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What causes hair loss?

Many different factors may increase the likelihood of developing hair loss. These include: - Emotional stress; - Physical stress, such as childbirth; - Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy; - Certain medications, such as anticoagulants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and hormones; - Certain medical conditions, such as infection, scalp diseases, trauma, cancer or liver disease; - Poisoning from heavy metals, such as selenium, arsenic and thallium, and; - Changes in diet, particularly those involving rapid weight loss, poor nutrition, or low levels of iron or zinc.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Male pattern baldness

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