Hair Loss (Part 2)

Medications such as cancer and depression can cause hair loss as a side effect. Chemotherapy drugs, can cause hair loss by damaging hair follicles. Chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells, which not only includes cancer cells but also normal cells like those in the hair follicles. Antidepressants causes a large number of hair follicles enter the resting phase prematurely, leading to increased shedding of hair. 

Stressful situations or emotional stress can also cause hair loss. Stress can trigger hormonal imbalances, such as increased levels of cortisol, which can affect normal activity in the hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Stress can push a large number of hair follicles into the resting phase prematurely, causing them to stop growing and eventually fall out within a few months. 

Autoimmune conditions such as Alopecia areata results in hair loss on the scalp, face, and body.  It can cause patchy bald spots, partial hair loss, or even complete loss of hair on the head and body. 

Vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to hair loss. Low levels of vitamin D can lead to increased hair loss as it affects keratinocyte cells responsible for hair formation. vitamin B7, is crucial for hair and nail strength. Iron deficiency can also contribute to hair loss as it is essential for healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in vitamin E, zinc, and vitamin C can also contribute to hair loss. Vitamin E helps protect hair cells from oxidative stress, zinc is essential for immune function and hair growth, and vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

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