Hair Loss Caused By Illness

As most of us know, the most common types of hair loss are, in large part, hereditary. However, our genes are not the only things that can lead to balding. There are many diseases and illnesses that can have a detrimental effect on our tresses – and sudden thinning of the hair or hair loss may be one of the first signs that something is amiss. Here is a list of the most common types of illness that can have a negative effect on our hair.

  • Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can cause hair to start falling out in clumps. Luckily, the hair loss might not be permanent depending on severity.
  • Thyroid Issues: If your thyroid is overactive or underactive, you are likely to notice some negative changes in your locks. Scattered hair loss is to be expected.
  • HIV: Over time, HIV treatments such as AZT, Crixivan, Atripla can lead to hair thinning and eventual hairloss..
  • Cancer: While the cancer itself won’t lead to hair loss, most treatments designed to get rid of it will. Chemotherapy and radiation, in particular, will most likely lead to rapid hair fall. The good news is that once the treatment is complete, your crowning glory should grow back relatively quickly (with a few minor colour and texture changes to start off with).
  • Adult-Onset Muscular Dystrophy: Men and Women who suffer from this disease will likely experience balding at the front of the scalp.
  • Stress: While not a disease as such, stress can cause many related conditions that lead to illness and one of the early signs of stress is hair loss (Telogen effluvium, which can also be caused by hormonal changes in menopause).

If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned illnesses and are looking to restore your hair to its former glory, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a number of hair restoration therapy options available to you. To learn more, be sure to book your complimentary consultation at Hair Clinic International today!