How do other illnesses affect hair loss?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hair loss can be caused by several illnesses. If you receive chemotherapy for cancer, you might lose your hair. Thyroid problems, lupus, and skin infections can also cause hair loss. Mental problems such as extreme stress can result in hair loss.

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