Question : I am suffering from hair loss and some white hair too! Please suggest some tips to deal with this problem.
Dear Teentalker, Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns. Sometimes, teenagers are likely to suffer from hair loss, too and there could be a variety of reasons for the same:
- Ringworm of the scalp- a fungal infection, that can be treated with medication.
- Hormonal conditions such as thyroid disease and lupus can lead to hair loss in teen boys
- Harsh brushing, combined with frequent shampooing combined with use of extra strong conditioner is another reason for hair loss in teenage boys.
- If you’re having hormonal imbalance (androgen imbalance), you might experience hair loss.
- Hair loss among teenagers could also indicate early signs of juvenile diabetes. So, to rule out this possibility, please make sure you get your blood sugar levels checked.
- If you’ve suffered from a major illness or have entered into adolescence with a history of childhood ailments, you are likely to experience hair fall.
- Sometimes, hair fall could also be due to prescription drugs could be diagnosed as allergy or damage to the hair protein called keratin.
- Frequent and habitual use of hair gels and sprays can also lead to hair fall.
Sometimes, some strands of hair can turn white and this usually happens when the hair follicles loses its pigmentation, thereby causing the hair to turn white. There are several reasons why your hair might be turning white. Here are a few possibilities:
- Genetics: If everyone in your family, including your father, grandfather and so on had their going white at a young age, then it is possible that might be the case with you as well!
- Stress: It could also be due to stress which is often caused due to unhealthy lifestyle, sleep problems (that is sleeping less or not able to fall asleep) or anxiety, change of appetite and high blood pressure
- Weak immune system
- Thyroid problem: If your thyroid is too active or less active, it can cause your body to produce less melanin, thereby making your hair colour white.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency: Lack of sufficient vitamin B12 can also cause hair colour to turn white since vitamin B12 contributes to healthy hair growth and colour.
- Smoking: This can reduce blood flow to hair follicles and cause hair loss and damage parts of your hair follicles leading to white hair at early stages.
So, here’s what you can do in order to correct this problem.
- Consult a skin specialist (dermatologist) at a hospital specializing in treatment of hair
- Go for a routine annual health check up, which includes a blood test and show the reports to the skin specialist (dermatologist) and take things ahead from there!
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