It is normal for men and women to shed 50-100 strands of hair daily as part of the hair renewal process. This type of hair loss is not a problem. Patients should not worry about daily hair loss unless the hair loss becomes excessive and intolerable.
Aside from medical causes such as certain medication, radiation therapy, exposure to chemicals, thyroid disease and chemotherapy, hair loss in men and women is commonly a result of genetics or a sign of hormonal imbalance. Hair loss is most commonly caused by androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic hair loss is caused by three interdependent factors: genes, hormones, and age.
Hair loss in men, referred to as male pattern baldness, is usually an inherited trait (genes). This can come from either parent. Hair loss in men has a specific pattern and can be followed through the Norwood Scale; a scale designed for men to determine which stage of hair loss they are at.
For a women however, a common cause is hormonal imbalance. Hair loss in women is most seen through menopausal stages (horomones), during pregnancy or as women age. Different from a man, hair loss in women often follows no pattern women and is referred to female pattern baldness. Female hair loss is measured using the Ludwig Scale.
All forms of hair loss can be successfully reversed with a hair transplant procedure.
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