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I have deficiency of iron. Can it be a cause of hair fall?

Is your hair starting to look a little thin? Whether you have noticed a few extra strands of hair on your hairbrush or headrest or clumps of your hair falling out throughout the day, dealing with hair fall can be a traumatic process. Hair fall occurs for several reasons. In both men and women, the usual cause of hair fall is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causing the hair around your hairline and crown to thin and fall out. For women, it is also possible to lose hair due to lack of nutrients, particularly iron deficiency.

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia?

Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia include:

  • Brittle nails
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore tongue

What are the reasons for hair fall?

While there can be many reasons for losing your crowning glory like over styling, heat treatment, particular hairstyles, lack of vitamins etc., one of the major reasons is iron deficiency. If you are experiencing the following symptoms along with the hair fall, you can be sure that it is lack of iron that is causing your head of hair to thin down:

  • Pale skin
  • Lack of energy
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Brittle nails
  • Restless leg
  • Breathlessness over a small task

How iron deficiency causes hair to fall?

While severe iron deficiency anaemia can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain, some people also experience hair fall. Iron deficiency, especially when it progresses into full-blown iron deficiency anaemia, can cause hair fall. Hair follicle cells can be mostdelicate to decreasing levels of iron and may not be able to grow new cells as efficiently when iron supplies are low.

There are two types of iron in your body: Serum Iron and Ferritin. The latter is an essential component of hair follicles. Low levels of Ferritin in the body cause:

  • Non-pigmented (white) fine hair
  • Hair structure changes
  • Dry hair
  • Hair loses its curly texture and becomes limp
  • Hair loses its natural colour and sheen
  • Hair strands become very thin and are prone to breakage
  • General hair fall

Iron deficiency hair fall seems to be related to hair fall that does not scar the hair follicles. This is favourable for regrowth because it means that the follicles are not severely damaged and may be able to grow hair all over again.

How to treat iron deficiency hair fall?

Fortunately, unlike regular hormonal hair fall, hair fall due to iron deficiency is almost always recoverable. In short, most hair fall related to iron deficiency is not permanent. The best way to treat hair fall is to address the underlying cause of the problem. By fixing your diet or treating the digestive issues that are preventing you from absorbing and using iron, it is almost always possible to regrow the hair you’ve lost and get your previous hairline back. In the meantime, with a properhair treatment, you can help reverse both the iron deficiency and the hair fall.The homeopathic medicine for hair loss is free of any side effects. Dr Batra’s™ clinic provides instant and permanent solutions for hair growth. They have attained a 94% patient satisfaction rate. They provide personalised treatments for every patient.


Hair fall due to iron deficiency should only last temporarily. It is always a good idea to visit your nearby homeopathy clinic to discuss treatment options and get you on the path to optimal hair growth.As a final point, it is important to be patient. It can take months to regrow the hair you have lost due to iron deficiency.

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