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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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Biotin or selenium for hair loss?

Biotin or selenium for hair loss?

Biotin has been reco: Biotin has been recommended by some dermatologists and alternate medicine practitioners. As it is shown that biotin deficiency can cause hair loss.It can be tried with a dose of 2to 10 mgm per day, to stop the shortage and prevent hair loss
selenium in excess can cause hair loss. ...Read more

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How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

Nutrition: Depakote and other similar medications can deplete B vitamins and other nutrients. These can be measured in lab tests to determine if supplements are effective.
Hair loss can also occur to hormonal imbalance, heavy metal toxicity and thyroid conditions. ...Read more

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What is available 2 treat rosacea on scalp w/o risk of hair loss? Noticed hair loss since using selenium on face, 2 x's. How 2 prevent bulbous nose?

What is available 2 treat rosacea on scalp w/o risk of hair loss? Noticed hair loss since using selenium on face, 2 x's. How 2 prevent bulbous nose?

Rosacea: You can use the metrogel on your scalp and face. It's important to keep you stress levels in check as this will make both conditions worse. You can take biotin supplements to help with the hair loss, however, if you are prone to male pattern baldness there's really nothing you can do about it. Make sure you f/u with your dermatologist. Feel better soon ...Read more

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Can too much zinc cause hair loss or thinning?

Can too much zinc cause hair loss or thinning?

Yes: I've already answered this same question with detailed info twice, and at least one other doc has answered you as well. Why do you keep asking the same question? ...Read more

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How can I reverse zinc induced hair loss? Please help

How can I reverse zinc induced hair loss? Please help

See a dermatologist: How do you know the cause? Stop zinc if you do not have a clear indication. Most people taking supplements of zinc are victims of fraudulent claims. ...Read more

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How long does it take zinc induced hair loss to go away?

How long does it take zinc induced hair loss to go away?

Confusing: Not exactly sure if you are referring to zinc deficiency or not. But on web, I found this quote: there is a lack of objective data about hair loss without skin shedding. At one time, there was a widespread belief that zinc deficiency is a common cause. However, zinc supplementation has not been shown to improve hair loss, even when a deficiency is suspected. I would consult doctor. ...Read more

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Can taking 50mg of zinc twice a day cause hair loss? What should I do?

Can taking 50mg of zinc twice a day cause hair loss? What should I do?

Zinc and hair loss: Not likely, but you do not need that much zinc, and advise cut it down by 60 to 70%. ...Read more

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How long does it take for zinc induced hair loss to restore itself, please help!

How long does it take for zinc induced hair loss to restore itself, please help!

See a dermatologist: Zinc toxicity would have various other symptoms. How high is blood level?? If it is very high, how did it happen? Are you sure your hair change is induced by zinc? If the toxicity is corrected, the hair grows at 1cm per month. Begin with accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I think zinc triggered my hair loss because once I started taking it my hair loss started please help I don't know want to do?

I think zinc triggered my hair loss because once I started taking it my hair loss started please help I don't know want to do?

Hair Loss: Hair loss can be caused by many different things, including infections, medication, radiation, mechanical injury, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune disease. Examination by a physician is required to make the diagnosis and determine the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if hair loss and zinc supplements?

What to do if hair loss and zinc supplements?

Hair Loss: If you are not deficient in zinc then taking more will not help this. You need to make sure you are not doing thinks to harm your hair and get an organic product without SLS. If this is pattern baldness, get in and see a professional. ...Read more

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Will a zinc supplement benefit my childs hair loss?

Is her zinc low?: Your are correct, zinc supplementation can be beneficial for hair or skin problems--however, that is only applicable when the zinc level in the body is inadequate. Giving more zinc than necessary to a child that is not deficient is not going to help however. Please have your child examined by a board-certified pediatrician or dermatologist. A blood test for zinc may prove useful, which she can do. ...Read more

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I think taking zinc stimulated my sex hormones and caused hair loss what should I do to reverse the damage caused to my hair please help?

I think taking zinc stimulated my sex hormones and caused hair loss what should I do to reverse the damage caused to my hair please help?

Hair Loss: Hair loss can be caused by many different things, including infections, medication, radiation, mechanical injury, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune disease. Examination by a physician is required to make the diagnosis and determine the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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If I took too much zinc over a month and experienced hair loss, should I supplement iron?

If I took too much zinc over a month and experienced hair loss, should I supplement iron?

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

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