Things Your Hair Can Tell You about Your Health

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 29, 2014

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The changes in your hair's look, texture, or thickness can be a sign of an underlying health condition. The next time you look in the mirror, take a closer look at your hair to look out for signs of illnesses.
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    What your Hair Says About your Health

    We all think about our hair on a daily basis — while sometimes we enjoy a good hair day, at other times we have bad hair days. The changes in your hair's look, texture, or thickness can be a sign of a health condition. The next time you look in the mirror, take a closer look at your hair to look out for symptoms of diseases. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Dry, Thinning Hair

    Dry hair can be a result of use of hair dyes, hair blowers and swimming in chlorinated water. Sometimes, hair dryness and thinning suggest a bigger problem and one of them is hypothyroidism. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    One of the main reasons for dandruff is dry skin and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Stress, a weak immune system, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease can be the other reason to lead to the development of dandruff. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Thinning Hair

    It can be a sign of a serious problem when you notice considerably more hair on the hairbrush or when they seem to come out in clumps. A sudden psychological stressor, high fever, diabetes can cause sudden hair thinning. A number of medications also cause hair loss as a side-effect. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Yellowish Flakes, Itchy Patches on the Scalp

    Yellowish flakes and itchy patches on the scalp can be a sign of seborrheic dermatitis. This chronic inflammatory condition of the scalp causes skin to develop scaly patches, often in the areas where the scalp is oiliest. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Premature Greying

    When your hair greys, it is dictated in part by your genes. However, trauma and stress turn hair gray in some individuals. Stressful situations may affect pigment producing cells and cause premature greying. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Brittle Hair

    One of the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome is brittle hair, but this is not the obvious sign. There are many other, more obvious symptoms of this medical condition. Cushing's syndrome is caused by excess cortisol, including high blood pressure, fatigue, and back pain. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Damaged Hair

    The use of blow dryers and chemical treatment of hair can take a toll on your hair. Both heat-treated and coloured hair can make hair brittle and dry. But, highly treated hair can't give you cues about your health. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Hair Fall in Circular Patches

    If your hair is falling out entirely in small, typically round patches, you could be suffering from alopecia areata. It may also occur at the temples or at the part line. Diabetes may trigger the onset of such hair loss. Alopecia areata can also cause the eyebrows or eyelashes to fall out, so look out for the sign. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Scaly Patches on the Scalp

    Scaly patches on the scalp, often starting at the hairline are one of the signs of psoriasis. It is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the skin goes into an overdrive, sending out faulty signals that speed up the growth of skin's cells. If you are experiencing painful swelling in the joints, see a doctor immediately. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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