HELP! I'm losing leg hair around my ankles!

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    Oct 28, 2007 6:27 PM GMT
    Anyone know how I can grow hair on my legs? I have over the past couple of years noticed the hair on my legs have thinned considerably. About 5 years ago my legs were pretty hairy and I LOVED them. Now, I have lost hair on my ankles and all around. I have to either wear socks to cover this or just not wear shorts. I think I am going to have to break down and start shaving/waxing my legs whch I hate having to do. Anyone no A) Why the hair is falling out around my ankles and B) is there a way I can regrow the hair? I have evn considered surgical options at this point (Hair transplant for leg hair? Thats gotta be a first!LOL) Any suggestion will be helpful! Thanks!
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    Oct 28, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    I didn't hear about such case.. I know the hair on the head can fall down..
    I think you should see a doctor.. it may be a symptom (I hope not) ..
    that's my opinion anyway ..
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    Oct 28, 2007 7:11 PM GMT
    Over the summer I saw so many guys wearing shorts and flip flops and noticed they had the exact same hair loss on their ankles and legs.Saw young gfuys and older guys so I don't think age has alot to do with it. I wear very low socks that come up to the ankles so I don't think its from wearing tight socks to tight.I read on one board to take evening primrose and it may help.has anyone heard of that?Anyone take evening primrose?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 28, 2007 8:02 PM GMT
    It's the same reason guys who wear baseball hats lose their hair quicker. It is from wearing dress socks that have too much poleyester and the shin can't breathe. I'm 38 and have hairy legs, it hasn't happened to me. However I wear diff length socks everyday at least 80% cotton. To workout I wear 'no show' socks that don't go above the ankle. Also as men age they lose leg hair from decreased circulation. Unfortunately when it's gone it's gone.icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 28, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    I have the same pattern, not that it bothers me. I have two theories about it:

    1) The hairless area is approximately the same area covered by my work boots, so friction from the boots might have something to do with it. I tend to discount this, because except during certain projects, when I wear boots 12 hours a day, I tend to go barefoot most of the time. Also, the hairless area is mainly on the shins, or front of the legs.

    2) My shins are pretty much a continuous network of scar tissue anyway, from many years of banging them around. Scar tissue doesn't sprout hair.
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    Oct 28, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    Well, like I said I hardly ever wear socks and when I do they are loose fitting and very low towards the ankles.I'd come closer believeing the circulation theory.I am really self conscience about wearing shorts now.I hate shaving/waxing them.I'd look into surgical options if I knew something could be done.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 29, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    Since no one's made the obvious joke - is it from bending over and grabbing them?
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:36 AM GMT
    Yeah... could be a friction problem... A few years ago I noticed the hair on my left wrist disappearing.... figured out it was my watch constantly rubbing the hairs away icon_smile.gif Could be your socks/shoes causing the problem. I think it took a few months for the hair to really grow back...
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:36 AM GMT
    Yeah... could be a friction problem... A few years ago I noticed the hair on my left wrist disappearing.... figured out it was my watch constantly rubbing the hairs away icon_smile.gif Could be your socks/shoes causing the problem. I think it took a few months for the hair to really grow back...
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:36 AM GMT
    Yeah... could be a friction problem... A few years ago I noticed the hair on my left wrist disappearing.... figured out it was my watch constantly rubbing the hairs away icon_smile.gif Could be your socks/shoes causing the problem. I think it took a few months for the hair to really grow back...
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    I have to agree with 'MikeMike', it's the socks that cause the problem. I like that you can wear different length socks and different fibers.
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:29 AM GMT
    ian

    you are out of your mind

    you are seriously thinking about surgical options to replace the hair loss on your legs?

    consider maybe just chilling out and waiting until much bigger problems come along... i assure you they will. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:31 AM GMT
    Err... actually the hat thing is just a myth, so extrapolating that to socks would be a bit over the edge. Besides, if that were true, nobody would have any pubes left.
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    Well I know it happened to my wrist by wearing a watch.... haha... Socks alone, I agree, probably aren't causing any hair-loss... but constant rubbing might be the problem.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 29, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    Frequent friction can remove hair. I had a job doing displays for a store and had to steam clothing frequently. The inside part of my right wrist was hairless from the friction, but grew back after I quit.
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    Oct 29, 2007 3:09 AM GMT
    JohnnyFreestyle, um no I am not out of my mind. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Apparently you want attention.Don't speak to me.
    Yeah, I would consider surgical options. I don't want to shave or wax my legs. I am self conscience about my legs and how it will look. I'm being serious amd I am 'chilling!" icon_rolleyes.gif

    Well, maybe it is the socks even thought there is no friction and hasn't been. Thanks for the replies.
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:02 PM GMT
    ian, have you thought of this maybe?

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    Oct 29, 2007 12:48 PM GMT
    LOL!!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:41 PM GMT
    Mange. Sad but true.
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    There's a strong correlation, so you should check and see if any hair has started growing on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
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    Oct 29, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    I've always heard it was the socks that rub the hair of your ankles.
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    Oct 29, 2007 2:10 PM GMT
    ok ian... enjoy your hair replacement surgery on your legs.

    you are completely sane and well-adjusted.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 29, 2007 2:25 PM GMT
    I've had some hair loss around my ankles and it isn't a big deal. I knew it was because of the sock thing. I have plenty of hair elsewhere, including a full head of hair on my head so I consider myself pretty lucky.
    For me there are just more important things to worry about in life.
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    Oct 29, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
    Alas, it comes to us all, and it's not the socks that cause it. Bald shins are jut part of the ageing process. I shall treasure my lustrous leg locks while they last
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    Oct 29, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. Oh, and Johnny don't tell me I'm not adjusted. You don't even know me so don't Judge me sweetie. Sure, there are other things to worry about but it IS something I am conserned about now.I mentioned the surgical transplant as an option.I seem to have very few options and I am exploring them.Thanks!