There are many causes of hair loss. In the case of most men with hair loss the condition is hereditary. The medical term for male pattern baldness is Androgenetic Alopecia. This type of hair loss is caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
There are many myths about the causes of hair loss and going bald. It is most definitely NOT caused by poor circulation, clogged hair follicles, mites, shampooing too often, or wearing hats and helmets. Going bald is not usually caused by stress alone, the genes and hormones that cause male pattern baldness would also need to be present.
Women and hair loss
The causes of hereditary female pattern hair loss are still being researched. Researchers believe that the causes of hereditary hair loss in females may be different from those in males.
Some of the less common causes of hair loss in women are temporary and treatable. These include thyroid disease, iron deficiency, high fever, surgery, “crash diets”, childbirth and certain medications. Find out more about hair loss in women.
Our resident consultant dermatologist can advise patients suffering from dermatological conditions such as Alopecia Areata, telogen effluvium and scarring alopecias read more.