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06 Feb 2019

Hair loss: Causes and precaution tips

Hair loss: Causes and treatment

Hair loss can be difficult to cope with, and it can affect anyone. However, men are more prone to experiencing hair loss (or baldness) than women.

There are many reasons for it including heredity, aging, hormonal imbalance, certain medical conditions and some medications.

Although it is common, but if you notice unusual hair loss, consult your doctor for any underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

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Hair loss: Causes and treatment
Causes of hair loss: Heredity, Medication, Stress

Causes (1)

Causes of hair loss: Heredity, Medication, Stress

Heredity: A receding hairline, thinning of hair, or bald spots could simply be consequences of family history (heredity). It occurs gradually with age, and in predictable patterns.

Medication: Certain medications, such as those of cancer, arthritis, depression etc. could also lead to hair loss.

Stress: Physical or emotional stress can also, over the time, cause hair loss.

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Other causes: Hormonal imbalance, and certain hairstyles/treatments

Hormonal disturbance: Hormonal changes due to certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss. These include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid, among others.

Certain hairstyles and hair treatment: Excessive hairstyling or certain hairstyles, that pull hair tightly and put extra pressure, can also be the reason for hair loss. Further, hair treatments such as hot oil treatment and permanents could also be the culprit.

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Tips to prevent hair loss

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Tips to prevent hair loss

Heredity or genetics-induced hair loss cannot be prevented. However, for other, preventable types, follow these tips:

1) Handle your hair with care. Avoid tight hairstyles, like braids, buns and ponytails. Don't indulge in unnecessary pulling or twisting of hair.

2) Avoid consumption of medications that might cause hair loss.

3) Avoid artificial hair treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments etc.

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Tips to prevent hair loss

4) Be gentle while washing and brushing your hair. For brushing, use a wide-toothed comb to prevent hair loss.

5) Protect your hair from excessive sunlight and other sources of UV light.

6) Get rid of smoking, as studies show it triggers hair loss.

Note: If these prevention tips don't work, see your doctor for any serious underlying condition, and get appropriate treatment.

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What causes hair loss?

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What is hair loss?

Asked on 06-02-2019 by Trishla Sengupta

Answered by NewsBytes

Hair loss or alopecia is a condition in which a person starts losing hair from their scalp, or/and other parts of the body.

What causes hair loss?

Asked on 06-02-2019 by Arjun Patil

Answered by NewsBytes

Factors that lead to hair loss, or trigger the conditions are heredity, certain medications, stress, hormonal disturbance, bad hair care, and certain hairstyles/treatments.

How to prevent hair loss?

Asked on 06-02-2019 by Ridhi Jain

Answered by NewsBytes

To prevent hair loss, follow these tips: 1) Handle your hair with care, avoid tight hairstyles, unnecessary pulling/twisting of hair, 2) Avoid consumption of medications that might cause hair loss, 3) Avoid artificial hair treatments, 4) Get rid of smoking, 5) Be gentle while washing and brushing your hair.

What to do if prevention tips don't work?

Asked on 06-02-2019 by Diya Kapur

Answered by NewsBytes

If precaution tips don't work, see your doctor, to check any underlying condition, and get appropriate treatment.

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