Does Anemia Cause Hair Loss?

Anemia is a health condition that happens when there are not enough healthy red blood cells in your body to carry oxygen (via Mayo Clinic). There are many different types of anemia including iron deficiency anemia and sickle cell anemia. The most common signs of this condition include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and cold hands and feet. Iron deficiency anemia can also cause hair loss in some people.

According to Medical News Today, hair loss is not common in people with iron deficiency anemia, but it can occur. However, it should be noted that while research has found connections between hair loss and anemia, there is not enough proof to suggest causation. Whatever is causing hair loss in someone may also be causing anemia. Fortunately, hair loss due to anemia does not seem to be permanent. If you are experiencing this, there is a good chance that you will be able to grow your hair back.

Treatment options for hair loss

If you have experienced hair loss due to anemia, the hair loss should not be permanent. According to Healthline, the first step in treating hair loss is to figure out the root of the problem. If you believe anemia is causing your hair loss, you should identify the cause of your anemia. Hair loss related to iron deficiency anemia will likely involve a doctor's visit to test your iron levels. If they are low, your iron deficiency can be treated with injections or supplements.

Some over-the-counter medications can be used to regrow the hair lost because of anemia. One of the most popular treatments is called minoxidil. It is also known as Rogaine. It comes in a liquid form and can be rubbed into the scalp twice a day to increase hair growth in the area. Other medications prescribed by a doctor may also help. You can also increase your iron intake by filling up on foods that are naturally high in iron. This includes red meat, seafood, beans, and dark leafy vegetables (via Mayo Clinic).