Hair Loss from Illness

illness and hair loss

Hair loss is often described as a medical condition, which is not true. Shedding hairs is usually an indication to some underlying condition. There is a long list of medical conditions that are often related to hair loss. These ailments may be a cause or symptom of hair loss, or may make you more vulnerable to hair shedding.

Here are some diseases that are commonly associated with hair loss.

  1. Thyroid Disorders:

The connection between thyroid and hair loss is well known. Both hyper and hypothyroidism can cause hair loss. If due to any reason, your thyroid hormone levels drop or rise to unhealthy levels, this can appear as hair loss. But the good news is that thyroid related hair loss is not permanent. As soon as you get the required treatment for thyroid problem, hair loss not only stops but the hairs also regrow automatically. It is also pertinent to mention here that sometimes medications for thyroid disease also trigger hair loss. So, you need to be watchful about your condition and triggers.

  1. Ringworm:

Ringworm is a common fungal infection that causes scaly, crusted rash that mostly appears as round patches on the skin. This fungal infection when affects the scalp skin, it hampers hair growth in the affected areas, causing temporary hair loss. Hair loss due to ringworm can be effectively treated and cured with antifungal medications, both oral and topical.

  1. Anemia:

One medical condition that is considered the most common cause of hair loss, especially in women is Anemia, an ailment characterized by significantly low count of red blood cells or hemoglobin. Anemia, commonly known as iron deficiency, is caused by either destruction of red blood cells (RBCs) or due to insufficient production of RBCs. Anemia does not have any apparent symptoms. Anemic patients usually feel tired, become easily fatigued and feel short of breath even after a light exercise, such s climbing stairs or a brisk walk.

  1. Typhoid:

High grade fever is also often associated with hair loss. Fever is an indication of your immune system’s quick response to any foreign invader, be it a virus, fungi, bacteria or any other toxin. Low grade fevers are clinically considered healthy for the body as they help it to fight off infections. However, high grade fever is not at all good for you and must be controlled. It can not only trigger hair loss, but may also damage your brain. Typhoid involves high grade fever and thus often causes hair loss.

  1. Cancer and Its Treatment:

Cancer is a medical condition caused by abnormal growth of cells anywhere in the body. Besides being an extremely painful condition, cancer can sometimes trigger hair loss as well, an added psychological distress. And if cancer does not cause you to shed hairs, its treatment (chemotherapy) will definitely do that.

  1. Scalp Psoriasis:

Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease characterized by red, raised scaly patches that typically affects elbows and knees, but can appear anywhere on the body. When the condition affects your scalp skin, it is called scalp psoriasis. These patches extend from the scalp to the forehead as well as back of the head towards the neck. Sever disease can cause patchy hair loss in the affected area. However, the hairs usually return after the disease has been controlled.

  1. Low Testosterone:

Low levels of testosterone can also trigger hair loss in men. Low-T can be caused by a number of conditions such as obesity, liver and kidney disorders, type-2 diabetes etc. Unlike Androgenic Alopecia (caused by high levels of Dihydrotestosterone) hair shedding due to Low-T is temporary and hair growth becomes normal again as soon as the hormone levels are balanced in the body.

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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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