Due to, well… recent events, there has been talk surrounding a condition called “alopecia.” Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out of your head, often in clumps. The condition affects approximately 2.5 million people in the United States alone, an extremely stressful reality for so many. And while there are many types of alopecia, there are also a plethora of other conditions that can cause hair loss. Discover the most common conditions that cause hair loss below!
Alopecia comes in many forms, with alopecia areata being the most common. There is also alopecia areata totalis, meaning you’ve lost all the hair on your head, and alopecia areata universalis, meaning you’ve lost the hair on your entire body. Beyond that, there is also a form that causes a sudden thinning rather than a loss in patches, and a form that causes hair loss in a band-like shape around the sides and back of your head. Regardless of the form you or someone you know may have, hair loss, in general, can be an emotional journey.
Another common cause of hair loss stems from problems with the thyroid gland. Underactive and overactive thyroids create a hormone imbalance which can cause hair to thin and fall out. This is because hormones help regulate nearly every function of the body, including how our hair grows. Thankfully, thyroid imbalances are treatable, and hair loss caused by the condition can often be reversed.
Lupus is another autoimmune disease that can cause hair loss, and unfortunately, is in it’s top five recognizable symptoms. At its most basic level, lupus is an inflammatory condition that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. Due to the widespread inflammation, it can cause the hair on your scalp to gradually thin out, as well as a potential loss of body hair.
Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss
Like thyroid imbalances, post-pregnancy hair loss is caused by a fluctuation in hormones. Those who have been pregnant know that the overproduction of hormones in the body often causes our hair and nails to grow like crazy, and it can take time for those hormones to return to pre-pregnancy levels. Along with that fluctuation, a loss or thinning of the hair on the scalp can occur. The good news is that it is more likely than not that your hair will grow back and return to a normal state.
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