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dian
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My hair is falling out in clumps when I take a shower, this happened last year and went away and now it is back exactly a year later. I am on mino with bactrim, pulsing flagyl once a week.
Could any of these drugs be the cause?

I lost my dad and grandmother last year and this is when it started, then it stopped and now it is back. could this be all stress related? what can I take. I am getting very worried.

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Spring Valley hair skin and nails, it is cheap, and it works. Also, look into a dechlorinator for your shower.

My Fiance was having hair loss problems and the Spring VAlley product helped her quite a bit.

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TerryK
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Sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandmother. [Frown]

I can't answer all your questions but diabetes (high blood sugar) or thyroid issues can both make your hair fall out. Sounds like you need to discuss this with your doctor so appropriate tests can be done.

Good luck,
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How are your adrenals?

Low andrenals can make your hair fall out easier.

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Stress can absolutely do it (the stress of lyme alone is enough).

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TF
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You might want to have your gyn check your hormone levels. If estrogen is low, this will happen.

That's why some old ladies have very thin hair.

You can take estrogen and reverse it if this is the cause.

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Low iron can also cause your hair to fall out.
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Regenemax has helped with hair loss.
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Definitely get your thyroid and hormone levlels checked. Regarding thyroid testing, ask your doctor to run the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies in addition to the regular panel. These are blood tests.

From what I understand, saliva testing is better for adrenal and other hormone testing.

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When I was living in my house, I was losing HUGE amounts of hair AND I did not have my time of the month(cycle) for nearly 3 years. Since my local health center "team" couldn't find anything wrong with me, they said I was in "early menopause" told me this was "normal."

Years later, when I found out there was toxic mold behind the walls of our tub and we were being poisoned, we moved out.

Five days later, I got my cycle back. This may be TMI, but I feel it is a very important clue as to what had happened to me, the first "cycle" was black. Since then it has been red and regular most of the time, unless I get exposed to a lot of mold. I have been out 8+ months.

IMO, taking estrogen is treating a symptom. It's ok to treat symptoms if you do it on a temporary basis, for comfort while you find and treat the cause.

Hormones are being messed up by the toxins around us. For me, my major toxin was a mycotoxin, the tiny particles that some molds produce.

In my case, I had 234,000 stachybotrys per cubic foot. That is an enormous number. Anything over 10 per square meter of stachybotrys is unsafe to live in.

I have Lyme and Bart too. As long as I stay away from the mold, my hair and cycles are normal.

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Once I got rid of lyme and coinfections, I came out of "menopause" and no longer needed hormone replacement. My estrogen, etc. all returned to normal.

So, we take these things temporarily while we work on the cause of the problem--lyme and its coinfections, for most of us.

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Also try dandruff shampoo. Worked for me.

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I second hormones...and you could supp with iron and folic acid. That stopped my hair falling out in clumps. I only had to take them for 2 weeks and then I was fine.
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My hairdresser has lost a lot of her hair and now wears a wig. It is due to severe candida. I hope you have been taking a lot of probiotics. Hard enough for a normal person to lose hair but a hairdresser....
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I just read recently that dandruff was caused by a fungus. So, if you have dandruff and are losing hair, then up the probiotics and find an antifungal. I wonder what the ingredients are in dandruff shampoo.

Excess estrogen is linked to breast cancer. That's why my gyno tells me that I shouldn't carry any extra weight, because estrogen is related to our weight. IMO, supplementing estrogen needs to be carefully monitored.

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I suggest supplementing with MSM, as all of us are prone towards low Sulfur levels, which can cause problems relative to hair loss along with many other things.

http://all-hair-loss-treatments.com/sulfur-deficiency-hair-loss/

http://www.hairlosstalk.com/hair-loss-news/article237.php

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I can empathize on this one. My hair has been running the same cycles that you are talking about for at least the last four years, now. Extreme shedding- downright loss- of hair in the early to late fall. Every time, I end up chopping my hair short as I feel that it makes my hair look fuller. Though I do have very fine hair, I have a lot of it, so most people wouldn't really know that I have experienced great hair loss. I on the other hand notice immediately. Strand after strand will come out in the shower and on my pillow. I'll even notice it all over my shirt. But, at least up until this point, I have never 'lost' all of my hair (or even come close, for that matter). This is a difficult issue for anyone...especially a woman. I have tried the vitamin B supplement Biotin in the past, and have also used Biotin and Silica-infused shampoos/conditioners; and have found some success with those. I, too, can appreciate the tips above on thyroid and iron. They can definitely be culprits of hair loss. I know that it is easier said than done, but, just try to hang in there while this symptom is happening. As best you can, try not to perservate on the hair loss. You probably don't want to touch/play with your hair too much, but I have found that in times when my hair is really shedding, by pulling it back in a loose ponytail, I don't actually have to witness/see the hair on my shirt, and then, am able to calm my mind a bit. Best of luck!
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Hi there. I am so sorry to hear your hair is falling out. I have been through the same thing. I started taking OTC prenatal vitamins every morning and in one month my hair stylist noticed that not only did my hair grow in faster but the hairline that was thinning started to regrow. I still take it and every four weeks I need my hair cut it has grown so quickly and its very healthy. My stylist says that has made an amazing difference,

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Hi there. I am so sorry to hear your hair is falling out. I have been through the same thing. I started taking OTC prenatal vitamins every morning and in one month my hair stylist noticed that not only did my hair grow in faster but the hairline that was thinning started to regrow. I still take it and every four weeks I need my hair cut it has grown so quickly and its very healthy. My stylist says that has made an amazing difference,

What brand is your prenatals?

Thanks!

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I lost hair for seven months and it thinned considerable due to a relapse. I had very thick hair to begin with, so nobody notices but me. I just let my hair grow longer so it still looks like I have a lot.
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RZR I used OTC cvs brand prenatals.

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Have you tried Biotin Forte for hair and nails? My hair falls out in waves but BF has helped. My LLMD suggested this. It is not uncommon in lyme patients.

You can order it from www.drugstore.com

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For menstruating women and those with hypothyroidism, low iron (specifically low ferritin) can be the culprit. This should be raised to at least 70 but no more than 125...

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I have hypothyroidism which continued despite taking Armour thyroid - though the tests showed normal, I continued to lose hair, feel cold, have dry skin, etc.

I read in Dr. Nan Fuchs letter that if your Iodine levels are low your thyroid still will not function correctly, despite tests showing it to be normal.

I bought some Iodoral on Amazon & started taking 50mg daily. I don't lose nearly as much hair now, but my skin is still dry.

There is a urine test you can have done to check your iodine levels. Don't trust the docs that tell you to buy the tincture and paint it on yourself to see if it disappears. That's not a good way to test.

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Is 50 mg of Iodoral a standard dose?

I went to a naturopathic doctor a while back that tested my urine to see where my iodine levels are--they are very low, I guess.

I don't care to go back to him, however..He said that we would address the low iodine level during my next visit, which never happened, as I really did not care much for him.

But I do think that having the proper amount of iodine is important for thyroid function.. Wondering if I can just buy the Iodoral and take some for a while (?) I could ask my LLMD about it, but I don't know if he'll know much about it.

And as far as the hair loss--it can come from so many things--low iron/ferritin, poor thyroid/adrenal function, candida, and probably the infections themselves.. A tough symptom to put up with, especially for us ladies.

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Skies, I just use iodized salt (salt shaker). It helps.

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