This is the fourth and final article in a series of four. In this one you will discover how some medications are causes of hair loss. Why heavy metals in your hair can lead that one to fall? Which scalp diseases are related, or are prone to affect your hair? Finally, how smoking, stress, telogen effluvium, and hair pulling disorder could be responsible for your hair loss as well. Let's begin with the medications.
There are several drugs that cause hair to fall out. In fact more than you can imagine! That's why drugs are one of the causes of hair loss. Maybe you were not aware of all the risks involved, when the doctor prescribed that medication for the first time.
The scalp hair growth has four phases. If you want to know what are these, go and read the article: Telogen Effluvium.
You will see medications for different conditions, and some of them have hair loss among their side effects. The more you take the drug, the more hair you will lose.
To see a list of some of them, go the article: Hair Loss due to Medication.
Hair pollution is another cause of hair loss due to heavy metals. Among the guilty ones are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, and mercury.
There are others not so common but could cause hair loss as well, like beryllium, iron, and nickel. So, we can point out metal toxicity as one of the causes behind hair loss.
Which is the relation between the hair and scalp diseases? That is quite easy. Your scalp is like a cultivation field. If the field has pests and diseases, what kind of food do you think it will produce?
There are some scalp diseases that are caused by bacteria and tiny arthropods like mites. Here's the list of scalp diseases:
· Eczema or Seborrheic Dermatitis
· Scalp Psoriasis
Different studies connect smoking and hair loss, though in an indirect way. There are still many people who smoke, and a great chunk of these don't pay much attention to their negative consequences.
What are the main three factors where there's a link between smoking and hair loss. Find out in the article: Smoking and Hair Loss.
According to Mayo Clinic you can have hair loss from stress. The loss of hair that comes from stress can occur, either due to:
· a stressful physical event
· an emotional event
· the death of a loved one
· serious financial problems
· traumatic alopecia
That hair loss can be seen between 6 weeks to 3 months, since the incident occurred.
There are three types of hair loss due to stress. First, is Telogen Effluvium. It occurs when stress, forces a large number of hair follicles to enter into a resting phase. In a few months, the follicles that remain in that phase, suddenly begin to fall, just by shampooing and combing your hair.
The second is alopecia areata, which occurs when anxiety levels are high. Then the white blood cells attack the hair follicles.
Third and not least are Trichotillomania. This is an irresistible desire to pluck out the hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and other parts of the body. The last subheading in this article, will explain that a little further.
Trichotillomania (TTM), or hair pulling disorder, is a control impulse disorder, characterized by a prolonged desire to pull the hair, either from the head, eyebrows, eyelashes or other body parts where there is body hair.
This happens even if the person who has this condition has tried to stop these impulses. The persons with this disorder knows that they is hurting himself, but simply can't stop.
But TTM is not the only condition that cause hair loss by pulling hair. Traction Alopecia is another, and is connected with tight hairstyles. That include braids, dreadlocks, hair rollers, ponytails, and other hairstyles that cause tension in the hair and lead to headaches too. Yep, you guess it. Headache is another cause of hair loss.
As you can see, there are many causes of hair loss. I guess you probably didn't think there would so many, and yet we have not considered then all.
I am committed to constantly update this site, striving to inform you about the latest and more effective ways to treat the problem of hair loss. A problem that threatens our appearance, and self-esteem as well.
Well, that's the end of the road of causes of hair loss for men, women, and children. From medications to genetics, and diseases to hormones. Modesty aside, it's one of the most complete causes of hair loss on the net. You can check out for yourself.