Getting to the root cause of various types of hair loss

bald woman Taxotere Pixabay image 315x210 Getting to the root cause of various types of hair lossThe Kashmir Monitor encourages readers who are experiencing hair loss to make themselves aware of the various causes. “The key to finding a solution to thinning hair or baldness is determining the root of the problem and seeking treatment accordingly,” the article states.

The article lists 10 different possible reasons that a person might be suffering from hair loss, and treatments when applicable.

Some of the causes were purely physical, such as thyroid disorders and nutrient deficiencies, in which getting your hormones or your diet back in balance will allow your hair to start growing again. The article warns readers against restrictive or fad diets if they want to protect their hair. Certain kinds of infections can cause hair loss, such as skin fungal infections and bacterial infections. Identifying the infection and treating it in this case is the only way to treat the hair loss.

Other diseases cause hair loss that is less simple to treat, often irreversible. Several autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes and lupus, are known to cause hair loss, which is also called alopecia. The term alopecia also refers to patterned baldness which is hereditary. There are some treatments, but no “cure.”

Another possible cause of hair loss is physical trauma. “Anything from surgery to a major accident to a grave illness can cause shock to the hair follicles and cause up to 75 percent of your hair to fall out,” The Kashmir Monitor says. Treatments vary and this kind of hair loss is not always reversible depending on the severity of the shock. Similarly, many women experience post-partum hair loss as their bodies have experienced great changes over the pregnancy and delivery. The article says to only expect this hair loss to last up to three months while the body is recovering.

Some of the causes were emotional. It is possible for stress to lead to hair loss. Identifying the emotional disturbance, such as divorce, death of a loved one or financial difficulties, and managing the stressor, will bring your body back into balance and allow hair to grow back.

Another outside influence that might cause hair loss is hair styling choices. Things to avoid are chemicals such as dyes and relaxers; overuse of heated styling tools, such as blow dryers, curling irons, curlers and straightening irons; and scalp-pulling hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks, weaves, extensions and even too-tight pony tails.

Finally, medication can cause hair loss. Some medications listed include blood thinners, birth control, SSRI, NSAIDs and beta-blockers. Hair loss is also a well known side effect of chemotherapy. The Kashmir Monitor says, “When you stop taking these medications or are no longer undergoing treatment, your hair will grow back,” which is what most people expect. However, that isn’t always the case.

Chemotherapy drug Taxotere, used to treat used to treat breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer, has been linked to irreversible hair loss. Up until recently patients were not warned of this risk when they were considering their options with their oncologist. Even though patients in other countries were warned as early as 2005, the information was not updated on the drug’s safety label in the United States until 2015.

“The company knew, at least as early as the late 1990s, of a study showing that 9.2 percent of people who took the drug lost their hair for more than 10 years after taking it but knowingly withheld that information from the public, providing only the vague warning that ‘hair generally grows back,’” said a plaintiff in one of the more than 800 lawsuits that have been brought against Sonafi SA, the manufacturer of the drug, according to Law360.

The Kashmir Monitor
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