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Should you use iron supplement to help hair loss?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Only if low in iron

A person may take iron supplements if he or she is deficient in iron.
If he is healthy (been evaluated by a primary care doctor); eating a healthy, balanced diet; taking a daily multivitamin + minerals; and has no serious vitamin or iron deficiency; then taking extra iron is unlikely to make any difference in his hair loss. Excessive iron intake can lead to iron overload in the body.

In brief: Only if low in iron

A person may take iron supplements if he or she is deficient in iron.
If he is healthy (been evaluated by a primary care doctor); eating a healthy, balanced diet; taking a daily multivitamin + minerals; and has no serious vitamin or iron deficiency; then taking extra iron is unlikely to make any difference in his hair loss. Excessive iron intake can lead to iron overload in the body.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Under Doc direction

While there is evidence that iron deficiency is closely related to hair loss, the inverse is not always true.
Your doctor should test your ferritin(iron) levels. Higher levels than normally accepted can help with hair loss but too high levels can be toxic so these supplements should be only taken under the direction of a doctor.

In brief: Under Doc direction

While there is evidence that iron deficiency is closely related to hair loss, the inverse is not always true.
Your doctor should test your ferritin(iron) levels. Higher levels than normally accepted can help with hair loss but too high levels can be toxic so these supplements should be only taken under the direction of a doctor.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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