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Why Does My Hair Fall Out In The Shower
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more
Resting phase: Approximately 10% of hair follicles are in the 'resting phase' during which time the fall out to make room for new growth. Up to 100 hairs lost per day can be considered as normal. Infection, stress, nutritional deficiencies, certain diseases and hormone fluctuations can cause excessive hair loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight loss/hair los: Similarly, vaccinations, crash dieting, physical trauma such as being in a car crash, and having surgery can sometimes be a shock to the system and a proportion of scalp hair follicles go into hibernation. As the environmental insult passes and the body recovers, the telogen effluvium subsides and there is new hair growth. This type of hair loss can happen two months after weight loss. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants, ...). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more
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