Common Causes of Hair Loss

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Hair loss is a common condition. So much so, that it is estimated that over 85 million Americans are affected by some form of it. That’s why with August being National Hair Loss Awareness Month, we thought of it as the perfect time to explore some typical causes.Woman Hair Loss

  • Hereditary thinning. The most common form of hair loss. Also known as androgenetic alopecia, this condition is related to family genetics.
  • Stress induced. A temporary form of hair loss that can be caused by an illness, fever, childbirth, or emotional stress.
  • Use of birth control. This can come about from the effect that they can have on the body’s hormones.
  • Postpartum. Another form of hair loss that relates to the hormones. Specifically, with the lowering levels of estrogen and progesterone that occur after giving birth.
  • Autoimmune conditions. This occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Most typically characterized by patches of hair loss on the scalp, more severe cases can affect the hair all over the body.
  • Nutrient deficiencies. Some of the most common deficiencies that we encounter that can correlate to hair loss are Vitamin D and Iron.
  • Thyroid diseases. Can occur when the thyroid is overactive (hyper) or underactive (hypo).
  • Prescription medications. Some medications can cause temporary hair loss or even bring on the early onset of hereditary hair loss.
  • Hairstyles. This can be caused by hairstyles that put a constant strain on the hair follicles or pull at them (ex. extensions, weaves, braids, corn rows, or dreadlocks).
  • Hair products. Certain products contain ingredients that can be harmful to hair follicles leading to breakage and damage.
  • Radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, it can be either temporary or permanent.
  • Scar from an injury or surgery. Scar tissue often has poor blood circulation and because of this, hair follicles are not provided with the necessary nutrients they need to survive.

Hair loss can be tough to deal with. If you think you may be suffering from one of the causes above, contact Lisa S. Ball, NP at the Neiman Dermatology Building today.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

With the widely successful release of Drake’s new album, ‘Certified Lover Boy’, the Canadian rapper seems to have everything going his way lately. But this was not the case in regards to his hair after a recent bout with COVID-19. He stated on his Instagram that the virus actually left him dealing with some hair loss.

“I had Covid that s— grew in weird. I had to start again 😂 it’s coming back don’t diss.”

– Drake (@champagnepapi) on Instagram

Drake Hair Loss

The most likely reason for the thinning could be attributed to a relatively common condition known as telogen effluvium. This temporary form of hair loss occurs when a stressor (ex. fever, illness, childbirth, or emotional stress) causes more hair than usual to fall out. During which, it is not unusual for large clumps of hair to come out at a time. Usually occurring about 2-3 months after the stressor event, it can last anywhere from 6-9 months. After that timeframe, the excessive shedding wanes and the hair reverts back to its previous thickness. It’s important to note, however, that if the stressor continues, so will the shedding.

So, it looks like Drake’s hair woes will be gone soon enough. If you believe that you may be experiencing telogen effluvium, contact our office today. Here at Lisa S. Ball NP, we specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of the hair, skin, and nails.