Hair Loss Advice

What is the cause for hair loss on my legs?

By Alex

Hair loss is something that most men will have to deal with at some point in their lives. However, when it comes to hair loss most commonly you’ll think about the hair on your head. For some, hair loss can happen on other areas of the body including the legs.

There are a number of reasons that you might experience hair loss on your leg and today we’re discussing a few of them.

I am a man, why am I losing my leg hair?

Leg hair loss is something that is common with age in both men and women. However, if you notice large amounts of hair falling off of your leg or if the hair loss happens quite suddenly you might need to see your GP. Below are some of the reasons you might be experiencing hair loss on the leg.

Causes of hair loss on legs

Age

Hair loss happens when individual hairs break away from the hair follicles and the follicles fail to produce new hairs. As you age, hair on your body, including your legs, can become thinner and start to fall out. It is very common for hair loss to be an effect of the natural ageing process.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss disorder that can be hereditary. The hair loss happens due to your immune system attacking its own cells that contribute to hair growth. Most commonly, alopecia areata affects and attacks the scalp in patches. However, body-wide hair loss can happen and this is called alopecia universalis.

Other causes of hair loss on legs

Hair loss on the legs can happen for a number of different reasons that include poor circulation, peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes – which can be a risk factor for PAD, chronic rashes from eczema, psoriasis, or other skin condition, thyroid conditions, fungal infections and hormone changes.

For many, hair loss on the leg can occur as a side effect of one of the above conditions which is why it is important to visit your GP if you notice hair loss on your legs as there could be a more serious underlying issue.

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