Ten factors that could be causing your hair loss!!

After suffering hair loss frequently for the Past few months I went into researching to try and find out what could be causing my hair loss. I went to my local gp had multiple blood tests and tried to figure this out it wasn’t becoming a problem it was more worrying incase there was an underlying problem with me having cancer before. My blood works came back normal and it was put down to stress so I tried to cut the stress out of my life and started a new vitamin regime daily and it has thankfully now not quite stopped but it definitely is not as bad as it used to be. Here are some other factors that could be causing your hair loss.

Genetics

Thinning hair is pretty common we all go through it at some stage in our lives. One in four women will experience it, often starting in her 20s I know I did andi was freaked out big time thinking I was loosing my hair. More than 90% of those who find their hair has begun to thin have to look no further than their own parents. Of the two types of hair thinning—hereditary and non-hereditary—nearly all cases are due to DNA and not environmental factors. I personally have thinning hair but a lot of it and I get that from my mother side of the family. Also I dont have greay hairs coming through they are pure white which is al from my mother and grandmother.

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Hormone and contraceptive medication

That said, there are other reasons why some women experience hair loss, either permanent or temporary, that have nothing to do with their genes. Many women who take contraceptive medication experience thicker hair, but just as many find an increase in the amount of hair in the shower drain which is terrifying. A change in hormones can cause hair thinning and these pills are often the ones to blame but not the ones people would think of is causing it.

Antidepressants 

Most antidepressants these days will usually list hair loss as a possible side effect of taking the medication. Although this is normally quite rare, it’s sometimes rather difficult to tell whether it is the antidepressant or the reason you’re taking the antidepressant (stress, depression, illness—all of which can cause hair loss) that brought about noticeably thinning hair. The only way to truly tell is to stop taking the antidepressant or switch to a different one. Either way, only make this decision once you have consulted your gp they may be able to test if it is the medication or not.

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Eczema psoriasis and other skin conditions 

Some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can sometimes cause hair loss, either by creating conditions for excessive itching or for compromising the follicle from which hair grows.Treatment for these skin conditions such as salicylic acid, can also cause thinning hair or excessive breakage if you are having this problem speak to your gp and see if there is another treatment you could try.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

This is an endocrine disorder where women produce an excess of male hormones, can cause weight gain, facial hair and fatigue, in addition to male pattern hair loss. There are some treatments to reverse or lower the rate of hair loss, though it’s more important to understand whether you have PCOS in the first place. If you think you may be suffering from this syndrome you must see you’re gp asap to get treatment put in place.

Menopause

Like PCOS, menopause causes the production of male hormones to increase for women. This increase can have the effect of increasing the amount and thickness of facial hair, while decreasing both for the hair on a woman’s head. But it’s not always hormones that cause thinning hair in menopausal women; sometimes it’s a lack of nutrients, lack of sleep or stress getting this confirmed by your gp is the best optio

Pregnancy

Some women experience elastics-busting hair thickening during their pregnancy, while others keep watching it all go down the drain. Either way, the hormones of pregnancy often show up on our scalps. Hair thinning during pregnancy is common, as is hair thinning up to six months after the baby is born (or after you stop breastfeeding). It’s all thanks to hormones. Talk to your gp if you suspect it’s really too much loss they may be able to help in some way.

Stress

Stress is a huge factor of hair loss, Lots of stress pushes hair follicles into a resting phase, which slows growth and shrinks the size of the hair follicle, causing hair strands to be thinner. Severe stress can actually cause the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles, sacrificing healthy strands. Finding ways to reduce or eliminate stress are some ways to reverse the damage. And sometimes hair loss can show up months after a sudden, traumatic event.

Thyroid issues

Out-of-the-blue hair loss can be the first sign of a thyroid problem. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can result in thinning hair. Blood tests for hormone levels can help a doctor rule out thyroid issues—or signal that more tests or treatment are necessary.

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Too much vitamin A

Vitamin A is crucial for hair and a healthy body. But too much can send the wrong signal to follicles, convincing them to shut down hair reproduction too soon, which causes thinning. Vitamin A hides out in fat, so you can build up stores of it over time, which means you might not even suspect excessive amounts when you start experiencing hair loss. Irritability, dry skin, blurred vision and sickness are also signs of vitamin A excess, and are signs you definitely should talk to your gp.

 

Kimberly xo

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