Diseases that Cause Hair Loss (Part 2)

Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease Hair Loss

Celiac disease, also called celiac sprue, is a disorder of the digestive system, caused by an immune reaction from eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats.

Although gluten is harmless to most people, in the case of celiacs, it destroys the lining of the small intestine, reducing its ability to absorb nutrients.

If the intestine cannot absorb nutrients well, the entire body suffers, including hair. That is why people who suffer from this condition also suffer from hair loss, because the hair needs nutrients, vitamins. and minerals to grow strong and healthy.

There is no cure for celiac disease, however, following a strict gluten-free diet can help minimize symptoms and help the intestine heals.  

Dandruff

Dandruff is not a contagious, or an infectious disease but is one of the diseases that cause hair loss. Not so directly though.

The condition impacts roughly 50 percent of folks around the world, so if you are suffering this, you're not alone with this issue.

This skin illness can cause the scalp to begin flaking, even be bloated and red. It can also make your scalp feel dry and itchy.

In the majority of instances, dandruff does induce hair thinning.  Nevertheless, it would result in the urge to scratch. This will harm your hair follicles and leading to your hair loss or thinning, even though maybe not absolute loss.   

Additionally, dandruff may boost hair loss in people with androgenic alopecia, a state which creates male and female pattern baldness.

For sure, it would be awkward to see us with less hair, or no hair at all, which for any individual can translate in not looking or feeling attractive. This would also hurt our self-esteem.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when someone has high blood glucose levels. There are two kinds, type 1 or 2. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. What does that mean? That the one who has it, is likely to develop a condition called alopecia areata, in which the white blood cells attack the hair follicles, instead of protecting them, as it is supposed to be. 

To read more on why diabetes appear on the list of diseases that cause hair loss, read the article: Diabetes and Hair Loss.

Headaches

Pains and tension or stress are related to hair loss. Therefore, if we say there is a connection between stress and hair loss, the same happens for headaches. Especially, tension headaches.

You can go directly to the article: "Hair Loss and Headaches," if you need a more complete explanation why headaches are linked to stress and hypothyroidism, and therefore to hair loss.  

Lupus 

Lupus is another of the diseases that cause hair loss. Although Lupus itself is not contagious, it can cause damage to the organs of the body and pain and complications in the skin. Some of these complications cause permanent hair loss, if the appropriate measures are not taken.

There are four kinds of Lupus:

 1.  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE-It is a class of Lupus that affects different organs of the body. It is difficult to detect, because there is no specific study that does.

 2.  Discoid Lupus Erythematosus-This type of Lupus causes a chronic irritation in the form of discs, especially in the scalp. Hence its name Discoid Lupus. In that disc, after the irritation, some scars are formed, where the hair does not grow back once it is lost. To see the relation between this disease and how that affects your hair, read the article: Discoid Lupus and Hair Loss.

 3.  Subacute Cutaneous Erythematosus-This type of Lupus forms sores and inflammation in the skin, when the one that has it is exposed to the sun.

 4.  Drug Induced Lupus-The name says it all. It is a type of Lupus that is caused by drugs or medications.

Those are the four kinds of Lupus, which is part of the diseases that cause hair loss. Lupus makes the hair on the scalp thin, although only a few loose large amounts of hair.

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In the case of Discoid Lupus, it forms discs with a rash, which not only causes the hair to be lost in those areas, but if it is not treated in time, scars are formed in which the hair will not grow back.

It's like when you put a branding iron on the cows, to identify them. Where it is marked, hair doesn't grow back, and therefore hair loss becomes permanent.

In the same way the Discoid Lupus if not treated in time makes the same effect on the scalp. When the hair is lost and the scar is formed, it cannot be recovered again. That's why it's important to see your doctor as soon as you see any of the symptoms.

So far, we have considered diseases that cause hair loss from A to L. What are the remaining ones? If you want to know just press the button that says next at the bottom of this page.