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What increases my risk for hair loss?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Your risk for permanent hair loss is increased if someone else in your family loses their hair. If you take chemotherapy or some other kinds of drugs, you might be at increased risk for temporarily losing your hair. Women who have recently given birth often experience hair loss. People with thyroid problems, skin infections, or stress can also lose their hair.

Acute stress or anxiety can increase your risk for hair loss, as can the physical stress of having a major illness. Also, fluctuating hormone levels, such as changing estrogen/progesterone in women and testosterone in men, as well as hypothyroidism, can cause hair loss.

Certain medications may have a side effect of hair loss. These include some blood thinners, antidepressants, gout medications, oral contraceptives and blood pressure medications. Fungal infections of the scalp can also be a cause of hair loss. 

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