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Hair Fall - Is Heredity A Cause Of It?

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Sanchika Gupta 92% (12 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Faridabad  •  6 years experience
Hair Fall - Is Heredity A Cause Of It?

About 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from excessive hair fall in India. It is common to shed around 50-100 hair in a day, but when this drastically changes to 150+ a day, you need to take action as quickly as possible. Excessive hair fall can be the result of certain illnesses, hormonal changes, over-use of hair products that contain chemicals or a poor diet. What you may not have considered is that you can also lose a lot of hair by combing it the wrong way.

Here are the 5 major causes of hair fall: 

  1. Hormonal Causes - Thyroid problems can cause extensive hair fall. Pregnancy can be another reason for hair loss as your normal hormonal cycles are affected in a big way.
  2. Medical conditions - Alopecia areata is a disease which causes patchy hair loss. The immune system attacks hairs, causing sudden hair loss leaving small bald patches on the scalp. Numerous scalp infections like cellulitis and ringworms cause hair loss, however, this is temporary and hair grows back after the disease is cured.
  3. Hereditary causes - Hair loss may be in your genes. Male/female pattern baldness is the main cause of hair fall in most individuals. Early hair thinning, brittle hair and shortening of hair in a pattern (forehead getting bigger, bald patches developing) are indicators of developing baldness.
  4. Medical treatment - Hair loss is caused due to many triggers, certain medications including chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS treatment, radiation therapy etc are well-known causes of hair fall.
  5. Telogen Effluvium​ - It is a temporary shedding of excess hair due to unusual stress, shock or traumatic incidence. All type of psychological stressful event can trigger it at any age.
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