Steps to Prevent Hair Loss When You Are a Teenage Boy

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Although loss of hair is typically associated with aging, it can occur at any age, including the teenage years. The KidsHealth website explains that teen hair loss is usually just a temporary condition in which hair grows back once the problematic situation is corrected. In order to properly treat a teenage boy’s hair loss, it is important to understand what causes it to occur.

Eat Right

Poor eating habits and disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can lead to loss of hair. Get the proper amount of vitamins, minerals and protein your body needs to grow and maintain hair. Include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meat, low-fat dairy seeds and nuts in your diet. Print out a poster from the United States Department of Agriculture to help keep you on track throughout the day. If you are suffering from an eating disorder, seek the help of a parent or counselor to help you overcome it.

Switch Medications

Some medications prescribed for teenagers can result in loss of hair. These may include drugs to treat bipolar disorder, chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, blood pressure medications, gout medications and high levels of vitamin A found in acne treatments. To prevent hair loss, ask your doctor to describe the side effects before accepting a new prescription. Or, if you are currently experiencing hair loss, consider switching medications to prevent future hair loss and encourage regrowth of lost hair.

Correct Hormone Problems

The Family Doctor website notes that many hormone conditions, such as hypothyroidism, can result in hair loss. Hair can fall out if there is an imbalance in the androgens and estrogens -- the male and female hormones in the body. In addition, the thyroid gland, the gland responsible for hormone production, can be over or underactive, resulting in hair loss.

To prevent your hair from falling out, have a hormone condition treated immediately. A doctor can prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone medication called levothyroxine to restore hormone levels. Although the dosages may need adjusted over the years, treatment for hormone conditions is usually lifelong.

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