Human beings have about 100,000 hairs and it is normal for them to lose 50 to 100 per day. This is because they have a well-defined life cycle.
This life cycle follows three phases: a growth phase (angagen), a regression phase (catagen) and a rest period (telogen).
Our hair goes through this cycle of growth, fall and regrowth about 20 times in our lifetime.
For this reason, when the fall is limited to about 100 hairs a day it is to be considered normal.
But it is difficult if not impossible to count how much hair we lose in a day also because most of the time we do not notice it.
Here’s when you should worry about falling hair and how to act about it.
As we said hair loss on a daily basis is normal. There are also causes that intensify this loss such as the use of certain drugs, chemotherapy, a strong psychological shock, stress, very intense fever, during pregnancy or after childbirth, nutritional and iron deficiencies. In these cases the cause is known so losing hair is considered normal. Usually these causes are transient.
The change of season for hair
Another cause is the change of season. Especially in autumn our hair is renewed, therefore, it is normal to notice greater hair loss. We must also not forget that returning from vacation and returning to a hectic pace of life causes great stress, which increases hair loss. However, this phenomenon is one of the transitory ones, because it is limited to between 4 and 6 weeks. When it exceeds this period it is to be considered an alarm bell of another pathology.
When should you worry about falling hair and what to do about it
It is good to know that there is no specific test you can do on your own to understand the seriousness of the situation. In general, one should be concerned when the loss is not transient and above all it is not uniform over the entire head. When we find hair on the pillow or lose patchy hair it could be alopecia or it could be a symptom of some other serious condition.
According to Humanitas, those most related to hair loss are: thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, scalp infections.
It therefore becomes of fundamental importance to go immediately to the dermatologist who will take care of making the appropriate analyzes to rule out any pathologies.
Mistakes not to be made
Since losing your hair is a strong discomfort for both men and women, often there is a tendency to do it yourself. It is extremely not recommended because it could make the situation much worse and at that point the only possible alternative would become a transplant. So let’s always rely on a specialist.
(We remind you to carefully read the warnings regarding this article, which can be consulted WHO”)