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Top 10 Non-Hereditary Hair Loss Causes

Non-hereditary hair loss causes can include overuse of heated styling tools, certain medications and fungal infections like ringworm.

Non-hereditary hair loss causes can include overuse of heated styling tools, certain medications and fungal infections like ringworm.

An inherited condition called Androgenetic Alopecia is the leading cause of hair loss in both men and women. But there are multiple other causes that have nothing to do with genetics. If your formerly healthy tresses are unexpectedly thinning, one of these common culprits may be to blame.

  1. Medications: Side effects of certain blood thinners, antidepressants, birth control pills and medications that treat arthritis, gout, blood pressure and some heart problems can include hair loss. But prescriptions aren’t the only threat. Too much vitamin A also can cause hair loss.
  2. Thyroid disease: When your body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone, hair loss is a common symptom. Fortunately, it’s highly treatable.
  3. Surgery and general anesthesia: Both of these place your body under significant stress, which can alter the growth and shedding cycles of your hair.
  4. Childbirth: Speaking of trauma, while it’s certainly a worthwhile experience, childbirth also does a number on your body. Heightened estrogen levels help to keep your hair from falling out during pregnancy, making it appear thicker. But a few months after your baby arrives and your body’s estrogen levels drop, all that extra hair begins to shed. Once your estrogen levels balance out, your hair’s shedding levels should return to normal.
  5. Psychological stress: Physical stress isn’t the only hair loss culprit. Enduring a period of psychological stress is thought to spark a change in your body’s routine physiological functions, causing a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time, shedding several months later.
  6. Anemia: This health condition causes a drop in iron levels, which can lead to hair loss. Reasons behind these drops can include poor diet, blood loss or problems with iron absorption.
  7. Diet: Lacking a well-balanced diet can deprive your body of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important for healthy hair. A top concern is protein because too little of it can inhibit your body’s ability to develop new hair follicles. Low-calorie diets that lead to rapid weight loss also can lead to hair loss.
  8. Hair appliances: Overuse of hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons and other high-heat styling tools can damage and break your hair. When styling close to the scalp, this can cause a balding look. The worst damage happens when you use hot tools on wet hair, as it actually boils the water in your hair shaft, making your hair brittle and more prone to breaking or falling out.
  9. Trichotillomania: This impulse control disorder compels victims to impulsively and repeatedly pull out their own hair. Depending upon the duration and intensity of the condition, hair may or may not regrow with treatment.
  10. Fungal Infections: Certain scalp infections like ringworm can cause your scalp to become dry and scaly, causing patchy hair loss. Fortunately, these infections are easily treatable with antifungal medications.

If you’re experiencing unexplained hair loss, schedule a consultation with Metropolitan Dermatology. Our physicians can help determine the cause and tailor a treatment plan to help return your hair’s natural luster.

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