ZocdocAnswersIs hair loss only a hereditary problem?

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Is hair loss only a hereditary problem?

If hair loss doesn't run in your family, can you still go bald?

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It is absolutely normal to shed some 50 to 100 hairs each day so new hairs can be replaced. This is the normal cycle of hair growth. When the rate of hair loss exceeds that of hair growth, it is the cause for concern. In addition to heredity, poor nutrition, and the effect of some medications. These medications are blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), birth control pills, antidepressants, medicines used for gout, high blood pressure, or heart problems, and vitamin A if taking too much. There are also several causes of excessive hair loss that relate to some medical conditions. Hormonal problems may cause your hair to fall out, as in the case of hyper or hypothyroidism or when androgens or estrogens are out of balance. Such hair loss is temporary and correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss. Certain infections can cause hair loss (fungal infections of the scalp). Hair loss may occur as part of an underlying autoimmune disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, I would recommend a visit with a primary care doctor to have your condition evaluated to determine the cause so that it can be treated. Good luck.

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