Hair loss at any age is not taken positively and can lead to a low self-esteem but if that happens to a teenager it can be devastating to them. There are various factors that lead to hair loss especially in teenage males and some of them are:
With more and more teenage boys wearing their hair in braids and buns lately, they are putting themselves at a risk of traction alopecia. Traction alopecia happens when the hair is held too tight causing stress on the hair and damaging hair follicles, this in turn leads to hair loss.
This is an autoimmune disorder whereby the body attacks its own hair follicles. This causes the scalp to develop round bald patches. It is estimated that about 1 in every 1000 children develop this disorder at some point. However this type of hair loss is temporary and the hair grows back eventually.
There are some medications such as antibiotics, acne and depression prescriptions which can cause hair loss in teenage males. About 85% of teenagers suffer from acne and 20% from depression at any given time. Hair loss caused by these medications is quite common but temporary.
This is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out their own hair compulsively. The condition is more common in children aged between the ages of 9 and 13. The condition can affect the eyelashes, eyebrows and the scalp. People suffering from this disorder need the services of a doctor or a mental health professional in order to stop the behavior and grow their hair back.
Teenage males can get a lot of stress caused by emotional and physical changes as well as work and school related responsibilities. Although stress affects them psychologically it can manifest itself physically and cause the hair to fall out of thin.
This is fungal infection which looks like a roundworm on the scalp and it is commonly found in young people. Teenage males who like sporting activities which lead to prolonged sweating are more prone to it.
Teenage males who have suffered from a major illness or entered puberty with a history of childhood ailments are most likely to suffer from hair loss. This is because of their low immunity levels but this can be compensated through a good diet and health regime as their bodies continue to develop.
Hair loss is one of the earliest symptoms of the onset of juvenile diabetes. It is important for teenagers who notice their hair shedding to get their blood and sugar levels checked. However no two diabetic teens show the same symptoms since the problems related to each diabetic patient are unique.
Some teenagers have poor eating habits such as eating fast food or processed foods which are not so healthy. These type of foods lack in essential nutrients and it causes the hair to thin. Over exercising and crash dieting also causes hair loss.
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