(HealthDay News) -- Shedding hair can be a genetic trait, but it can also be a sign of physical or mental distress.
The American Academy of Dermatology mentions these potential reasons for hair shedding:
- Losing at least 20 pounds quickly.
- Having recently given birth.
- Suffering a great deal of emotional stress, such as from a family problem or loss of a job.
- Having a high fever or a serious illness, or having recently had an operation.
- Having recently stopped taking birth control pills.
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