An abnormal loss of eyelashes is known as a condition called madarosis. It can affect either one or both eyes.
The most common symptom of madarosis is losing hair on your eyebrows and eyelashes.
You may also have additional symptoms such as redness or itching, depending on the underlying cause for the hair.
Causes of madarosis?
Many things can cause madarosis, they include:
Blepharitis is inflammation that affects the eyelids and can affect the eyelashes.
Trauma to the eyelashes and eyebrows can make them fall out. Physical trauma may include injuries and accidents. Burns or wounds in the eye or eyebrow area can also make the hairs fall out.
Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections can cause madarosis.
Viral infections like herpes simplex and HIV.
Bacterial infections like Staphylococcus and syphilis.
Fungal infections can include ringworm.
Nutritional deficiencies can affect hair, and make it thin or make it fall out. For example, a deficiency in zinc, iron, or biotin can make you lose your eyelashes or eyebrows.
Treatment will depend on the cause of this condition. In some cases, it can be reversed.
if you notice an extreme amount of hair loss, you should consult your eye doctor.
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