If you’re losing your hair or are concerned that you might in the future, you should be aware of the key factors that are known to contribute to the problem.
By knowing what’s causing your hair loss, you can seek the right treatments that will be most effective in reversing it. While not every case can be reversed, you’ll be happy to know that there are other options to give you a full head of hair again. Here are just four major causes of hair loss in men that may be affecting you.
Changes in hormone levels within the body often make women especially prone to hair loss, but they also affect men.
Andropause, which is sometimes referred to as male menopause, can result in diminishing testosterone and other hormone levels. This can cause hair to fall out from the scalp and additional areas of the head.
Stressful events can take a toll on hair and quickly thin your hairline. Stress is known to inhibit new hair growth and sometimes causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. Some extreme stressful situations may also lead you to pull hair out from your head and leave bald spots in the wake. Yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises often work to relieve stress by putting the body and mind into a calmer state.
If you suffer from chronic stress regardless of the presence of major stressors, you may have an underlying general anxiety disorder or panic disorder. These need to be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist. Once you are treated and able to maintain low levels of stress, you should see great improvement in the health of your hair.
Medications and Hair Treatments
Some medications and hair treatments are known to have side effects that damage hair follicles and result in hair loss. Certain antibiotics, cholesterol medicines and antidepressants might cause hair loss in some people. Hair treatments that have been applied incorrectly or contain ingredients that don’t react well with your body can also be among the culprits of your hair loss.
If your hair loss coincides with a recent change in medications or in your hair treatment routine, speak to your psychiatrist or hair specialist about how to isolate and reverse the problem. Be aware, as well, that if you get the generic brand of your medication, the pharmacist may have changed manufacturers without you knowing.
While the active ingredients are the same, the binders and fillers in generic brands vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and may be the cause of your problem.
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