The Truth about Hair Loss
|Date Added: September 08, 2010 07:26:27 PM|
|Category: Heath and Beauty: Hair Care|
Throughout your life, you may have asked yourself questions about your hair loss or the hair loss of someone you know. Some common questions that you might have wondered about at one time or another might have been: What really causes hair loss? Is there anything I can do about it? I’m a woman, can I lose my hair? If I have to have chemotherapy, will my hair grow back? Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t really understand all of the various and different ways that we, as humans, can, and do, lose our hair.
Hormones and Infections
We all know that hormones can wreak havoc on our bodies and some illnesses make our bodies react in seemingly unnatural ways; hair loss is no different. Hair loss is just one of the difficulties with this very complex disorder, but thankfully, correcting an improper hormonal balance will, most likely, slow or completely stop your hair loss.
If you, or someone you know, have a thyroid that is underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism), then hair loss might be a problem. As said before, getting treatment for your particular thyroid disease will generally help control any hair loss you may experience.
X and Y
There can sometimes be an imbalance of our sex-specific hormones. The female hormone estrogen and male hormone androgen are part of what makes up our anatomy. We need them to be working throughout our body, but if the equilibrium is affected and changed, there may be some hair loss that occurs.
Of course this can affect men too because of the stress, but the majority of hair loss due to hormonal irregularity around and having to do with pregnancy are going to be with women, not surprisingly. Many women can lose a large amount of hair after child birth, also because of the varying hormone levels.
When a woman is pregnant, the elevated levels of hormones that are needed to keep the baby healthy will tell the body to hold onto the hair that would normally fall out during the natural growth cycle. Because there is an excess of hair, after the baby is born it seems like all the hair is falling out at once; and truthfully, it is. However, after the initial loss of built up hair, the normal cycle of hair growth will begin again as her bodily hormones are regulated back to normal.
Hair loss due to fungal infections usually will cause hair loss in children more than adults. Because most people are able to notice any type of hair loss in a child relatively easily, most children are treated in a relatively short period of time. Fungal infections are among the hardest to treat, but they are definitely curable with a round of antifungal medications prescribed and monitored by your doctor.
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