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Hair Loss among Teenagers - What Parents need to know

Hair Loss among Teenagers - What Parents need to know

Teenage is the most carefree and stressful time because teens become more conscious about their appearance and personality. Hair loss is a teen's worst nightmare. Losing one's hair can have a huge impact on self-esteem as we live in a society that judges a book by its cover no matter what we say otherwise

Let’s look at a wide range of probable causes of hair loss in teenagers. We’ll also analyze treatment options.

What are the causes of hair loss in teenagers?

Here are some of the probable causes of hair loss in teenagers.

  • Genetics
  • Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic form of hair loss that can be classified as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. It follows a predictable pattern.

    In men, it typically manifests as an M, V, or U-shaped recession of the hairline and gradual balding at the crown. Women typically notice a gradual thinning of their hair along the part of their hair.

    Pattern hair loss usually begins in adulthood, but it can begin in your adolescence as well. This type of hair loss is common in teenagers, but its prevalence is unknown at this time. If you have close relatives who have experienced pattern hair loss, you are more likely to develop it as well.

  • Alopecia areata
  • Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss in patches.

    Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system misidentifies healthy cells in your body as foreign invaders. Your immune system attacks your hair follicles in the case of alopecia areata. You may experience hair loss on your scalp, brows, eyelashes, or entire body

    Alopecia areata affects approximately 2% of the population at some point in their lives. It affects the majority of people before the age of 30, and it can begin as early as childhood.

  • Malnutrition
  • Malnutrition is defined as a lack of proper nutrition, which can be caused by not eating enough, eating too much, or not getting the proper nutrient balance. Some potential causes include a lack of food, dietary imbalances, eating disorders, or digestive conditions.

  • Thyroid problems
  • Thyroid conditions that cause thyroid hormone underproduction or overproduction can result in hair loss or brittle hair.

    Thyroid-related hair loss usually manifests as a uniform thinning across your scalp. People with severe or long-term thyroid disease are more likely to experience hair loss. With the right care, lost hair can often regrow.

  • Alopecia traction.
  • The repeated stress of wearing your hair in tight buns, ponytails, or braids causes this type of hair loss. Hair loss along the hairline is common and may be reversible if treated early.

  • The scalp is infected with ringworm.
  • Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes itchy, scaly patches of skin on your scalp. Ringworm can cause inflammation, scarring, and hair loss in some cases.

  • Telogen effluvium
  • It is a type of telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss characterised by excessive hair shedding. Some of the many potential causes include stress, illness, childbirth, and weight loss.

What are the signs of hair loss in teenagers?

Depending on the underlying cause, teenagers may experience patchy hair loss, thinning hair, or pattern hair loss. If your hair loss is the result of an underlying medical condition, you may also experience several other symptoms in addition to hair loss.

  • Hairline (Males)
  • A receding hairline is a condition in which you begin to lose hair around your temples. It is also referred to as a widow's peak.

  • Thinning Crown (Females)
  • Hair thinning in females begins at the crown. It may not be obvious at first, but a closer look will reveal that your scalp is more visible in the crown area.

  • Scalp Itching and Flaking
  • An itchy, flaky scalp and hair loss are not inextricably linked. However, conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis can result in hair loss.

  • Thin Hair Regrowth
  • After the initial shedding, you will notice some hair regrowth during the early stages of hair loss. However, the regrown hair will be much thinner and wispier, as well as gradually becoming shorter.

When to see a doctor about teenage hair loss?

It's a good idea to take your child to the doctor if he or she is losing hair. They can assist you in determining whether your hair loss is due to a medical condition or genetic factors. In some cases, getting a diagnosis early can improve your chances of regrowing your hair.