Illnesses that cause hair loss

Illnesses that cause hair loss are many of them that affect patients medically and emotionally. Normally people tend to lose 50 to 100 strands of hairs a day. This usually isn’t noticeable because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss is considerable when new hair doesn’t replace the hair that has shed off. This field is related to dermatologists or a skin specialist (a doctor who specializes in skin & hair problems) will help you to determine or diagnose the main underlying issue causing hair loss.

Illnesses that cause hair loss

Illnesses that cause hair loss include:

  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles)
  • Hair pulling disorder
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO)
  • Scalp infections like ringworm
  • Obesity

Androgenetic alopecia:

This is the genetic disorder and the most common cause of hair loss. It involves hereditary male or female pattern baldness. Males often tend to lose hair strands from the temples and from the crown of the head considering the genetics. In females, following the hereditary concern hair usually becomes thinner all over the head and leading to hair loss. It is possible to treat this condition with minoxidil, a topical medication for hair growth.

Thyroid disease:

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism both can cause loss of hair in long-term and worse cases. The pattern is diffuse and involves all areas of the scalp rather than any marked area. Apparently hair is uniformly sparse. Hair regrows if successful treatment is given with controlled thyroid hormones level, though it will take several months to show desired results.

Alopecia areata:

It is an autoimmune condition that results in hair to shed off suddenly. The immune system attacks the cells of its own body and hence hair follicles too resulting in hair loss. Hair from the scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes may also lose. People suffering from this situation should see a doctor who may prescribe medication aiding the hair to grow back.

Polycystic ovarian disorder:

PCOs an illness that causes hair loss due to hormonal imbalance. Women with PCOS grow thick hair on their face and body (hirsutism). Most of them experience hair thinning and hair loss, which is referred to as the female pattern of hair loss.

Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) – an illness that causes hair loss in which patients tend to pull out their hair repeatedly from their head, eyebrows, or eyelashes.

Indirectly, Illnesses that cause hair loss can also be due to medications used to treat:

  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart problems

Ringworm Infection:

This infection involves scalp that leads to hair loss. Ringworm on the scalp, or tinea capitis, can cause temporary bald areas on the head. Patient may complain of;

  1. i) Small spots those enlarge leading to scaly patches
  2. ii) Hair gets brittle and breaks easily

iii) Itchy, red ring like patches in the affected areas

  1. iv) Emerging blisters on the scalp

Illness that causes hair loss mostly involves obesity and the chained diseases related to it’s which is by sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and lack of exercise. It is important to consume a balanced diet for keeping your optimum weight to keep your hair healthy and avoid hair loss.

Illnesses that cause hair loss are discussed and the majority of medical conditions are being summarized. Our technologies are advanced enough and progressing forward for a better future. Therefore, hair loss can be managed dealing with the underlying root cause and within the required time interval. Our clinic has hair expert and specialist who can treat all conditions mentioned above so contact us with full confidence and get FREE check up and consultation. You may also send us your hair condition photos via WhatsApp.

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