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1.  Hair Loss
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes that 80 million men and women in America have hereditary hair loss (alopecia). (AAD) It can affect just the hair on your head or your whole body. Although it is mor...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Balding
  • Loss of body hair
2.  Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. At some point in their lives, up to 50 percent of all men will be affected by male pattern baldness to som...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Hair loss receding hairline
3.  Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. Alopecia areata rarely causes total hair loss, however it can prevent hair from growing back. The condition is not life threatening, does no...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Vitiligo
  • Patchy loss of scalp hair
4.  Hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland that controls the body's metabolism. It is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid gland produces th...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Short stature
  • Obesity
  • Hoarseness
  • Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
5.  Nutritional Deficiencies (Malnutrition)
The recommended daily amount (RDA) of a nutrient is determined by how much the body needs to stay healthy. Nutrients can be obtained in a variety of ways-from eating a varied diet to taking vitamin supplements. ...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Dry hair
  • Short stature
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Swollen ankle
6.  Hyperthyroidism
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck below your Adam's apple. It produces tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), two hormones which control how your cells us...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Vitiligo
  • Hot flashes
  • Heart murmurs
  • High blood pressure
7.  Acute Stress Disorder
In the weeks after a traumatic event, you may develop an anxiety disorder called acute stress disorder (ASD). ASD typically occurs within one month of a traumatic event. It lasts at least two days and up to one month...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Fear
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Anxiety attack
  • Panic attacks
8.  Lichen Planus
Lichen planus is a common skin rash that is not contagious. Common symptoms may include lesions in the mouth which may be painful or cause a burning sensation.
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Blanching of skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Unpleasant taste in mouth
  • Bitter taste in mouth
9.  Hodgkin's Disease
Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma. Lymphoma is a blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps the immune system get rid of waste and fight infections. There are two main types o...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Neck lump
  • Flushed complexion
  • Moist skin
  • Clubbing of toes
10.  Underactive Pituitary Gland (Hypopituitarism)
Your pituitary gland is located just below your brain. It releases eight hormones that each plays its own role in your body processes. Functions range from stimulating bone growth to prompting your thyroid gland t...
Symptoms:
  • Hair loss
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • General weakness
  • Depressed mood
  • Vaginal pain
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