Can anemia cause hair loss?
Hair loss is a prevalent issue that can affect all individuals at any stage of their lives, regardless of age, race, or gender. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, hair loss can be caused by several factors, including hair care routines, old age, and hereditary hair loss. However, hair loss may be a symptom of serious illness that may require medical advice, such as alopecia areata or anemia.
- What is Anemia?
- What causes anemia?
- Why does anemia cause hair loss?
- How to identify whether your hair loss is caused by anemia
- How to prevent future hair loss
What is Anemia?
Haemoglobin is the protein in your red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen to your tissues. Anemia occurs when you have a decreased level of haemoglobin in your red blood cells.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia, and it occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron required to produce haemoglobin. When there isn’t enough iron in your bloodstream, the rest of your body can’t get the amount of oxygen it needs.
What causes anemia?
According to Healthline, several factors contribute to a decreased haemoglobin level in your red blood cells, therefore causing anemia.
These may include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Blood loss during childbirth
- Limited iron intake caused by a lack of iron-rich foods over an extended amount of time can cause a shortage in your body
- Internal bleeding
- An inability to absorb iron properly
Those with the highest risk include females, pregnant women, vegetarians (due to the lack of iron-rich foods in their diet), those who frequently donate blood, and anyone with inadequate absorption capacity.
What are the signs of being anemic?
These signs may indicate that you’re suffering from anemia. You should look out for:
These may include:
- Feeling weak
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
- Thinning hair/ hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Tongue swelling or soreness
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
Why does anemia cause hair loss?
When you do not have enough iron in your body, your body cannot produce hemoglobin, which carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that result in hair growth, which is the core cause of hair loss suffering from anemia.
Each hair follicle needs nutrient-rich blood and if it isn’t getting this, it makes the hairs weak. Over time the reduction of hemoglobin will result in hair loss. However, this can be reversed with the correct advice.
How to identify whether your hair loss is caused by anemia
If you notice that your hair is becoming weak, more hair strands are falling out, or you’re hair growth is a lot slower than you’re used to, it is best to consult a doctor. Your doctor will perform a blood test to measure your:
- Serum Iron levels
- TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity)
- Transferrin Saturation
- Ferritin levels
How to manage anemia hair loss?
Hair loss caused by anemia can sometimes be prevented with supplements or topical treatments. However, these over the counter treatments aren’t always effective. In this case, there are a number of treatments recommended to improve hair growth:
Effective treatments include:
- Hair transplant and restoration surgery – removing individual hairs from a donor area and implanting them to the bald areas or thinning areas of your head. This is the only long-term cure for alopecia. Elithair always uses the FUE method of hair transplant surgery to achieve the best possible results, alongside modern techniques developed in our leading hair transplant clinic.
- Minoxidil – An over-the-counter topical medication called Minoxidil (Rogaine). This requires you to rub it into your scalp twice a day to promote hair growth and avoid further hair loss for both men and women.This is the only topical medication that’s suitable for women. However, both men and women need to apply this every day to see continued results – and it takes about a year until you start to see results.
- Finasteride (Propecia) – slows hair loss, and for some men, it stimulates hair regrowth.It is only suitable for men and similarly to minoxidil, it needs to be applied every day in order to see effective results.
How to prevent future hair loss
There is a significant link between iron deficiency and hair loss. The most efficient way to prevent future hair loss for those suffering from anemia is to increase your iron intake with food that’s rich in iron. This can be achieved by:
- Taking iron supplements daily
- Introducing iron rich foods, such as meat, eggs, and some green leafy green vegetables such as spinach, into your diet to increase iron levels.
- Introducing foods high in vitamin C to your diets, such as fruit and vegetables.
- Avoiding dairy products, tea, coffee, and foods with high phytic acid levels as they make it more difficult for your body to absorb iron.
Anemia is known to cause hair loss due to the lack of cells in your body that help with your overall health. However, anemia can be temporary or long-term, and it can range from mild to severe depending on the individual and whether any treatment methods are being used.
It is essential to consult a doctor or medical professional when in doubt, but with the correct lifestyle and diet changes, all the signs of anemia can easily be reversed, including hair loss.
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