Balding Hair

Written by Norene Anderson
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Balding hair can be a result of any number of factors. Genetics is thought by some to be a major contributor to the loss of hair. As more is learned about genetics, it is questionable about how the hairless gene is passed down from one generation to the next. Aging is another factor that is attributed to hair loss or thinning hair.

Many skin conditions and diseases are associated with balding hair. One of the conditions is known as alopecia areata. There are two types of alopecia. One is universalis, where all hair on the body may be lost. Alopecia totalis is the loss of all body hair and the facial hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

Reasons for Balding Hair

Some medications can cause balding hair. When this is the case, the hair will usually grow back once the effects of the medication are out of the system. An example of this is a patient undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Some of the drugs are inevitably going to cause a loss of hair. This is known as toxic baldness and is seen in men and women. Other medications that can have the same effect are steroids, ulcer drugs, antidepressants, and Parkinson's medications.

You should consult with your healthcare provider if you experience a sudden loss of hair. This could be a result of medication, stress, or some other physical problem. It is best to lay vanity aside and get to the reason for the hair loss, particularly if the balding pattern is not symmetrical. If balding occurs slowly and symmetrically, you are experiencing the normal balding pattern.


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