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Is gray pubic hair a sign of possible illness?

It's not exactly a topic one would hear being discussed at parties but do a quick check in online forums and medical sites and you'll be surprised at how many people are concerned about their pubic hair graying.

The graying of hair, regardless of where it is on your body, is normally not unusual. It is part of the aging process. All hair turns gray when it begins to lose pigments, more accurately, melanin, which gives hair its natural color. Your hair loses its natural color and turns gray when the production of melanin is stopped. Aging is only one reason the production of melanin is stopped. It could also be caused by your genes, stress, or external factors such as effects of chemical use and pollution, to name a few.

So if you are aging and your hair turns gray, then there is probably nothing to be concerned about. It's the premature graying of your hair that you should pay close attention to. In some cases, early graying of hair could be hereditary. You could inherit it from your parents or grandparents. I personally have friends whose hair began to gray as early as in their late twenties.

Prolonged stress, anxiety and worry can also bring on premature graying. Lack of proper nutrition is another possible cause of a slowdown in melanin production. While there are many possible causes that have nothing to do with any disease, you should always be proactive and check with your physician if you notice signs or symptoms that you are uncomfortable about. There could be some medical condition that you may not be aware of that is causing your hair to turn gray at an early age.

There is an illness called Kwashiokor that is said to cause graying of hair. Kwashiokor is due to severe deficiency of protein in the diet and malnutrition. It is prevalent in less developed parts of the world such as Africa, where the protein content in their diet is very low. Generally, Kwashiokor can be treated by adding protein to the diet.

Having considered the many possible causes of graying hair, even in the pubic region, we have to accept the fact that no two people are the same. What may be the cause to one person may not be the cause to another.

So, is having gray pubic hair a sign of possible illness?

It is always best not to take chances and to seek medical advice whenever something out of the ordinary happens to you. As the saying goes, "It's better to be safe than sorry".

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