Daily Archives: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I figure since I’ve done so much research for myself on hair loss due to my medical problems I’d share the information of wealth with the cyber community.
Soon I’ll be posting some stuff on nasal sores as well.
Hormonal Reasons for hair loss
Within two to three months after giving birth, some women will notice large amounts of hair coming out in their brushes and combs.
Women who have a genetic predisposition to suffer from Androgenic Alopecia can have it occur at a much younger age by taking birth control pills.
Disease of Illness that causes hair loss
Sometimes one to three months after a high fever, severe infection or flu, a person may experience hair loss; this is usually temporary and corrects itself.
Both an overactive thyroid and an under active thyroid can cause hair loss.
Protein malnutrition can cause hair loss.
Some prescription drugs may cause temporary hair shedding in a small percentage of people.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment will cause hair loss because it stops hair cells from dividing.
Iron deficiency occasionally produces hair loss.
Anyone who has a major operation – a tremendous shock to the system – may notice increased hair shedding within one to three months afterwards. The condition reverses itself within a few months.
Alopecia Areata type of hair loss is believed to be caused by the immune system reacting to hair follicles as if they were antibodies and shutting them down. It is classified as an autoimmune disease.
Androgenetic alopecia is caused by heredity. (Genetic hair loss.) Even though it is most common among men, it can also affect women.
A fungus infection, ringworm (which has nothing to do with worms) begins with small patches of scaling that can spread and result in broken hair, redness, swelling, and even oozing.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
Folliculitis- it is an infection of the hair follicles that may cause scarring or hair loss.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system. Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects men more often than women.
Muscular dystrophy can cause hair loss. Muscular dystrophy is a rare inherited disease of the nerves and muscles that occurs mostly in males.
Heavy metal poisoning
Sarcoidosis can cause hair loss. Sarcoidosis is a rare disease that causes inflammation and scar tissue throughout the body, especially the lungs, lymph nodes, liver, skin, and eyes.
HIV or late stage syphilis
Stress can cause hair loss is some people. Usually it occurs 3 months after the stressful event has occurred and it may take 3 months after the stress period has ended for the hair growth to resume.
Mechanical Damage that causes hair loss
Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling
Corn-rows or tight ponytails
Some Hair Loss Facts
· 40 percent of all women and half of all men will experience hair loss in their lifetimes.
· The most common causes of hair loss are genetically related.
· Everyday shampooing, combing and blow-drying does not speed up hair loss.
· Experts say that people with certain nutritional deficiencies can sometimes experience hair loss.
· One out of every four women in the United States experiences hereditary hair loss.
· Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.
· If you brush your hair too much, you may end up injuring and losing hair.
· Corn-rows or tight ponytails, can cause hair loss.
· As for hair sprays, perm solutions, or coloring resulting in hair loss there’s no truth to that idea. These applications may cause some damage to the hair strands. But the all-important follicles, located under the skin, stay safe.
· Vitamin deficiency results in an even distribution of hair loss all over the head.
· Steroids use can cause hair loss.
Some Hair Loss Myths
· While baldness is genetic, it is not limited to the maternal side of the family.
· No, wearing hats does not cause hair loss.
· There are no hair-care products that cause hair loss. (For male hair loss)
· Lack of blood flow to scalp does not cause hair loss. Follicles need more than blood flow to grow hair.
· Actually, your hair reacts better to a comb than a brush. Brushing it will only lead to split ends and hair breakage, not to male pattern baldness.
· Cutting your hair does not affect hair growth at all; it will grow about half an inch each month no matter what.
· Blow-drying your hair does not cause hair loss but will cause hair damage such as split ends.
I had my visit with Dr. G today. He’s the guy that replaced Dr. Jackass. He took my list I made up and he looked over it with me, and placed that with my medical file.
He was very compassionate and professional. He explained things well to me and he actually had a diagnosis. He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia but said that he did not want to rule out SLE (Lupus) just yet because they mimic one another with lots of the symptoms I have. He asked me to keep a check on any joint swelling in the near future, and to keep watch when summer comes to how I react to sun exposure. He did tell me though that he felt quite confident in diagnosing me with Fibromyalgia and the explanations he gave me I feel comfortable with that.
Of course they are limited right now in what they can test me for due to my pregnancy and I have to give them some understanding there. After my pregnancy they can do a lot more tests that can’t be done at this time.
The only things he didn’t have an answer for were the nose sores, and the hair loss. He suggested I keep the appointment with the dermatologist in March to see if I might alopecia areata. He said that could very well be a separate illness I have. He said he wished he had a definite answer for me. I feel comfortable with the possibility that the hair loss could be something separate.
The nose sores he said could be the same type of thing. The sores could be a sinus situation and that Dr. T (My general practice doctor) should refer me over to a nose, ear and throat specialist to rule out those other possibilities. I feel comfortable with that too.
He gave me some information on Fibromyalgia and of course I plan to start reading a lot more on that illness with my own Internet research to better understand it. Along with researching more on Fibromyalgia I plan on doing some research on nose sores and possible causes. I plan to look more into hair loss to be sure I haven’t missed anything concerning that as well.
I was worn down after the visit though. I came home and I took a nap! It doesn’t take much to wear me down. My hands were aching a lot today. I have a sore in my nose right now and it hurts like a bitch. I think I’ll go and read up on that right now. Thanks for stopping by my cyber journal.
Until next time…