Causes of Hair Loss(Part 4)

It 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 can heavy metals in your hair lead to its 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. Let's begin with the medications.

Hair Loss due to Medication

Several drugs cause hair to fall out. 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 these are, 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 to the article: Hair loss due to medication.

Hair Pollution

Hair pollution is another cause of hair loss due to heavy metals. The guilty ones are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, and mercury.

There are others not so familiar 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.

Hair and Scalp Diseases

Which is the relation between hair and scalp diseases? That is relatively easy. Your scalp is like a cultivation field. If the lot has pests and diseases, what kind of food do you think will produce?

Bacteria and tiny arthropods like mites cause some scalp diseases. Here's the list of scalp diseases:

            ·    Dandruff

            ·    Eczema or Seborrheic Dermatitis

            ·    Folliculitis

            ·    Mites

            ·    Scalp Psoriasis

            ·    Scleroderma

Smoking and Hair Loss

Different studies connect smoking and hair loss, though in an indirect way. Many people smoke, and a significant 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.

Hair Loss from Stress

According to Mayo Clinic, you can have hair loss from stress. The loss of hair that comes from pressure can occur, either due to:

            ·    a stressful physical event

            ·    an emotional event

            ·   divorce

            ·     death of a loved one

            ·    injury

            ·    illness

            ·    surgery

            ·    serious financial problems

            ·    traumatic alopecia

Hair loss can occur between six weeks to three months from the incident.

There are three types of hair loss due to stress. First, is Telogen Effluvium. It occurs when pressure forces many hair follicles to enter into a resting phase. In a few months, the strands 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.

The third and no less critical is Trichotillomania. It is an irresistible desire to pluck out the hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and other body parts. The last subheading in this article will explain that a little further.

But hair loss can be left behind just by keeping stress under control. If you can control it, the hair will re-grow. If you want to see ten ideas to counteract it, go to Hair Loss from Stress.

Telogen Efluvium 

Telogen effluvium is one of the causes of hair loss. If you want to know what this is all about, read the article Telogen Effluvium by clicking here.

And if you want to know the other side of the coin, read it on Chronic Telogen Effluvium. 

Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling Disorder

Hair Pulling DisorderHair Pulling Disorder

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.

It happens even if the person who has this condition has tried to stop these impulses. The one with this disorder knows that they are hurting himself but can't stop.

But TTM is not the only condition that causes hair loss from hair pulling. Traction alopecia is related to tight hairstyles. That includes braids, dreadlocks, rollers, ponytails, and other hairstyles that stress the hair and lead to headaches. Yes, you guessed it. Headache is another cause of hair loss.    

As you can see, there are many causes of hair loss. You probably didn't think there would be that many, yet we haven't considered all of them.

I am committed to constantly updating this site, striving to inform you about the latest and more effective ways to treat 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 complete causes of hair loss on the net. You can check it out for yourself.