What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase the
hair loss include:
- Genetics (inherited tendency). If one or both of your parents have hair loss, it is likely
that you will also.
- Disease or illness.
Certain diseases or an illness can cause hair loss. The diseases may include
ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis), thyroid diseases such as
lupus. The illness may include a severe infection or
- Age. Many people have some hair
loss by the age of 50.
- Medicines and medical treatments. Certain
medicines or medical treatments can cause scalp
problems and hair loss.
- Hair care and styling. Some methods of hair care or hair styles can damage hair and
cause hair loss.
If you have alopecia areata, you are
more likely to have permanent hair loss if:
- You have a family history
of the condition.
- You have the condition at a young age.
- You have an
- You have allergies (atopy).
- You have a lot of hair loss.
- You have abnormal
color, shape, texture, or thickness of the fingernails or toenails.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
May 29, 2012
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