Tuesday, May 3, 2011
5 Reasons you are losing your hair
Everyone loses hair. It happens during your morning shower, while you're blowing it dry, or when you give it a quick brush—and that's normal. ""On average, we lose fifty to a hundred hairs a day,"" says Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City dermatologist who specializes in hair loss.
""That's just hair going through its cycles, and there will be a new one to replace it."" But hair loss may be a sign of a more serious medical condition that needs an evaluation by a dermatologist and possible treatment. Here are five causes of hair loss and how to deal with them.
1. Telogen effluvium
Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing.
It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the ""resting"" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.
- What are the symptoms?
Women with telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss 6 weeks to 3 months after a stressful event. At its peak, you may lose handfuls of hair.