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Swollen thyroid past 5 mos. No nodules, no antibodies & thyroid levels in normal range. Gp says 'asymptomatic goiter' but I have super dry skin, brittle hair falling out, very hard stools. What to do?

Swollen thyroid past 5 mos. No nodules, no antibodies & thyroid levels in normal range. Gp says 'asymptomatic goiter' but I have super dry skin, brittle hair falling out, very hard stools. What to do?

Normal TSH: Your symptoms could be due to an underactive thyroid gland, but if your blood tests included a TSH level and this was normal, it indicates that your thyroid gland is not the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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Can you repair hair follicles damaged by chemical relaxing i did it only once and get dry and brittle hair no bald patches will i get my natural hair ?

Can you repair hair follicles damaged by chemical relaxing i did it only once and get dry and brittle hair no bald patches will i get my natural hair ?

Usually not grow out: The chemicals usually are irreversible, and you will have to wait for it to grow out. Moisturizer with conditioner anyway, preferably leave in. Good luck, your hair will grow again.: ). ...Read more

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I have brittle hair & hair loss.Had iron levels checkd.Put on 65 mg iron for 3 mos.. What other effects can low iron hav on someone? My heart flutters

I have brittle hair & hair loss.Had iron levels checkd.Put on 65 mg iron for 3 mos.. What other effects can low iron hav on someone? My heart flutters

Fatigue: Iron deficiency can cause symptoms related to poor total body iron stores. Tired and fatigued are the most common with ice craving being very prevalent .
iron is important for hair growth, skin rejuvenation, and all your bodily functions as well as necessary to produce red blood cells. is carried on the hemoglobin of your red blood cell . Anemia may increase your risk of heart palpitations ...Read more

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What can cause dry and brittle hair?

What can cause dry and brittle hair?

Multiple things: It could just be a natural part of aging, but thyroid dysfunction could contribute to it. Your physician can check for this. Malnourishment or deficiencies in some vitamins or minerals can also cause it. ...Read more

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Can you really repair hair damaged by chemical straightening I have done it once and still i get dry and brittle hair i shaved my hair but no differen?

It takes time: Hair can get damaged by chemical straightening but it's going to take some time for the hair to get back to normal. Once the effects on the hair roots have worn off, you can expect your hair to return to the way it was before the chemicals. ...Read more

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Hi what can I do to sort out my dry brittle hair? What can I use that would b good for my hair ?

Hi what can I do to sort out my dry brittle hair? What can I use that would b good for my hair ?

Dry, brittle hair: There are so many possible causes of dry hair, I couldn't even list them here. Start by ruling out medical causes such as hypothyroidism, parathyroid issues, and anorexia. Consider checking out this website for more information:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003245.htm ...Read more

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How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

Thyroid replacement: Take the proper dose of brand name thyroid replacement (t4). Your hair will eventually grow back out normally, but it may take 6-8 months depending upon the length of your hair. Also, any chemicals (coloring agents, straighteners, etc) can also cause brittle hair no matter what your thyroid status is. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Brittle hair?

Brittle hair: Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Brittle hair is in poor health, is fragile and may break off easily. ...Read more

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Apart from conditioners what can you do to soften brittle hair?

Brittle Hair - Eval: Brittle hair may be due to thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, intrinsic problems of the scalp, and other specific disease states.

Have your physician do a complete comprehensive physical exam and laboratory battery of tests. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

May: Thyroid disease can cause many changes in your hair, including fragile brittle hair. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for my brittle hair?

Are there any home remedies for my brittle hair?

Yes: Try not to wash your hair too often. Limit to twice a week if possible. Instead of shampoo, take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix with a cup of warm water. It doesn't dissolve very well. Pour over scalp and work into hair. Rinse thoroughly. ...Read more

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I would like advice on extrmely damaged brittle hair/split ends?

Hair damage: It is probably easiest to get a hair trim to deal with split ends. ...Read more

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For first time I have brittle hair. Something to do with the diet or having to use cheaper products?

Brittle hair: Brittle hair is caused by a lack of moisture and oils needed to maintain soft hair and sheen. This can be a sign that you need to change your hair treatment such as less blow drying, changing shampoos or less swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. It could also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. If your hair is always brittle, as a precaution, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a natural remedy for brittle hair, nails?

Is there a natural remedy for brittle hair, nails?

Check your diet: Can be a nutrient deficiency. There is a product called hair, skin , and nails that helps a lot. It is usually a silica deficiency. Another product is horsetail. You may ant to examine your diet as well and see where you can improve it. ...Read more

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Overweight tired brittle hair and nails and raised creatinine and low egfr what is cause?

Overweight tired brittle hair and nails and raised creatinine and low egfr what is cause?

Need evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a definitive opinion without a good history, physical examination and may be additional lab tests. What you described suggests thyroid deficiency and/or kidney disease. Please see your doctor at your earliest. ...Read more

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I have protein c & s deficiency in the first stages. I am also 29 with brittle hair and nails. Is this related and can I prevent more breakage?

I have protein c & s deficiency in the first stages.  I am also 29 with brittle hair and nails.  Is this related and can I prevent more breakage?

Unrelated: Please get your physicians to clarify what's meant by "protein c & s deficiency in the first stages." i'm familiar with both of these and they won't make your hair or nails brittle. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health & hope that the blood abnormality never proves seriously troublesome. ...Read more

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What vitamins can I take or what can I do for really dull skin, and brittle hair and nails, i also have dark under eye circles. Thanks?

What vitamins can I take or what can I do for really dull skin, and brittle hair and nails, i also have dark under eye circles. Thanks?

Normal nutrition: Young people rarely have vitamin deficiencies. Start with adequate sleep (allows time for your body to repair itself), a broad diet (protein, fruits, vegetables, and grains), and a lot of water. If still concerned, try a simple multi-vitamin. You can choose more expensive "programs, " but you probably can't do better than what nature offers. ...Read more

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Why do I have no period, fatigue, weight gain, brittle hair, depression and negative pregnancy test, pain during sex, cramping after sex?

Why do I have no period, fatigue, weight gain, brittle hair, depression and negative pregnancy test, pain during sex, cramping after sex?

Thyroid issue?: I can't explain pain during & cramping after sex. But "no period, fatigue, weight gain, brittle hair, depression" makes me think of thyroid condition, most likely hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid. Go see your family doc & tell him/her what you've noted above. You should get blood test for tsh. ...Read more

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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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Severe fatigue weight gain joint pain neck pain nausea brittle hair anemia and good thyroid levels with healthy diet sleep & exercise... Whats wrong?

Severe fatigue weight gain joint pain neck pain nausea brittle hair anemia and good thyroid levels with healthy diet sleep &  exercise... Whats wrong?

Don't know: You will need a comprehensive evaluation by your internist. Your description could indicate one or several of many problems. ...Read more

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Just started on synthroid (thyroxine) (finally!!!) how long before symptoms improve (cold intolerance, brittle nails, hair falling out, constipation? What side effects should I watch for or expect? How long before dose increase?

Just started on synthroid (thyroxine) (finally!!!) how long before symptoms improve (cold intolerance, brittle nails, hair falling out, constipation? What side effects should I watch for or expect? How long before dose increase?

I usually advise: my thyroid patients that it may be SEVERAl WEEKS for them to notice a "difference" and THAT is when I re-check the tests at 2 weeks to begin with!
The "cold intolerance " is usually the first to "respond"
BE PATIENT!!! It may take several visits before your problem is "sorted out" Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Brittle Hair (Definition)

Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Brittle hair is in poor health, is fragile and ...Read more