In some cases, a receding hairline can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Conditions such as hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and scalp infections can contribute to hair loss, including a receding hairline.
Hormonal imbalances, particularly an excess of androgens (male hormones), can lead to hair loss and a receding hairline in both men and women. Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and adrenal gland disorders can cause hormonal imbalances that affect hair growth.
Thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, can disrupt the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, leading to hair loss and changes in hair growth patterns.
Autoimmune diseases, such as alopecia areata, can cause patchy hair loss that may affect the hairline. In alopecia areata, the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Scalp infections, such as ringworm (tinea capitis), can cause hair loss and potentially affect the hairline. These infections should be diagnosed and treated promptly by a healthcare professional to prevent further complications and restore hair growth.
If a receding hairline is accompanied by other symptoms, such as sudden or excessive hair loss, changes in the texture or appearance of the scalp, or other unexplained health issues, it is advisable to seek medical attention for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.