.
Could it be genetics?
Male pattern baldness is hereditary passing from generation to generation, if you are a man and you know your father was bald or balding the likelihood that you will experience the same type of hair loss is quite high however it is not clear if this is the case with female-pattern baldness, although it is clear that women who have been through menopause may have increased chance of female-pattern baldness because they have fewer female hormones.
Could it be an immune imbalance?
Androgenic alopecia is an autoimmune condition, where the body’s natural defence is hindered and struggles to protect it from infection from bacteria and viruses. When the immune system attacks the cause of infection, but in the case of alopecia areata it damages the hair follicles instead, the reason for this is still unknown. The hair follicles are not permanently damaged and in many cases the hair grows back within a few months. If you have any other autoimmune disease, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, vitiligo could mean that you would be more likely to be affected by alopecia areata.
Could it be related to medical treatments?
In cases where someone has undergone major medical treatments in most cases for cancer, most commonly chemotherapy however not all chemo drugs cause hair loss and sometimes the hair loss is so small it is hardly noticeable. When I was a teenager, after having various surgeries, none related for anything to do with cancer and/or chemotherapy I experienced terrible hair loss and hair fall. Eventually, some clever doctor rooted it back to having a couple of anaesthetics within a certain period of time. Certain medications also are attributed to hair fall, some are worse than others. Continue reading