Many people forget that hair is made up of living cells. Just like other living cells in the body, your health will also affect the health of your hair. There are some medical conditions, including vitamin deficiency, pregnancy, and other changes in the human body, that will have an impact on your hair. These conditions may well result in hair loss or other symptoms, such as a flakey scalp or dandruff. This article briefly discusses four of these.
Pregnancy, hair health and post-partum hair loss
Pregnancy is one of the mysteries of life. The hormonal imbalances resulting from the developing fetus have an impact on a woman’s hair. Hair volume increases due to a decrease in the number of hairs naturally entering the resting phase. The result is a full head of voluminous hair. Once the baby is delivered and hormones balance out, hair growth cycles resume which may result in more hair falling out. This is known as post-partum hair loss.
Dandruff and flakey scalp
Dandruff is flakes of white, dead skin which appear when the scalp is dry. Most instances of dandruff will clear up after the use of an anti-dandruff shampoo. Sensitivity to new hair care products may also lead to dandruff. Medically, dandruff may be a form of dermatitis affecting the scalp. Irritated oily skin may also cause the white flakes symptomatic with dandruff. In more serious cases, dandruff may be due to an autoimmune response which could lead to hair loss. If you suffer prolonged episodes of dandruff, which does not respond to conventional treatment, it may be time to consult a hair specialist.
Vitamin C deficiency and hair health
A common condition known as corkscrew hair is caused by a lack of vitamin C in your diet. Lack of vitamin C causes bleeding around the hair follicles, causing hair to grow in a corkscrew pattern. Scurvy is also a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Although very uncommon, symptoms include swollen and bleeding gums, skin discoloration, and weak teeth. If you think you may be suffering from vitamin C deficiency, consult your doctor.
Hereditary hair loss
Genes are the leading cause of hair loss in both men and women. In men, male pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss, while in women; the hereditary type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia. There are no known cures for genetics-related hair loss but treatments are available to slow down the process or to promote or restore hair growth.
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