Causes of Sudden Hair Loss


Sudden hair loss is distressing and is caused by a variety of conditions and problems.

Hair Growth Patterns

  • The average person has about 100,000 hairs on his head. It is normal to shed 50 or more hairs a day. Hair grows in cycles. A strand of hair can usually live three years before it falls out. Once a hair falls out, the hair follicle begins to grow a new hair. If you start losing hair faster than usual and the follicle does not produce another hair to replace it, you will end up with bald spots.

Alopecia Areata

  • The autoimmune disease Alopecia Areata results in hair loss. You will lose the hair all over your body.

Telogen Effluvium

  • Hair loss due to Telogen Effluvium is caused by emotional or physical shock or stress. The hair follicle pushes the hair out of the head early, but usually a new hair will grow back within a month or two.

Traction Alopecia

  • Traction Alopecia is when a hairstyle pulls your hair too tightly and causes the hair to fall out in that area.

Male Pattern Baldness

  • Male pattern baldness is a common occurrence in men. It is a hereditary condition.

Other Reasons For Baldness

  • Other reasons for sudden hair loss are: poor nutrition, certain medications, diabetes, lupus, chemotherapy, radiation, childbirth, menopause, hormonal changes, street drugs, thyroid disorders and mental illness.

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