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LaniMo
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Hi all:

Has anyone else started losing their eyebrow hair? Mine have always been thin, but now there are bald patches in the center of both brows.

I have severe adrenal fatigue, and was taking DHEA and Pregnenolone supplements until they caused insomnia and hormonal acne.

I had been off antibiotics for several months, but recently started taking Doxy and topical Ziana gel for the acne. After that, I noticed the bald patches.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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GretaM
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Is the info sheet for the acne lotion available? Does it list anything in its side effects in regard to losing hair?

I am losing my eyelashes, but I don't know what is causing that either.

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Possibly known side-effect of cortisol, DHEA, etc.

Possibly hypothyroid.

Possibly Vitamin B12 deficiency (want to be near the top of the range on the blood test; anything under 500 is too low despite what the lab normal range says...).

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Loss of eyebrows is on the list of hypothyroid symptoms. Make sure the doc orders a complete thyroid panel.

Bea Seibert

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Yes, hypothyroid possible symptom, though usually, it is the outer two thirds of the eyebrow that thins.....i have had this throughout the illness, but they have grown back a little now, i think.
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Thyroid. Also, mercury kills the thyroid. I would get tested for heavy metals (doctors data test).

Have you had your hormones tested too? Saliva testing for cortisol levels as well.

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LaniMo
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My cortisol and DHEA both tested low. That's why I was taking Pregnenolone and DHEA supplements.

Thyroid came back normal, but I'm being tested again b/c I understand that many people benefit from treatment, even if they technically aren't hypothyroid.

Hair loss isn't listed as a possible side effect of Ziana gel.

I hate to be vain here, but has anyone tried a hair growth serum? Is it contraindicated for Lyme patients?

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Lyme & Babs wrecked havoc with my adrenal glands, which in turn wrecked my thyroid. Hypothyroid, low cortisol. Now being treated for that along with TBD. Also low DHEA and B 12 been taking supplements for that. I too have lost the outer third of my eyebrows and also am still losing hair and have brittle nails. I take Biotin for that and recently started using Biotin/Collagen shampoo and it seems to slow the fall out down. My hair dresser says my hair is getting thick again. So give it a try: organix(?) at Walmart.
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LaniMo
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Thanks again for the info.

What is TBD?

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I agree, it is one of the symptoms of being hypothyroid. You lose the outer third of your eyebrow. Other symptoms you might see are the imprint of your teeth on your tongue (swollen), feeling cold, dry scaly skin and dry, broken, co**** hair, depression, sluggish thinking, fatigue, constipation and low body temperature.

If your body temperature when you first wake up in the morning is 97 or lower, you are probably hypothyroid.

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It's not just the outer third of your eyebrows that you can lose from being hypothyroid---it can be any or all of the eyebrows, hair, and surely the lashes, too.
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Mites (demodex mites)
Demodex folliculorum mite next to a human hair
Mites on human skin

Symptoms of mite infestation

Prevention / remedies / cures / treatment for mites



Mites on human skin

Demodex mites live in hair follicles and sebaceous (oil) glands on the skin. Sometimes they are known as eyelash mites. Both species are primarily found on the face near the nose, the eyebrows and eyelashes. They also occur elsewhere on the body, such as around the ears, on the scalp, and in skin folds.

Demodex folliculorum mites live in the hair follicles. The adult mites are between 0.3 mm and 0.4 mm long, with a semi-transparent body. You can see fully grown adults with the naked eye, but a microscope is useful for a more reliable examination.

Demodex brevis live in the sebaceous glands connected to hair follicles. The adult mites are up to 0.2 mm long, with a semi-transparent body. You need a microscope to examine a plucked hair or thick oil squeezed from a gland to check for infestation.

Mites are transferred by skin and hair contact, particularly by sleeping with a person in close contact at night.

The mites eat skin-cells, hormones and oils (sebum) which accumulate in the hair follicles. Their digestive system is so efficient and results in so little waste that they have no excretory orifice. At night they leave the hair follicles and come out to mate. Eggs are laid deep in the hair follicles or oil glands, and are impossible to wash out. You have to wait for them to hatch, and then treat the mites.

The legged larvae hatch 3-4 days after the eggs are laid. It takes about a week for the larvae to develop into adults. The total lifespan of a demodex mite is several weeks. The dead mites decompose inside the hair follicles or sebaceous glands. For this reason mite treatment must last 6-8 weeks.

Symptoms of mite infestation

For the majority of people, mites cause no symptoms. It seems that in older people, and those with suppressed immune systems (caused by stress or illness), the mite population can dramatically increase. The infestation causes a condition known as demodicosis or mite bite, characterised by itching, inflammation and other skin disorders. The "insects under the skin" feeling is known as formication.
Rosacea.
Blepharitis (inflammation of the edge of eyelids).
Large pores.
Dilated veins.
Redness.
Thin hair.
Adult acne.
Blackheads.

Prevention / remedies / cures / treatment for mites
Tea tree oil.
Clove oil.
Flowers of sulphur.
Borax.
Grow Youthful visitor's experience with mite remedies.

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Al,

Thanks for posting this... I knew rosacea was mite-caused, but didn't know blepharitis was...

Now I know why clove oil helps my eyelids feel better...thanks!

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