Common Causes of Hair Loss

If we are looking for the common causes of hair loss, we have to go to the basics, and in this case, the main thing would be to divide them into categories. Why? Because this makes it easier for us to see where we can classify each cause.

What are the Common Causes of Hair Loss?

What are the common causes of hair loss? There are three articles in alphabetical order with three categories each. The first are the causes behind hair loss. What you are reading now is the second. The final one is common hair loss causes. 

The fourth category of nine causes of hair loss is a fungal infection of the scalp. Let's see.

Fungal Infection on Scalp 

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One of the common causes of hair loss is a fungal infection of the scalp. Ringworm, also called tinea capitis, is the primary scalp's fungal infection.

Although it affects the scalp, it can affect other body areas, such as the groin, jock itch, beard, and feet, for instance, athletes' feet and other parts. So the reason these yeast infections appear is they also cause hair loss.

It is a common condition in children, but in adults as well. There are two different types of fungi involved here, Microsporum canis and Trichophyton.

The disease is contagious and is transmitted if you have direct contact with the infected person. The Fungi spores last a long time.

What are the symptoms? There are 10 of them, namely:

·        At first, it affects a small portion of the scalp, but little by little spreads out over the entire area

·        Broken hairs on the bald patch, seen as small black dots

·        Enlarged and tender neck lymph nodes

·        Hair Loss

·      Low fever

·        Scalp inflammation and redness

·        Scalp itching

·        Scaly and round bald patches with a very well defined border

·        Small boils or pustules on the scalp

·        Sometimes it looks like psoriasis

Scalp Yeast is another fungal infection of the scalp. It occurs when there's a fungal infection of Candida Albicans. The infection is called candidiasis.

Candida Albicans is a fungus that we all have. It is necessary because it is a natural part of the intestinal flora, and in the case of women, of the vaginal flora.

It produces approximately 78 different toxins. When there are that many toxins in the body, then you start to suffer from allergies.

The allergy triggers histamine production in the body. If the infestation of candida is severe, it creates general inflammation of the skin, including the hair follicles on the scalp.

That same inflammation prevents the blood flow to the scalp from being maintained and, lacking the nutrients that go to the bloodstream, the follicles weaken, and if the person continues with the problem, then hair loss occurs.

There are other fungal infections on the scalp. To see them, go to: Causes of Hair Loss, and the subheading: Fungal Hair Loss.

Male pattern Baldness and Genetics 

When we consider the causes behind hair loss, we cannot fail to mention those that have to do with genes. The most common genetic cause of hair loss in men is a condition called male pattern baldness, and in women is named female pattern baldness. As is stated in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are other names for this condition: androgenic alopecia, male pattern alopecia, and pattern baldness.

In some men occurs gradually, as we are getting older. The signs are bald spots and a receding hairline. While in women, it becomes visible as thinning hair.

Hormones and Hair Loss

What are hair loss hormones? These hormones or hormonal imbalances are among the common causes of hair loss. To see a list of the conditions related to hormones and hair loss, especially in women, go to the article: Causes of Hair Loss, and the subheading: Hormones Hair Loss. 

One of the less expected twists in females is when testosterone converts into 5a-dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Testosterone is a male androgen hormone. DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, regress, and die in men, resulting in premature balding. 

But women are not immune to that problem because they also have testosterone levels in their bodies. However, in lower levels than men, and experience the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Unfortunately, even a tiny part of this process causes women to suffer hair loss.

To learn more about DHT and how it resembles a dessert, visit DHT Hair Loss.

And remember, this is the middle article. If you want to read the first one, click here, and for the last one, here.