Unusual Types Of Hair Loss: Assorted Medical Mysteries

Let’s take a look at few other unusual types of hair loss.


We all know that some types of chemotherapy can cause temporary hair loss. But diffuse hair loss (alopecia) can also be a symptom of cancer. Not long ago, a case was written up about a patient who presented with hair loss (and other symptoms) and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, a type of lymphoma. Sudden hair growth or loss should always be discussed with your physician.


Yes, an underactive thyroid can cause hair loss. Talk to your doctor because your thyroid function can easily be determined by a blood test.

Other Hormonal Disorders

There is a long list of hormonal disorders that can cause hair loss. Some of them include Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and diseases of the pituitary gland.

Vitamin A

An excess of Vitamin A can cause hair loss (and a host of other problems.) Taking supplements can be good for you if you don’t overdo it.

Stress or Trauma

A stressful event or trauma to the body like surgery, a long illness, or even childbirth can precipitate hair loss. Don’t worry, your hair will grow back when your life normalizes.

Side Effects of Certain Drugs

Yes, unfortunately some drugs can cause hair loss. Common culprits are heparin and lithium. Do not go off your medication without consulting your doctor.

An Autoimmune Disorder

Some rare and unlucky individuals can suffer patchy or total hair loss from an autoimmune disorder. This is called Alopecia areata or Alopecia totalis. Lupus, another better known autoimmune disease, can also present with hair loss.


Hair loss can be a symptom of long-term, chronic poisoning. Arsenic, lead, mercury, and thallium, for example, are all known to cause hair loss if they are ingested over a long period of time.

While these unusual reasons for hair loss may be rare, we always recommend having a physical exam from your family doctor if you are experiencing hair loss. It’s important to know the reasons for your hair loss and address them before starting treatment for hair loss. Many of the unusual hair loss problems listed here can be reversed with treatment and time.

If you have any questions about treatment for hair loss or any of our products, we encourage you to call us directly at (844) 280-4680.

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