Causes of Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Loss | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss can happen in many ways to both men and women. Spectrum Dermatology offers a variety of treatments, including Nutrafol. One of the most common ways hair loss occurs is through a slow thinning on the top of the head. With men, it often starts at the temples, while women experience a more even thinning all over the head.

Another common type of hair loss is bald spots. Usually, this only happens on the scalp, but it can sometimes be found in beards or eyebrows. Skin in the area might be itchy or red. Sometimes a person can experience sudden, severe hair loss. This is often related to stress or shock. Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and menopause, can also cause sudden hair loss.

On average, a person loses 100 hairs per day. Excessive hair loss may be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to thyroid issues. The most common reason for hair loss is simply genetics. Both male-pattern and female-pattern baldness are hereditary. It arrives with age. There are also a number of medical conditions such as alopecia areata that can cause hair loss. Trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder, can also be a cause for hair loss.

Some medications can cause hair loss. The most common drugs to do this are for cancer treatment, heart issues, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and gout. Radiation to the head as part of a cancer treatment can affect hair loss just like chemotherapy. However, radiation can make hair grow back in a different color or shape than before treatment.

Those most at risk of hair loss have a family history of balding, are advancing in age, have lost a lot of weight and/or are at a low body weight, have certain medical conditions, or are under extreme stress. Fortunately, there is help. Nutrafol is one of the most promising topical treatments for a variety of hair loss causes, and alternative therapies can be highly effective. Learn more and schedule your hair restoration appointment with Spectrum Dermatology today.