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What can cause brittle nails and hair to fall out easily?

What can cause brittle nails and hair to fall out easily?

Low thyroid,: Protein deficiency, low thyroid or lack of enzymes in stomach can lead to brittle nails. Test for thyroid, and iron levels are indicated. If normal, a trial of digestive enzymes may be helpful.See dermatologist for examination, history and blood tests. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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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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Im suffering from hair loss and brittle nails which break by itself, what could cause this?

Im suffering from hair loss and brittle nails which break by itself, what could cause this?

Hair loss: One of the causes of hair loss is thyroid disease. If you have been evaluated by your physician and there is no obvious medical cause, visit a skilled beautician who will evaluate your hair and recommend proper hair care for you. ...Read more

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I am a 32 yo female that has difficulty losing weight. I am also experiencing ance, brittle nails and hair loss. Pcp tells me my TSH level is normal.

I am a 32 yo female that has difficulty losing weight. I am also experiencing ance, brittle nails and hair loss. Pcp tells me my TSH level is normal.

Not thyroid?: If your TSH and your free T4 are both normal, then your problems are caused by something other than thyroid. Diseases cause symptoms, but symptoms do not necessarily mean a certain disease. There are other possibilities that must be investigated by your doctor. ...Read more

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How many mg of biotin do u need for hair loss and brittle nails daily?

5000 units/day: You can take more, but there is no convincing evidence that more is better. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease be the cause of dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?

Yes: If not treated, celiac disease can cause malabsorption, iron and other micro/macro nutrient deficiencies. Dry skin / brittle nails and limp hairs are all clinical symptoms of malnutrition. ...Read more

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Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

NONE: Biotin, calcium, many others, are pitched to gullible people by unscrupulous con men. See a dermatologist if you have a significant issue. Nutrition is obtained from food. Eat your vegetables. There are THOUSANDS of nutrients in food which cannot be reproduced in any pill. People who eat normal food derive no benefit from vitamin pills. ...Read more

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How do I get dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?

How do I get dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?

Yes: The small intestine is damaged in celiac disease by the body's autoimmune reaction to gluten. This creates malabsorption of vitamins which can cause dry skin, brittle nails, and limp hair. However, hypothyroidism can also cause similar symptoms. Consider discussing this with your doctor for appropriate testing work-up. ...Read more

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I have thin hair brittle nails very pail skin?

I have thin hair brittle nails very pail skin?

A lot of options: This could be nothing but it could also be a sign of some systemic disease. Iron deficiency is always something to consider but there are probably a lot of other conditions that can be considered. I would suggest you have your doctor help you out with this. ...Read more

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Thinning hair over last three months and brittle nails?

Thinning hair over last three months and brittle nails?

Multiple causes.: I'm afraid you're going to need to see a doctor in person to sort this out. There are multiple causes of what you describe, with anemia/iron deficiency and thyroid problems (low thyroid or hypothyroidism) among them. These and other conditions can be checked out with an exam and some blood work. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have dry hair/skin/lips and brittle nails, along with anxiety/panic attacks/insomnia. Are these related?

I have dry hair/skin/lips and brittle nails, along with anxiety/panic attacks/insomnia. Are these related?

See Below: Get evaluated by a primary care doctor first to establish the reasons for your Sx. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :). Any results and course of action you can discuss after the results of medical workup. ...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

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I have expired IUD and have had acne, dull hair, brittle nails, mood swings, and cramping, worsened migraines, all occur after expired, related?

I have expired IUD and have had acne, dull hair, brittle nails, mood swings, and cramping, worsened migraines, all occur after expired, related?

No: No there is no relationship between expired IUD and your symptoms. Although you have to remove/replace your IUD but for your symptoms I recommend to see your doctor for some hormonal tests, specially thyroid function tests. ...Read more

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I have expired IUD and have had acne, dull hair, brittle nails, mood swings, and cramping, worsened migraines, horomonal imbalance or thyroid issue?

Need blood tests: I doubt that any of your symptoms have to do with your expired IUD but still it would be good to get it out. You definitely need to see your physician to get some blood tests to see if you have a thyroid or other problem causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

Thyroid "normal": As you obviously know all your symptoms fit into hypothyroidism. What you may not know is that the so called normal range thyroid levels is rather broad. You may very well still be hypothyroid. I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist who may be more liberal in your lab readings. ...Read more

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What minerals am I lacking in my diet to cause brittle nails?

What minerals am I lacking in my diet to cause brittle nails?

None: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can find out the cause and genadur is a medication that will help. ...Read more

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Which kind of vitamin / nutrition deficiencies cause brittle nails?

Which kind of vitamin / nutrition deficiencies cause brittle nails?

Silica: Is the first one i think of. Calcium can be another. There is a supplement called horsetail or hair, skin, and nails that is very helpful for many. See if that helps over three months...If not see your doctor. There is a great micronutrient test called spectracell (www.Spectracell.Com) that may also be helpful to you. ...Read more

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What can cause dry, brittle nails?

So many reasons: Instead of listing, try biotin it's an oral supplement which will try and reverse the effect. ...Read more

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What could cause brittle nails, shakey legs, headaches and constant hunger?

What could cause brittle nails, shakey legs, headaches and constant hunger?

Many things: These symptoms you are having could be a medical problem such as early diabetes or other problems. Please promptly see a medical doctor for a proper exam and diagnosis and have a great day! ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Brittle Fingernails (Definition)

Brittle fingernails are fingernails that are easily chipped or cracked, and may be seen in people ...Read more