My hair is falling out!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I would get your thyroid levels and iron levels tested. Imbalances in either can cause greater than usual hair loss.

Post # 3
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Newbee

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amilly435 : As someone who works in the medical field, I agree with Sparkle’s comment regarding thyroid function tests and checking iron stores. This can easily be done by your PCP before referral to a dermatologist. Hypothyroidism and iron deficiency anemia are known to contribute to hair loss and nail changes in young women.

It is important to rule out other causes of your hair loss but I wanted to share my experience with telogen effluvium, also known as stress induced alopecia. I have thick long hair but starting in my 20s I went through several periods (usually a couple of months) of extreme hair shedding and loss with diffuse but mild thinning (no bald patches). This was extremely upsetting and I was referred to dermatologists who ruled out medical causes and given my age told me “time would tell” whether I had a genetic form of hair loss.

However, with time I found that after a couple of months the hair loss would stabilize and reverse. I also noted that my hair loss corresponded with times of personal or emotional extreme stress (during my first year of medical school, then internship, etc). Certainly planning for a wedding can induce a significant amount of stress so I would keep telogen effluvium in mind. As a stabilizing measure, you can use over the counter minoxidil (rogaine) which the dermatologist had recommended I use. You can use it twice a day applied topically to the scalp but hair regrowth isn’t evident for a couple of months so you need to use it consistently. I found this was the most effective treatment for my hair issues. Hope this helps and don’t panic!

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