Can Environmental factors lead to hairloss?
Hair loss is a problem that affects virtually everyone. According to the Indian Hair Loss Association, about 85% of men and 50% of women will experience some degree of hair loss by the time they reach the age of fifty. Moreover, the condition does not only affect older patients, and many will start to see the first signs of hair loss before they reach the age of twenty-one. Here, we know that one of the reasons that hair loss is so widespread is the fact that it can be caused by so many different factors. The majority of hair loss in both men and women is inherited, resulting from a condition called genetic pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Beyond that, a significant portion is caused by long-term hormonal or auto-immune conditions. However, many people do not realize that one’s environment can play a role as well. Here are just a few of the many environmental factors that can potentially lead to hair loss
SUNSHINE AND SWIMMING POOLS
Virtually everyone likes to spend time by the pool in the summer, and most people know that protecting your skin with a strong sun screen is important. However, fewer are aware that they need to protect their hair as well. The chlorine that is routinely used to disinfect swimming pools and the ultraviolet radiation that is present in sunlight can both cause significant damage to the hair shaft. This damage makes the hair dry and brittle, encourages split ends, and makes any existing hair loss more noticeable.
AIR POLLUTION AND CIGARETTE SMOKE
Research carried out at the University of London’s School of Medicine in 2008 concluded that toxins and carcinogens in polluted air can interfere with the protein producing processes within the body which stimulate hair growth. By the same token, numerous more recent studies have found that those who were regular cigarette smokers suffered from significantly greater hair loss than those who were not.
PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA
Hair follicles do not continuously produce hair, but instead go through carefully timed cycles of growth and shedding. Any significant physical trauma, such as an accidental injury, major surgery, or even crash dieting that starves the body of necessary protein, can disrupt that cycle and cause the follicles to shed hair all at once, a condition called telogen effluvium hair loss. In some cases, sudden emotional trauma or long term stress can produce changes in eating and sleeping patterns that result in similar symptoms.
FUNGAL INFECTION (TINEA CAPITIS)
Commonly known as ringworm of the scalp, tinea capitis is a highly contagious fungal infection that causes hair loss in circular patches on the scalp. Unlike alopecia areata, an unrelated condition that can cause similar circular bald patches, tinea capitis is most commonly contracted by touching the skin of an infected person or by using combs, bedding, or other objects that have been used by an infected person. It can affect people of any age, but is particularly common among children and is actually one of the most common causes of hair loss in children worldwide.
Fortunately, many of these environmental factors result in hair loss that can be easily treated through our non-surgical hair replacement techniques. If you are concerned that you might be experiencing increased hair loss, you can come in to Infiniti hair Club for a complete diagnosis.
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