Hair Loss Reasons in Teenagers

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 15, 2012
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  • Baldness may occur as a reaction to certain strong medication.
  • Teenage girls often make tight braids and ponytails.
  • Certain teens problems related to chemical imbalance may occur.
  • The roundworm of the scalp is known to be found in young people.

Contrary to popular belief adolescents and teenagers can suffer from hair loss. The affliction is not limited to old age. There are various reasons why early hair loss may set in.

 

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Hormones

The hormonal surge during adolescence is expected yet in certain teens problems related to chemical imbalance may occur. Teenage girls may develop polycystic ovaries which in turn could lead to hair fall. Also, teen boys with androgen imbalance can experience hair loss.

 

Diabetes

One of the early signs of the onset of juvenile diabetes is hair loss. Young men and women who start shedding hair must get their blood sugar levels checked. One must know that problems related to diabetes are unique to the patient and no two diabetic teens could show the same symptoms.

 

Ill Health

If you have recently suffered a major illness or have entered into adolescence with a history of childhood ailments you are likely to experience hair fall. Low immunity in teens can be easily compensated with diet and exercise as their bodies continue to develop.

 

Medication

Baldness may occur as a reaction to certain strong medication. Hair fall due to prescription drugs could be diagnosed as allergy or damage to the hair protein called keratin. Ask your doctor about side effects before taking any medicines. Birth control pills are also a known cause in hair loss.

 

Braids and Styling

Teenage girls often make tight braids and ponytails. The result is the weakening of roots due to excessive pulling. Similarly, the heat from the blow-dryer in regular use damages the hair further.


Chemicals

Frequent and habitual use of chemicals on your hair is a recipe for disaster. Teens are known to indulge in hair gels and sprays. They may also experiment with bleach and colour that would lead to hair fall.

 

Excessive Hair care

 

Harsh brushing, frequent shampooing combined with the use of extra strong conditioners is another reason for hair fall in teenage boys and girls. The underlying anxiety over self-image can prove to be dangerous.

 

Steroids

Teenage boys who may opt for steroids as easy means for quick muscle gain are bound to suffer from hair loss as an early symptom of further health problems.

 

 

 

Tinea Capitis

A fungal infection or the roundworm of the scalp is known to be found in young people. Teenagers who are into sports or any other activity that leads to prolonged sweating can bring it about. 


Alopecia Areata

An autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata is perhaps the most common amongst teenagers. The chief cause may be stress and the disease is not communicable. The symptoms are the same as patch baldness.

 

Nutrition

Compromised nutrition with a preference for junk food can cause hair loss in teenagers. No amount of hair products or herbal applications can stop hair fall unless a balanced diet is achieved.

 

Stress

If the teen is recovering from post-traumatic stress due to an event s/he is likely to experience hair fall. On the other hand quotidian stress can build up to such a degree that psychosomatic problems can manifest. It is advisable to not rule out other causes as well when dealing with stress related hair fall.

 

 

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