Hair Loss – Learn Surprising Reasons Why

© 2014 Dr. Sharon Norling

The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 3 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 3 to 4 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

It is normal to shed around 100 hairs each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children and can be a sign of a more serious medical condition that needs an evaluation and possible treatment.

Some of the most wellknown reasons for hair loss are:

Hereditary hair loss
Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism is the medical term for having an underactive thyroid gland. This little gland located in your neck produces hormones that are critical to metabolism as well as growth and development and, when it’s not pumping out enough hormones, can contribute to hair loss.) Ask Dr. Norling to check your levels 818-707-9355
Lupus
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (As many as five million women in the United States suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. The condition, which can begin as early as age 11, is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries produce too many male hormones.)
Skin conditions of the scalp (An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.)
Alopecia areata (Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles.)

However, there are other reasons you might experience hair loss and not be aware of why you are losing your locks. Here are a few reasons that might surprise you: Continue Reading…

Call Dr. Norling to find out reasons for your hair loss: 818-707-9355