As much as we wish we could say that balding is a symptom of getting older, and you won’t experience it until well into your adult years, we can’t. Hair loss in teen boys is a very common occurrence, and there could be a few possible causes.
Your Health Does Matter
If you’re a young boy experiencing hair loss than there are a few different possibilities as to why it’s happening. You may have an underlying health problem which you’re unaware of. This isn’t meant to scare you, but regardless it’s something which should be brought to the attention of a doctor.
How is Your Diet?
It could also be the result of a habit you have. Poor diet, for example, it can play a big role in hair loss. We know sitting around the console with the guys, and an extra large pizza makes for a fun night, but you may have to start rethinking some of your food choices.
It Could be Alopecia Areata
If you’ve woke up one morning and found that you have the round or oval patches of bald skin, you may have a condition known as Alopecia Areata. This is a condition can occur when your immune system attacks your hair follicles. Doctors aren’t yet sure what causes this to happen or what might treat it. But if this sounds like it could be your problem then see your family doctor immediately.
Thankfully this condition is usually temporary, and your doctor will be able to prescribe medication to minimize the effects and help your hair regrow.
What About Ringworm?
Another possible medical condition which causes teen boys to lose hair is ringworm of the scalp. This sounds serious but is just a fungal infection, and it can easily be treated with the proper medication. Don’t worry; there isn’t a worm living in your hair or scalp for that matter.
Maybe the Hair Loss is because of Hormones
Hormonal conditions such as thyroid disease and lupus can also lead to hair loss in teen boys.
Regardless, you should always consult a doctor in the occurrence of hair loss. It may be nothing but it also may be something, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Less Serious Causes for Hair Loss In Young Males
If you’re one of those guys who take pride in the looks their mamas gave them, this may be the reason. If you use chemicals like hair dyes or have treatments done to your hair this could be the cause. Or if you straighten or rock tight styles, literally tight, like cornrows it could also be the reason you’re hair is falling out. Stay away from the blow dryers, straighteners, dyes and cool styles for a bit and see if it helps.
Your diet, as said above, seriously can affect other aspects of your body other than your weight. Teen boys are usually famous for this. From fast food burgers with the boys to date nights out to restaurants with their girl, they aren’t getting enough nutrients or fibers in their diets.
This can cause many issues especially in those who are vegetarians or even athletes. Sometimes when you’re on those kinds of diets you miss out on important proteins which your body will replace by using the protein from your hair.
The medications you take can also have an effect on you in ways you wouldn’t typically think. Simple things such as acne medication which contain isotretinoin can play a part in hair loss or thinning. The bipolar disorder medication lithium can also be to blame for your hair falling out.
How To Prevent Or Turn Around Hair Loss
As mentioned earlier, usually hair loss is considered a sign of aging, however, it can occur at any age. This includes teenage years. Not very comforting we know. Usually teen hair loss is only temporary and usually grows back once the cause has been determined and taken care of so it’s nothing to start panicking about.
Eat Better Every Day
Poor eating habits can put a dent in your health in more ways than one. Make sure you’re getting the proper amount of minerals, proteins, and vitamins your body needs to grow and become strong. Try replacing those chicken wings, pizzas, and pop with things like whole grains, vegetables and fruit, and lean meats. Now, we aren’t saying you can never eat the foods you love ever again. Just in moderation.
What you eat isn’t the only thing when it comes to proper diet and hair loss. If you have any eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia, this can also cause hair loss. If you’re suffering from an eating disorder, depending on the severity, it may be the least of your worries. The best thing for you to do is talk to someone, either a parent, doctor or even counselor to overcome it and take back your health.
Seek Proper Medication
There can be some medications prescribed by your doctor which can have hair loss as a side effect. Medications such as blood thinners, blood pressure, and gout medication, and high levels of vitamin A which can be found in acne medication. To prevent or stop this from happening to consult your doctor and see if they can switch your medication.
Treat Hormone Imbalances
Any hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism can cause hair loss. Hair can fall out if there is any imbalance in the androgens and the thyroid gland is the gland responsible for hormone production. If there’s an issue and it’s either over or underactive it can result in hair loss.
If this is the situation you’re in there’s nothing to worry about, your doctor can prescribe a medication to stabilize your thyroid, and you can get things under control and get back to life.
If you’re a teenage boy experiencing hair loss honestly, don’t panic. Most of the time the hair loss is temporary and brought on by something. However it’s not something to be dealt with alone, so talk to your parents or doctor about what the cause could be and how to reverse it.