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I'm A 14 Year Old Girl And Losing Hair. Every Time I Take A Shower I Lose A Handful Of Hair. It's Really Starting To Worry Me. What Could Be The Cause?

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Yun Wan answered
Hair loss is generally considered a universal change we all go through. It is usually caused by the hormonal changes causing a decrease in active hair follicles.
The most common cause of hair loss is known as Androgenetic Alopecia. This is closely correlated to the person's genetics. In women, this can begin after puberty, however it is more common after menopause.
The second most common, after Androgenetic Alopecia, is Telogen Efflivium. This is general loss and thinning of the hair and usually occurs after a shock to the person's system. Most commonly associated with stress, however is also linked to pregnancy and childbirth, sudden weight loss, a fever, etc. The effects are only temporary and the hair generally grows back after approximately 6 months.
One in 100 people suffer with Alopecia Areata, which is the development of patches of baldness. This is very common in teenagers and young adults. It is associated with problems within the immune system where the body's own defensive cells attack the hair follicles, inducing hair loss. In 60% - 80% of cases, the hair grows back within a year without any treatment. The re-growth of hair is unlikely in cases of Alopecia totalis (total loss of hair on scalp) and Alopecia Universalis (loss of all body hair).
The only proven treatment for hair loss, other than transplants and surgery, is Minoxidil. Using this, up to 25% of women experience a re-growth in hair.
Other causes of hair loss include the following:
Diseases and health issues such as Addison's disease, Hyperthyroidism, iron deficiency, etc.
Traction Alopecia (Excessive pulling or traction on hair)
Trichotillomania (intentional pulling out of healthy hair)
Anagen Effluvium (Chemical damage)
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Anonymous answered
Hey, I did some research because when I started losing some hairs I got scared too! But this is what I found out,
Every day you should lose between 50-100 hairs per day but you can lose more in the spring and autumn/fall.
Have you changed your shampoo? That can cause hair to because and fall out.
The reason you have been losing most hair in the shower is panic warm water opens pores, take a cold shower for 3-5mins after your normal shower to close pores. Also try using baby shampoo, its mild and leaves your hair and scalp soft and strong.
Try to avoid hairstyles like braids, ponytails and pig tails. And use hot styling tons at the most 3 times a week. (Use a heat protection spray as well)

Hope this helps! But if you are really worried talk to someone in your family or a doctor.
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Anonymous answered
It is fairly normal to lose hair occasionally, especially during hormonal changes such as puberty and menustration. I would not worry unless it is truly excessive and in spots. If it is even all over you are probably ok. I am not a doctor though and if it continues to bother you I would ask your doctor. An under or overactive thyroid could also cause this problem. My 9 year old daughter recently went through a period of heavy hair loss for a couple of weeks but it stopped. Hope all is ok!!!
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you need to see a doctor. i was suffering from the same thing when i was younger and i found out i have a tumor on my pituitary gland. not trying to scare you and this may not be what is wrong with you but you should definitely see a doctor.
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I am having the same exact problem. My mom said it's normal, but I was still worried. Reading all of this makes me less worried(: Except for the people who put that its a disease or something, when I read those I got that 'Oh no' stomach dropping feeling. But reading on and reading other 13-15 year old girls opinions on here, I feel better(: I have super thick, wavy hair and everytime I shower I get hair falling out. And when I brush my hair when it's wet my hair comes out too, but it's not in areas. But I also don't eat breakfast, I don't know if that's a sign. But my friend with thick hair also is having the same problem and she does eat breakfast. So I'm guessing it's ok! (: YAY! Hahaa, I love how I'm writing so much about this and you're probably thinking, 'oh my god shut up already!' ahaha. Sorry. I feel better now, I hope you do too!
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Anonymous answered
14 years old huh? Every 7 years, harmones change, and things happen, no worries! ;D
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Cara B answered
If you have thick hair it is normal to pull a lot out when you wash or brush it. I wouldn't worry. I have pretty thick hair and so does my 10 yr old daughter and I am constantly cleaning the shower drain! Male pattern baldness will not effect you! Good luck!♥
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Anonymous answered
It's so hard to visualize how much you are losing just by what you've written.  Hormonal changes really do cause hair loss - good lord, wait till after you've given birth!  I thought I was going bald! - but you sound as though you are really worried.  I agree most with the writer who said it was probably all right if it was even all over.  If you see thinning spots I'd definitely check with your doctor.  Is your mom someone you could discuss this with?  If it seems to affect your appearance or you get too worried I'd advise you to check with the doctor.  Getting an answer from a professional will make you feel better.
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Jeanne Garcia
Jeanne Garcia commented
You have been poisened> I saw it on mystery er> go see a doctor
Kk polly
Kk polly commented
I don't know about after pregnancy, but while my mom was pregnant her hair would grow faster.
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Habbibti habbib answered
Hey there I'm maggie and ive been also having this problem too I feel like my head is getting really sensitive from all the hair I'm losing I'm 14 with really thick wavy hair and evry time I put my fingers thru my hair I always take out a lot and I'm starting to get really worried and stressed also in the shower is the worst my I still have a lot of hair but I feel like since this has been happening ive been very protective of my hair so I don't lose it. I feel like I can't do anything about my hair any more I feel like watever I do I still lose hair. To be honest I'm scared to brush my hair anymore because I lose so much. And yes my family says its normal well hopefully its some kind of growing up thing. But hearing from all you guys it looks like its normal, hopefully. Well happy new year !
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STRESS!!!!!! Just take time to slow down your day, and relax.
If your hair is wet when you brush it make sure you only brush it when you have conditioner in it.
If you brush when it is damp or dry put a smoother in your hair. Or leave in conditioner.
These things might help you.
You'll be fine (:
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Anonymous answered
I started to lose my hair at 14 and my hair was pretty thick so I didn't really worry. But as time passed, I became more and more self conscious. I lost more and more as I got older and went into college. When I went to the doctor, she said that she would keep an eye on it and she did a hormone test but it came back normal. Now I'm 25 and I have lost a lot of hair. I don't know what to do :( I guess I'm just going bald. I hope your guys hair starts to grow back, because I know how you feel.
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Anonymous answered
I'm 14 too , everytime I run my hands through my hair it just falls out,  I'm really scared but it seems most of you girls are all 14 too, maybe its just the age it starts happening? Mums taking me to see a doctor, bit scared, what vitamins should I take?
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Oh my god I thought I was the only one going thru this! I'm 13 years old and I'm losing a lot of  hair! Sometimes I even cry when I'm brushing my hair or when I simply glide my fingers thru my hair because I lose a lot of hair. Everyone in my house says its normal but I just don't believe them and I'm scared imma go bald! I know this didnt help but your not alone =[
                                                                                -katherine.
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Anonymous answered
I'm losing my hair too! Yay for 14-year old girls losing hair! I heard that like every fourteen years you shed your hair from a friend. Not sure if it's true, but it's helping me keep my sanity, so... I think this is normal, considering you are not alone, and two of my friends went through this too.
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Stress, hormonal changes, thyroid problems, diabetes, too much vitamin A, poor nutrition or bulimia or anorexia, any medication that the pharmacist says may cause hair loss, emotional shock, autoimmune or just natural shedding called telogen effluvium (which is temporary) or chemical processing of the hair, which may include any products which have ingredients that may cause you to lose hair including shampoos etc..
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Anonymous answered
I'm going through the same thing and I'm younger then you. An average person looses 80-100 hairs a day. If it looks like you are losing more then that then see a doctor. I rarely brush my hair I just put it in a pony tail and I'm ok for the whole day! I don't run my hands through my hair either. (I hate having my hair down especially since I need a hair cut soon!)
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Anonymous answered
I'm way younger than you, I'm ten years old!! At the top of my scalp theres like a medium patch there, I'm guessing it because of dandruff I have, keep scratching your head the more you lose your hair.
Also the reason maybe is because of stress or not enough nu triton, not drinking milk and eating lots of instant noodles

So maybe try drinking milk, nutrition and many stuff my answer is stop stressing, I have bunch on homework but what I do is meditate, also do the work and when you finished it the stress will go away.If it doesn't there must be other big problems in your life so try to be calm, I'm just losing five or less hair a day

Hope this will help
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Anonymous answered
I'm 14 To! When I was young I had thick long curly hair but not its still long but its gone REALLY thin on my scalp! I have a bold patch which I try to cover on the side of my hair and I'm really scared. A lot of my hair falls in the shower and when I brush it! HELP! I straighten it but I'm going to stop and see it my hair goes thick again.
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Kk polly answered

My mom thinks we lose hair about every seven years. Im not sure how accurate that is though. I experienced what you're talking about too. But it's not the showers fault; this is just something natural that happens. So if I take two showers in one day, then I won't have more than three hairs fall out the second time usually. After playing soccer I tend to lose more hair because of the stress pony tails have. But losing hair in the shower is normal. :)

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Anonymous answered

Hey... I'm 14 and I'm having hair loss too.... I talked to my mum but she said it's because I have been very sick and I had to take penicillin... It's been about 3 months... And I'm starting to worry...

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Anonymous answered
Hello,
I am currently experiencing this same problem as you (and I am also 14). I was wondering if you ever found the cause to your problems?
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Anonymous answered
Its really no problem my sister would fill the tub with hair and sometimes the Bath would get clogged!
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Julia Rachels answered

Hair loss or baldness іѕ а ѕеrіоuѕ рrоblеm thаt аffесtѕ mоrе thаn hаlf
оf mеn аnd wоmеn іn thе рlаnеt. It іѕ nоt оnlу thе hаіr thаt іѕ lоѕt,
but аlѕо thе ѕеlf-еѕtееm аnd рrіdе!

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Anonymous answered

Long beautiful and healthy hair is something which has always been desired by women for ages.  There are many ways to grow your hair and also to make sure that it remains healthy and strong. For centuries, women have been trying various means to ensure that the glow and shine of their hair retains for life long.

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Jordan Mark answered

Hair loss is determined by lots of things genes, weather, care, hormones, aging, and etc. But it is mostly important to eat right and give proper care to the existing hair and follicles. These two things are the only thing we can really control. There are hair fall remedies, through which you can get more home remedies for stop hair loss also regrowing you hair,and cure your hair instantly

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Eshmaal Fatin , Hair loss, answered

Hair loss is common in males and females in any age and ethnicity. If the count of your hair fail is 50-100 its normal but if it exceeds the limit you can consult the Dermatologist for hair loss treatment and hair loss reduction.
Hair loss have many causes like  seasonal changes, poor and imbalanced diet, vitamin deficiencies, deficiency of iron n zinc in the body and hormonal changes.
all you need to do is have check on all the stated possible causes and when you will see the doctor you will be explained better.

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Anonymous answered
I am having the same problem as well! But I think ill cut an inch or two of my hair from down, and try doing a treatment!! I think it will keep my hair healthy!, anyone knows what should I eat or do for shiny hair?
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Anonymous answered
I am losing my hair. Its a giant amount and I don't know what could possibly be causing it. Whats the amount of hair you are supposed to be losing daily?  Is it poor nutrition or is hormonal?
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Libby Cansdale answered
I am Sixteen, my mum has type 2 Diabetes (when she had this she was pregnant with me) and I have been losing a lots of hair..but my best mates mum (she a doctor) everything was going to be okay...but I still don't belive her because is been 3 months know and I'm still losing hair... I don't use any hair straighteners or anything with heat but why would it still be falling out..I read on some website the hair loss in the first sign of Diabetes..what shall I doo..???
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Anonymous answered
All these "me too!" responses make me feel much better. I'm 14 too and have thick curly/wavy hair like the people in the majority of these comments. Thank you all:)
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Anonymous answered
Oh my god ! Me too ! Hi I'm Jenelle and I'm fourteen (x
I started to notice I lose a lot of my hair in the shower, but everyone says it's normal.

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