Just like hair loss, eyebrows and eyelashes falling off is also a cause of concern. Moreover, eyebrows falling off could be due to an underlying disease or condition. Our expert Dr Rohit Batra, Dermatologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, reveals common causes of eyebrow loss everyone should know about!
Hypothyroidism: One of the most common causes of eyebrow falling out, hypothyroidism can affect the growth of body hair. Thinning of eyebrows is seen to be one of the late signs of underactive thyroid, with symptoms like weight gain, chronic fatigue and hair loss.
Trichotillomania: Not many people know that over plucking of eyebrows can also lead to eyebrow loss, which is seen in people suffering from trichotillomania. An impulse control disorder, there is no cause of trichotillomania. However, stress is known to trigger the condition, which also affects the eyebrows along with hair.
Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disease, alopecia areata can cause hair loss from some or all parts of the body, including body hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. Known as spot baldness, it is a condition that can causes baldness and thinning of eyebrows.
Leprosy: A skin condition, leprosy is an infection caused by bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, which usually affects the limbs. It also affects the skin around the eyebrows. People suffering from leprosy often suffer from loss of sensation and permanent loss of hair, especially from the eyebrow region.
Nutritional deficiency: The significance of a balanced diet cannot be emphasized enough as lack of nutrients can also have an effect on the eyebrows also. The deficiency of iron, zinc, calcium, biotin, selenium, vitamin D and B12 can hamper hair growth causing thinning of eyebrows. Moreover, protein malnutrition can also cause eyebrow loss.
Chemotherapy: Yes, some chemotherapy drugs can cause temporary hair loss of the scalp hair as well as eyebrows and eyelashes. Moreover, hair loss is one of the common side-effects of many drugs, which also causes falling out of the eyebrows. It might take months for the hair to regrow post treatment.
Atopic Dermatitis: Commonly known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that is caused due to an inflammation of the skin, which can cause falling off the eyebrows. So consult a dermatologist, if the skin around your eyebrows turns red and itchy along with thin eyebrows.
Aging: With age, hair gets drier and thinner, which ultimately makes it vulnerable to hair loss. This also affects eyebrows leading to falling off of the eyebrows.
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