Medical Reasons for Hair Loss

Feeling confident in your appearance can have a significant impact on your attitude and performance in work, school and your personal life, but sometimes we experience changes in our appearance that are out of our control—and our confidence can take a serious hit.

If you’re starting to lose your hair, you may feel frustrated and concerned. Why is it falling out in the first place and what can you do to stop it in its tracks?

Before you can work to combat hair loss, you need to identify the cause of your hair loss. While many people experience hair loss because of a genetic predisposition that can be curbed, for many others, the causes are medical in nature.

If you’re losing your hair for medical reasons, no amount of Rogaine will resolve it. Read on to learn about the different medical causes of hair loss and how you can address them.

What medical problems cause hair loss?

Hair loss, or alopecia, can affect anyone and may occur anywhere on your body. The most commonly discussed cause of hair loss is a hereditary predisposition, but there are a significant number of medical reasons you may be experiencing hair loss as well. Before you can address the issue you’re likely most concerned about (your hair), you’ll first have to check in on your overall health.

Here are some medical causes you’ll want to rule out before beginning hair loss treatment:

  • Thyroid disorders: Both hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) could be impacting your hair. A misbehaving thyroid can cause dry, brittle hair and hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body. Rather than noticing bald spots, you’ll notice that your hair seems generally thinner.
  • Psoriasis: While this condition itself doesn’t cause hair loss, the excessive scratching and picking and intense treatment that people with psoriasis undergo can cause hair loss. Thankfully, once skin clears up, most patients regrow their hair fully.
  • Hormonal change: Both men and women experience hormonal imbalances that can result in hair loss. Identifying and treating this imbalance will help hair grow back and should improve energy levels as well, leaving you feeling better all around.
  • Stress: Stress can wreak havoc on our bodies in many ways, and hair loss is one of them. While reducing stress levels is easier said than done, it is an important lifestyle change that can improve many areas of your life. If you’re unsure where to start, consult a medical professional or mental health practitioner.
  • Depleted nutrition: In order to run smoothly, your body needs all of its basic needs met. If you’re not getting sufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals or taking in enough calories, your body has ways of letting you know—and hair loss is one of them. If you aren’t already, make sure to have plenty of well-rounded, nutrient-dense meals.

Visit your doctor to discuss your concerns and get a full blood panel done. This will help you identify if one of these issues is causing your hair loss. If your doctor determines your hair loss is not due to medical reasons, contact LaDonna Roye Hair Stylist & Hair Loss Solutions. We’ll find another route to prevent and reverse your hair loss.