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3 Potential Patchy Body Hair Loss Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Late Onset Hypogonadism

    In the male body, the testicles produce a sex hormone called testosterone. In the adult man, testosterone affects fertility, libido, mental and physical energy levels, muscle strength, and general well being. Late-onset hypogonadism refers to a condition where not enough testosterone is produced after puberty has already passed (hence the name late-onset).

    Outlook depends on underlying cause, but hormone therapy is highly effective.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, depressed mood, irritability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Hemochromatosis

    Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in the body. This can be hereditary or caused by another condition like liver failure.

    Lifelong

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Hypoparathyroidism

    Hypoparathyroidism is disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). The majority of cases are following surgery.

    4-8 weeks if it's not permanent

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    patchy hair loss, skin thickening, fingernail changes, patchy body hair loss
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Patchy Body Hair Loss

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Patchy Body Hair Loss Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced patchy body hair loss have also experienced:

    • 8% Hair Loss
    • 6% Fatigue
    • 2% Dizziness
  • People who have experienced patchy body hair loss were most often matched with:

    • 19% Hemochromatosis
    • 6% Hypoparathyroidism
    • 1% Late Onset Hypogonadism
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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