Medical Hair Loss

Medical Hair Loss

Hair loss may also be a shared symptom of other medical conditions in the body. Among them are:

  • Thyroid dysfunction. Although an underactive thyroid is most commonly associated with hair loss, an overactive thyroid also can have the same effect. Because the thyroid is responsible for the body’s metabolism, under-activity can result in weight gain, dry skin, and constipation, along with reduced hair growth. An overactive thyroid can result in weight loss, a rapid heartbeat, or diarrhea. These conditions can take a toll on a person’s hair.
  • Iron deficiency anemia occurs with blood loss. It can be checked with blood tests, such as a complete blood count and iron stores. Along with hair loss, symptoms can include fatigue and the sensation of being cold.
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  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome is when the ovaries produce too much male hormone. “It can result in less hair on the head and more in other places, such as the face. A blood test for hormones can be diagnostic, and treatment includes oral contraceptives and other anti-androgens.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks normal tissue. Lupus can present many symptoms besides hair loss, including joint aches, rashes, and fatigue. It can be diagnosed with a blood test for antibodies and treated by a rheumatologist.
  • Heart disease. Some studies are showing there may be a relationship between male pattern baldness at the crown of the head and heart disease,  This may be explained by loss of circulation or possibly by increased levels of testosterone that are linked to heart disease. The risk of heart disease for men with high cholesterol and severe baldness may be as much as three times greater than the risk of men with high cholesterol and no baldness. This finding could lead to early and aggressive risk modification for heart disease in both men and women.
  • Skin disorders like tinea capitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis can lead to hair loss. Symptoms usually include intense itching. Treatment includes systemic antifungals, medicated shampoos, and creams.
  • Some medications. Hair loss can also be a side effect of drugs and medical treatments – most notably many types of chemotherapy – but also some blood thinners, beta-blockers, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories. 

Another reason for hair loss can be the result of physical damage.

Trichorrhexis nodosa is caused by excessive heat and chemicals, such as when you use a hairdryer or flat iron or have your hair colored or permed. Trichotillomania is caused by pulling or twisting of the hair, which usually occurs in patients with anxiety or an underlying psychiatric disorder. This is sometimes treated with antidepressants and cognitive behavior therapy.

Medical Hair Loss
Medical Hair Loss
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Medically Related Hair Loss

Hair loss is always an emotional situation to face in any circumstance, let alone a medically related one. However, it’s symptomatic of an even more severe struggle for some. 

Many of our clients come to us because they have been diagnosed with cancer and want to know what options they may have for protecting their hair even through chemotherapy.

We can provide a tailored program, which includes treatments designed specifically for those undergoing cancer treatment —either chemotherapy or cranial radiation. In addition, those diagnosed with cancer can also meet with us to develop treatments for addressing chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

We work with handmade, premium products like specialized wigs that are colored and fitted for your comfort. 

We strive to help you maintain your current look—and that means providing you with a prosthesis made from 100 percent natural human hair or high-quality synthetic, as well as fittings stylings and reconditioning as needed. The goal is to replicate the look of your own natural, growing hair or provide you with a whole new look if that’s what you would prefer. Additionally, we offer a transitional hair cut at the onset of your diagnosis — a vital way to prepare for potential hair loss.  

We can use advanced trichology principles and an expansive lineup of topical treatments to help you care for your scalp and overall hair health. In addition, we provide treatments to help soothe itching or irritated scalps, plus a specially formulated home hair kit that allows you to care for your scalp as needed. These treatments are 100 percent natural, safe, and practical, promoting the health of the head, hair, and scalp.