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What are the causes of hair loss on your legs?

What are the causes of hair loss on your legs?

Age,vein,artery,diab: As we age leg hair seems to become more sparse with thinner shafts. This may be accelerated by diseases that affect the large & small arteries & veins of the legs where either less blood flows in or the outflow of blood is too slow due to small valve leakage. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, venous stasis, heart valve problems, & skin diseases such as scleroderma may be involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Can prolonged swelling swelling of the leg unrelated to vascular issues cause hair loss in said leg?

Can prolonged swelling swelling of the leg unrelated to vascular issues cause hair loss in said leg?

In short yes: chronic edema or otherwise noted swelling of the leg / lower extremity can be associated with what's known as stasis dermatitis. In which the skin becomes very tight and thin. Which results in micro tears, with chronic inflammation and metaplasia or changing of the cells, Which would theoretically result in hair loss. ...Read more

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Does an Inadequate lymphatic system cause localized swelling in a leg w/ hair loss?

Does an Inadequate lymphatic system cause localized swelling in a leg w/ hair loss?

Well.....yes.......: but you'd want to have other evaluations for the more commonly mentioned other circulatory conditions (venous return malfunction... varicose veins... which overwhelm the pool lil lymphatics) (arterial insufficiency which is quite dangerous and typically is associated with hair loss in leg/feet/toes). ...Read more

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Can an Achilles rupture cause hair loss in the lower leg if not treated?

Can an Achilles rupture cause hair loss in the lower leg if not treated?

Hair loss: Rupture of the Achilles tendon is unrelated to hair loss on the lower leg. There is no cause and effect mechanism connecting the two events. ...Read more

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I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

Think about biopsy: You may have alopecia areata. Especially nowadays, when many male fitness exemplars shave their entire bodies and many women profess to dislike men's body hair, this can be a HUGE plus. Stay super-fit and you'll look and feel better than 95% of other guys, regardless of where you do or don't have hair. ...Read more

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Can Achilles tendonitis cause swelling, what feels like squeezing in the deep center tissue and hair loss in the same leg?

I don't believe it : Causes hair loss. Also, Achilles tendonitis for the most part occurs closer to the attachment at the heel, as one goes higher in the leg near the calf this tendon becomes the gastrocnemius muscle. If you have pain in the calf region a DVT or clot must be ruled out. ...Read more

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Hair loss - arms, legs, eyebrows, eyelashes & nose hair, cause?

Hair loss - arms, legs, eyebrows, eyelashes & nose hair, cause?

See an MD: Sounds like alopecia. You should see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why do I have hair loss at the bottom of my legs especially around where my socks are?

Why do I have hair loss at the bottom of my legs especially around where my socks are?

Friction : Most men will get hair loss in this area from the chronic friction of pant legs and socks rubbing the skin while walking. Over the course of years, the hair will stop growing in these areas. ...Read more

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Cold knees (left colder), lower l. leg rounder than r. Hair loss + discomfort in lower l. leg. Have polycythemia + crohns. US + ABI normal. What now?

Cold knees (left colder), lower l. leg rounder than r. Hair loss + discomfort in lower l. leg. Have polycythemia + crohns. US + ABI normal.  What now?

Orthopedist: It sounds like you need to have a vascular surgeon look at your L leg, if no hair and cooler to touch, you have a circulation problem that may require Doppler and ultrasound/MRI to figure out. What does your GP think? ...Read more

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I have noticed brusing on my legs out of nowhere. I have recently started to have a great amount of hair loss. My skin is yellow. Wht can it be?

 I have noticed brusing on my legs out of nowhere. I have recently started to have a great amount of hair loss. My skin is yellow. Wht can it be?

See a doctor: Hi. Yellowing of skin is called jaundice, and results from liver disease or biliary duct obstruction. Bruising may be due to low platelets or clotting factor deficiencies. Clotting factors are made by the liver, so if your liver is sick, that would unify the findings. I think you should see a doctor right away. In the meantime, no alcohol or tylenol (acetaminophen). Good luck! ...Read more

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If I have hair loss on my right leg due to insufficiency and have the saphenous veins stripped (insurance reasons) will the hair grow back?

If I have hair loss on my right leg due to insufficiency and have the saphenous veins stripped (insurance reasons) will the hair grow back?

Depends on follicles: If the actual hair follicle has died off, no. If the circulation is not adequate enough, then it will be also hard for the hair to grow back. ...Read more

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Hair loss on eyebrow and head and legs thyroid came back normal what's wrong with me?

Hair loss on eyebrow and head and legs thyroid came back normal what's wrong with me?

Hair loss & thyroid: Those symptoms might suggest a thyroid problem, and further evaluation is necessary. If you have not already seen one, an endocrinologist should be your next stop. ...Read more

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Small left inner ankle rash. Itchy, had for long time, now left leg hair loss, what could it be? Recently having pain down same leg at night, restless

Small left inner ankle rash. Itchy, had for long time, now left leg hair loss, what could it be? Recently having pain down same leg at night, restless

See doctor: You did not specify the type of cardiovascular disease which is unusual at your young age. An itchy rash at the ankle may have many causes including shoe dermatitis but you need to see your doctor and have him/her take a look at it. As far as you leg issue, you may ask your doctor whether you may be suffering from restless leg syndrome and get the treatment for it. ...Read more

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Vibration inside/under heel lasting 2 seconds. Stop 4-5. Repeat. No spur (per x-ray). Mild swelling posteriorly mid calf to achilles. Hair loss on leg?

Vibration inside/under heel lasting 2 seconds. Stop 4-5. Repeat. No spur (per x-ray). Mild swelling posteriorly mid calf to achilles. Hair loss on leg?

Vibration: more than likely the vibration is nerve pain. Some cases of plantar fasciitis involve the infracalcaneal nerve branch under the heel- it gets entrapped when there is a lot of inflammation. Antiinflammatories help, or ice. The mid calf pain could be posterior tibial tendinitis - the tendon that holds up your arch. This tendon and plantar fasciitis are related. Try an arch support ...Read more

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Why do I have fatigue, hair loss on legs, depressed, crying?

Why do I have fatigue, hair loss on legs, depressed, crying?

Lots going on here: You have a lot of symptoms - some physical, some mental. It sounds like you should get a thorough check-up to see if there is a problem such as hypothyroidism, medication side effect, depression, or something else going on to cause all this. ...Read more

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What to do if hair loss - arms, legs, eyebrows, eyelashes & nose hair?

Hair loss: And not your head hair? If you are losing hair on many body parts you must see your primary doctor for complete evaluation - history, physical exam, and labs. If that does not answer your concerns your doctor will refer you to a specialist - most likely a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can peripheral swelling unrelated to vascular disease apply pressure on veins/arteries and reduce vascular flow, causing hair loss in leg?

Can peripheral swelling unrelated to vascular disease apply pressure on veins/arteries and reduce vascular flow, causing hair loss in leg?

Leg hairloss: Hairloss at legs can occurs due to a multitude of reasons. Very common are venous insufficiency regardless of its cause, I.e., mechanical pressure, or direct venous disease. ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

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