It is said that about ninety percent of women who have been troubled with hair loss fall victims to this symptom because of heredity. If this symptom happens to individuals at an early age, it is possible that it develops into female pattern baldness. Fortunately, there are still lots of women suffer from hair loss which is not of that serious nature. Generally speaking, hair loss happening to most women tends to be restorable.
Many factors can be blamed for non-hereditary hair loss which comes to with a sudden and is of restorability. Suppose that one undergoes this problem, in order to make it clear what causes her hair thinning, she is suggested to see a hair restoration physician. Besides, a hair analysis test which is designed to ascertain nutritional deficiencies or rule out certain causes may be necessary for young women having sudden hair loss. In the following content, I will discuss basically on the causes for sudden hair loss (also non-hereditary hair loss).
Telogen Effluvium Caused by Drugs
When it comes to drugs which lead to a condition called telogen effluvium, there is plenty to be counted. Telogen effluvium means the case that most hair in active growth phase is turned into a resting, non-growth stage. In case of staying in a non-growth stage for a few months, it is very likely that the hair sees shedding in large numbers. Compared with genetic female hair loss, telogen effluvium is characterized by generalized hair thinning which does not follow any particular pattern. If one suffers from telogen effluvium, she will find less hair on top of the scalp than other parts. A small bulb of keratin on the roots are recognized as the mark of telogen hair.
In general, due to its characteristics, telogen effluvium is regarded as temporary hair loss and it can be restored by recovering its follicles.
Basically, the following drugs are known as the causes of sudden hair loss. To regain normal density for the hair, perhaps many months need taking.
- Oral contraceptives
- Anti thyroid medication
- Blood pressure medication (such as beta-blockers or water pills)
- Blood thinning medication such as coumarin, heparin and propanolol
- Excessive vitamin A
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Anti-ulcer drugs
- Anti-convulsant drugs
- Anti-thyroid drugs
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Arthritis drugs
- Tricyclic anti-depressant drugs
Anagen Effluvium Caused by Drugs
Another condition that can be caused by certain drugs is named anagen effluvium. Just as we can see in daily life, people who are undergoing cancer therapy suffer from extensive hair loss as well. Most of the time, the reason for this situation is that cancer sufferers need to take some cytotoxic drugs which have the side effect of hair loss. In the process of preventing cancer cells from proliferating, cells which take control of hair growth are also under the influence of these drugs, resulting in rapid and extensive hair loss. This kind of hair loss tends to be reversible, which means that stopping medication is an effective way to reduce hair loss.
Apart from hair loss caused by the taking of certain drugs, sudden hair loss can be also induced by a large number of other factors. Here is the list of these factors.
Quick weight loss – Due to the lack of nutrients, part of hair follicles stop growing.
Imbalanced diet – Hair tends to shed because of being lacking in certain vitamins or minerals, especially iron.
Pregnancy/Childbirth – It is common that women who are in pregnancy and childbirth are troubled with hair loss. In the mentioned processes, abnormal hormone levels may happen to those pregnant women since plenty of nutrients has been consumed.
Ultraviolet radiation – Hair growth activity may be slowed down because of the damage caused by low dose UV radiation to some sensitive hair follicle.
Fever induced alopecia – High body temperature may do harm to hair follicle cells.
Acute blood loss – Acute blood loss will starve the hair follicles of nutrients, bringing about reduced activity.
Physical or emotional stress– Individuals may bear lots of physical and emotional stress brought by surgery or other things, and those stress can lead to telogen effluvium.
Severe illness – Normal physiologic functioning may be influenced by severe or chronic illness, which can have an impact on hair follicles.
Excessive washing, drying and perming – Giving too much chemical treatment to hair can cause breakage, shedding, split ends and other hair problems. All of them may lead to hair loss.
Most of the cases, hair loss is temporary. By means of good hair care along with useful remedies, the factors causing hair loss can be removed and then hair growth will come back.