Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

It’s a question we get asked a lot here on Hair Growth Pills: Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

We have covered both of these issues extensively on this site but this is the first time they have crossed for us. So, is this is genuine concern? Will that dandruff lead to more serious conditions like hair loss if it is left untreated. In this article we ask “can dandruff cause hair loss”, while also asking if this seemingly harmless issue can lead to other problems.

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

So, can dandruff cause hair loss? Well, there is a strong connection between these two conditions and this is not as easily or as quickly dismissed as you might imagine.

Firstly, the presence of dandruff and hair loss could be caused by a severe case of dermatitis. This is a skin condition that can leave your scalp very dry, itchy and inflamed, which in turn can lead to a host of skin and hair problems. There are simple cures for this problem, but it can take time, it is unpleasant and it’s a scary thing to deal with when the first symptoms present.

Dandruff and hair loss can also be the result of fungal infections and mites. These are very rare and are completely different to hair lice and other common issues. They can be the result of ringworm, which is an inflammation, or parasites. Typically, they will be easy to spot and there are also some very straightforward treatments for them. It is important to treat these quickly as they can lead to other problems.

How to Cure Dandruff and Hair Loss

Dandruff and Hair Loss

So, in answer to the question of “can dandruff cause hair loss?” we can safely answer in the negative. However, the former is often linked with the latter and the two can go hand in hand. If that has happened to you then there is a good chance that you have a more serious condition and that you need to contemplate addressing both of these issues, as opposed to focusing on a single one.

Your first step should be to seek help from a doctor. They will determine just what the issue is, before helping you to seek treatment for it. It might require a simple course of vitamins and minerals; it might involve a change in diet; or they might give you some medication.

In this case the worst thing you can do is to jump straight into using a product like Minoxidil, whether it’s in its original form or in the form of a shampoo like Follinique. If you have a scalp condition precipitating your hair loss, then such a treatment may do more harm than good.

So, get advice, make sure you know what the issue is and what’s causing it, and then start looking into some treatments.

Associated Symptoms

If you are suffering from inflammation then it may be a sign of a skin condition or a parasite, as mentioned above. In such cases it will likely present as a rough, hot and itchy patch. Due to its positioning you may not be able to see it, but if you can then it will likely be inflamed (raised and red).

If there is a bald patch around a certain area then it is likely you are suffering from a parasitic infection. But it could also be that this bald patch is unrelated. A bald patch that does not have any hair growing and is not red or inflamed is likely the result of a form of alopecia where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This is not necessarily indicative of anything more serious though and this particular form of alopecia very rarely causes complete hair loss. It is also unlikely to cause dandruff, and that does present then it will probably be the result of another issue.

Dandruff and Hair Loss: Serious Causes

If you do use Minoxidil, then you may also experience dandruff. This is a rare side effect from treatment, as it can dry out the scalp. Of course, on its own dandruff is less of a problem than hair loss and it is also easily cured (see our Dandruff Cure article to learn more).

Other shampoos, dyes and chemicals can also lead to both dandruff and hair loss. This is why it’s important to restrict the amount of chemicals that you put on your hair and to try and use all-natural products where possible. You can learn how to create many healthy and natural shampoos on this site, combining products like castor oil, coconut oil, and many other healthy oils, minerals and vitamins.

Dandruff and Hair Loss: Harmless Causes

Dandruff Cause Hair Loss

When both of these issues present together then there are only two likely causes. The first of these is simply poor care and hygiene. If you are not eating right, you’re not getting enough vitamins/minerals, and you’re not drinking enough fluid. The other is if you’re putting your hair under a lot of stress, whether by using hot irons, or by brushing too vigorously. The same applies if you use a lot of chemicals on your hair, as mentioned above, although in this case it’s likely that you have done more damage and you will have a harder time reversing it.

There are even more innocuous causes though. For instance, we all lose around 100 hairs per day anyway and the hair is in a constant three-stage cycle of growth, regeneration and stagnation. If there is a slight deviation in this cycle and too much hair remains in the stagnation stage and not enough in the growth stage, then you may experience more hair loss than usual. This can also happen after you have given birth, when your body gets rid of the hair that it held onto during the pregnancy.

If you spending a lot of time in a centrally heated house at the same time; if you’re using a new shampoo or hair spray that doesn’t agree with you; or if you just haven’t adapted well to a change in season, then you may suffer from dandruff. It is not unusual for these things to happen together and in this case it’s completely innocent and will not likely lead to anything more serious.

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