Temporary alopecia: when baldness and hair thinning are only temporary

Can baldness be only temporary? The answer is yes, and there are various causes of temporary alopecia. Temporary hair thinning can be caused by a number of medical conditions, but temporary hair loss in men is commonly caused by hypothyroidism. When this condition is treated, the temporary hair thinning is typically reversed. It is important to see a physician to determine whether or not this is the underlying cause. Other potential causes for temporary baldness include general anesthetic, high fever, physical trauma, and chemotherapy. Temporary hair loss in women can be caused by inadequate iron intake due to heavy menstruation or following pregnancy. This type of hair loss can be reversed with the help of iron supplements and medical treatment.

High stress levels can also result in temporary baldness. Although this type of temporary hair loss is not fully understood, emotional and hormonal factors can result in an abnormally high amount of shedding. In general with temporary hair loss, these hairs regrow after 3-4 months.

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