Can Anemia Cause Hair Fall?

Anemia is a condition that occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body, or when their body cannot use iron properly. Most people lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. Iron is an essential component in an enzyme called ribonucleotide reductase that helps cell growth of your hair. If you lack iron in your body, it will eventually lead to hair fall. If the cycle of shedding and growth is disrupted or the hair follicle is damaged and substituted with scar tissue, permanent hair loss might occur.

Some of the few possible causes can be:

  • Stress: Hair loss can also occur due to physical and emotional stress. Surgery, high fevers, and blood loss can cause enough stress to cause excessive shedding. Sometimes giving birth to a child can also result in hair loss for several months after the delivery. Try to get rid of anxiety and mental stress as people believe to lose hair during this phase of their life. It’s not so in case for psychological stress.
  • Anemia: Anemia (insufficient red blood cells in the blood), Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (a condition marked by enlarged ovaries and the formation of tiny cysts on the outer edges of the ovaries), thyroid disorders, or pregnancy can also result in hair loss.
  • Genetic factors: Genetic factors also bring about gradual hair loss in both men and women, which results in bald spots and a receding hairline in men, and the thinning of hair among women. Sometimes, you can also start losing hair at a certain age, due to the hereditary factors associated with you.
  • Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as hormonal imbalances, attack the body’s immune system, thus resulting in damaged hair follicles, scalp infections such as ringworm, skin disorders, and hair pulling disorder, a psychological condition that causes people to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows or other parts of the body.
  • Medications: Intake of drugs or medications, like the ones for birth control or for treating high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, arthritis or cancer, can also lead to hair fall in both sexes. Consumption of excessive Vitamin A can cause hair fall as well.
  • Other Possible Reasons: Other reasons, such as radiation therapy to treat cancer, emotional or physical trauma, surgery, extremely high fever, or sudden and excessive weight loss can all contribute to hair loss. Some of the other triggers of hair loss are hair styling equipment and other chemical based treatments.

Ideally, by increasing iron stores, a person may see an improvement in hair growth as well as any symptoms of iron deficiency anemia.

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