What Causes Hair Loss?
To treat balding correctly, you need to know why you are losing hair in the first place. The following are some of the most common causes for hair loss:
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss. With androgenetic alopecia, hormonal changes cause an increase in the androgen hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This makes hair follicles shrink, which makes hair thinner and shorter.
This causes hair follicles to get smaller and stop making new hairs altogether. And unfortunately, this causes hair loss to start in your 20s and get worse as you get older.
Most of the time, this happens slowly over time, and it often runs in families. If you have alopecia, it can be hard to figure out how to stop it. For that reason, reaching out to hair loss experts such as the ones at our Toronto clinic can help you determine the cause of the hair loss and devise a treatment strategy that can help the hair grow back safely and effectively.
Problems With Health
Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss, but there are other things to keep in mind if you want to know why your hair falls out. Here are some of them:
Thyroid diseases: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that severe thyroid diseases like Hashimoto’s Disease can cause hair loss. But if this is the cause, you are likely to have other signs, like feeling tired or gaining weight.
Malnutrition: Hair changes can happen when people don’t get enough food, especially protein. But this is unlikely to be the cause unless you eat very few calories and protein.
Alopecia Areata: This condition causes small bald spots that are usually hard to see. Alopecia areata happens when hair follicles are attacked by the immune system. This is called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is temporary and is often caused by events that are very stressful, scary, or traumatic, being in the hospital, or even some side effects of medications. It might look like permanent hair loss, but it can be fixed if caught early.
Tinea Capitis: This condition is a fungal infection of the scalp that causes small, scaly spots and pustules on the scalp. If you don’t treat tinea capitis, scarring can cause you to lose your hair.
Trichotillomania: When people have problems with their mental health, they sometimes pull out their own hair. If this is the reason you are losing your hair, a mental health professional may be able to help with therapy or medication.