Hair loss is one of those pesky health issues that also affect our appearance, self-esteem, and confidence. On average most healthy people lose approximately 100 hairs per day. This may seem like a lot, however when you consider that a healthy head of hair is constantly re-sprouting it seems inevitable. So, how do you know if your hair loss is normal and what can you do about it if you are concerned?
Types of Hair Loss
Before you can decide if your amount of hair loss is normal or worth being concerned about, it is important to understand the many types of and reasons for hair loss. Here are a few of the more common causes:
- Genetic – One of the more commonly known types of baldness or hair loss is male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is influenced by a genetic predisposition and is not limited to men. Women can also have this type of hair loss and are the actual gene carrier. This type of hair loss is usually not reversible, however
more and more treatments are being discovered with the invention of new technology.
- Illness and Medicinal – Different health conditions, especially of the autoimmune disorder category, have a direct link to excessive hair loss. In addition to different medical conditions being a direct cause, so are certain medications. Most people know that medications like chemotherapy have been known to instigate complete to partial hair loss in cancer patients. This is not the only medication that can trigger hair loss though. So, if you take an assortment of medication and are seeing your hair begin to thin ask your doctor about your medications, their side effects, and other options for those medications that could be causing your hair loss. This type of hair loss can be reversible if there is no scalp or follicle damage incurred.
- Environmental – Different environmental contaminants can also cause hair loss if consistently exposed. If you do not have a genetic disposition and have no medical reasons as to why you are losing your hair, it could be time to evaluate your surroundings. Constant exposure to things, such as high voltage power lines or contaminated water have also been found to trigger excessive hair loss; in this
case your hair loss could be a warning sign of something much more serious in your surroundings. Depending on the actual cause, this type of hair loss could be reversed if the scalp and hair follicle has not been damaged and the contaminant is removed.
Baldness and excessive hair loss is more than a simple irritant. They affect how people view themselves from the world’s perspective, lower their self-esteem, and as a result interfere with their confidence. This doesn’t have to be the case though when you take the time to research your family history, medical and medicinal history, and environmental surroundings. By getting the facts and being prepared when you speak with your physician you will feel more in control of your hair loss situation and possibly be able to reverse it.