It is normal to shed some hair each day. It’s just part of your hair’s normal growth cycle. However, when scalp shedding exceeds normal levels, it’s wise to visit your dermatologist. Hair loss may indicate an underlying health problem.
There are many causes for excessive hair loss. For example, about three or four months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair due to the stress of the illness. This is temporary.
Hormonal problems also can cause hair loss. An underactive or overactive thyroid gland (easily treatable with thyroid supplements) or an imbalance of androgens and estrogens (also treatable) are common causes of hair loss.
Some medications can cause hair loss. Excessive amounts of Vitamin A may cause hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by a fungal infection of the scalp, easily treated with antifungal medicines.
Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease such as diabetes or an autoimmune condition like lupus or alopecia areata.
Most hair loss, however, is caused by male or female-pattern baldness which is hereditary. Medications may help, including Rogaine, applied to the scalp, which is available without a prescription and both men and women can use it. Another medicine, Propecia, is available by prescription and is only for men.
Another solution is to invest in a wear-at-home low-level laser therapy device. The Capillus Laser Cap does produce results for those in the early hair loss stages. Lastly, newer minimally invasive hair transplant techniques are more natural looking than ever and offer permanent resuls.
For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Jochen, board certified dermatologist and founder of Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, at (760) 423-4000 or visit www.contourderm.com. Dr. Jochen is an expert in hair restoration surgery. He also is an Associate Professor at USC. He was voted a Top Doctor by his peers in 2017 and voted a Best of the Valley Best Surgeon and Best Physician in 2018 by Desert Sun readers.
Last modified: April 12, 2018