Let’s Talk About Hair Loss *Medical Conditions

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

A diet lacking in proteiniron, and other nutrients can also lead to thinning hair.

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.

Thyroid Disease

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

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

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. 

Melinda

13 comments

  1. Sorry about this, Melinda. Losing my hair was one of the toughest aspects (of all) for me. We never found any root causes for mine, but think that trying Methotrexate, even on low doses, permanently damaged mine. I’ve read flares can even do it.
    Hoping it slows down for you….❤️

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    1. It seems to have slowed a bit, I tried Bioton gummies and only on second month so it’s hard to say. I see less come out in the shower. It bothered my bad at first since it was concerning for my health, now I understand that is so many reasons it could be so many things.

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          1. I went, not long ago. It was quite the process!!! The girl had me wait in the car, until her previous client left and she was able to sanitize everything. The only two people in entire salon were hairdresser and I. I wore a special trash bag like disposable covering, over all of me and she was masked & covered too. I felt bad for all the girl had to go through, but didn’t fear my safety. If that helps, at all…..?
            But I get it. I’m fortunate, I only needed a trim…..I don’t dye and have curly hair. I can imagine people with elaborate do’s or dye jobs having a tough time.
            I think my hair will be cute gray…..it’s only just starting at temples…..

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          2. Mine is getting more grey by the year and I don’t dye it, I stopped that over 10 years ago. In March of 2019 I shaved my head, feeling very sick, just could not deal with it. I haven’t had a haircut since and it’s so long. It hasn’t been this long since I was a teenager. That could also be the reason why it looks like so much more hair. It’s down past my shoulders so it would look like a lot of hair if clumps were falling out. I will go one of these day for a haircut, still not caught up on doctors’ appointments and in no hurry.

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          3. WOW! Your hair grows fast! I’m so jealous. It’s been three years for me and I still can’t get it to my shoulders……Granted, it’s also super curly, but still. Yes, longer hair looks like more in the drain. Hopefully the Biotin helps!! Must be so pretty so long!!

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          4. Without a haircut, it looks like a mess. I’ve been wearing in a ponytail while waiting to get it cut. Still not ready to venture in. And I lost my good hair person four years ago. I’ll get it cut above my shoulders for sure. It’s too much to deal with otherwise.

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