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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Hair-loss and iron deficiency, how are they related?

Hair-loss and iron deficiency, how are they related?

Hair and iron: The internet is full of very readable articles on hair loss and iron deficiency. Take your time and read them all carefully and you will find the answers you seek and how to best manage things. ...Read more

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Is the hair loss from iron deficiency reversible. Can new hair grow back once i get my iron levels to normal?

Is the hair loss from iron deficiency reversible. Can new hair grow back once i get my iron levels to normal?

May be unrelated: Your iron deficiency and hair loss be co-incidental and unrelated. Do attend to your iron deficiency but it may not restore your hair. ...Read more

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Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Slight benefit: It may help a little. You may wish to use minoxidil. You may wish to see a dermatologist. Iron deficiency was once included in lists of causes for hair loss but a good study a few years ago put an end to that. A 48-year old woman tends to thin on top, not at the temples. A dermatologist might help you. ...Read more

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I experience hair loss and angular stomatitis ... Or inflammation of the angles of my mouth. Are those strong enough indicators for iron deficiency?

May or may not: Iron deficiency can cause your symptoms but so can other conditions like pellagra or vit b deficiency and other vitamin and mineral deficiency. It seems you have abdominal problems and malabsorption is a consideration. Go to your doctor and be examined. Fe-deficiency is easy to test, the others not so easy. ...Read more

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Is my hairloss related with my iron deficiency? Blood test shows 12 units-iron deficienecy. (13-300). Taking iron pills. Pls help very less hair :'(.

Is my hairloss related with my iron deficiency? Blood test shows 12 units-iron deficienecy. (13-300). Taking iron pills. Pls help very less hair :'(.

Anemic?: Wander if you have anemia. Poor general condition like malnutrition or illness could affect hair in the wrong way. Stress also could. Seek a dermatologist to see if there's other reason. ...Read more

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I suffer from trichotillomania & my scalp got bald. Will it ever grow back again ? Bearing that I have iron deficiency and i can't find scalp pores !

I suffer from trichotillomania & my scalp got bald. Will it ever grow back again ? Bearing that I have iron deficiency and i can't find scalp pores !

Yes eventually: It may take some time if you are completely bald, but yes it will come back if caused by trichotillamania. It usually grows back thin initial and may take several years to grow back the way it was before pulling. If you have anemia, it's important get started on a good diet rich in iron and b vitamins. I know a dietician would have some suggestions for you. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

Iron-poor blood is a condition where there is a lack of iron leading to insufficient ability of the blood to transport oxygen throughout the ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more