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Medically Known Causes of Early Hair Loss in Men and Women Validated by Certified Doctor

Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount with age. This type of hair loss usually is not caused by a disease and is related to aging, heredity and changes in the hormone testosterone. Hereditary baldness or “pattern” affects many more men than women. People with hereditary hair loss show signs of baldness before 40 years. About half of men show signs of hair loss by age 50 years.\r\n

Physical or emotional stress

\r\nPhysical or emotional stress can cause a drop of half to three quarters of hair on the scalp. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. The hair tends to come out in handfuls while you shampoo, comb or run their hands through the hair. You may not notice this for weeks to months after the episode of stress. The hair shedding will decrease over 6-8 months. The TE is usually temporary, but can become long-term (chronic).\r\n\r\nThe causes of this type of hair loss are:\r\n

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  • High fever or severe infection
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  • Delivery
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  • Major surgery, major illness, sudden bleeding
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  • Intense emotional stress
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  • Crash diets, especially those that do not contain enough protein
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  • Many drugs, such as retinoids, birth control pills, beta blockers, certain antidepressants, NSAIDs (including ibuprofen) and blockers, calcium channel
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\r\nSome women aged 30 to 60 may notice a thinning of the hair that affects the entire scalp. Hair loss may be heavy at first, and then decreases or stops gradually. There is no known cause for this type of TE .\r\n

Other causes:

\r\nOther causes of hair loss, especially if it is an unusual pattern include:\r\n

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  • Alopecia areata (patches of baldness that occur on the scalp , beard and eyebrows may . Eyelashes may fall ) .
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  • Anemia.
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  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus.
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  • Burns .
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  • Certain infectious diseases such as syphilis .
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  • Excessive shampooing and hair .
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  • Hormonal changes .
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  • Thyroid diseases .
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  • Nervous habits such as continual hair pulling or scalp rubbing .
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  • Radiotherapy .
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  • Tinea capitis ( ringworm of the scalp).
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  • Tumor of the ovary or adrenal glands.
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 When to Contact a Medical Professional

\r\nCall your doctor if:\r\n

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  • You are losing hair in an atypical pattern.
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  • You are losing hair rapidly or at an early age ( eg in the teenage years or between 20 and 30 years) .
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  • You have any pain or itching with hair loss .
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  • The skin of the scalp under the involved area is red, scaly, or has any other abnormality.
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  • Presents acne, facial hair or irregularities in their menstrual cycle.
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  • It is female and male pattern baldness.
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  • You have bald spots on your beard or eyebrows.
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  • It has been gaining weight or have muscle weakness, intolerance to cold temperatures, or fatigue .
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About Dr. Maneesh

Dr. Maneesh Sonthalia, one of the renowned cosmetic surgeons in Kolkata has performed several hair transplant with successful results that has left the patients with natural looking hair without any scars. He holds his graduation degree from Kolkata Medical College and is a Master of General Surgery from PG Hospital. Later on he achieved his M.Ch in Plastic Surgery also from PG Hospital.

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