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Can hair loss be affected by autoimmune diseases?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some kinds of hair loss are caused by an autoimmune response in which your body attacks your hair follicles. If you have the kind of hair loss called alopecia areata, you might lose hair in round, smooth patches. You might also have hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, which can be caused by another autoimmune condition.

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