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Medical Conditions for Hair Loss

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As a reasonably healthy person the last thing you expect is to lose your hair. Not invariably noticeable, you realize that style that you used to wear doesn't look right. A look closer you notice thinning or missing hair. Now it's time to panic!

Men and women alike lose hair, up to 100,000 strands per day. In comes hair replacement products -- hair weaves, wigs, toupees, hair plugs, shampoos, etc. These products are good for temporary solution to cover up missing hair but the root of the problem has to be addressed.

After age 40, individuals begin to lose hair. Sometimes as early as age 25 if hair loss is hereditary. However, there are medical reasons for hair loss. According to Mayo Clinic

  • Thyroid problems where thyroid glands, that helps regulate hormones, are not working properly.
  • Alopecia where the immune system attacks the hair follicles leaving behind balding spots and patches.
  • Scalp infections -- ringworms
  • Stress and extreme dieting
  • Chemotherapy

Some skin conditions such as lupus and lichen planus can cause permanent hair loss as well as some medications. Medications for high blood pressure, cancer, depression, and heart problems. As with most conditions, hair loss does have treatment options.

Some of the treatment options may include: hair replacement surgery, controlling stress and anxiety, minimize hair line where the loss occur, using shampoos that contains silicone, using hair color called TOPPIK that is put on the hair to make the hair look instantly thicker. www.health.clevelandclinic.org

When you are noticeably losing significant amounts of hair, see your physician immediately as this could be a sign of something more serious.

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