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There are many conditions that can cause hair loss such as medications, thyroid disease, chemotherapy and generalized or local skin disease. The following are primary causes of hair loss:
Androgenic Alopecia: Is progressive patterned thinning of the scalp hair seen in all populations and is normally more obvious in men than woman. This is inherited from the mother or father. Hair changes from long, thick-pigmented terminal hair to fine, pale, vellus hair. Men’s is generally concentrated in the front through the crown, whereas the women’s tends to thin throughout their head. This type of hair loss is due to the genetic sensitivity of the hair follicle to the presence of the more potent form of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
Since DHT is normally produced in the body, systemic reduction of its production may cause side effects. Unfortunately, no genetic treatments are available at this time to permanently make the hair follicles resistant to DHT.
Alopecia Areata: This type is caused by the immune system reacting to hair follicles causing hairs to shed. It’s usually limited to a coin sized area leaving a patch of smooth skin without and hairs. Treatments may be the same as for Alopecia Totalis.
Alopecia Totalis: This is more severe then Alopecia Areata, all of the hair on the scalp is lost. Available treatments include topical application or injection of anti-inflammatory medications such as Cortisone, Minoxidil, Anthralin and the new topical anti-inflammatory medication protopic, and also Laser Light Therapy.
Thyroid Disease: Both an overactive thyroid and an underactive thyroid may cause hair loss. It’s usually associated with fatigue and dry skin; your physician can diagnose thyroid disease with laboratory tests. Hair Loss associated with the disease may be reversed with medications to control the thyroid disease. However the medications can cause hair loss too.