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I Am Told I Will Lose My Hair During Chemo Can I Shave It Now And Make A Wig
ITS POSSIBLE: Everyone is different, some shave now, others wait until they notice hair loss and others until they notice bald spots. The timing is a personal matter. About making a wig, its possible but very time consuming, better option is to purchase a wig of your style and color of choice made of natural human hair. ...Read more
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
Hair for chemo: Most hospitals or clincs dispensing chemo, have a connection to suppliers of toupees and wigs. You are not alone in this situation. Best of luck. ...Read more
Maybe: Depends on you. The hair falling out is often troublesome, messy, and somewhat prolonged (days to weeks). Some people prefer just to shave it off and adopt a new look for men or make wearing wigs or scarves easier for women- often with strikingly beautiful results- really! ...Read more
Can people lose their hair when they get chemo or is it radiation that causes the hair loss (or both)?
Both: Chemotherapy can definitely cause hair loss since it destroys the hair follicles. One way of attempting to reduce the problem is a light tourniquet place across the forehead to reduce the blood flow to the hair region at the top of the head. Radiation if directed to the head and neck area can also cause hair loss for the same reason. ...Read more
Will chemo cause hair loss on scalp only. Will I lose body hair all over? Just wondering how much hair I may lose on body
Varies: Depends upon the type of chemo and your body's resistance. Hair on the head is usually first to go, and later hair around the genitals, eyebrows and lashes. There is a great unpredictability to this so discuss with your oncologist to get a better picture. Mostly, after chemo, it will grow back. ...Read more
4mos post Rad/Chemo 4HNC. TSH rising now 5.02. Loosing hair. RX Levothyroxine, 50mcg causes hair loss. Would I be better w Armour thyroid-treats T3 (liothyronine)?
More info: Hi. I'm not here to guess. Is HNC head and neck cancer? I hate to assume. If so, squamous? All this assumption. You may need more thyroid hormone. Armour (desiccated cadaveric pig thyroid extract) is no better, and certainly less predictable than l-thyroxine. If you prefer Armour, go for it, but effects are the same. Whatever you have, good luck! ...Read more
Support groups: Hi. Your friend's oncologist can get him/her in touch with cancer support groups to deal with a wide range of issues. Some people use wigs, scarves, hats, etc. Healthy coping skills are very important going thru such a life-altering chain of events. Good luck to your friend; he/she is lucky to have friends like you! ...Read more
Chemo and hair loss: Please go on-line to www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/chemotherapy/in-depth/hair=loss/art-20046920 If you cannot access this from home go to your local library and they will help. You should get some important understanding from this and you may need to get a air piece. Not pleasant but important as hopefully your cancer is coming under control. Best wishes - you deserve it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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