It is normal for individuals to shed hair each day. There is a cycle of normal hair loss and regrowth that should not cause worry. However, heredity, medical conditions, side-effects of medication, and hormonal changes can disturb the hair-growth cycle and cause visible thinning and hair loss. Sometimes a combination of factors contributes to male hair loss. At Men’s Health Atlanta, Zack Charkawi, M.D. understands hair loss and is ready to provide treatment.
Genetics account for most of men’s hair loss
Genetics account for most cases of baldness in men. Male pattern baldness accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men:
- 2/3 of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss by age 35.
- Approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair by the age of 50.
- About 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the process before age 21.
Heredity is also responsible for the pattern and range of hair loss.
A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss:
- Hormonal changes
- Thyroid disease
- Alopecia areata
- Scalp infections
- Hair-pulling disorder
- Other skin disorders
If a consultation reveals that a medical condition could be the cause of hair loss, the condition will be treated before any other regimen of hair-loss treatment begins.
A side effect of some common medications is male hair loss:
Drugs prescribed for conditions such as arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control can take a toll on the hair growth cycle. Taking too much vitamin A as a dietary supplement can also cause hair loss. Radiation therapy and other drugs related to cancer treatment have an effect on hair. Side effects from medications should be considered when it comes to understanding and treating hair loss.
- Physical or emotional stress
- Sudden or excessive weight loss
- High fever
- Death in the family
- Popular hair treatments and styles, including cornrows and ponytails, that depend on rubber bands or clips
- Hot oil or straightening treatments
Keep in mind that it sometimes takes months after any of these events for the hair loss to be felt.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.
Dr. Zack Charkawi has the training and knowledge to help you wade through the medical jungle and get help with your hair-loss concerns. Men’s Health Atlanta is located in Johns Creek, GA. The office serves the surrounding North Atlanta areas such as Alpharetta, Duluth, Dawsonville, Johns Creek, Cumming, Suwanee, and Roswell. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.