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Hidden causes of hair loss!

Jul 29, 2017

Here is the list of Hidden causes of hair loss!

Hair loss and baldness can be tough to deal with. The most common reasons behind it are male-pattern baldness or genetic baldness. However, it can also be caused by the majority of other reasons which in long term can be proven harmful. Here are some other causes of your hair fall.

1) Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which affects nearly 1.5 million people worldwideThis is a particularly dangerous disease as your body’s own immune system starts targeting and destroying healthy cells. Unfortunately, the cells which are responsible for hair growth are always caught between the crosshair, which often leads to scarring and restricts re-growth of hair. Here are some symptoms to look for-

  • Extreme fatigue 

  • Headaches

  • Oral ulcers

  • Painful and swollen joints

  • Excessive swelling of hands and feet

  • Hair falling off in patches.


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If you think your hair loss is accompanied by these symptoms we recommend you to visit a Rheumatologist who can help identify the disease by running tests like

  • Joint examination

  • Blood test

2) Hypothyroidism

This condition is caused when the thyroid gland located in your neck produces a low amount of hormones which are critical to your metabolism and your growth hormones. The lack of these hormones can be lead hair loss. This condition mainly affects women over the age of 50 and the symptoms of which can be seen if you’re experiencing from

  • Sudden weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Brittleness across hair and nails.

Good Resource

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3) Heart Disease

Over 60 years of research has shown that there is a correlation between heart diseases and hair loss. Men who experience hair loss in the age group of 55-60 have 44% chance of contracting a heart disease, while women who experience hair loss before the age of 50 have an 84% chance. The link between male baldness and heart disease is unclear, but many experts have stipulated that it may be related to increases in male hormones which fuels DHT which is responsible for male-pattern baldness. This increase in hormones also leads to high blood pressure and corroded arteries.

4) Trichotillomania

It is also classified as impulse control disorder. This causes the patients to excessively pull out their hair. This constant pulling of hair leads to stretching of the scalp which in turn can damage the hair follicles which are responsible for density and thickness of the hair. This condition rarely causes baldness but is responsible for heavy shedding. It can be treated by antidepressants and behavior modification therapy.

More Resources

WebMD: Trichotillomania

5) Anemia

Anemia is nothing but a deficiency of iron in your body. However, this is a harmful condition which affects 1 in 10 women through the age of 20 to 49. The symptoms include

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Pale skin

  • Cold hand and feet.

This condition has been linked with hair loss. It can be treated by adding iron supplements into your diet. However, a proper consultation and screening are necessary before taking any steps.

6) Vitamin B deficiency

A daily meal of meat, To increase the production Vitamin B it is necessary to focus on your diet. lack of red blood cells can cause low metabolism, fatigue, and even hair fall. During menopause there a deficiency of Vitamin B is created which is responsible for producing red blood cells. This 40% women worldwide. It affects mostly affects women who are going through menopause.This condition soya, fish, and starchy vegetables are necessary.

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Read: Why nutrition & more balanced diet is important for Hairs

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7) Fungal Infections

Any infection can damage the affected area, this includes your scalp. Different infections can cause different types of damages.

  • Ringworm

Infection on the scalp can cause red patchiness which in turn can cause your hair to shed.

  • Folliculitis

Is an infection which causes inflammation of hair follicles. When it progresses it can cause thinning of hair and eventually complete baldness as the hair follicle is severely damaged.

  • Piedra

Is caused when hair follicles are infected by fungal spores. They severely damage the follicle and can cause thinning of hair.

  • Demodex folliculorum

Is tiny worm which feeds on dead skin and oil, which is abundantly available on the scalp. This condition is highly infectious and can cause severe itching.

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

Is a condition which is responsible for inflammation of the skin. If your scalp is infected you may experience excessive irritation and a noticeable amount of hair fall.


Infectious Agent and related hair loss

8) Tineacapitis

It is a type of ringworm infection that mostly affects your scalp. However, remedies used to treat a typical ringworm infection cannot be used for this. Some of the early symptoms include

  • Hair loss

  • Scaly skin

  • Inflammation

  • Fever

If not diagnosed correctly it can spread out and affect huge patches of your scalp which can cause excessive hair loss and shedding. If you are suffering from these symptoms go see a doctor now.

9) Alopecia areata

This is an autoimmune condition which causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. It affects 4.5 million people every year. The cause of alopecia areata is often linked to stress or illness. However, after few years in 70% cases, the hair starts growing back normally even if it is not treated. In severe cases, it can be treated by

  • Ultraviolet Therapy

  • Immunosuppressive

  • Oral steroids

Here is the video by Dr. Manali Shah, Dermatologist on the treatment of Alopecia Areata.

Essential Readings

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10) Polycystic ovarian syndrome

This is the cause of hair loss in females. It can be defined as an imbalance of male and female sex hormones. An excessive dosage of androgens can lead to cysts, sudden weight gains, the risk of diabetes and hair thinning. The imbalance caused by this condition can cause an excessive amount of testosterone to be produced which is responsible for baldness causing DHT. The symptoms include hair thinning, hair loss in patches, brittle hair.


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Apart from these causes of Hair loss, people knowingly or unknowingly follow the lifestyle which leads to hair loss.

So there are very serious conditions which are directly or indirectly linked to hair fall. If you don’t take action on hair loss or just ignores it, then it can become very upsetting for you in future. Once gone, gone forever. So, take care of your very hairs and choose steps that can lead you to healthy hairs. So, if you are suspecting or suffering from any of the symptoms we strongly recommend you to look for qualified dermatologist near you and consult him/her for good hairs, definitely he/she will help you out. Still, if you have any doubts then, please write down below, we will answer it. Or, if you don’t want then, write us on Thank you for reading and sharing your valuable time with us.

Bonus reading: Does Masturbation cause hair loss?



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