We try to find the best haircut for our hair that goes well with our face, we dye it, we degraph it and we comb it. Top or bottom, no matter how you look at it, your hair can really tell who you are. But can he tell you how you are? There are hair disorders that mean more than a simple daily hair loss, keep reading our article and find out what these hair disorders can be.

Sometimes your hair is trying to tell you “cut me off”, and other times it is trying to tell you something a little more serious. Your hair can tell you a lot about the health of your entire body. These are the top 10 common hair disorders associated with more serious health problems, however some of these symptoms will not be from serious causes sometimes. You should know how to distinguish when it is time to visit the doctor.

Top 10 hair disorders and what they mean

Gray hair

If you’ve heard of Marie Antoinette, it is possible to know about the syndrome of Marie Antoinette which is a sudden whitening of the hair .

As the story goes, the hair of this 18th century queen of France turned entirely white the night before she was to be beheaded.

Is it really true? That is in doubt, but what is not in doubt is that this syndrome does exist, which gradually turns hair gray over a period of up to weeks, especially when under the very deep influence of stress.

“Oxidative stress can affect pigment-producing cells,” says dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, MD, of the department of dermatology at The Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, California.

This differs from person to person, but if you are noticing a new crop of gray hair, you should take a vacation and find ways to make your life less stressful if you know what stress is. Gray hair is also based on genetics, so for some it is just a waiting game.

Brittle hair

Brittle hair is one of the symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome , a rare condition caused by too much cortisol . Sometimes treatment for Cushing syndrome is as easy as changing a dose of the drug, and other times the disease requires larger treatments: surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

These are used to correct the adrenal gland’s overproduction of cortisol.

Dry and thinning hair

The hypothyroidism can change the appearance of your hair as well as other symptoms. It is suggested that people with thyroid disease “may notice increased hair loss and a change in appearance.”

A thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test will see if your hair is trying to warn you of a problem thyroid. Other symptoms include tiredness, cold intolerance, joint pain, muscle pain, swelling of the face, and weight gain.

Hair loss

Low iron levels or anemia are hair disorders that you may be trying to warn about. You will see a lot more hair on the brush after brushing, or on the floor of the shower.

Vegetarians and women with heavy periods increase their risk of iron deficiency . Eat more iron-rich foods, and be sure to get tested to see if anemia is what your hair is trying to warn you about.

Hair thinning

Protein is essential for building strong hair – without enough protein you will experience thinning and even hair loss.

People with gastrointestinal difficulties or problems digesting protein are at risk. Although most hair thinning, even in women, is due to genetics, a lack of protein could very well be the problem.

Yellow flakes or flakes

More commonly called dandruff , seborrheic dermatitis is a scalp skin disorder characterized by yellow or white flakes in the hair, on the shoulder, and even on the eyebrows.

This could be caused by bacteria on the skin or by an inflammatory response – so a change in diet could put it in order. Of course, you should consult your pharmacist and buy special shampoo, but if the problem does not go away you may have to take more serious measures.

Damaged hair

Your hair may be the one that warns you about health conditions, poor eating habits, and more, but sometimes your hair is trying to tell you not to damage it anymore.

Dyeing it, ironing it, rolling it, and giving it “treatments” can leave it brittle, dry and divided. If you’re over-treating your hair like that, you might not be realizing all the other things we’ve talked about, and that your hair might be trying to tell you.

Hair loss

When your hair begins to fall out in clumps, or patches – especially in women – it could be a sign of diabetes. Diabetes is also linked to thinning hair and scabs on the scalp.

If your hair is falling out in circular patches it could be trying to warn you of diabetes.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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