Medically Related Hair Loss

March 2017

Medically Related Hair Loss

Hair loss is an emotional topic for many to discuss, but what causes hair loss exactly? For those that are experiencing hair loss, you don’t have to feel alone. Research shows that in the year of 2016, there were roughly 35 million men between the ages of 35 and 85 that were experiencing thinning hair. Moreover, there were approximately 21 million women by the age of 60 that had experienced hair loss.

Although there are several reason why we lose our hair, here are some medically proven reasons that you may or may not have considered about your thinning hair:

  • Alopecia Areata
  • Alopecia Totalis
  • Alopecia Universalis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Treatments
  • Drugs and Surgery
  • Health and Stress
  • Chemical Damage
  • Accident Injury
  • Burns and Scars
  • Disaster trauma


Many people have nervous habits, but people who pull out their hair compulsively can suffer overwhelming emotional and even physical impact. This type of pulling is a deep secret for most people who do it, but it is not especially rare. Psychiatrists estimate that 4 million Americans have what is called trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-main-ee-a).


Lupus causes the immune system to become overactive and create antibodies that attack healthy tissues, including hair follicles.

Thyroid Conditions

Hair loss from thyroid disease is usually reversible with proper treatment, however it typically does not stop immediately when the blood work becomes normal. For most people it takes several months for it to start growing in and for others it can take longer.

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