Hair Loss From Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron deficiency, the lack of healthy red blood cells, is breathtakingly common and a cause of hair loss. We look closer.



Red blood cells fulfil a vital role, ferrying oxygen-carrying haemoglobin around the body. So fundamental are they to the rest of everything else that any sort of deficiency can lead to a  multitude of problems. Untreated it can lead to serious health issues, organ damage chief among them – The heart, for example, must work harder to make up for the lack of oxygen.

Oxygen And Your Hair

As you might expect, those red cells carry that essential oxygen to hair cells too. A reduction in that oxygen supply can, in turn, trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This is the often stress-related condition that is characterized by greater than usual shedding, sometimes quite dramatic. It can be brought on by an emotional event or a shock to the system, pregnancy is a good example.

Telogen effluvium occurs when a greater proportion than usual of your hair follicles go into a resting phase. The result is usually a diffuse thinning of the hair, though it can affect the hairline itself in some cases.

What To Do

If you think you might be suffering from anaemia related hair loss you will need to get along to your doctor. They will need to do some analysis to rule out other possibilities with similar symptoms, like alopecia areata.

The good news is that a full return to health is the typical prognosis, though because of the glacial rate of hair growth it can take several months to get back to your full crowning glory. In the meantime, if you are an appropriate candidate, Scalp MicroPigmentation might be your saving grace with its ability to camouflage thinning hair through the appearance of increased density.

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