What Hair Can Say About Someone’s Health

16. You’re reacting to certain medications Drugs may cause hair loss, stimulate hair growth, or induce changes in the hair shape and color. Drug-induced hair loss… Rina - May 12, 2020
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16. You’re reacting to certain medications

Drugs may cause hair loss, stimulate hair growth, or induce changes in the hair shape and color. Drug-induced hair loss is, in most cases, a consequence of a toxic effect of the drug on the hair matrix. They cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of scalp hair growth. Medications can lead to two types of hair loss: telogen effluvium and anagen effluvium.

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Telogen effluvium is the most common form of drug-induced hair loss. It usually appears within 2 to 4 months after taking the drug. Hair loss from medication usually ceases once people stop taking the medication. However, it is vital to speak to a doctor before stopping a drug, even if it is causing hair loss. Once a person has ceased the medication, hair can take up to 6 months to grow back.

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17. You could have an infection

A number of infections and illnesses can lead to hair loss. An infection that causes a high fever, a fungal skin infection and bacterial infections like syphilis can all be responsible for balding or thinning hair. Treating the underlying infection can restore hair growth and prevent future hair loss.

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Certain infections, such as ringworm, can cause hair loss at the injection site. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can cause hair loss if it develops on the scalp. If you notice a patch of hair loss and an abnormality in the skin, it could be ringworm. Folliculitis is another infection that can result in inflamed follicles and hair loss. Treatment for folliculitis should be sought quickly to prevent as much hair loss as possible.

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18. You could have a skin condition

Painful sores, blisters, or bumps that develop on the scalp may be caused by: Infection of the hair shafts (folliculitis) or the skin (such as impetigo). An allergic skin reaction (contact dermatitis). Viral infections, such as chickenpox and shingles. Folliculitis is a skin condition that isn’t life-threatening, but it can be itchy, sore and annoying. If left untreated, you can end up with hair loss and severe scarring. If you have sensitive skin, simple friction and rubbing can cause the folliculitis rash. Folliculitis may include red skin, tenderness, and pus-filled sores.

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In the initial stages, folliculitis may look like a rash, a patch of small red bumps, or yellow- or white-tipped pimples. Over time, this can spread to nearby hair follicles and progress to crusty sores. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that causes red, itchy, and flaky skin. This rash often occurs on the scalp or near the hairline. In adults with seborrheic dermatitis, stress or other triggers may cause symptoms to reoccur frequently. Identifying and managing these triggers can help prevent flares.

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19. You’re consuming too much vitamin A

Hypervitaminosis A, or vitamin A toxicity, occurs when you have too much vitamin A in your body. This condition may be acute or chronic. Chronic toxicity can lead to liver damage and increased pressure on your brain. Hypervitaminosis A can be diagnosed using blood tests to check your vitamin A levels. As vitamin A is fat-soluble, the body stores more of it than other vitamins that are water-soluble.

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Too much vitamin A can cause your hair follicles to reach the end of the growth phase at a much quicker pace, causing them to fall out faster than the body can replace the hair. The most effective way to treat this condition is to stop taking high-dose vitamin A supplements. Most people make a full recovery within a few weeks. Any complications that occurred from the excess vitamin A, such as kidney or liver damage, will be treated independently.

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20. Your diet needs to be switched

When you don’t get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs from your diet, it can cause a loss of hair. For instance, too little protein in your diet can damage healthy hair, and inhibit your body’s ability to build new hair follicles. Food heaving in carbohydrates, such as potatoes, bread, pasta, and white rice contain a high glycemic index, which can break down sugars quickly and cause inflammation.

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High-fat, fried foods often contain hydrogenated oils that may contribute to hair loss. Like any other part of the body or component of health, hair needs a variety of nutrients to grow and be healthy. Because nutrients go first to essential tissues first, like muscles and organs, before they go to hair, it’s important to get both enough and a variety of nutrients to ensure a healthy head of hair.

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21. If your hair is falling out, it may be genetic

Hereditary-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. Hereditary-pattern baldness is not really a disease, but a natural condition caused by some combination of genetics, hormone levels, and the aging process. Almost all men and women will notice hair loss or hair thinning as they age. The androgen receptor is on the X chromosome, which is why some people propagate the myth that male-pattern baldness comes from the mother’s side of the family (a male inherits the X chromosome from mom, the Y chromosome from dad).

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Hereditary hair loss is most common in men but also occurs in women; for every five men with the condition, three women are also affected. For normal hereditary hair loss, there is no cure as such but treatment may help slow or halt the hair loss. Early treatment works the best, to prevent further loss. This simple test measures the severity of hair loss. During a pull test, a dermatologist grasps small sections of hair, about 40 strands, from different parts of the scalp and gently tugs. If six or more strands fall out, you have what’s known as active hair loss.

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22. Your hair color can point to your eye health

Believe it or not, your hair may say something about your eye health. Those with blonde hair and blue eyes produce less melanin, a protective pigment, than those with brown hair and brown eyes do. This means that your hair color could increase your risk of macular degeneration, the degenerative eye disease. Regardless of hair color, always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful rays.

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As for greying hair – While gray hair feels coarse and rough, the structure of the strand hasn’t actually changed. When those melanin-producing cells run out of steam, the hair follicles also produce less sebum (the natural oils that hydrate hair). As a result, gray hair tends to be drier, which gives it that wiry texture.

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23. Not getting enough sleep

Insufficient amounts of sleep have been shown to have significant negative consequences on the body, which can lead directly and indirectly to conditions of hair loss and thinning hair. The lack of sleep can result in higher levels of stress which is shown to cause hair loss. Your body produces a hormone called melatonin. This hormone helps your body regulate your sleep cycle, and it also has been shown to increase hair growth. Sleep deprivation can eventually lead to stress, and stress has been known to result in telogen effluvium hair loss.

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Can lack of sleep cause dandruff? Sleep deprivation can lead to stress, which in turn restricts blood circulation in the head. The lack of blood circulation in the scalp can make it vulnerable which inadvertently hampers the strength of your hair. Because of this, your scalp becomes especially defenseless against fungal growth leading to an outbreak of dandruff. Also, as insufficient blood circulation restricts the supply of nutrients to the scalp, your dandruff condition can become much worse as a result.

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24. May indicate a dental issue

There is a close relationship between infection outbreaks on teeth and the presence of alopecia areata or localized alopecia, a type of hair loss that has an unknown origin. Alopecia areata starts with bald patches on the scalp, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. The disease occurs in males and females of all ages, and experts believe that it affects 1 out of 1000 people.

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Research by professors José Antonio Gil Montoya and Antonio Cutando Soriano, of the Department of Stomatology of the University of Granada, advises going to the dentist when patients notice localized hair loss, in order to receive a careful examination of their oral health. “Alopecia areata is a kind of dermatitis which presents the following signs: The typical pattern is for one or more round bald patches to appear on the scalp, in the beard, or in the eyebrows, or to undergo a loss of eyelashes. Alopecia areata is thought to be an auto-immune disease”

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25. Hair Personality

Our personality is one of those things that your hair can reveal about you. Your crown of hair is one of the first things that people notice about you when you meet. What is your hair telling other people about you? Long, short, curly or purple, hair says a lot about your personality. Curly and wavy hair means you are fun-loving, that is why a person with curly hair is often not taken very seriously.

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Yet those with thick and wavy hair are considered creative, while thick hair alone shows you have strong will power. Usually, low-maintenance hair is perceived as a sign of a creative personality, especially if we’re discussing wavy hair. However, sociology experts claim that curly-haired women are more fun-loving, while the straight-haired are more serious and responsible.

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