Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part Two)

In our previous post, we covered a few of the diseases and disorders that can cause and contribute to hair loss. We’ll continue that series today by discussing three more.

 

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

When people talk about lupus, they are typically referring to systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, as it’s the most common form of lupus. SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks various parts of the body, thinking it’s fighting a foreign intruder. Hair loss is just one of the many symptoms of SLE, which vary depending on which part of the body the immune system attacks. SLE affects women more commonly than men.

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Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease occurs when the adrenal glands – which are located on top of the kidneys – don’t produce enough cortisol (which regulate the body’s reaction to stress) and aldosterone (which regulates sodium and potassium). Symptoms of the disease include hair loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, weight loss, low blood sugar, nausea and vomiting, irritability, depression and more. If Addison’s disease goes untreated, it can become life-threatening.

 

Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis, or SS, is an autoimmune disorder in which collagen production is increased. This results in changes to the appearance and texture of skin, and possible harm to internal organs, muscles, blood vessels and the digestive system. Symptoms include hair loss, joint pain, calcium deposits or dilated blood vessels under the skin, diarrhea or constipation, and shortness of breath. SS may also be called scleroderma or CREST syndrome.

 

As you can see, hair loss is often one of the first symptoms of a wide variety of autoimmune disorders and other diseases. If you begin to notice hair loss, the first and most important thing to do is visit your doctor. If your hair loss is persistent or permanent, please get in touch with our Minnesota hair restoration and replacement service to discuss your options. At our discreet Minneapolis-area salon, we can discuss wigs, extensions, hairsystems and other hair replacement solutions that may be right for you.

Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part One)

On our blog, we’ve previously discussed thyroid disease (which includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease and others) and discussed how the disease could potentially cause hair loss. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is not the only ailment that can cause or worsen hair loss. There are a host of diseases that can impact hair health, and we’ll discuss a few in this two-part series.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair – usually on the scalp, but possibly on other areas of the body as well – to fall out in small patches. While alopecia areata usually does not result in complete hair loss, it may prevent hair from regrowing where it was lost. Even if the hair does grow back, it may fall out again.

There is no cure for alopecia areata, but there may be ways to regrow hair. Talk to one of our Minneapolis hair restoration experts to discuss your options.

 

Syphilis

Syphilis can be difficult to diagnose – it’s possible to have the disease for several years without showing any symptoms. This can cause it to be transmitted more often. More than 56,000 cases were reported in 2013, according to the CDC, making syphilis a fairly common disease.

Syphilis has four stages, and it is during the second stage that skin rashes and hair loss is common. These symptoms will go away regardless of whether you receive treatment, but it’s important to see your doctor and get treated before more serious and permanent harm is done.

 

Hypopituitarism

More often referred to as an underactive pituitary gland, hypopituitarism occurs when the pituitary gland – which is located on the underside of the brain – fails to release enough hormones. Underlying causes of hypopituitarism include brain, pituitary gland or hypothalamus tumors, or other diseases such as tuberculosis, stroke, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis or others. In some cases, the cause may not be known.

Because there is no single causes of hypopituitarism, there is no set course of treatment. The disease is treated on a case by case basis, with an ultimate goal of restoring hormone levels.

 

Stay tuned for part two to learn more about diseases that cause and worsen hair loss.

 

If you’re dealing with hair loss, contact our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon and schedule a free consultation. We carry a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you.