When is Hair Loss Normal?

It can be shocking to see multiple strands of hair on your hairbrush or clumped around the drain, but if this happens to you don’t jump to conclusions and think you will be bald in a matter of months. Some hair loss is considered normal. However, some may not be normal and may require you to consider looking into various types of treatment such as strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction.

What is Considered Normal When it Comes to Hair Loss?

Even if you don’t notice it, your body will naturally shed hair every single day. The amount of hair that is lost on a daily basis will vary from person to person, but typically it is considered normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. For some people, it may even be normal to lose up to 200 hairs a day.

Stressful Events or Certain Health Problems can Trigger Excessive Loss of Hair

Experiencing a stressful event or taking certain medications may cause you to notice an increase in the amount of hair you lose.

Some of the following stressors may increase the amount of hair you lose daily:

  • Losing more than 20 pounds
  • Recently giving birth
  • Eating a poor diet that doesn’t have enough iron or protein
  • Increase in the amount of stress you experience on a day-to-day basis such as losing a job, relationship problems, or caring for an elderly or ill family member
  • Recently experienced a high fever
  • Gone through a surgery
  • Recovering from a prolonged illness
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Recently stopped taking certain types of medications such as birth control pills

The loss of hair you experience when going through these types of situations may be excessive, but it is normal. Excessive hair loss from these types of stressors will usually resolve itself in four to six months. If it continues for more than six months, you may want to consult with a healthcare professional as there could be other underlying problems that are causing you to lose so much hair.

Speak with a Healthcare Professional About Treatment Options for Excessive Loss of Hair

Should your hair loss seem excessive or you start to feel self-conscious, you may want to speak with a healthcare professional about treatment options that may be able to give you thicker, fuller hair. Some of the treatment options that may be available to you include strip harvesting, follicular unit extraction or FUE, and PRP therapy.

Discover what treatment options may help you get fuller, thicker hair by scheduling a consultation with the surgeons at Contemporary Hair Transplant. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified surgeons.

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