What causes hair loss on the legs

the medical term for hair loss is

alopecia and it can affect any part of

the body including the legs hair loss on

the legs is also known as an Terra

lateral leg alopecia this is because it

is visible on the front anterior and

sides lateral of the lower legs another

name for it is perennial alopecia many

people with alopecia on the legs may not

realize that they have it as long as

there are no other symptoms present it

should not be a cause for concern

however some people may notice symptoms

in addition to the hair loss this can

sometimes indicate an underlying health

condition that requires medical

attention read on to learn more about

the different causes of hair loss on the

legs as well as how to treat this type

of hair loss causes certain factors

including some health conditions can

cause hair loss on the lakes the

sections below discuss these potential

causes in more detail medications hair

loss that occurs as a side effect of

medication is known as drug-induced

alopecia this type of hair loss usually

affects the scalp however it can also

affect other parts of the body including

the legs one 2014 study found that 42%

of participants reported hair loss on

their arms and legs after using the

antifungal medication Dora Conners ol

for most people this hair grew back

after they stopped taking the medication

other medications that might cause hair

loss include ACE inhibitors amphetamines

antidepressants those that treat thyroid

issues beta blockers cholesterol

lowering medications alopecia alopecia

areata is an autoimmune condition in

which the body's own immune system

mistakenly attacks healthy hair

follicles it most often develops on the

scalp but it can cause hair loss

anywhere including on the legs

according to the National alopecia

areata foundation the condition affects

around 6.8 million people in the United

States scientists have not yet

identified the

cause of alopecia but there does seem to

be a genetic component coronary heart

disease there may be a link between

coronary heart disease CHD in dalla

pichia on the lakes for example 1 2018

study found that hair loss on the lakes

was more common in men with CHD than in

those without men with CHD he also

started losing leg hair at an earlier

age than men without CHD some other

potential symptoms of CHD include chest

pain or angina breathlessness

lightheadedness diabetes diabetes can

also cause hair loss on the lakes over

time diabetes related damage to the

blood vessels can result in peripheral

artery disease pad dot in pad a fatty

deposit called plaque builds up in the

blood vessels inside the lake's this

interferes with blood flow and

consequently hair growth other potential

symptoms of diabetes include frequent

urination excessive thirst extreme

fatigue slower wound healing tingling

pain or numbness in the hands or feet

thyroid problems the thyroid gland plays

an important role in the growth and

maintenance of hair follicles having an

underactive thyroid hypothyroidism or an

overactive thyroid hyperthyroidism can

affect the normal cycle of hair growth

this can result in hair shedding too

early hairs commonly shed from the scalp

but they may also from other areas

of the body including the legs the rare

some anti-thyroid medications such as

carbon azole and propelled the aerosol

can also cause hair loss some symptoms

of hypothyroidism include dry skin

fatigue memory problems depression some

symptoms of hyperthyroidism include

difficulty sleeping racing heart

increased sweating anxiety tremors other

potential causes some additional causes

of hair loss on the legs include

friction due to wearing tight clothing

affected hair follicles or folliculitis

nutritional deficiencies such as a lack

of iron or zinc hormone changes due to

pregnancy or menopause recent illness

her major surgery sex differences antara

lateral leg alopecia is more common in

men than in women in fact as the authors

of a 2014 case study note antara lateral

leg alopecia may affect as many as 35%

of men most men with this condition are

middle-aged or older diagnosis anyone

concerned about hair loss on their legs

can see a doctor or dermatologist a

dermatologist is a doctor who

specializes in skin hair and nail

concerns to diagnose the cause a doctor

or dermatologist will take a complete

medical history paying special attention

to how quickly the hair loss began and

how long it is continued examined the

individual skin paying special attention

to the legs and any other areas with

hair loss study the individuals hair to

look for signs of breakage and other

damage order blood tests if necessary

treatment when it comes to treating hair

loss on the legs the first step is to

identify the cause if the hair loss is

due to a medical condition the doctor

will treat that condition if the hair

loss occurs as a side effect of a

particular medication the doctor may

lower the dosage or change the

medication in both cases the hair

usually begins to grow back after around

6 months sometimes hair loss on the legs

is not accompanied by any other symptoms

in these cases as long as the person is

not concerned by the hair loss treatment

may not be necessary it is also worth

noting that standard hair loss

treatments do not seem effective in

treating hair loss on the lake's summary

many people may experience hair loss on

the legs without even realizing unless

there are other symptoms it is unlikely

to be a cause for concern

however hair loss accompanied by other

symptoms can sometimes be a sign of a

more serious health problem

some conditions that can cause this type

of hair loss include thyroid problems

heart disease and diabetes people can't

see a doctor if they are concerned about

hair loss on their legs the doctor will

work to diagnose and treat the issue