How thick your body hair is usually depends on your genetics, there are all sorts of normals: for example, some people have sparse, very light hair with a very light texture, while others have thick, thick and more.
However, if your hair suddenly "changes" it could be a clue, such as an illness. It doesn't matter if it grows faster than usual, gets thicker, or falls off faster and more often.
So, what does change in condition of hair say?1. Male hormone imbalance
A sudden increase in growth or hair loss in women is often associated with an imbalance of male hormones, which are naturally present in varying amounts in both men and women. For example, if your testosterone levels are elevated, this can lead to excess hair growth. This is called hirsutism. Hyperandrogenism in diagnosis means: Hair on navel, chest, back. The presence of more than eight dermal papillae around a single hair in women is considered abnormal and fits definition of hirsutism.
Like excess male pattern hair, male pattern baldness in women is a sign of changes in male hormone levels. When estrogen levels drop as a result of menopause and testosterone levels rise, many women find their scalp hair thinning and thinning.2. It could be a sign of PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disease caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones that affects almost one in ten women of reproductive age.
This can cause problems with ovaries, which produce eggs that are released each month as part of menstrual cycle. In polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), egg may have problems or may not be released during normal period.
It can cause a range of symptoms such as irregular menstruation, adult acne, thinning hair, or excessive hair growth on face, chin, or other parts of body. This is due to increased production of testosterone in body, which stimulates excessive body hair growth.3. There may be an iron deficiency.
Everyone has hair growth cycles. Some people naturally lose their hair in spring and fall, while others lose it in summer and winter. But diffuse hair loss can mean anemia or lack of iron in blood. Vegetarians have a higher risk of iron deficiency, which can lead to hair loss.4. Hypothyroidism.
According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), thyroid gland is like a small butterfly-shaped gland on front of neck that secretes hormones that help control body's energy expenditure. When you don't have enough thyroid hormones, many bodily functions slow down, including hair growth.
Thyroid-related hair loss has specific symptoms: if you find you've lost a third of your eyebrows and your nails have raised ridges, you may have an autoimmune thyroid disease. The level of thyroid hormone or thyrotropin.5. The level of estrogen has changed.
The amount of estrogen in body can also affect condition of hair. When estrogen levels are high, hair tends to be thicker than usual; when estrogen levels are low, hair loss can occur. Sudden changes in estrogen levels, such as after pregnancy or stopping birth control pills, can also cause temporary hair loss.6. Medicines may have side effects.
Some medicines can have a direct effect on hair. Some of them, including antidepressants and anticoagulants, can cause temporary hair loss. It can also happen after pregnancy, major surgery, or significant weight loss. called "extreme stress".
Other medications can cause hair growth, including an increase in body hair. These drugs include testosterone, danazol (also an androgen), phenytoin (an anticonvulsant), and corticosteroids (a type of steroid). In most cases, hair changes are not permanent and will stop as soon as you stop using medicine.7. There may be autoimmune problems.
A rare but autoimmune disease in which immune system gets out of control and attacks hair follicles. The result can be hair loss with odd rounded patches (alopecia areata), complete loss of hair on head (alopecia totalis), or complete loss of hair on head and body, including eyebrows and eyelashes (alopecia universalis). These conditions are usually treated with systemic steroids.8. In rare cases, you may have a tumor.
If hirsutism comes on suddenly and abruptly (say within six months) and testosterone and DHEAS levels are very high, you may have a tumor that releases a male hormone and changes shape of hormones in body to make hair grow longer and faster. In these cases, we look for tumors in adrenal glands or ovaries - both options are possible.
Although changes in body hair may indicate an underlying health problem, this does not mean that you have an Anomaly, it is recommended not to ignore it, treat it correctly and rationally, go to hospital for an examination, and a medical examination every year should also be a routine operation so that we can achieve early prevention, early detection, early diagnosis and early treatment!