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What causes hair loss in men

Posted Jun 03 2010 12:00am

In men as well as in women hair loss is a normal part of ageing. Hair loss is the term generally used for unintentional loss of hair on skull.

It may be caused due to:

  • Being male itself is a cause for baldness
  • Family history of baldness
  • Fungal infections like black dot tinea caused by Tinea capitis
  • Over use of chemicals for hair cleaning, processing and relaxation
  • Long term exposure of hair shaft to traction
  • Pattern baldness in males
  • Consistent use of hot comb and hair dryers
  • Deficiency of iron
  • Inherited disorder of hair shaft
  • Genodermatoses
  • Deficiency of iron
  • Compulsive hair pulling like trochotillomania
  • Burns
  • Physical and psychological stress

Hair loss may be due to certain diseases or medical conditions like:

  • Hair loss secondary to syphilis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans
  • Alopecia mucinosa
  • Alopecia areata
  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Dissecting cellulites
  • Tufted foliculitis
  • Lichenplanopilaris
  • Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Tumor of adrenal gland
  • Pseudopelade of Brocq
  • Diabetes
  • Booster tablets for testosterone
  • Drugs used for the treatment of  arthritis, depression, gout, high blood pressure and heart problems
  • Adverse drug effects like chemotherapy for cancer
  • Radiation therapy

According to Ayurveda pitta dosha can cause hail loss. Pitta increases by excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, oily, greasy, acidic, spicy, sour foods and excessive smoking. Pitta is acidity. It also increases due to anemic condition, intake of chemical medications, stress, low blood circulation and general weakness.

Dandruff and lice can also cause hair loss.

Imbalanced diet, low protein and iron deficient diet can cause hair loss.

The hair loss in men may be stress related also. There are two types of stress related hair fall first is Talogen effluvium and the second one is Alopecia areata. In the first type the hair loss is due to psychological stress due to illness, financial problems or work related tensions. The stress may also be due to death in the family, divorce, or change in the environment. In this type the growth of hair stops for 2-3 months and then starts falling. The hairs grow again after 8 to 9 months. In Alopecia areata there is an immune response by the body against the hair follicles and the hair loss is due to the damaged hair follicles.

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