Types of Hair Loss – And How They Affect Men

It is an unfortunate reality for both men and women to experience hair loss throughout their lives. There are many different causes of baldness in men and women, but the one thing that remains consistent in both genders is the dramatic increase in male hormone (DHT) through excessive DHT production. Hormone replacement therapy has been effective for treating hair loss in men for more than forty years; however, only recently have researchers begun to focus on the potential negative side effects of such treatments. The following article will seek to shed light on the subject of excessive hair loss treatment for men and explore the potential negative side effects of this treatment.

 

Hereditary

The major cause of female hair loss is hereditary and can be passed down from mother to daughter. In men, excessive hair loss can result from various underlying health conditions including endocrine problems, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperthyroidism. In women, the most common cause is female hair loss, which is characterized by patchy alopecia. Female hair loss can also be caused by hormonal fluctuations, such as during menopause or menstrual cycles. High-stress levels, smoking, and high caloric intake can all lead to patchy alopecia. In addition, emotional stress can lead to emotional problems that ultimately lead to poor immune function and ultimately cause hair loss as well.

 

Trichorrhexis nodosa

In men, the most common type of alopecia is known as “trichorrhexis nodosa,” which occurs when the hair follicles develop “pocked” or swollen blood vessels. Trichorrhexis nodosa usually begins as a small bald spot on the scalp; however, it may eventually form larger patches that eventually become covered with white scales. If left untreated, this condition can turn into complete baldness, which will require extensive surgical treatment.

 

Anagen effluvium

The most common type of hair loss in men is referred to as “anagen effluvium.” This occurs when the normal growth cycle of the hair shaft stops. Anagen effluvium is most often caused by stress or a medical condition. In many cases, the balding may only occur on a single side of the head. “Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the primary culprit in male hair loss,” according to the American Hair Growth Association. “It inhibits the enzyme that allows testosterone to bind with amino acids in the hair shaft, thus preventing it from functioning properly and causing hair loss.”

 

Androgenetic alopecia

Perhaps the most common form of hair loss in men is referred to as “androgenetic alopecia.” “Androgenetic alopecia” is also known as male pattern baldness. “Androgenetic alopecia” is a reversible condition where there is no apparent cause for the hair loss. It can affect men of any age and race. “Androgenetic alopecia” is believed to be linked to high levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Minoxidil, an ingredient contained in some topical male enhancement pills, is thought to help prevent androgenetic alopecia by inhibiting DHT.

 

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania, otherwise known as “the shaking disorder,” is typically present in adults. The most common behavioral symptom of trichotillomania is the irresistible urge to pull out one’s hair. When pulled, this behavior can lead to severe hair loss, which typically begins in the forehead and moves downward to the back of the head and then back again. This condition is considered more common in women than men. About half of those who suffer from trichotillomania experience hair loss but do not seek treatment.

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