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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Repetitive Hair Twirling

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Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Ocd?: It can be a number of things, such as a mannerism, a habit, an expression of anxiety or stress or compulsive behavior. One thing to consider is whether this hair twirling is causing you any discomfort or whether it negatively affects your life or functioning. ...Read more

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How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

Does it itch?: If your scalp itches, you may have seborrheic dermatitis (a dermatologist can tell you if you do, and give you treatment for it). Twirling hair is a habit, as you said -- not the worst habit in the world, but if bothers you, try cutting your hair short enough that you can't twirl it. ...Read more

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I twirl my hair all the time when i'm bored. Will i eventually get bald?

I twirl my hair all the time when i'm bored. Will i eventually get bald?

Unlikely: If you twirl with no pressure on the hair root, then this is a harmless activity. Prolonged tension on the root of the hair has been known to inhibit hair growth in some people and repeated hair pulling can also do this. So twirl away but don't pull on the hair at its attachment. ...Read more

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Trichotillomania! is that twirling your hair?

Trichotillomania! is that twirling your hair?

And then some....: Trichotillomania as an impulse control disorder. It involves repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. ...Read more

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I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like i can't control it tho. What can this be?

I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like i can't control it tho. What can this be?

Hair twisting: Hair twisting and pulling are body focused repetitive disorders. http://tinyurl.com/nyghsla they may be associated with anxiety, boredom, and sometimes ocd -- but are treatable with behavioral therapies such as habit reversal and stimulus control. You'll need a therapist trained in these approaches -- many are listed at http://www.Trich.Org/ good luck! ...Read more

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My wife's thyroid level is 3.5 taking levothyroxine. She has dry, thinning hair & gets yeast infections. Is there alternative medication or treatment?

My wife's thyroid level is 3.5 taking levothyroxine.  She has dry, thinning hair & gets yeast infections. Is there alternative medication or treatment?

No alternative: People with hypothyroidism, have a thyroid that is not able to make enough thyroid hormone. The only solution for this is to supply thyroid hormone, such as levothyroxin. It sounds like her TSH level is 3.5. This is consistent with a thyroid level that is in the lower range of normal. She might benefit by additional levothyroxine, though her symptoms are probably unrelated to her thyroid. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

Orchitis: This is usually a significant infection requiring antibiotics. Failure to treat can result in testicular abscess or loss of the testis. Be sure of the diagnosis and see a physician. ...Read more

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What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

Dystonia: Stopping the medication that is causing the dystonia, if it is is sevesre IV Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. ...Read more

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Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Possibly: AD is an incurable degenerative disease of the brain. There have been some studies using medium chain triglycerides to 'feed' the brain(Axona). Recently a study supported the use of hi dose Vit E. Other supplements include Vinpocetine and phosphatidyl serine. Be careful even with supplements and 'natural' products- they maybe unsafe or have interactions with other products or medications. ...Read more