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Common Causes of Premature Hair Loss

Generally hair loss is attributed to pattern baldness, which is a hereditary condition that tends to worsen throughout the aging process. However, hair loss can occur in younger individuals due to a variety of causes. This article will explore just a handful of the common conditions that may lead to hair loss at a younger age or more widespread hair loss than might be expected with pattern baldness. Hormonal changes Hormones can affect hair growth, particularly when an imbalance is present due to a thyroid problem, pregnancy, or menopause. If you are experiencing hair loss during pregnancy or following childbirth, or you have a history of thyroid problems, your doctor may order a blood test to measure your hormone levels and check for abnormalities. Medication use Hair loss can be a side effect of certain medications, including those to treat depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer. Additionally, too much vitamin A can be a cause of hair loss. Switching medications or discontinuing the use of dietary supplements may address this type of hair loss, though you should consult your doctor before making any changes to your daily medication. Skin infections An infection of the scalp can damage healthy hair follicles and prevent hair from growing in areas affected by the infection. Treating the underlying infection with an antibiotic or antifungal medication will stop hair loss and usually result in the regrowth of healthy follicles. Severe stress Stress can, in fact, make your hair fall out following a traumatic event or extreme physical changes. Sudden and significant weight loss, a recent death of a loved one, and surgery can all trigger stress-related hair loss, which is often temporary. At Specialists in Dermatology, you can find specialized care to reverse premature hair loss and improve your overall skin health. To schedule an appointment with one of our Tucson clinical dermatologists, give us a call at (520) 382-3330.