Hair loss is something many of us worry about at some point in our lives when we think about hair loss it’s common to just think about the hair on your head. However, hair loss can happen on other areas of the body too – such as your legs.
Losing the hair on your legs with no effort at all might sound like a dream, no more shaving or waxing, but it can actually indicate some health problems. Read on to find out why your leg hair might be falling out.
Before you panic and rush to see a doctor please remember that hair loss, even on the legs, can be caused by something as simple as ageing, especially in post-menopausal women, or it could be due to an easily-treated skin condition.
However, there are some health issues related to leg hair loss that can be much more serious and because of this, it could be beneficial that you visit your doctor.
As mentioned above, it’s really important to get the cause of your hair loss pinned down. There are a number of different issues that could be causing this such as; a fungal infection, low adrenal function or having too much iron in the body. However, there are some serious issues such as peripheral artery disease (PAD) or a drop in blood flow due to diabetes that could be causing the issue.
Loss of leg hair can be a sign of some serious health problem with circulation such as PAD or a drop in blood flow due to diabetes. Poor circulation is a health issue that needs to be treated by a doctor as it can put people at risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
Issues such as having too much iron in the body can also be a risk and can lead to other health problems such as diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and arthritis. Although losing your leg hair itself doesn’t seem like a huge issue, it could be an effect of a larger underlying health issue, which is why it is important to see your GP to get to the root of the problem.
If you’ve noticed hair loss on your legs visit your GP where they will be able to look into all factors and let you know if there is a more serious health problem. Once you know what the problem is your GP will be able to discuss treatments with you.