What is the Cause of Rapid Hair Loss?

Mon 15 Oct 2007

I am experiencing rapid hair loss  as opposed to gradual hair loss.     If I cam correct,  sudden hair loss is when the hair  starts shedding quickly and is seen in your hair brush, etc.    Gradual hair loss is what happens over a period of time not typically observed by rapid hair shedding.     Can male pattern baldness (MPB) also be experienced as rapid hair loss?   Every time I  rub my head, I have hair on my keyboard with heaps of white flakes.   Please help!

Thank you for your inquiry,

Typically hereditary hair loss  (genetic hair loss) also referred to as male pattern baldness (MPB) or female pattern baldness (FPB) is more gradual rather than rapid.   Of course, there are  varying rates at which hereditary hair loss can occur.   It is still typically seen more as gradual than consistently rapid.

If the hair shed you are experiencing is not creating visual signs of hair loss, it could be a normal shed due to the hair growth cycle.   If the rapid  shedding of hairs is creating visual signs of loss, there could be a number of possibilities.

Medical conditions can certainly cause sudden hair loss and may be correctable as the condition is treated.   Some of these include:

  • Anything that causes hormonal manipulation
  • Medications such as beta-blockers, anticoagulants, retinoids (including excess Vitamin A), propylthiouracil, and immunization agents
  • Dermatitus of the scalp

Sudden or rapid  hair shedding/loss can also be caused by traumatic stress (not normal stress).

Specifically in your case, it appears that you at the least have some minor scalp irritation which might be causing this.   Consulting with a medical doctor about this  is advisable.  

In the meantime, consider trying Nizoral shampoo which contains active ingredient ketoconazole  used as a treatment for dandruff and dermatitus.   It also may have some anti-DHT properties that may help combat hereditary hair loss.  

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