Understanding Types of Disease That Cause Hair Loss

Back of man's head with large bald spotsBald spots, thinning, and breakage can be symptoms of a serious underlying health condition such as alopecia, lupus, thyroid issues, and other common types of disease that cause hair loss. If you have noticed a dramatic increase in shedding or other change in the appearance of your hair, Drs. Robert J. Dorin and Robert H. True can help. During an evaluation at one of our offices serving Manhattan, NYC, and communities throughout the greater NYC area, we can discuss your options and provide you with solutions to restore your appearance and confidence.

Amongst a growing list of issues and concerns, hair loss can then lead to additional stress and anxiety during times of illness. 

Diseases That May Cause Hair Loss

Hair loss often occurs in patients suffering or recovering from a medical condition or illness. Amongst a growing list of issues and concerns, hair loss can then lead to additional stress and anxiety as the amount of hair loss becomes more prevalent and noticeable to others. Although there are a vast number of health issues that result in hair loss, some of the most common diseases include:

  • Lupus: This long-term autoimmune disease causes a myriad of symptoms that may affect your skin, resulting in hair loss.
  • Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disease that affects the skin and scalp, causing hair to suddenly fall out.   
  • Thyroid Problems: An overactive or underactive thyroid can both be contributing factors to hair loss.
  • Cancer: Cancer such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma may cause hair loss but typically, chemotherapy is the primary cause.
  • Eating Disorders: Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia not only stress the body but also divert important nutrients away from the cells that help grow healthy hair.
  • Burning Scalp Syndrome: Researchers have been unable to identify whether symptoms like itching, burning, and pain lead directly to hair loss, or whether the symptoms and loss are more intricately linked.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: This hormonal disorder can cause problems with hair growth, leading to loss and thinning.
  • Trichotillomania: Little is known about the cause of this condition, which leads to an irresistible urge to pull out healthy hairs from the head or other areas, such as the eyebrows.

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

One of the most significant concerns for patients following a diagnosis of cancer is the side effect of losing their hair. For many, especially for those who have experienced a full, thick head of hair throughout their lifetime, the thought of losing it can be devastating. Chemotherapy treatment owes its effectiveness to a variety of powerful medications which are designed to quickly attack the compromised, cancerous cells. Unfortunately, in addition to treating cancer, the medications also attack the roots of your hair. This can cause the hair to fall out very quickly, even in large clumps, or gradually over time. Some of the most common medications leading to hair loss include:

  • Altretamine
  • Carboplatin
  • Cisplatin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin
  • Epirubicin
  • Fluorouracil
  • Gemcitabine
  • Idarubicin
  • Ifosfamide
  • Paclitaxel
  • Vincristine
  • Vinorelbine

How We Can Help

The added stress of losing hair can make a serious diagnosis even more difficult to manage and overcome. At True & Dorin Medial Group, we understand how overwhelming this time can be and the role your hair plays in your overall self-confidence. Fortunately, through our advanced techniques, including FUT (follicular unit transplantation), FUE (follicular unit extraction), and other hair restoration solutions, we can help you regain the fuller, thicker, and healthier head of hair you desire.

Regain Fuller, Healthier Hair

Whether you are currently noticing thinning hair, or you are recovering from a disease that caused your hair loss, we will design a personalized approach that can help you achieve your goals. To learn more, please send us a message, or contact us at (866) 629-0866.