Have you or your child experienced hair loss?

Are you noticing more hair loss when brushing or washing your hair? Are many strands coming away easily? Or have you noticed bald patches early in life?

Hair loss can be the result of heredity conditions, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:

Gradual thinning on top of head.

Circular or patchy bald spots.

Sudden loosening of hair.

Medical conditions

A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss, including:

Thyroid problems.

The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in your body. If the gland isn't working properly, hair loss may result.

Alopecia areata.

This disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles — causing smooth, roundish patches of hair loss.

Scalp infections.

Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.

Other skin disorders.

Diseases that can cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss where the scars occur.

Medications

Hair loss can be caused by drugs used to treat:

Cancer

Arthritis

Depression

Heart problems

High blood pressure

Or can be due to:

Thyroid problems, hormonal problems or low Iron/ Ferritin

Either way if you're concerned about hair loss see your doctor.

Have you experienced hair loss? Was it a sign of an auto-disease problem? How did you get treated to resolve it?

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  • My hair fell out pre-coeliac diagnosis 10 years ago. It sorted itself out but has recently started thinning again.

    My Reactive Hyperglycemia has been confirmed, so I'm now having the cause of that investigated....

  • i have b12 deficiencey and thia caused considerable hairloss and although it has grown back it is still thinner than it was, i was lucky in that i had alot of hair to start with now my hair is probably normal amount , although the sides of my head which was the worst area affected are still quite thin

  • orgot to mention that i also have low Iron across the baord and have thyroid issues and psoriasis

  • Yep I'm suffering hair loss, but then this week it is my 46th birthday so probably more to do with that than anything dietary!!! :-)

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