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Iron Hair Loss
I had ulcerative colitis but also had inflammation in duodenum. It causes deficiency of vitamin b12, d, iron and hair loss. What could be reason for it??
Vitamin: colitis can cause degrees of malabsorption if that's the case you can be vitamin deficient this could cause B12 Folic Acid and other vitamin deficiencies which might contribute to your hair loss or other medical problems seek medical care with your internist or gastroenterologist good luck ...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
Yes, iron deficiency: Can result in hair loss. Other common symptoms are pica (craving eating ice or dirt), headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise. An over the counter iron supplement taken every day along with Vitamin C to aid with absorption should help. Talk with your doctor to find out why you are iron deficient, and work on resolving the underlying cause as well. Best wishes to you! ...Read more
I'm 54 & take a multivitamin, should I also take more iron to prevent hair loss? I know it will thin with age but i'd really like to keep it a while.
Depends: Taking iron is generally advisable for women who are menstruating. If one is not having periods and didn't become iron deficient in the perimenopausal period, taking iron will not be useful. Healthy hair can be promoted by eating healthy foods, taking essential fatty acids, getting a good night sleep, and handling stress well. ...Read more
Hair loss: Thyroid deficiency would be more likely than vitamins. ...Read more
No: The most recent study failed to find an association between hair loss & low iron. Do not take iron unless your blood tests indicate iron deficiency----not the same as anemia! if you are anemic or iron deficient it is very important to identify the cause. Too much iron in the body is cause for major untoward effects and is difficult to correct. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Iron was checked due to aches, fatigue, hair loss. Iron-114 (range 30-140) TIBC-414 (range 210-415) transferrin saturation 28%. Hgb- 11.7. Is normal?
Do not take iron: Your iron is normal and not related to your symptoms. Hb 11.7 is lower limit but normal. Many causes for low Hb, not only iron. What is Hct??? MCV? Etc. Iron is toxic if too much in the body (hemochromatosis) with major complications. Other blood tests? TSH? B12? ESR? Iron and multivitamin are NOT what you need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My iron was low due to meds, I also believe it caused hair loss, but off them now and eating well. How long for hair/body to recover with diet?
Recover: Too difficult to say when your hair will recover but it will happen. Please be patient! ...Read more
Hair loss & ferritin: It is common for women with ferritin lower than around 50 to have hair shedding. If there is also a rash with dry itchy skin and tiredness, this needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist as there may be other causes for the hair loss. Iron levels need to be monitored if you are taking iron supplementation because too much iron may be harmful to the liver. ...Read more
What happens if you're slightly anemic, indicating low iron levels, could this be a cause of hair loss?
Have hair loss from illness/meds- cured. 5 months since stopped meds. Hgt/hgb normal, ferritin 43, iron 78. Can these lower end results be a factor?
43yo f. Losing hair. Have low iron taking iron pills. Had a feverfew months ago. Recent weight loss 30lbs. What could be cause hair lossWhat do I do?
Doubtful: You should see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more
If iron is low...: It is possible that excess zinc can cause low iron which can cause hair loss. In the best of worlds you should have your iron levels checked; if it is low then iron is likely to help. The reason for caution is that iron is a pro-oxidant which can increase risk of heart disease and cancer so you don't want to take it unless you need it! See http://bit. Ly/1a76u8f you can also eat iron-rich foods. ...Read more
What kind of hair loss does anemia (whether copper or iron) bring about? Is it all over, change in texture?
Generally all over..: Hair loss due to iron deficiency anemia will be all over the scalp, not in patches. It's important to make that distinction since there are multiple other causes for hair loss. Ask your doctor to order a ferritin level. Don't be confused by the results. The normal range can be misleading. Shoot for a ferritin level of at least 50 ng/ml. It may take 3 months for levels to be replenished. ...Read more
Hx venofer 2009-12. Currently ferritin 139, TIBC 343, iron 59, % sat 17. Some of same Sx retuning (hair loss, ridged nails). Should I take oral iron?
No: You are not iron deficient. See a dermatologist for diagnosis. You might have alopecia areata or another cause for your symptoms. ALSO note that iron deficiency, if very severe and prolonged, may cause thin nails which are caved in like a spoon. Not ridges. Hair loss is listed in older texts as due to low iron. But in the only rigorous study of it it was clear that iron deficiency is not a cause o ...Read more
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