As well as Androgenetic Alopecia, better known as male pattern hair loss, there are other non-genetic triggers for hair loss. Some of them are also signs of potentially serious health issues that should send you scurrying to see your Doctor. We take a closer look at a couple of serious health issues that might be mistaken for simple hair loss.
Losing the hair from your scalp is typically quickly spotted, such is our emotional attachment to our manes. Although it is possible to lose a fairly surprising amount of hair before it becomes noticeable to your eye, the first signs will appear on your pillow and in the plugholes in the bathroom shower and sink… depending on where you wash your hair. It is important to initially treat this as a medical matter, to err on the side of caution and get along to the Doctor.
But even before you set out to see the Doctor there are a few checks you can run. Are there any signs of hair loss elsewhere on your body? Losing hair from your chest, back, legs and even pubic hair can all be indicative of an underlying problem.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Losing hair on your legs in particular can be a sign of peripheral vascular disease, a condition that is vital to spot as early as possible as it predicts greater risk of both heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that it is treatable and that that test is simple and non-invasive.
Lowered Testosterone Levels
This is a condition that can present as sexual dysfunction – It is treatable although the condition runs the risk of being hidden since popular, FDA approved, medications for hair loss in men can also offer sexual dysfunction on their list of potential side-effects. Losing hair in the pubic region is a key differentiator, a symptom that appears with lowered testosterone that is not associated with hair loss medication.
As with all these things, the recommendation is that if you are in any doubt at all you should make an appointment to discuss the issue with your Doctor. There are lots of simple tests that can be run to identify the cause of your own hair loss, it is important to rule out the range of potentially serious underlying conditions that may be present.
For the vast majority of men these investigations will simply confirm that you are suffering from the all too common Androgenetic Alopecia. With that peace of mind you can, if you so choose, begin the task of exploring all your options for addressing that condition.
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