I’m still perplexed by what has changed with my health that has brought on the major hair loss in the past two months. I haven’t had lab work done in two months so it’s hard to say how my Hypogammaglobulinemia and severe Anemia are doing but I feel pretty good and have been taking an iron supplement for over a month. Anemia is a condition which can cause hair loss, it may be part of my problem.
I collected a week’s worth of hair and discussed it with my doctor yesterday to get her feedback. She said it was a lot of hair for one week and is ordering lab work to check my Thyroid which is a medical condition. She is also referring me to a dermatologist. In the meantime, she said to wash my hair with a shampoo for Eczema. We’ll see what the dermatologist has to say.
Looking at the medical conditions that can cause hair loss, I have one, Anemia, and possibly two with a Thyroid problem.
Here are some medical conditions that can cause hair loss:
Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body, or their body cannot use iron properly. While severe iron deficiency anemia can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain, some people also experience hair loss.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below the Adam’s apple. It’s part of an intricate network of glands called the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for coordinating many of your body’s activities. The thyroid gland manufactures hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism.
Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp, and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. It can also develop slowly and recur after years between instances.
Ringworm, also known as dermatophytosis, dermatophyte infection, or tinea, is a fungal infection of the skin.
“Ringworm” is a misnomer, since a fungus, not a worm, causes the infection. The lesion caused by this infection resembles a worm in the shape of a ring — hence the name.
Ringworm infection can affect both humans and animals. The infection initially appears as red patches on affected areas of the skin and later may spread to other parts of the body. It may affect the scalp, feet, nails, groin, beard, or other areas.
Next week I look at how stress and anxiety play a factor in hair loss.