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If you notice that your hair is not as full as it once was and you think you may be balding, knowing more about common causes of hair loss may help. Both men and women suffer from hair loss, often for separate but similar reasons. Regardless of gender, as we age our hair will start to lose its thickness, and for most men they are affected with male pattern baldness. Don’t think that women get off the hook, a third of women also suffer from pattern baldness but it is simply less talked about. Here are some of the signs The Hair Loss Recovery Program suggest you look for if you think you may be losing your hair.

Types of Hair Loss

Hair loss can be caused by a wide range of conditions. These can be due to nutrition, stress, or even illness. Some of the causes of hair loss are:

Androgenic Alopecia

This condition is found in both men and women, though it is called by a different name in each. There are some schools of thought that believe male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are separate conditions. Others feel it is the same disease simply manifested in either gender.

Female Pattern Baldness

This is the most common form of hair loss in women. It manifests as thinning over the entire head as opposed to a receding hairline or full baldness. The majority of women who suffer from this condition tend to have even thinning over the entire scalp.

Male Pattern Baldness

This is also the most common type of balding in men and is most often linked to genetics. If the men in the patient’s family tend to go bald as they age, the same can be expected in their case.

Telogen Effluvium

This is a temporary condition most often seen in women. This is the stage of hair fall that comes a few months after a serious event such as childbirth, surgery, extreme stress or even as a result of a low protein short-term diet. In most cases, this total head hair loss will reverse itself 6 to 8 months following the event that caused it.

Alopecia Areata

This disorder is an autoimmune disease that 2% of the population suffers from. It presents with a couple of small patches of baldness on the scalp, but it can also affect the lashes and eyebrows in some people. There is no cure, but the disease is known to reverse itself and return with no cause or warning.

Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can be caused by hormonal changes, genetics, and age, but it can also be a result of:

  • Side effects of medication
  • Fungal infections
  • Chronic stress
  • Thyroid issues
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Menopause

When to Get Help

If you are losing your hair in a strange pattern, or if your hair loss is also paired with itching, you should seek medical attention as it may be a sign of illness. The Hair Loss Recovery Program is always here if you need to speak with someone regarding hair loss issues, hair treatments and proper nutrition to combat hair loss. We are standing by to take your call at (416) 439-4247, so get in touch with us today.

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