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June 16, 2017 | Dermatology
In most cases, the average person sheds about 50 to 100 hairs per day. This is normal, and the hair is replaced by new hair that’s continuously growing in. When this cycle is disrupted, though, or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue, this represents a condition called hair loss.
Hair loss can affect the scalp or other areas of the body. Anyone can get hair loss, and in most cases, there are simple treatments to help reduce it. Here are the most common causes of hair loss and some tips to prevent it.
Although specific causes of hair loss are not known, they’re generally related to one of four broad factors:
Hair loss might also be caused by radiation therapy on the head, certain hairstyles and treatments, or a trigger event—a physical or emotional shock that can lead to a temporary thinning of hair for some people. Risk factors for hair loss generally include age, family history, nutrition, stress and medical conditions like diabetes or lupus.
There are a few basic steps you can take to help avoid the onset of hair loss:
If you’re experiencing hair loss at a greater rate than normal, your doctor will advise you on treatments and prevention methods to fit your symptoms.
“Hair loss.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/definition/con-20027666
“Hair Loss Health Center.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.