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What Are the Common Causes for Sudden Hair Thinning?

Losing up to 100 strands of hair a day is perfectly normal. But when hair shedding becomes excessive you need to know why. There are many reasons for sudden hair loss triggered by a disruption to the hair growth cycle. What causes sudden hair thinning? Read on…

Hair Loss Factors

Family history

This plays a really important role in the common cause of hair loss. It’s known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. In men loss of hair from the scalp with a pronounced receding hairline and frontal baldness are certain indicators. Noticeable thinning hair and wider partings in women are signs.

Stress

Physical stress following surgery or an accident, or emotional stress such as work pressure can lead to sudden hair loss. Physical trauma shocks the hair cycle causing the hair to fall. Shedding can continue for up to six months after the event.

An impulse control disorder known as trichotillomania where hair is compulsively pulled out also results in hair loss.

Extreme weight loss is also classed as body stress. And the reduction of adequate vitamins and minerals will all contribute to hair falling out.

Illness and Medical Conditions

A whole range of conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, and anaemia can all be reasons for sudden hair loss. Hormonal changes, particularly during pregnancy, can affect the growth balance, as can the menopause.

Auto-immune related hair loss happens when the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. Hair falling out in patches is known as alopecia areata, and Lupus is another disease that results in hair loss.

Medications

Some types of medications can also lead to hair fall. These include anti-depressants, blood thinners, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Chemotherapy and other cancer-related drugs may cause sudden hair loss.

Anabolic steroids taken to build-up muscle affect the body resulting in loss of hair.

Nutrition

A lack of vitamin B found in meat, fish, and vegetables can cause hair to fall out. As can too much vitamin A. Protein deficiency will prevent hair from growing and iron deficiency anaemia can cause headaches, dizziness, and hair loss.

Styling and Handling

Hairstyles that pull hair tightly can cause traction alopecia. And overuse of hot oil treatments can cause inflammation of hair follicles and result in hair loss. Styling tools that are too hot will break and damage hair.

Harsh colourings and chemicals used to straighten hair will put stress on hair and may cause it to fall out.

The Most Common Hair Loss

The most common form of hair loss in men is male-pattern baldness. The problem is related to hormonal changes and autoimmune responses. A hormone androgen called DHT is responsible for frontal balding. It stops the absorption of growth nutrients and the growth of the hair shaft.

Treatments

Topical lotions of foams such as Minoxidil can help delay balding. Finasteride can be taken in tablet form to decrease the levels of DHT.

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