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How do other illnesses affect hair disorders?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Other illnesses actually can cause hair disorders. Some cancers or tumors can cause an excess of hair growth. A hormone imbalance can cause male pattern hair growth. Polycystic ovary syndrome can cause male pattern hair growth as well. Diabetes, lupus, malnutrition and hormonal changes can all affect hair loss. Certain treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can have an effect on hair disease as well.

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