What is Causing Your Hair Loss?


Hair loss can indicate health problems, major stress or hereditary concerns. While we all lose hair every day, there are times when we can lose significant amounts of hair. This can be very alarming and can be a sign of a serious issue.

soulworks_therapies_post_traumatic_stressStress and Shock to the System

There’s a problem for those who have suffered severe stress when they can shed large amounts of hair each day. It’s called telogen effluvium. If you have been through a pregnancy, major surgery or dramatic weight loss, it could cause hair loss. It can also happen with some medications like antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs.

There’s always a cycle to your hair’s growth. There’s a growing phase, resting phase and shedding phase. In the cases of extreme stress, the hair will shift quickly from the growing phase to the shedding phase. There are no tests for this condition, although, a doctor can see if the bulb of the hair is misshapen. That would indicate a cycle of growth that was increased.

There’s no solution for telegen effluvium. Anyone who has had surgery might notice they’re losing more hair around 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. This will pass on its own after a few months. If it’s a medication that is a problem, the doctor should be informed so alternatives can be discussed.

hypothyroidism_symptomsConditions like Hypothyroidism or Lupus

Millions of people suffer from a thyroid disease, which is when the body produces too much or not enough of the hormone responsible for heart rate, mood and metabolism. When the body doesn’t produce enough it’s called hypothyroidism, and it can cause symptoms like weight gain, fatigue and depression. This also impacts the body because hair and nails become brittle, which causes breakage.

Lupus is when the body’s own immune system goes on the attack, and it impacts healthy tissue. It causes extreme fatigue, headaches and painful, inflamed joints. Lupus is hard to diagnose because it can appear like many other diseases and conditions. It comes with a hair fall problem that’s often accompanied by a rash on the scalp.

When the hair fall problem is accompanied by painful joints, weight gain, fatigue or depression, a doctor will have to diagnose the condition. For lupus, he might prescribe a medication like prednisone, but the scalp problem will have to be treated by a dermatologist. For a thyroid condition, a hormone medication can restore the hormones to a normal level. In time, this will reduce the loss of your hair.

hungry-woman-with-vegetables-on-plateDietary Deficiencies

Iron deficiency can impact many women who don’t eat enough foods with iron as well as those who have heavy periods. Along with the loss of hair, those suffering from iron deficiency anemia can have extreme fatigue, headaches, weakness and cold hands and feet.

A doctor can diagnose an iron deficiency, and he might recommend that you take supplements for iron. A diet rich in iron should be implemented too. If you don’t eat much red meat like beef, you could try fish, pork or leafy greens.