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Tips For Preventing Hair Loss During The Holidays

Tips For Preventing Hair Loss During The Holidays

Even in the best of years, the holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. And 2020 has been far from the best of years. All the running around we usually do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s now comes with worries about COVID and the wrench thrown into our traditions as we may not be able to be with loved ones as we usually would. All of these stressors can have adverse effects on our health. This includes hair loss.

Increased hair shedding is one of the season’s unwanted gifts for many people. And it’s not just stress that’s to blame.  As autumn turns to winter, the cooler, dryer air that comes with the change in the seasons can also lead to hair loss.

Here are three big culprits behind hair loss during the holidays and tips for how you can keep it from becoming a problem as you deck the halls this winter:

Manage Your Holiday Stress

Holiday stress now seems as much a part of the holiday season as Santa and jingle bells. While we may not be going to parties and big family gatherings this season, we certainly aren’t lacking for stress, and haven’t been all year. All of that accumulated stress can be a huge contributor to hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium (TE), usually appears a few months following a highly stressful period or event. 2020 certainly counts as a highly stressful period or event.

Finding effective ways to reduce stress is important throughout the year for a whole host of health reasons beyond hair loss. While it may take more of an effort to make time for stress relief during the busyness of the holidays, try to take regular breaks from the madness to take care of yourself. Keep your regular exercise regimen, set aside short periods for meditation, quiet time, or reading, and turn off your gadgets from time to time. All of these simple adjustments can help lower your holiday stress levels and combat TE.

Curb Your Holiday Eating and Drinking

What we eat and drink impacts our health and well-being in countless ways, including the strength of our hair follicles. During the holiday season, our diets change, not just in terms of overindulging but also in the kinds of foods we eat or beverages we drink (whether alcoholic or not).

When your body lacks the nutrients necessary to function properly, certain of those functions shut down. This can include hair growth and regeneration. As you fill yourself with turkey and ham or munch on those holiday cookies, try to ensure that your body is getting enough of these nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for hair growth and overall good health.

Fight Dryness

Even in South Florida, winter can bring drier air, both outside as well as indoors. To keep your hair clean and provide it with the moisture it needs, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and cleanses your scalp. Follow that up with an ultra-light moisturizing conditioner which can nourish your follicles and soften the brittleness that often comes with dry hair.

Winter is A Great Time to Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what the season. If you are ready to do something about your thinning hair, there is no time like now. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through the most advanced hair transplant surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

If you’ve ever seen a television ad for a new drug or game-changing medication, you know that about half the ad’s time is taken up by someone reading a seemingly endless list of potential side effects. That’s the way it is for almost any medication – all the good they do also comes with some bad. For many vital and life-sustaining drugs and treatments, one of those side effects can be hair loss.

Drug-induced hair loss can be just as troubling as pattern baldness or any other type of hair loss. The good news, however, is that most hair loss caused by medication is temporary, with hair growing back after you stop taking the drug.

What’s Behind Drug-Induced Hair Loss?

Medications can cause hair loss by interfering with hair’s normal growth cycle. Hair grows during the anagen phase, which usually lasts between two to seven years. Hair then rests during the telogen phase, which is about three months long. At the end of each telogen phase, hair falls out and is quickly replaced by new hair.

Medications can disrupt one or both of these cycles. Telogen effluvium,  the most common form of medication-related hair loss, usually appears two to four months after starting a drug. Telogen effluvium causes hair follicles to go into their resting phase and fall out earlier than they should. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 30 percent to 70 percent more hairs than the typical 100 and 150 hairs per day.

Drug-induced hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle is called anagen effluvium. This condition prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing as they usually would. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking a medication and is a common phenomenon for patients taking chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment.

What Medications Are Associated With Hair Loss?

In addition to chemotherapy medications, plenty of other common prescription drugs list hair loss as a potential side effect, including:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal medications
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer and other cancers
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs

As noted, medication-related hair loss is almost always reversible. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your prescription, and never discontinue a medication because of hair loss without first discussing it with your physician.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Another Reason to Stop Smoking: Hair Loss

Another Reason to Stop Smoking: Hair Loss

You don’t need us to tell you how bad smoking is for your health. You already know that it causes lung cancer, heart disease, and a whole range of other serious ailments. But even if the risk of such chronic health problems isn’t enough to convince you to quit, perhaps the knowledge that smoking can contribute to hair loss will do the trick.

Research has established a significant connection between the harmful chemicals and other materials in cigarette smoke and hair loss in men and women. Here are some of the ways that smoking can kill your otherwise healthy head of hair.

Damaged Hair Follicles

Tobacco smoke contains a grabbag full of substances that are just awful for the human body, including nicotine, caffeine, acetone, aluminum, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, butane, cadmium, tellurium, carbon monoxide, goroside, and cyanide. Of these, nicotine is the biggest villain in terms of hair loss, as it damages hair follicles, making them weaker and more prone to falling out.

Reduced Blood Flow

Smoking limits the flow of blood in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that make their way to your hair follicles. Without an adequate supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing, and will ultimately fall out.  

Increased DHT Levels

DHT is an androgen that helps to give men male traits. Typically, due to genetics or other hormonal changes, hair follicles develop a sensitivity to DHT and begin to miniaturize. As a result, the hair growth cycle is shortened, and eventually, new hair stops growing. As such, individuals with higher DHT levels may be more prone to hair loss. Since cigarettes increase the production of DHT, smoking can make hair loss and a receding hairline more likely.

Increased Oil Secretion

The nicotine in tobacco can accelerate the body’s secretion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that promotes the production of adrenaline. In turn, the increase in adrenaline can cause more oil to be secreted on the scalp. Too much oil can block hair follicles’ ability to get the nutrients they need and make them more prone to falling out. 

Schedule Your Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

Of course, smoking is hardly the only factor that contributes to hair loss. At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration surgeons use the most advanced hair transplant techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments to help patients restore their hair and self-confidence.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Common Scalp Problems: How To Treat Them

Common Scalp Problems: How To Treat Them

Hair loss is, in its simplest sense, a scalp problem. Whether you suffer from genetics-related pattern baldness or you are losing your hair due to other factors, the health of your scalp plays a direct role in the health of your hair. But hair loss is just one of many ways that your scalp can cause you discomfort, embarrassment, or grief.

Tens of millions of Americans deal with a variety of scalp problems and spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to resolve these issues. Here are some of the most common scalp problems we see at the Miami Hair & Skin Insititute, along with ways you can effectively treat them, usually on your own.

Dandruff

Dandruff may be annoying or embarrassing, but it is not usually a cause for worry or a sign of something more serious. This condition is simply a visible sign that the skin cells on your scalp are producing new cells faster than is typical. This results in excessive shedding of dead skin cells, which then fall from the scalp as dandruff flakes.

While there is no “cure” for the condition, you can keep dandruff under control with over-the-counter medicated shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. If OTC remedies fail to do the trick, you may need prescription anti-dandruff shampoo.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

A mild form of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis can cause a reddening of the scalp and the production of a lot of oil. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the condition is more common in individuals with oily skin or hair, acne, or psoriasis. As with dandruff, attempt OTC shampoos to alleviate the problem and see a doctor for a prescription shampoo if it persists.

Psoriasis

While psoriasis can develop anywhere on the skin, it most often shows up on the scalp when the body makes too many new skin cells. Those cells can build up and form thick, itchy, crusted scales.

Steroid creams or ointments are usually effective at treating scalp psoriasis, as are shampoos containing tar or salicylic acid. Severe cases may need prescription oral or injectable medication.

Folliculitis

Folliculitis, which appears as small pus-filled pimples on the scalp, is a condition involving inflammation or infection of hair follicles. It is usually caused by bacteria that make their way into the follicles from an infection nearby. You can also irritate the follicles when shaving or using makeup, or by certain fabrics in clothing.

While some mild cases clear up without treatment, an antibiotic can take care of the issue quickly.

Scalp Sunburn

Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to sunburn on the scalp. Too much sun can turn your hair brittle, dry, and more prone to breaks and splits. Additionally, sunburn on the scalp can not only be the result of having areas of thinning or absent hair, but it can also cause hair loss, at least temporarily. Protect your scalp with scalp sunscreen or a hat, especially in the summer.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and hair restoration plan, contact us online or call our office at 305-925-0222.

Common Scalp Problems: How To Treat Them

Scalp Care: How to Maintain Healthy Hair

You can’t plant a beautiful garden in rocky, dry soil. Your flowers will die unless you ensure that they have the water and sunshine they need. Think of your scalp like the garden in which your hair grows. If your scalp is unhealthy, it can have a direct and significant impact on your hair health. If you already struggle with hair loss, tending to the health of your scalp can slow down shedding and keep the hair you still have strong and resilient.

Here are six ways you can take care of your scalp so your scalp can take care of your hair:

  1. Increase your protein intake. Hair needs a sufficient amount of protein to grow. Make sure you eat plenty of protein-rich foods like fish, beef, and eggs, as well as are beans, lentils, and soy.
  2. Reduce your stress level. Stress can negatively affect your health in a host of ways, including damaging your hair follicles. When your body overproduces hormones such as cortisol as a reaction to stress, it can lead to adrenal fatigue. In turn, the overproduction of stress-related hormones causes a corresponding drop in levels of other hair-critical hormones like aldosterone and androgens, causing hair to weaken and ultimately fall out. Find ways of alleviating stress that work best for you.
  3. Get more sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, it will catch up to you. Our bodies use a lot of energy every day and won’t work as they’re supposed to if they don’t have a chance to recharge. One function that won’t work as well as it should is the repair and regeneration of hair follicles. Insufficient sleep gets in the way of this process, causing hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it would if you got enough rest.
  4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. To stop and avoid hair loss, be sure to eat a well-rounded diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamin E, vitamin A, and other essential nutrients.
  5. Keep hydrated. Water is as vital to healthy hair as it is to healthy plants and flowers. Hair shafts are composed of approximately 25 percent water, and dehydration weakens those shafts. Make an affirmative effort to drink lots of fluids – at least 64 ounces of water per day –  so you can keep your thirsty hair from drying out.
  6. Wear scalp sunscreen. Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to sunburn on the scalp. Too much sun can turn your hair brittle, dry, and more prone to breaks and splits. Additionally, sunburn on the scalp can not only be the result of having areas of thinning or absent hair, but it can also cause hair loss, at least temporarily. Protect your scalp with scalp sunscreen or a hat, especially in the summer.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and hair restoration plan, contact us online or call our office at 305-925-0222.

Can Hair Extensions Damage My Hair Follicles?

Hair fashions and styles can often be, but certainly aren’t always, the enemy of hair health. For example, traction alopecia is a hair loss condition most often caused by hairstyles that pull hair to the breaking point, such as wearing unnecessarily tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids for a long period of time.

Hair extensions are an increasingly popular styling option for many women, and while extensions themselves may not put you at risk for hair loss or follicle damage, the sloppy or improper attachment of extensions can absolutely cause problems for your hair.

Not all hair extensions are created equal, and not all stylists who apply extensions are equally skilled at doing so.

The safest kind of extensions, the one that has little to no chance of damaging your hair no matter who applies them, are clip-on extensions that women typically wear for only a few hours at a time and can be removed easily after each use.

Permanent hair extensions, on the other hand, involve the use of heat, glue, and lamps as part of the application process. This fusion type of extension attaches to your natural hair using keratin bonds that are melted, formed, and re-hardened around the hair in individual strands.

Problems can arise if the weight of the extensions is excessive. All of that heavy hair and gravity pulling down on your real hair can cause traction alopecia. Hair extensions should never weigh more than 200 grams. The risk of hair damage can be reduced by having a professional stylist apply the extensions followed by subsequent visits in which the glue is changed out or the stylist rotates the extensions so that they are not bound to the same hairs and the same tension all the time.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While hair extensions aren’t inherently damaging, that doesn’t mean they are 100% free from complications, including hair damage and loss. If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute today.  To receive a personalized assessment and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Loss Treatments: Do’s and Don’ts

They say that when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Unfortunately, many people who start to experience hair loss keep on digging and needlessly make matters worse for themselves. While many of the reasons behind hair thinning and baldness are out of our hands – genetics, primarily – plenty of styling, lifestyle, and diet choices can have a significant impact on the health, strength, and resilience of our hair. By doing the right things and not doing the wrong things, you can make great strides in slowing or preventing further hair loss.

If you notice more hair in your sink or shower and start seeing thinning areas on your scalp, keep these hair loss do’s and don’ts in mind:

Hair Loss Do’s

  • DO eat healthy. As with other aspects of health, the health of our hair relies on eating the right foods in the right amounts to ensure we get the nutrients we need.  A diet that includes a healthy amount of protein from various sources can be key to growing and healthy hair. Few foods are as rich in protein as nuts and legumes. Nuts also contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Try to make nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews a regular part of your diet. Additionally, a lack of iron can contribute to hair loss. Iron-rich foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens can increase your iron intake and help feed your hair.
  • DO get enough sleep. Sufficient sleep is an indispensable part of overall health, as we expend tremendous amounts of energy every day and need the time to recharge so our bodies can function as they are supposed to. A lack of sleep keeps our bodies from repairing and regenerating hair follicles, causing hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would. Even hair that doesn’t fall out will suffer noticeably, losing shine and volume.
  • DO manage your stress. Overproduction of stress hormones contributes to adrenal fatigue, which happens when the body produces too much cortisol. In turn, this excessive production leads to a corresponding underproduction of hormones like aldosterone and androgens. Since these hormones are needed for healthy hair growth, an insufficient supply will cause thinning or balding hair. Find ways to alleviate day-to-day stress that work for you.
  • DO stay hydrated. Just as a plant won’t grow and will ultimately die without water, your hair needs to stay hydrated to stay healthy. Hair is one of the first parts of your body to show the effects of water, vitamin, and mineral deficiency. Make an effort to push fluids – at least 64 ounces of water per day.

Hair Loss Don’ts

  • DON’T wear destructive hairstyles. Some hair loss problems are caused by the way we treat and style our hair. Tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. Constant and severe tension on hair follicles because of such hairstyles will damage and weaken those follicles and eventually kill them, causing them to fall out. Avoid these styling habits, and also avoid hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period or hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed or clipped to the hair.
  • DON’T smoke. Smoking limits the flow of blood in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that make their way to your hair follicles. Without an adequate supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing, and will ultimately fall out.  
  • DON’T let styling products build up. Despite concern to the contrary, there is little evidence that everyday styling products like mousse, gels, or hairspray have any adverse effect on our follicles if used correctly. The key is ensuring that you wash your hair regularly to prevent such products from contributing to any long-term buildup of sebum-based plaque. When combined with pollutants, oils, and sweat, this buildup could lead to a condition called scalp folliculitis which can make it impossible for hair follicles to support a normal hair growth cycle.

Schedule Your Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home or through changes in lifestyle or diet. Through advanced hair transplant techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients who are ready to take action and restore their hair and self-confidence.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Does Chili Oil Make Hair Grow?

Is it time to turn up the heat on your hair? Some beauty bloggers and others have suggested that the answer is yes. These folks have promoted the idea that applying chili oil to your hair and scalp will encourage hair growth. But the reality is that doing so is not such a hot idea, and there is no scientific evidence to support the practice.

Relying on a “remedy” passed down from her grandmother, one such blogger reported that rubbing a mixture of red chili powder and coconut oil onto her scalp at least three times a week led to the growth of new hairs to see improvement.

While that blogger may have seen hair growth, it is doubtful it was from grandma’s magic chili mixture. There is simply no proof that it will work. In fact, it could cause more harm than good. Applying chili oil to your scalp could cause that cause irritation, burning and swelling, all of which could actually damage follicles and lead to some hair shedding. If you get the chili solution into your eyes, be prepared for even more pain.

While applying chili oil topically may not promote hair growth, there is a grain of truth to the idea that chili oil or chili peppers may support hair health and thus limit hair loss.

Chiles contain several vitamins and nutrients that can help prevent hair loss, such as potassium, iron, and vitamins B1 and B6. Additionally, the active ingredient in chiles is a substance called capsaicin. With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, capsaicin can increase blood flow to the scalp and ensure that sufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients make their way to your follicles.

If you want to incorporate chili peppers or chili oil into your diet with the goal of keeping your hair and scalp healthy, by all means do so. But keep the heat in your mouth, not on your head.

Schedule an Appointment Today at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute

While certain foods and a healthy diet can certainly promote hair health and reduce the chance of experiencing hair loss in many folks, it won’t be the cure-all if you are experiencing significant hair loss. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, our world-renowned physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be fixed at home. Through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and their confidence.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Does Washing Your Hair Everyday Cause Hair Loss?

Maybe a friend told you. Perhaps you read something on the internet about it. No matter what you may have heard about shampooing and hair loss, the truth is this: washing your hair every day – with the right shampoo will not cause you to lose your hair. In fact, keeping your hair clean and removing product, oil, pollutants, and other buildup can actually improve your hair and scalp health.

Like our faces, our scalps produce oil, also called sebum. In the right quantity, sebum can keep our skin moisturized and give our hair a healthy shine and soft texture. But too much sebum can make the scalp a breeding ground for the malassezia furfur yeast that is a primary cause of dandruff.

Similarly, the mousse, gels, hairspray, and even dry shampoo we use in our styling routines can buildup on the scalp, just like makeup can accumulate on the face if not adequately cleaned. This layer of residue can clog hair follicles, which can ultimately lead to hair thing and loss. Those who only shampoo once a week or so are particularly susceptible to this problem.

Washing your hair frequently can improve your hair health by clearing away all of that debris and giving your follicles room to grow and thrive. We all lose an average of 80-100 hairs a day as part of the natural hair growth cycle. The hairs we shed get replaced by new follicles. Regular shampooing helps get these falling follicles out of the way to make way for the new ones.

One reason folks may have a mistaken impression about shampooing every day is that they worry that doing so will dry their hair out, making the follicles more prone to damage and breakage. This is not caused by shampoo, per se, but by shampoos that contain too many harsh cleansers or chemicals. Of course, a shampoo that doesn’t provide enough cleaning agents won’t do you much good either. Most everyday shampoos do an excellent job of threading the needle between the two extremes, with mild cleansers that take care of business without leaving your hair dry or damaged.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While washing your hair every day won’t cause hair loss, plenty of other things – like your genes – can. If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute today.  To receive a personalized assessment and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Health Might Be Causing Your Hair Loss

Lab results and medical charts are not the only ways to find out about your health and well-being. Your body has several ways of telling you that something may be amiss. This includes the condition of your scalp and hair.

Sometimes, sudden or unexpected changes to your hair – from differences in strength, texture, or color to significant hair loss and shedding – can be early warning signs about other health issues that require your attention.

Here are the top five reasons why your overall health might be contributing to or causing your hair loss issues:

Alopecia Areata

This hair loss condition is caused by a direct attack on hair follicles by your own immune system and white blood cells. This assault causes the follicles to shrink and subsequently slow down hair production. In turn, this leads to hair loss in quarter-sized patches which can progress across the scalp rapidly and unpredictably. The hair follicles are not destroyed and can regrow as soon as the inflammation subsides.

Unlike hereditary hair loss, which generally begins later in life, visible signs of alopecia areata typically occur before the age of 30.

Anemia

Anemia, or an insufficient amount of iron in the blood, is one of the most common causes of dietary-related hair loss. Low levels of iron restrict proper blood flow – reducing the amount of growth-stimulating nutrients that hair follicles need. Foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, and other leafy greens can increase your iron intake and help feed your hair.

Lupus

At least 1.5 million Americans live with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, commonly called lupus, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. This chronic and painful condition disproportionately affects women – lupus is nine times more common in women than in men.  

Lupus causes the body’s immune system to produce antibodies that attack healthy cells and tissue throughout the body, including hair follicles. Seeing these follicles as harmful enemies, the antibodies kick them out, resulting in hair loss. Lupus symptoms tend to be cyclical, flaring up and then going into remission which means that hair may grow back only to fall out again. If scarring occurs in affected hair follicles, the hair loss can be permanent.

Hashimoto’s Disease

The thyroid gland creates and releases hormones throughout the body. When it isn’t working correctly, either by releasing too many hormones (hyperthyroidism) or too few (hypothyroidism), it can negatively impact the body’s natural functioning and cause a range of symptoms and conditions, including hair loss.

Hashimoto’s Disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It involves the immune system directly attacking the thyroid, limiting its ability to produce the hormones necessary for healthy hair growth. Without those hormones, hair will stop growing and eventually fall out.

Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes can cause hair loss when elevated blood sugar levels interact with and change the shape of red blood cells. Misshapen red blood cells have a more difficult time traveling through smaller blood vessels, including the capillaries that supply vital blood to hair follicles. When that blood flow is disrupted, follicles may die and hair may fall out.

Call the Miami Hair & Skin Institute Today to Discuss Your Condition

For those living with a challenging medical condition or health problems, hair loss can make an already difficult situation even more so. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we help patients who are experiencing health-related hair loss develop a treatment program to complement the treatment they receive for the underlying condition behind that hair loss

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation and to learn more about our effective treatments, please contact our clinic at 305-925-0222.

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