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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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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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