Causes of Hair Loss That Have Nothing to Do With Aging

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Causes of Hair Loss That Have Nothing to Do With Aging

Many men experience male pattern baldness when they get older and it is usually permanent, even if you take supplements that supposedly slow down the hair loss process. You can recognize the symptoms of male pattern baldness when your hair gets thinner and your hairline starts to recede. Male pattern baldness is usually hereditary and you cannot truly avoid it, but sometimes, you can start to lose your hair for reasons that has nothing to do with aging. Certain changes in your body can cause you to lose hair and you may sometimes even be able to prevent it or even reverse it.

Stress

It may be not surprise you that emotional stress can cause hair loss. People who are stressed find that they shed a lot more than they should. You might find hair in the shower drain, on your pillow, and clinging to your clothes. No one fully knows why stress results in hair loss, but it is hypothesized that hormones that are released during stressful situations can throw off your hair cycle. Normally your hair grows and then later shed. When it sheds faster than it grows, you can end up noticing signs of hair loss.

stressed man pulling at his hair and screamingEmotional stress is not the only type of stress that can cause hair loss. Physical stress can cause you to lose hair as well. If you got surgery or if you are recovering from an illness, your hair cycle can also be negatively impacted. You will notice that your hair often comes out very easily and all areas of your scalp will be impacted. It usually reverses on its own after a couple of months.

Vitamin A

Vitamin hair is important for maintaining healthy hair because it is plays a big role in keeping your scalp moist and strong. It enables you to shed hair that is unhealthy or too thin. Therefore, vitamin A is often actually in various hair supplements. However, with too much vitamin A, you will start to shed too much hair. If you are mixing vitamin A supplements with other hair health supplements like selenium or vitamin E, then the negative effects on your hair might be more pronounced. Once you lower your intake of vitamin A and other hair health supplements, your hair should start to grow back.

Protein Deficiency

If you do not have enough protein in your diet, then your body must shut down certain processes that require use of protein. Your body cannot shut down your ability to move and think, so it might shut down your ability to grow hair. Eventually, more crucial processes with shut down as well, so you should start finding more protein sources if you notice that you are losing your hair. Additionally, many protein sources often come with vitamin B12. If your diet excludes these protein sources, then you will be both B12 and protein deficient. Vitamin B12 is also important for hair growth, so vitamin B12 deficiency can exacerbate hair loss caused by protein deficiency.

Iron Deficiency

Iron increases the carrying capacity of your blood so that you are able to bring more oxygen into your body. Without iron, you will not have enough oxygen and you might end up deficient in some other nutrients as well. Normally, your extra oxygen can be used to thicken your hair. When you are iron deficient, you will have to save this oxygen for cellular respiration and metabolism. Therefore, if you are deficient in iron, then you might notice that your hair is getting thinner. Make sure you are getting enough iron in your diet. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or anemic, then you might want to consider talking to your doctor about trying out iron supplements. Vegans and vegetarians also have to be very careful about protein and B12 deficiency.

Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid gland releases hormones that are responsible for many processes that occur in your body. Many of these hormones are good for hair growth. Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes your thyroid to underperform. Without your thyroid producing the right type of hormones, you might start to lose some of your hair. It may also affect body hair. Hyperthyroidism can also cause you to lose hair. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where your thyroid is overactive. It may seem counterintuitive, but studies show that too many hair growth hormones can actually result in hair loss. You will need medication to treat any problems with your thyroid gland. After a while of taking the medication, you should see improvement.

Fungal Infection

man scratching arm with fungal infectionA couple of fungal infections can actually lead to some hair loss. One common culprit is athlete’s foot or ringworm, which is a type of fungus that usually causes a circular bald spot to appear on your head. Other similar fungal infections can have the same effect. Sometimes, a fungus will cause skin conditions that can make your scalp inflamed. An inflamed scalp is also sometimes responsible for temporary hair loss. You should also be careful of any skin condition that can make your hair flaky and oily. Luckily, while many fungal infections are very contagious, they are also easy to treat with antifungal medication. Certain shampoos can also help if you are dealing with an unhealthy scalp.

Weight Loss

Weight loss usually will not do anything to your hair. However, if you rapidly start to lose dramatic amounts of weight, then you might start to see some hair loss. This type of weight loss can cause physical stress, which is one way of negatively impacting your hair cycle. Weight loss is also often associated with diseases or nutrient deficiencies that can cause you to lose some hair. People with eating disorders are especially susceptible to this type of hair loss.

Usually, hair loss is part of the natural process of aging and it is nothing to be worried about. However, sometimes, hair loss can be associated with more serious health concerns. If you do not think that male pattern baldness is causing your hair loss, then you can talk to a doctor. You can always consult with a dermatologist about trying to prevent or manage your hair loss.