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What are some of the causes that contribute to the falling out of hair in females?
Women experience the falling out of hair for a multitude of reasons, from stress to hormonal changes. The root cause is often difficult to determine in females but some of the common factors include: • Alopecia: Alopecia is neither contagious nor nerve-related. It occurs due to poor hair care, genetics, or anything that prompts the immune system to attack the hair follicles. • Health Conditions: There are certain medical problems that directly contribute to the problem of hair loss, either through the disruption of hormones, autoimmune disorders, or scarring due to skin conditions. Conditions causing hair loss include Addison’s disease, hyperthyroidism, systemic lupus erythematosus, ringworm, hypopituitarism, Hodgkin’s disease, scleroderma, trichorrhexis invaginata, Lichen planus, celiac disease, Hashimoto disease, and hypothyroidisim. • Menopause and Hormone Imbalance: Women suffer from hair loss at the time of menopause owing to limited production of progesterone and estrogen. These alterations cause symptoms like dry skin, vaginal dryness, night sweats, menstrual cycle irregularities, and weight gain. A few women report hair thinning and hair fall once they stop taking hormonal birth control pills due to depleting estrogen levels that temporarily disrupt the hair lifecycle. • Stress: Physical or mental stress, like a major surgery, illness, or death, can cause the hair production process to shut down. However, there is normally a three-month gap between when the traumatic event occurs and when hair loss happens, so the trigger is not always evident. • Temporary, Sudden Changes: Commonly known as telogen effluvium, this is temporary hair loss that happens when the number of follicles growing hair change or fall into a resting state. Possible triggers include chronic illness, emotional stress, high fever, and serious infection. So, the next time you're taking a shower and wondering, "Why is my hair falling out in clumps?" knowing the reasons behind it can help you seek the correct treatment.
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