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Gray Hair

As a person ages, gray hair is a natural occurrence and is nothing to worry unduly about. This article is more relevant for people that are experiencing premature graying of the hair, especially when it happens to young people. Color in hair is from melanin pigment. Absence of this pigment results in white hair.


Symptoms may include loss of color in the hair, dry hair and hair loss.


Premature graying may be caused by nutrient deficiency, most notably, a lack of vitamin b, iron, copper and iodine. It may be associated with pernicious anemia. Worry, lack of hygiene on the scalp, washing the hair with hot water and drying it with electric dryers, using hair dyes and some common ailments like colds, sinusitis, thyroid disorders and chronic constipation can all predispose a person to premature graying. Heredity and hormonal imbalance may also play a part. Smoking or early menopause may also be a factor in the problem.


Premature graying may be due to illness, such as anemia. It is important to recognize the signs and treat the illness. Untreated ailments like anemia can become serious if ignored.

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