Here are some causes for hair loss and ways to prevent it
If you've noticed a few hairs on your pillowcase or caught in the shower drain, don't despair.
In many cases, hair loss is entirely treatable, says dermatologist Diane Berson, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Possible cause: Anemia
Why loss occurs: Iron deficiency lowers levels of red blood cells, which are crucial to the health of hair follicles.
Hair saver: Iron supplements paired with vitamin C, which aids iron absorption, are cheap and effective.
Possible cause: Certain meds
Why loss occurs: Antidepressants, diuretics, and other Rx pills may cause thinning hair as a side effect.
Hair saver: Adjust your dosage or try an alternative drug, but only after checking with your doctor.
Possible cause: Hypo- or hyperthyroidism
Why loss occurs: Hormone imbalances can raise levels of a chemical called DHT that attacks hair follicles.
Hair saver: Affordable prescription meds can help return your thyroid hormones to healthy levels.
Possible cause: Low-calorie diet
Why loss occurs: An overly ambitious weight loss programme can make your hair fall out and cause fatigue, dehydration, and cramps.
Hair saver: Make sure to get enough protein every day if you're trying to lose weight — it's essential to keeping hair healthy and intact.
Possible cause: Stress
Why loss occurs: Extreme levels cause follicles to go dormant or be attacked by white blood cells; hair loss can result weeks later.
Hair saver: Relaxation (via therapy, yoga, meditation, etc.) works best. And avoid stressing further over your hair loss: It will grow back eventually.
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