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Excessive zinc intake 5 or so months ago for 2-3 weeks (100mg+/day), then i discontinued. Now zinc deficiency symptoms are appearing (hair loss), why?

Excessive zinc intake 5 or so months ago for 2-3 weeks (100mg+/day), then i discontinued. Now zinc deficiency symptoms are appearing (hair loss), why?

Forgive my frankness: I appreciate your interest in health, which first prompted you to oversupplement (this will upset your gut and risk copper deficiency). Don't self-diagnose zinc deficiency now just because you're losing hair now. You may have telogen effluvium, be losing your temple hair like all newly-adult men do, or something else. Most "pop" nutrition is junk; why not talk with a real dietician? ...Read more

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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I experience hair loss and angular stomatitis ... Or inflammation of the angles of my mouth. Are those strong enough indicators for iron deficiency?

I experience hair loss and angular stomatitis ... Or inflammation of the angles of my mouth. Are those strong enough indicators for iron deficiency?

May or may not: Iron deficiency can cause your symptoms but so can other conditions like pellagra or vit b deficiency and other vitamin and mineral deficiency. It seems you have abdominal problems and malabsorption is a consideration. Go to your doctor and be examined. Fe-deficiency is easy to test, the others not so easy. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a zinc deficiency?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a zinc deficiency?

No proven link: As far as i know there is no proven link. If you suffer from geographic tongue, try zinc supplements. It’s been suggested that a zinc deficiency
may be responsible for some incidences of geographic
tongue. Zinc supplements may lessen the effects of the
condition in this case but will not remove it completely. Run your own test and let us know the results. ...Read more

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Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

In short - YES: Hair loss / thinning due to vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be treated by taking oral b-complex vitamins. However, there are instances where you may need injections of vitamin B12 (usually given monthly). It depends on the reason you have developed the vitamin deficiency. Is it because of a vegetarian diet? Or is it due to some intestinal malabsorption problem? Best to check with your doctor ...Read more

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Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Doubtful: Vitamin D's main action is on the bones and blood calcium levels. It also has effects on other systems which are being studied but severe effects on the skin and hair have not been described. Even if your D level is a bit low I would check with a dermatologist to see if something else may be going on ...Read more

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Does hair loss occur from vitamin D deficiency? Is it reversible? How long does it take to see a difference and new hair growth after supplementing?

Does hair loss occur from vitamin D deficiency? Is it reversible? How long does it take to see a difference and new hair growth after supplementing?

Vitamin D: Deficiency of vitamin D has been associated with many disorders but not hair loss. However, if you are deficient in vitamin D, it is important to take supplements.
Unrelated to your question: Take HPV vaccine. ...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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Can a vitamin deficiency really cause hair loss?

Can a vitamin deficiency really cause hair loss?

No.: No particualar vitamin associated with hair growth/loss, even though some advocate that biotin in large dose would help hair growth. Poor nutrition (so, vitamin deficiency as a consequence) would lead to hair loss. ...Read more

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I have lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate in lamina propria (Duodenum) and many deficiency plus massive hair loss?? Please advise me about all 3 conditions?

Celiac Disease? : Have you been checked for celiac disease? If not, check serum tissue transglutimase ttg levels. Celiac will explain iron and certain vitamin deficiencies as well. My first guess is Celiac Disease. Try Gluten Free diet. See a good gastroenterology specialist. ...Read more

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Is hair loss a symptom of folic acid deficiency?

Hair loss: Hair loss may occur in those with dietary disorders, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, low estrogen states. I am not aware of Folic Acid as an individual cause. ...Read more

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Is there any vitamins or pills my child can take for her hair loss because of iron deficiency ?

Is there any vitamins or pills my child can take for her hair loss because of 
iron deficiency ?

Iron: Iron deficiency as a cause of hair loss is subject of debate. If iron deficiency was the cause, the treatment would be taking iron supplements. ...Read more

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Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Hairloss: Since the growth of hair requires several things including nutrition, vitamins and hormones, having tropical sprue would definitely cause your body to be stressed thus possibly lead to some hair loss. This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium. Usually will resolve when the underlying problem is taken care of. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin d deficiency or copper deficiency contribute to hair loss? My hair suddenly changed texture (became very thin and dry) and falls out.

Hair loss and vit D: A lot of things can contribute to hair loss. The vast majority of us are deficient in vitamin d, so it is not a major contributor to hair loss. When i treat hair loss, i try to correct all the things that are correctable. You need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If I am now a 19 year old vegan going bald, what deficiency causes hair loss?

If I am now a 19 year old vegan going bald, what deficiency causes hair loss?

More genes than diet: It may not be a deficiency in your diet, but rather due to your genes. However, you should get evaluated by a doctor to make sure you are not deficient in any vitamins and perhaps see a dietician to make sure your diet is balanced so you can get all of your daily nutrients. ...Read more

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While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

Male pattern loss: Hair loss around the crown of the head in men, is usually part of male pattern hair loss -- and while upsetting to many men, is "normal." http://www.Webmd.Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens some research is now developing about vitamin d in this situation -- it's not ready for clinical application yet, as it's only gone as far as animal research. ...Read more

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I'm taking theragran stress tablet one tab. daily which is a multivitamin bec.of hair loss.no deficiency could this be overdose?slight cramps in colon

I'm taking theragran stress tablet one tab. daily which is a multivitamin bec.of hair loss.no deficiency could this be overdose?slight cramps in colon

Should be fine: Some controversy exists over whether a person who eats a balanced diet with lots of vegetables/fruits needs to take a vitamin. But over-the-counter vitamins are formulated to provide a generous amount of vitamins, but not excessive or toxic. Not sure it will help hair loss, but very unlikely to be harmful. Bowel cramps may be signal of mild constipation, sometimes seen with vits. Push fluids/fiber ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is.
Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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I have a severe hair loss and i just started taking surbex z for about 2 months.wanna ask can it damage my kidneys?If i dont have any deficiency

I have a severe hair loss and i just started taking surbex z for about 2 months.wanna ask can it damage my kidneys?If i dont have any deficiency

Not likely: This is really a moderately potent multivitamin including B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc. The doses aren't on the higher side but not so high as to be particularly concerning. Though be aware, I can't be very sure how much this will help your hair loss. Hopefully a doctors has evaluated you for this. ...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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I have hair loss problems and so depressed about it.I don't have problems with my thyroid.And there is no vitamin deficiency. Please help me!

I have hair loss problems and so depressed about it.I don't have problems with my thyroid.And there is no vitamin deficiency. Please help me!

Consider working w: a dermatologist or a hair loss specialist. There are other causes besides vitamin deficiency and thyroid abnormalities that can contribute to hair loss. ...Read more

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I was losing hair all over the scalp, then i was diagnosed with Biotin deficiency. Can biotin deficiency cause hair loss all over the scalp?

I was losing hair all over the scalp, then i was diagnosed with Biotin deficiency. Can biotin deficiency cause hair loss all over the scalp?

Both unlikely: Unless you were eating raw eggs, it is very unlikely that you had biotin deficiency. You may take Biotin supplement, it will not do harm, but it is not likely to reverse hair loss. See this site for more info.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/313.html ...Read more

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Is 40 ferritin low? Diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium after 18 painful months of diffuse hair loss, trying to identify possible deficiencies?

Is 40 ferritin low? Diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium after 18 painful months of diffuse hair loss, trying to identify possible deficiencies?

That value: is considered to be within the normal range, although a bit on the lower end of normal. Exact ranges vary slightly between various references. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more