• Alopecia Areata: In this type of hair loss, hair usually falls out, resulting in totally smooth and round patches which may lead to complete loss of scalp and body hair. Even though the cause is unknown, there seems to be an immune element involved, as evidenced by the response to local steroid treatment in some patients.
  • Postpartum: After delivery, many hair enter the resting phase of the cycle so that within 2 to 3 months, some women will notice large amounts of hair falling out. This can last 1 to 6 months but resolves completely in most cases.
  • High Fever, Severe Infection, Major Surgery/Chronic Illness One to 3 months after any of these conditions there will be severe hair falling out.
  • Thyroid Disease Both hyperthyroidism and a hypothyroidism can cause hair loss. While this type of hair loss can rarely be reversed, there are medical options to have a thick head of hair for people with Thyroid Disease.
  • Inadequate Protein Intake Crash diets excluding protein or abnormal eating habits may cause protein malnutrition. The body will help save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. Massive hair shedding can occur 2 to 3 months later. Hair can then be pulled out by the roots fairly easily.
  • Iron deficiency According to some research, hair follicle cells can be particularly sensitive to decreasing levels of iron and may not be able to grow new cells as effectively when iron stores are low.
  • Medications Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause temporary hair shedding in some people.
  • Cancer Treatments These will cause hair cells to stop dividing. Hairs then become thin and break off as they exit the scalp. This may occur 1 to 3 weeks after treatment.
  • Birth Control Pills Women who lose hair while taking birth control pills usually have an inherited tendency toward hair loss. When they stop the contraceptive, hair will begin shedding 2 to 3 months later and continue for 6 months when it usually stops.
  • Fungal Infection It begins with small patches of scaling that can spread and result in broken hair, redness, swelling, and even.
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