We moved in to a 25 year old house 11 years ago and over this time we have all (7 kids and parents) experienced thinning hair. We are all at the same level of hair loss, typically thinning on top. It is getting noticeable (this has been a very slow process) I have been to doctor many times but no answers. I have had a blood test that shows higher than normal levels of copper? Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Hair loss can be a sign or a clue that something is going on with your health. If your entire family is truly experiencing hair loss and it has started around the same time, one would think that there is an environmental influence.
A genetic cause of higher than normal levels of copper in your blood is a condition known as Wilson’s Disease, which causes copper to accumulate in the tissues and cause extensive damage. You can also get higher than normal copper in your body from environmental factors such as drinking sources. Your brief history seems to fit with an environmental cause, since the hair loss cases all occured around the same time frame. There may be other causes beside copper, such as lead, or other elements in your environment and you may want to get some public health professional involved if it is impacting the entire family as you say. An evaluation of the hair shafts themselves can be made by a good toxicology lab under the proper direction of a qualified doctor in the field.