A 15-year-old female asked:
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does hair loss have anything to do with gluten? suspecting that i have a gluten sensitivity and have been losing lots of hair this month.

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
Hairy Gluten : To make it simple, if one has gluten sensitivity, the may have difficulty with normal absorption of essential proteins, minerals, and vitamins. This could in turn cause hair loss. But there are many other things that can cause hair loss in a 16 year old female and if it persists, a doctor needs to evaluate.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013
Dr. Joel Selter
36 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Hair loss: Hair loss can be seen in patients with celiac disease. But it is important to look for other causes which could include endocrine abnormalities, nutritional deficiencies, stress/psych issues - to name a few.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013

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