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Reasons for Patchy Hair Loss in Men

It's common for men to experience some hair loss as they age; it's the patchy bald spots that cause the most concern. There are a number of causes of patchy hair loss for men.

Fashion & Beauty By Himanshu Sharma / Jul 23, 2014

Patchy Hair Loss in Men

Hair loss is distressing. It's common for men to experience some hair loss as they age; it's the patchy bald spots that cause the most concern. Most men face hair loss in their lifetime, some more than others. There are a number of causes of patchy hair loss for men. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


There are certain conditions that can result in a higher than normal rate of hair loss. Fungal infections such as ringworm can cause patchy hair loss in men. The rate of hair loss returns to normal once the illness has been cured. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


One of the main reasons behind patchy hair loss in men is genetic predisposition. This can have an adverse effect on hair follicles, resulting in baldness. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)

Medical Treatments

Baldness can happen when you pursue a medical treatment. Chemotherapy and the radiation for treatment of cancer can have certain side-effects and one of them is hair loss. Several other medical surgeries can cause hair loss in men too. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)

Hair treatments, styling products and others

Hair treatments and use of hair care products can also have a negative impact on the health of the scalp. Tight hair styles can pull the follicles and accelerate the process of normal hair loss. Chemical treatments and blow dryers can weaken and damage hair, leading to hair loss. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


A hormonal imbalance in the body could be one of the reasons for hair loss in men. Underactive or overactive pituitary or thyroid gland activity usually causes hair loss. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)

Underlying Medical Conditions

Medical conditions can lead to hair loss. An underlying condition such as lupus or diabetes can be a cause for hair loss in men. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


Taking certain medications such as anti-depressants and steroids can cause large bald spots on the scalp. Not only medications, but supplements may also make you shed some hair. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


Stress is associated with several medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer and lung disease, etc. High levels of stress can also result in hair loss or aggravate the condition in those who are predisposed. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)

Poor diet

Human hair is made up of pure keratin protein. Iron, protein and several vitamins (such as A, E, and C) are needed by hair to grow. When our body can’t provide these nutrients to the hair, it can have adverse effects including hair loss. (Image source: Thinkstockphotos)


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