Hair is sometimes – together with the skin – called “the mirror of our body”. Hair loss can be the result of a physical or psychological ailment, and conversely, problems with hair or hair growth can lead to serious psychological problems, and even to depression.
There are many possible causes and different types of hair loss (or alopecia). Detecting the exact cause is a first step in the treatment. Every day the average person loses approximately 100 hairs, this has no visible effects as you also grow about 100 hairs per day. If, however, you lose significantly more hair a day, we speak of hair loss. This can also have visible effects, for example the thinning of the hair and after some time bare spots on the head may occur.
Hair loss generally starts on top of the head or around the crown. This can be caused by hormones, stress, fatigue, unhealthy food, smoking or as a side effect of certain medicines. Hair loss in men can be slowed down with the drug finasteride. In several diseases, such as cancer, hair loss is a consequence of the treatment.