This is a 12-Episode series on Hair Loss. Welcome to the first episode of my series on Coping with Hair Loss.
You will learn valuable information in each episode that will help you understand the underlying causes of hair loss, so you can learn how to avoid losing hair, treat symptoms, and prevent further damage!
Today, we’ll look at some of the more common causes of hair loss.

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First, some facts:

  1. According to recent statistics, 35 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. In the United States alone, with over 810,000 receiving professional treatment.

2. The average number of hair follicles on the scalp is 110,000, and it is entirely normal for a person to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day as part of the body’s renewal process.

3. You may be experiencing hair loss if you notice bald patches or excessive thinning.

4. Hair loss, also known as baldness, is technically known as alopecia, defined as a loss of hair from the head or body.
Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder, can cause some types of baldness. Alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, and Alopecia universalis, which accounts for the loss of all hair from the head and the body, are the most severe forms of alopecia areata.

5. Many of us who experience severe hair loss may be suffering from various underlying causes, such as medication, chemotherapy, or exposure to radiation or other harmful chemicals.

6. It can also be caused by a fungal infection, injury-related trauma, or damage from compulsive pulling, not to mention nutritional deficiencies and hormonal factors such as thyroid disease, skin disease, or even stress.

7. Most hair loss is temporary, but in some cases, depending on the severity of the disease, it can be permanent.
Hormonal factors are among the most common causes of hair loss. They are a stimulant that promotes hair growth while also causing hair loss. Both men and women can be affected by hormonal imbalances.

8. Hair thinning in men usually follows a pattern from the front of the scalp to the crown, whereas hair thinning in women usually does not.

9. Another common cause is a deficiency in serum iron. Hair loss can occur if a person does not consume enough iron-rich foods, such as lean protein, seafood, or leafy greens, in his or her diet.

A List of iron-rich foods can be found at The body may not absorb enough iron in some cases.

If you believe this is the case, consult your doctor or a health care professional as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. A routine blood test can detect low iron levels in the body, which can often be corrected by eating an iron-rich diet and taking supplements.

Make a note to look for your next issue as soon as possible.
We will discuss the significance of Biotin and how it aids in the prevention of hair loss

Thank you again for joining,

Author: Dr. N. Rathankar Rao