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Hair changing color from dark to light

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  • Posted By: mrstcyril
  • September 22, 2007
  • 05:29 PM

My 17 year old son has very dark dark brown hairthat is starting to turn a light brownish red around the temples. No, he hasn't used any hair color or bleach. I wouldn't normallly be concerned, but since he has recently gotten over a chronic 3 year mystery medical condition, I don't want to have any relapse. He had been sick for 3 years (with a short 3 month reprive). Symptoms, were mostly fatiqe, flu-like feeling (without fever) and severe chronic vomiting. He had to be home schooled because of the intrusion of the symptoms on his life. Doctors have ruled out illegal drugs (thats what everyone thought at first and wouldn't take his symptoms seriously). He's been to lots of doctors. Tests only showed elevated eosinophils in his colon. Not in his esophogus or elsewhere. He is a great kid...even through all the sickness. He has gone back and forth weight wise about 20 pounds both up and down (I think due to various meds tried.) He weighs about 150 lbs. now. The crazy part is just recently he got well all of the sudden. I don't know if God just miraculously healed him or if his own body healed itself when we started a supplement regimen. Anyway...Anybody have any ideas about the hair color? If its some sort of a clue...I don't want to miss it.

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  • I have had this same problem. My facial hair has changed from brown to red slowly throughout the last couple of years. Now my facial hair is nearly completely orange in the sun light. I have asked several doctors about this, they said it is just the pigment changing color. Meanwhile my all around health is not so well, I have stomach issues from bloating to nausea, depression symptoms and a list that could go on and on. I'm only 26 years old, I have no history of serious illness in my family. My family thinks I've lost my mind, it's so difficult no one believes my symptoms they think I am making it all up. My weight has gone up and down as well. I hope your son is healed completely. Please let me know if you have any news from the doctors as to what this might be. -God Bless
    Ron51ca 28 Replies
    • December 10, 2007
    • 04:51 AM
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  • Hair will change to a lighter color with nutrition deficiencies.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 11, 2007
    • 01:06 PM
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  • I asked many doctors about this and they said it just happens. I was terrified that this sort of things happen when tumors/cancer is present.
    Ron51ca 28 Replies
    • December 16, 2007
    • 02:48 AM
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  • Hair changes, including thinning, color loss, dryness, changes in texture, and hair loss, are common features of autoimmune disease. Eosinophilic Intestinal DisordersConditions That May Mimic IBS and IBD© Elaine MooreApr 28, 2007 Hypereosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders are immune-mediated conditions caused by increased accumulations of eosinophils in the gastrointestinal tractEosinophils are white blood cells released during the allergic inflammatory response and during parasitic infections. When excessive amounts of eosinophils are present, the toxic granular proteins that they release can cause damage and disease. Disorders associated with increased levels of eosinophils are known as hypereosinophilic disorders. Hypereosinophilc disorders may be autoimmune conditions; alternately, they may develop in people with autoimmune disorders and in some cases they may be confused with autoimmune diseases.Hypereosinophilic disorders include a number of immune-mediated gastrointestinal conditions associated with increased levels of eosinophils in the gastrointestinal tract. Normally, the gastrointestinal tract, excluding the esophagus, has 200 times more eosinophils than levels present in the bloodstream. However, in the hypereosinophilic conditions, eosinophil levels are greatly increased and are also present in the esophagus.Hypereosinophilic conditions include: immunoglobulin (IgE)-mediated food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), inflammatory bowel disease, allergic colitis, gastro-esophageal reflux, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease (EGID), which is also known as eosinophilic gastroenteritis.Pathology in the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal DiseasesEosinophilic inflammatory disorders are inflammatory disorders that affect the lining of all or a portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The white blood cells lining the gastrointestinal tract in these disorders are primarily eosinophils. Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders are diagnosed by biopsy, which shows the presence of increased gastrointestinal eosinophils.Symptoms of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal DiseaseEosinophilic gastrointestinal disease is often confused with other gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome because the symptoms in all of these gastrointestinal disorders are non-specific. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, nausea, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, and constipation. In addition, this condition is often (but not always) accompanied by allergies to various foods. Increased levels of eosinophils in the blood (eosinophilia) may also be noted in patients with EGID.Symptoms depend on the intensity and location of the inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. For instance, difficulty swallowing is associated with involvement of the esophagus.Eosinophilic EsophagitisEosinophilic esophagitis occurs when the esophagus is the only area of the inflammatory tract affected by eosinophil gastrointestinal disease. Eosinophilic esophagitis is usually caused by exposure to airborne allergens.Relationship to other ConditionsThere is a strong association between EGID and other atopic or allergic hypersensitivity-mediated diseases. For example, in one study, over half of the patients had rhinoconjunctivitis; over one third had wheezing; and nearly three fourths had a family history of atopic disease. Also of interest is the fact that nearly 10% of those with EGID had a family member who required esophageal dilatation. Initial genetic studies have shown that EGID is a polygenic disease with multiple influences on inheritance.Treatment Treatment for the hypereosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders consists of prednisone or other immunosuppressants to reduce inflammation and an elimination or elemental diet designed to eliminate esxposure to food allergens. Found under "auto-immune eosinophils". Sorry for the large type!
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
    • 10:35 AM
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  • Hello. I am 23 years old,black male. the hairs over my arms, chest, head and areas i can see are turning blondish or reddish well its not black anymore, in the shade it shines blonde and in the sun also. I have No medical history of illness nor am i sick now, actually im healthy. When they started looking different i honestly didnt think about it, my mother one day recently said that my hair looks really blonde red-like, and when i examine my hairs are growing out this color now, some of my hairs are both black and "light". I would not judge and say that the things that are happening to me and now i know others as well are because of any illness. Have Faith!!! none of us are sick, and those who were are healed. God is the one whom can change ones hair color. When you dye your hair it grows its orignal color.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2010
    • 04:23 PM
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  • My 17 year old son has very dark dark brown hairthat is starting to turn a light brownish red around the temples. No, he hasn't used any hair color or bleach. I wouldn't normallly be concerned, but since he has recently gotten over a chronic 3 year mystery medical condition, I don't want to have any relapse. He had been sick for 3 years (with a short 3 month reprive). Symptoms, were mostly fatiqe, flu-like feeling (without fever) and severe chronic vomiting. He had to be home schooled because of the intrusion of the symptoms on his life. Doctors have ruled out illegal drugs (thats what everyone thought at first and wouldn't take his symptoms seriously). He's been to lots of doctors. Tests only showed elevated eosinophils in his colon. Not in his esophogus or elsewhere. He is a great kid...even through all the sickness. He has gone back and forth weight wise about 20 pounds both up and down (I think due to various meds tried.) He weighs about 150 lbs. now. The crazy part is just recently he got well all of the sudden. I don't know if God just miraculously healed him or if his own body healed itself when we started a supplement regimen. Anyway...Anybody have any ideas about the hair color? If its some sort of a clue...I don't want to miss it.Mom - What is your blood type and what is his blood type? Do you have Rh Negative people in your family? Hair color loss can be associate with Melanin production. Has he been tested for HLA-B27?
    thefarrellfam 46 Replies
    • February 26, 2011
    • 07:28 AM
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  • Hi!!! this is the exact same thing my son has been going thru!!! he can't keep supplements down. We have tried everything, and he shows esinophilic colitis as well. He has vomitted so much so many times a day. He's lost 30 lbs and is home bound. Did your son have a difficult time at night?
    osgood111 2 Replies
    • February 27, 2011
    • 04:48 PM
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  • I would keep him taking whichever supplements he has been on since around the time his health began to improve for sure. Never rule out vitamins, supplements, a holistic approach, or certainly a HEALTHY diet!.I am glad to hear that your son's "mystery condition" has begun to improve!..I honestly do not have much of a clue about his hair situation.But.From my own experience with myself..My facial hair varies in color in contrast to the hair on my head for sure...My hair is a dirty blond and my facial hair color changes like the wind!!.Same with the hair on my head!.Depending on sun exposure, length and so on..My work requires me to be outside in the elements for long hours and i'm sensitive a bit to light, heat and the sun!..I end up getting asked in the warmer months constantly if I have either lightened my hair, bleached/dyed/highlighted it!..My eyes are also extrmemly light sensitive!..Sorry to rant..But is it possible he has maybe has been spending a bit more time in the sun and that a conclusion may have been jumped to?? I know it is odd that the color-change is solely at the temples!?!?.. Best of luck.. Dan
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  • Something new I read about called "Copper Head". I don't know much else about it other than your body naturally elevating its copper levels as a seemingly involuntary defense against emotional distress (Other causes such as drug use were also listed). Changing hair color (red-ish hue/lightening of darker hair) seems to be a common side effect. That's about all I know! I don't think this is an accepted medical condition (not too many sources from the internet at least) but maybe worth some research if your mystery symptoms are still concerning you.
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  • Did you ever find out what was causing the hair color difference? I am a 20 year old female and my hair is suddenly doing the exact same thing and I have very dark brown hair!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • November 10, 2014
    • 03:06 PM
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  • Look up Waardenburg syndrome. It's extremely variable, but explains very diverse symptoms that include strange changes or mutations in pigmentation, along with many of the other described symptoms, and just getting some of them does not tell you if or which others you might get.

    My father's hair was black until he was 13 and then suddenly turned carrot red. Later in life, his beard went patchwork. I have central heterochromia, and so does my son. It's genetic.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 25, 2016
    • 03:40 AM
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