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hair falling off alot and dry scalp...

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  • Posted By: ultimatedbz
  • June 27, 2007
  • 00:57 AM


I have a thyroid condition and i am taking medicine to correct that but my hair are still falling and my scalp seems to be dry and have weird spots like mosquito bites. i use baby oil to keep my scalp from drying but i am still loosing hair...

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  • Get Evaluated by a Dermatologist.Even if you are in the midst of dealing with a thyroid problem, it's still a good idea to see a dermatologist. A good dermatologist experienced in hair loss can do a complete workup in order to assess the various causes of hair loss, and run tests that may identify other autoimmune conditions besides thyroid that may cause hair loss. Make Sure It's Not Your Thyroid DrugIf you are taking levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, Levothroid) as your thyroid hormone replacement, and still losing hair, you may need to take action. Prolonged or excessive hair loss IS a side effect of these drugs for some people. Note: Many doctors do NOT know this, even though it is a stated side effect in the Synthroid patient literature, for example, so don't be surprised if your doctor is not aware of this. Make Sure You're Not UndertreatedHair loss can also result from being UNDERtreated...not being at the right TSH, or not taking the right drugs for you. An increasing number of doctors believe that a TSH of around 1 - 2 is optimal for most people to feel well and avoid having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid symptoms such as hair loss. (Note that these levels are kept lower for thyroid cancer patients to prevent cancer recurrence.) evening primrose oil (also known as EPO) is a nutritional supplement that is frequently mentioned. In his book, "Solved: The Riddle of Illness," Stephen Langer, M.D. points to the fact that symptoms of essential fatty acid insufficiency are very similar to hypothyroidism, and recommends evening primrose oil -- an excellent source of essential fatty acids -- as helpful for people with hypothyroidism. The usefulness of evening primrose oil, particularly in dealing with the issues of excess hair loss with hypothyroidism, was also reinforced by endocrinologist Kenneth Blanchard. According to Dr. Blanchard:"For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil. If there's any sex pattern to it -- if a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern - -then, the problem is there is excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone at the level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So almost anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil."n one study, Dr. Hugh Rushton, a professor at Portsmouth University, also found that 90 percent of women with thinning hair were deficient in iron and the amino acid lysine. Lysine is the most difficult amino acid to get enough of via diet. Lysine helps transport iron, which is the most important element in the body and essential for many metabolic processes. When lysine and iron levels are low, the body probably switches some hair follicles off to increase levels elsewhere. Meat, fish and eggs are the only food sources of lysine. There are also supplements that contain lysine.Some other natural ways to deal with hair loss include: * Arginine * Cysteine * Green Tea * Polysorbate 80 * Progesterone * Saw Palmetto * Trichosaccaride * Vitamin B6 Zinc Consult a Doctor for a Prescription TreatmentIn some cases, your dermatologist may recommend that you try drug treatments. The two popular drugs for hair loss -- Rogaine and Propecia -- both interfere with DHT's ability to destroy hair follicles. Neither drug is safe to use during pregnancy, however, and so they are not as commonly used in women of child-bearing age. Rogaine, the brand name for minoxidil, is available without a prescription. Women typically use a 2% minoxidil solution applied to the scalp twice a day, and men use a 5% solution. Improvements with minoxidil are slow - it may take months to see any improvement, and a year or more for any dramatic change in hair loss and regrowth. To maintain improvements, minoxidil needs to be continued daily. Propecia, the brand name for finasteride, is a prescription drug taken in pill form. It is not to be used by women in child-bearing years because of its ability to cause serious birth defects, but it has been shown to help some women. Propecia does not, however, appear to be any more effective than minoxidil, and like minoxidil, it can take a year to see results, and must be taken for life to maintain regrowth.
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  • Here's proof to take to your doctor if you're not on the correct dose of thyroid replacement.http://www.thyroidtoday.com/>Expert Opinions >Carole Spencer's Article bottom of pageBe sure to read and print off page 2 or give your doctor the website address and have him read it.The new protocol for treating thyroid disease is based on the TSH testing range of 0.4 - 4.12 µIU/L."Serum TSH levels between 0.5 µIU/L and 2.0 µIU/L are generally considered the optimal therapeutic target levels for the LT4 replacement dose for patients with primary hypothyroidism."I was losing hair like crazy on a lower dose and now on a higher dose I have stopped losing hair like I was and every day it gets better. Today I found only two hairs in my shower!"A euthyroid state is usually achieved with an average LT4 dose of 1.6 µg/kg/body weight/d. An initial LT4 dose is typically 50 µg/d to 100 µg/d."
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  • thanks man i am curently on .05 mg levothyroxine sodium and loosing alot of hair i am going to a different doctor tomorrow to get this all soved.Thanks for the help.
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  • hey just a quick question i started evening primrose oil. I just wanted to know what it does? I tried looking online but i didn't find anything.Thanks
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  • When it comes to hair loss and thyroid disease, underproduction or overproduction of thyroid hormone can bring along rapid hair loss. Some thyroid medications can cause hair loss.Check this article:http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hairloss/a/hairloss.htm
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