Hair, nails, skin and sweat glands are part of the integumentary system, which helps regulate the body temperature and prevent excess moisture loss from the body.
Hair loss and brittle nails are common issues experienced as you age. However, in some rare and severe cases, hair loss and brittle nails in women signify a medical condition that requires treatment.
Hair loss is part of the body’s natural renewal process, with a typical human generally losing between 50 to 100 strands of hair daily.
Hair loss occurs when you lose more than 100 strands of hair a day and when new hair does not grow to replace the fallen hair. Hair loss typically affects the scalp but can also occur anywhere on the body, such as eyelashes or eyebrows.
The fingernails are made up of a protein called keratin, which covers and protects the fingers and toes. Brittle nails occur when our nails crack, split, peel or soften.
The medical name for this condition is called onychoschizia and is more commonly experienced in women than in men. Brittle nails may also be dry or soft, depending on the cause.
Hair loss can occur in many different ways and affects not just your scalp.
Some of the common signs of hair loss are:
On the other hand, the symptoms of brittle nails may include nails that are:
Some of the causes of hair loss and brittle nails are similar as both the hair and nails function comparably in the body.
These causes include:
Besides hair loss and brittle nails, hypothyroidism may also result in weight gain , fatigue and memory problems.
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Specific causes of hair loss may also include:
Specific causes of brittle nails may also include:
Treatment options for hair loss typically involve restoring hair volume or delaying the hair loss process, while brittle nails are generally treated by strengthening the nails.
Here are some of the common treatment methods for hair loss and brittle nails:
Most common causes of hair loss and brittle nails in women, apart from hereditary causes, stem from overexposure to harsh environments, which can damage the hair and nails. However, in rare cases, hair loss and brittle nails may signal an underlying medical condition that requires medical attention.
If you notice signs of hair loss and have brittle nails, speak to our team of dermatologists: https://www.sog.com.sg/services/dermatology/
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