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Hair Loss At A Glance — an article on the Smart Living Network
February 20, 2008 at 4:10 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Hair Loss At A Glance

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Hair loss has been a serious issue for centuries. The medical word for hair loss is alopecia, and can be traced back to the Greek word for mange in foxes. Hair loss can be caused by genetic conditions, drugs and by diseases.

What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, or alopecia, is a condition affecting millions of men, women and children. Alopecia is the loss of hair where there formerly was hair, while hypotrichosis is a condition where no hair grows. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and can occur in men and women. Although hair loss has been a serious concern for so many people, there is little research in the way of treatment and prevention.

Causes of Hair Loss

There are many causes of hair loss including genetics, disease, stress, medication, injury, aging and hair care. The most common is the genetic condition androgenetic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness. Women can have this too, called female pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss include:
  • Ringworm of the scalp common in children
  • Stress can cause hair to fall out
  • Hair Care - from hair dye or excessive heat
  • Age - as we age, hair weakens and breaks
  • Nutrition - Poor nutrition can weaken the hair
  • Medication - certain drugs or treatments
  • Trichotillomania - a compulsion where people pull out the hair

Treatments for Hair Loss

Although hair loss is such a serious problem for those who suffer, there is little in the way of prevention and treatment. While there are drugs available to slow hair loss, and encourage hair growth of the remaining hair, there's still no cure and these drugs can have some serious side affects. While hair loss and balding is a serious issue for so many people, it may be time to consider why it's such a problem. There is so much pressure today on appearance that we need to remember hair loss is a natural occurrence in many people. Some can be so desperate for a cure they're willing to try anything. If you are experiencing hair loss, be sure to explore all your options thoroughly. Many hair loss treatment methods can contain harsh side affects. Natural methods remain to be a safe solution without the harsh side affects. Consider the reasons you are seeking treatment and if treatment is necessary for you. Sources: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/default.htm

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