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Why do I scar so easily now? Doc says no thyroid issue, inflammation or iron deficiency. Hair/nails brittle skin/scalp dry, teeth pains/white tongue.

Nutritional issues: Have you had a physical with bloodwork? Some of the symptoms can be due to vitamin deficiency. The bloodwork should point out where the deficiency exists. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


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After having finished iron deficiency, will my hair grow back properly again?

After having finished iron deficiency, will my hair grow back properly again?

HairTodayGoneTomorro: Only one way to find out: wait and see. It'll "normally" grow about half an inch or so per month. No practical way to know if it will all grow back. But it will stop shedding, unless something else is wrong. Plus good hair and scalp hygiene will help. And figuring out what caused the deficiency in the first place. And if you have any other deficiencies (e.g. biotin). ...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?

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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After an iron deficiency, she is regrowing her hair slowly but the very front doesn't show regrowth yet (she has been taking iron for a month)?

After an iron deficiency, she is regrowing her hair slowly but the very front doesn't show regrowth yet (she has been taking iron for a month)?

Continue therapy: When treating iron deficiency with oral iron, it can take several months at least to completely replace the iron your lost. Therefore, it may take longer for your hair to regenerate and for any nail changes to revert to normal. Continue to take the iron and it probably will be a bit longer before all of your hair returns to normal. ...Read more

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I've had iron deficiency symptoms for years but a major hair shed prompted me to seek help. Iron panel was good but ferritin was 11. After taking vari?

I've had iron deficiency symptoms for years but a major hair shed prompted me to seek help. Iron panel was good but ferritin was 11. After taking vari?

"Iron panel"???: Usually a low ferritin means low iron. But what was in the "panel"? If you have iron deficiency, why is it low? Heavy menstrual bleeding? "Symptoms" for years? Why go years without defining the cause and then correcting it? You will find references to iron deficiency as a reason for hair loss. But a recent study, the only one with any validity, showed that iron deficiency does NOT cause hair loss. ...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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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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IIf I use minoxidil along with iron tabs to speed up the process, is it ok to stop minox after hair growth (iron deficiency)??

Yes.: If you have hair thinning or hair that is brittle, from iron deficiency, then taking iron and correcting the deficiency should return you to normal. I may take a number of weeks for the hair to come back to normal, given the rate at which hair grows, but in the end, it should be normal. Any benefit that Minoxidil adds should pale in comparison to what iron will do, and can be stopped w/o concern ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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