Causes of Hair Loss(Part 2)

It is the second article of Causes of Hair Loss in a series of four, in which you will see for yourself how autoimmune conditions threaten your hair, as well as chemical burns, chemotherapy, some diseases, and eating deficiencies and illnesses related to these last ones.

Autoimmune Hair Loss

Autoimmune diseases are when the body fights against other parts of the body. It's like the army "friendly fire."

When at war, soldiers could shoot without intention to other soldiers of the same side, especially at night, when there's not much visibility. That's known as "friendly fire."

The same goes for autoimmune diseases. Sometimes the body doesn't recognize its organs and attacks them. What are the autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss?

            ·    Alopecia Areata

            ·    Diabetes type 1

            ·    Graves Disease

            ·    Hashimoto's Disease

            ·       Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis

            ·    Lupus

            ·    Lichen Planus

Chemical Burn from Hair Bleach

The other risk of getting a chemical burn is hair discoloration. Clorox is the same thing as sodium hypochlorite. That chemical is not suitable for hair lightening because it should not be on the hair, scalp, skin, or other body parts.

Chemical Burn from Hair Dye

Many women tend to dye hair at least each other month. Overall they look great, but that expose them to a chemical burn from hair dye, which not only affects hair, but scalp too, and that doesn't look as good as we say.

Another cause for the hair to fall, due to chemicals is over-processed hair. The hair outer layer, which protects the hair, begins to break down and change the structure of the hair. 

Chemotherapy Hair Loss

One of the most stressful and unpleasant side effects of chemo and radiation treatments is seeing before your eyes the hair falling. Besides, for many people, sudden hair loss is a sure sign of cancer.

Of course, no one would like to go through that experience. If you want nobody to know you have cancer, you may feel frightened just by thinking that other people notice you are losing your hair.

You may be wondering why hair loss happens when you are undergoing chemotherapy. Simply put, because chemotherapy medications are extremely potent drugs aiming to rapidly destroy the growth of cancer cells.

The problem is that they also attack good cells, including cells that make hair grow.

Chemo or radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy drugs can damage cells that cause hair to grow.

This can lead to a certain type of hair loss that is known as alopecia. This causes you to lose hair not only on the head but also on the eyebrows, eyelashes, and other parts of your body. If you do not lose your hair completely, it could happen that it gets thinner.

After starting the chemotherapy, the hair begins to fall around two to four weeks.

Thankfully, usually most of the time, hair loss is temporary. The re-growth of your hair begins three to six months after your last chemotherapy, although the texture and shade of your hair may vary.

Diseases that Cause Hair Loss

There are also many diseases that are as well causes of hair loss. Here is a list of some of them that provoke it, in one way or the other:

            ·    Addison's Disease

            ·    Allergies

            ·    Alopecia Areata

            ·    Anemia

            ·    Celiac Disease

            ·    Dandruff

            ·    Diabetes

            ·    Hashimoto's Disease

            ·   Headaches

            ·    High Fever

            ·   Hodgkin's Disease

            ·    Hypopituitarism

            ·    Lupus, especially Discoid Lupus

            ·    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS

            ·    Progeria

            ·    Psoriasis

            ·    Sarcoidosis

            ·    Scalp Diseases

            ·    Stress

            ·    Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling Disorder

            ·    Thyroid Disorders

If you want to know more about most of these diseases, explained in more detail, you can read the full article here.

Nutrition and Hair Loss

A well-balanced diet is very important to preserve your hair, and maintain it in good shape. If your diet lacks of vital nutrients or essential vitamins, then you are at risk to lose your hair. In most cases, just looking someone's hair could tell the health condition of that individual.

Strict diets for weight loss can trigger hair loss. Remember that your body thinks for itself. When the body detects that you are not taking the nutrients that need, gives the alarm call and your survival mode kicks into gear. 

In addition to that there are eating disorders that cause hair follicles to starve. What conditions, mineral deficiencies, and disorders lead to hair loss? Here's the list:

            ·    Anorexia

            ·      Bulimia

            ·     Copper Deficiency

            ·     Iron Deficiency

            ·     Low Protein Diet

            ·    Vitamin D Deficiency

            ·     Vitamin Deficiency

So, don't let your hair starve. Give it the best food and you will reap a healthy hair.