Some causes of hair loss are better publicised than others. Conditions such as Alopecia Areata and male pattern baldness may be quite common, but did you know that there are a whole host of other health conditions which can lead to hair loss?
Anaemia or iron deficiency can lead to thinning hair or hair loss. Women of child-bearing age and those who do not include much meat in their diet can become iron-deficient. Taking iron supplements without your GP’s advice is not recommended, as too much iron can be harmful to health. Instead, eating a diet filled with good, natural sources of iron such as spinach, red meat, chicken and egg yolks should ensure you get your recommended daily intake. If you think you may be anaemic, it’s important to see your GP.
The thyroid is responsible for secreting hormones which aid the body’s growth and development. Suffering from hyper or hypothyroidism (where there is an excess or unusually low level of thyroid hormones being secreted) can lead to hair loss and thinning hair. Thyroid disorders can usually be managed with prescription medication, and your hair will begin to grow back, although this could take several months.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common condition where male hormones and androgen are secreted into the body, forming small cysts (fluid-like sacs) in the female ovaries. Hormonal imbalances due to PCOS can affect hair growth – many women with the condition experience hair loss on the scalp whilst noticing excessive facial and body hair growth.
A woman’s body goes through countless changes during the menopause. Oestrogen levels naturally drop, and this can cause your hair to become dry – it could even lead to hair loss. Using mild shampoos and conditioners to take care of your hair and eating a well-balanced diet can help. Some women turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to re-balance their hormones and help hair to grow back.
Lyme disease is caused by an infection spread by a tick bite. The condition can first present itself with a rash and flu-like symptoms as the bacteria moves through your blood and lymphatic system. If not treated, the bacteria can damage your nervous system and joints. It’s thought that because Lyme disease affects your thyroid, this could lead to hair loss, although the real reason the condition causes shedding is unknown. After seeking medical treatment, hair should begin to grow back, but you may wish to consult a hair loss specialist if you are concerned.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.