Know The Reasons Behind Sudden Hair Loss



Hairs are an important part of your look. It is the first noticeable part of the beauty, that enhances beauty. Most people face several problems regarding hair, such as sudden hair loss.

Sudden hair loss is a condition in which people notice a high amount of hair loss than normal. A certain amount of hair loss during ageing is considered to be normal. According to the study, the normal hair loss range is 50-100 every day while washing the hair.

Sudden and noticeable loss of hairs on a pillow or your comb raises many questions in your mind. Why did you lose so much hair suddenly? How can you fix it? Here you know some causes of hair loss that helps to opt for optimum treatment.

Causes of hair loss

Scalp infection

Many bacteria, fungi or yeast types of the organism may grow on your scalp. These may invade the hair follicles and ultimately cause infection. Some might cause pus bumps, redness and scaling. They cause heavy hair loss and are generally curable with certain antifungals.

Incorrect diet

Not taking a complete diet is one of the reasons for excessive hair fall. A complete diet that includes a sufficient amount of proteins, vitamins, iron etc., is essential for the smooth functioning of the system.

Overuse of hair care products

Styling hair becomes a crucial part of a good look. But chemicals, certain products and heat styling could lead to heavy hair loss.

Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance raises many things like diabetes, obesity, menopause, and PCOS can cause hair shedding.


Such as blood thinners, antidepressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs etc., can cause hair loss.

There are two other conditions that cause sudden significant loss of hairs, such as :

  • Telogen effluvium
  • Alopecia areata

What is Telogen effluvium?

The temporary condition of hair loss occurs in the telogen phase of the hair growth cycle.

  • Reversible condition
  • The hair shedding period is more than six months
  • The characteristics of the condition are hair thinning and hair shedding
  • Telogen effluvium is more common in women than in men
  • The condition is mainly induced by stress, shock or trauma.

Conditions that trigger Telogen effluvium

Certain conditions trigger the temporary type of hair shedding. The possible causes are

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Physical trauma
  • Nutritional deficiency

What is Alopoecia Areata?

The condition differs from telogen effluvium. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that may cause unpredictable hair loss.

  • Affects the wider area of the scalp
  • It can affect people of any gender, age or race

How does it cause sudden hair loss?

An autoimmune disorder prepares your body to attack its hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss. It causes small, round, bald patches on the scalp. The patches tend to merge into larger bald patches.

Treatment approaches for sudden hair loss

The best choice of treatment is based on several factors. Such factors are the type of hair loss and the health conditions of a person. Sudden hair fall can be concerning, and an expert can give you the best advice in this case. Three effective methods of treatment include

1. PRP hair treatment

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma treatment. It consists of a three-step process. The procedure includes drawing a person’s blood, processing blood, and injecting it into the scalp.

2. FUT transplant

FUT is Follicular Unit Transplantation, also known as the strip method. The procedure involves surgical removal of a tiny strip of skin from the scalp. It retrieves healthy hair follicles from the backside of the scalp. Then, the strip of skin is harvested to the bald part of the scalp.

The procedure leaves a small and slightly visible scar on your scalp. The new hair takes two to three and a half months to grow at a natural hair growth rate.


  • Trusted method over decades
  • Transplantation gets plenty of hair follicles
  • Cost-effective
  • Extremely useful in extensive balding

3. FUE transplant

The hair transplant takes place in the form of the follicle from an individual’s scalp. It is Follicular Unit Extraction Transplantation.

The procedure includes harvesting hair units of follicles from the scalp or donor area. The follicles are transplanted to the scalp through the microscopic circular incision.


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Dr. Navjot Singh Arora

MBBS, MD – Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy