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Does your hairbrush hold a big, black furry ball after you've combed your hair? Do your present photos show a receding hairline when compared to the older ones? Chances are you may be prone to baldness. Can't figure out what may be causing this extensive hair fall? Read this list of the top 10 causes of hair loss and baldness.
#1: Stress: Fast-paced and hectic lifestyles can sap a lot of energy out of us and increase our stress levels. Numerous studies hold stress responsible for many health problems ranging from smaller ones like a headache to life-threatening ailments like a heart attack. True, a good percentage of people who shed a bit of extra hair are susceptible to a lot of stress, but that doesn't necessarily mean that stress is the only factor responsible for baldness.
Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of stress.
#2: Family history: As far as family history is concerned, there's pretty much nothing you can do. You can only reduce your chances of losing a lot of hair by following a proper diet and lifestyle, and avoiding things that could contribute to accelerating hair loss.
#3: Hair styling tools: Blow drying your hair after a shower may seem to be an easy and no-fuss method, but numerous studies suggest that blow drying your hair on a daily basis could contribute to a lot of hair fall. Other styling treatments like straightening and curling if done frequently, contribute to a few extra strands on your hairbrush.
#4: Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in the levels of hormones, especially those during pregnancy and childbirth may also contribute to extensive hair loss. Thyroid imbalances, menopause and other hormone related conditions can also be held responsible for hair fall.
#5: Frequent use of chemical products: Shampoos, conditioners and even hair oils today are loaded with chemicals that mess up with your hair in more ways than one. Most cosmetic products that we buy today contain harmful chemicals that contribute to weakening of the hair shaft, making your more prone to split ends, hair loss and other hair related issues.
#6: Junk food: Junk food is criticised and held responsible for almost all health conditions, and it's mostly because junk food hardly gives your body any nutrients. Living on junk food could lead to nutritional deficiencies, which may contribute to baldness. People having eating disorders are also more likely to suffer from extensive hair loss.
#7: Harsh weather conditions: The air conditioner in your office and home may seem comfortable and cozy, but it may not be the same for your hair. Being fragile and susceptible to damage, hair responds most severely to any atmospheric changes. In such cases, a good way to prevent hair fall is to condition your hair as often as possible.
#8: Gender: Though hair loss and baldness is observed in both the sexes, women tend to lose hair uniformly all around the scalp, whereas men tend to lose hair in a distinctive pattern (the receding hairline). Auto-immune conditions, which most commonly occur in men, are also thought to be responsible for baldness.
#9: Sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation shows under your eyes as well as on your head. Insomnia, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders can influence the health of your hair, and over time, it may also cause baldness.
#10: Medications and treatments: A severe life-changing incident like an accident builds up a lot of mental pain and trauma. To add to this, the treatments and medications that follow it only worsen the health of your hair. Overuse of certain drugs and heavy dosages (like that in chemotherapy) are linked to excessive hair loss and baldness.
So now that you've figured out what may be causing your hair loss, it's time to browse through what you can do about it.
Medications: Steroids and immunosuppressants are common medications that may be used to treat baldness. Triamcinolone, a steroid which is injected into the scalp to induce hair growth is also a good treatment option. Medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole or selenium sulfide can reduce infection on the scalp in those suffering from ringworm of the scalp and thereby reduce hair fall.
Treatments: Popular treatments to restore hair growth include PUVA therapy, ultraviolet light therapy and contact immunotherapy. These treatments are particularly effective for those suffering from alopecia.
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