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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

Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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Thinning hair last several years all around, no bald spots plus no arm or leg hair. Hair loss does not run on either side. Anemia or mineral def?

Possibilities....: Some common reasons for thinning hair in your age group include thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, as well as post menopausal. See your family doctor for evaluation. Blood tests can be done to assess your thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Have hair loss which derm thinks telogen effluvium, so then why is hair on my legs, eyebrows, under arms, etc. Not falling out and still growing?

Unknown: There is little or no research money for telogen effluvium. It is quite variable and often is patchy on the scalp. In severe cases it can effect body hair, axillary hair, pubic hair, eyelash and eyebrow hair. No-one knows how to explain the differences. Does the Dr speculate about the reason for your case? You left out all the interesting details. ...Read more

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I am not on any medications, tremors in head hands and legs for over a month. Constant dizziness and trouble speaking now, also hair loss. Any ideas?

I am not on any medications, tremors in head hands and legs for over a month. Constant dizziness and trouble speaking now, also hair loss. Any ideas?

Doctor or ER: You need a full work up with blood work, physical exam and possibly several types of imaging of your brain, its supplying blood vessels and heart. A lot of possibilities and many of them could be quite serious. If you really can't speak or are slurring words and dizzy get to the er. ...Read more

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Hair loss, full body numbness, cold, constipation, severe leg & ankle oedema, stomach cramps, feeling full all time and severe acid reflux?

Hair loss, full body numbness, cold, constipation, severe leg & ankle oedema, stomach cramps, feeling full all time and severe acid reflux?

Please see a doctor.: You need to have some blood work checked. There could be several explanations for your symptoms, including thyroid disfunction. Please get in to see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hi I have suddenly got weight gain, memory loss, hair loss, pain in legs etc which I felt the symptoms of thyroid and I have undergone the blood test. The TSH is 0.4 where normal values is 0.5-6.50 Is my result is normal. The symptoms persist still.

Hi I have suddenly got weight gain, memory loss, hair loss, pain in legs etc which I felt the symptoms of thyroid and I have undergone the blood test. The TSH is 0.4 where normal values is 0.5-6.50 Is my result is normal. The symptoms persist still.

Other tests: What about T4? Would want to know that level as well. Mildly low TSH does not really answer the question of whether there is a thyroid issue. Additional testing needed to answer if thyroid problem exists ...Read more

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Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Unrelated: Why did you need an LP. Problems from spinals affect areas below the spinal it lower torso, legs, urination etc, It would not affect hands or make you shake,
It may be part of why they wanted to examine your cerebro spinal fluid. Discuss with your MD or neurologist ...Read more

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Numb legs, severe headaches & hair loss, extreme weight loss, low ferritin, weird hand bumps, what is wrong with me? My neurologist doesn't know.

Numb legs, severe headaches & hair loss, extreme weight loss, low ferritin, weird hand bumps, what is wrong with me? My neurologist doesn't know.

Find & Rx cause: Whatever symptoms you have are a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. There are numerous internal & external stressors that can contribute to this syndrome. Find & rx. ...Read more

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Why does poor circulation lead to hair loss in the lower limb?

Why does poor circulation lead to hair loss in the lower limb?

Poor Circulation: The hair follicle needs nutrients and the blood brings them the food they need! See picture and notice the blood vessels below the follicle. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


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