Cause of Hair Loss

Hair loss is a commonly encountered problem in Indian Men and Women. There are many reasons for hair loss corresponding to different genetic makeup, environmental factors and life styles. There are as many as 40 different types of hair loss and each has a different reason.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is one of the most common causes of hair loss in men and women that leads to Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). The Hormone is responsible for 95% of the occurrences on hair loss. The disease is identified as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Baldness. The males would see a receding hairline on the temple and the females would see central thinning of hair and frequent hair loss.

Stress is also a common cause on hair loss. Severe loss leads to an aggrieved condition called TelogenEffluvium and affects both male and female. The hair follicle would prematurely become dysfunctional and shed the hair shafts. Males would see the symptoms after an injury, heart attack, fever and illness. Females would see the hair fall after high fever, abortion and child birth. This may also be seen after severe mental stress or emotional trauma.

Hair fall may also occur after some medical procedures like the radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It is medically known as Anagen Effluvium. The patients would experience a sudden hair loss soon after the treatment begins and recuperate after the treatment gets over. Certaindrugs such as Clofibrate, Coumarin, Heparin, Allopurinol and Gemfibrozilmay also lead to fall of hairs.

Trauma has also been identified as a big reason on hair fall. Wearing of hair bands, pigtails and clutches lead to a situation called traction alopecia. It is mostly observed in individuals who experiment with hair more frequently. Similarly, the compulsive disorder of Trichotillomania is a condition where the person would pull out his or her own hair out of psychological intent.