Mark had a whole collection of caps in his closet. There were caps from his favorite sporting teams; caps from places he visited. Each day he chose his cap based on how he was feeling; he felt his choice reflected his mood. Sometimes, when he was feeling down, Mark would pick out a cap that held good memories, other times, such as when he was hanging out with friends, the cap would represent what they had in common, like a favorite sports team.
But lately, the whole collection of caps stayed in the closet. Mark was afraid to wear them. A few weeks ago, he noticed his hair was thinning and a friend said it could be from always wearing a hat. Mark knew that as he got older, his hair would probably thin out, but he was still in his thirties. The thought of going bald was scary and if he had to give up wearing caps to stop it, he would.
For many men, a thick, healthy head of hair is tied in with their self-image. Without their hair, they feel older and less attractive. When ...
There are a lot of side effects that patients deal with when they have a flare-up of their IBD. One thing that is often overlooked when discussing the side effects or symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is what it can do to the hair. Unfortunately hair thinning and loss is a very unpleasant side effect for many patients. While hair loss might not be the most medically significant problem it can still be a devastating one.
There are several reasons for the hair loss experienced in IBD patients. The first reason for this issue is due to malnutrition. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight over a short period of time may be at a higher risk of experiencing hair loss or thinning of the hair. The mal-absorption of nutrients in IBD patients can also cause issues with hair loss even when the patient maintains a stable weight. Normally this kind of hair loss is only temporary and the hair grows back as nutritional status returns.
Definition Alopecia areata is a condition that causes round patches of hair loss, and can lead to total hair loss. Alternative Names Alopecia totalis; Alopecia universalis Causes, incidence, and risk factors The cause of alopecia areata is unknown. About a fifth of people with this condition have a family history of alopecia . Alopecia areata is thought to be an autoimmune condition . This occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. Alopecia areata is seen in men, women, and children. A major life event such as an illness, pregnancy, or trauma occurs before the hair loss in some, but not most patients Forms of alopecia include: Alopecia areata -- patches of hair loss, usually on the scalp, but they also can be in the beard or other areas Alopecia totalis -- complete loss of scalp hair Alopecia universalis -- total loss of all body hair See also: Female pattern baldness Hair loss Male pattern baldness
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