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Old 09-02-2012, 10:18 PM
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Default Sudden, dramatic hair loss

Hi, I am desperate and very depressed. I've experienced hair loss for the last 8 years but always kept it under check with aldactone (100mg)/minoxidil (5%). However, something has triggered severe hair loss over the past 3 months and I don't know what to do. My scalp feels tender and itchy and I can't wash my hair as so much just falls... I've done all the blood work and the only thing unusual in addition to relative low iron is that my prolactine is unusually low (below normal), so the endocrinologist has asked me to stop the aldactone as it could be the culprit. I read that for women, unusually low prolactine could be the culprit of hair loss. However, I have now stopped the aldactone (100mg per day) and the shedding continues... aggressively. It really hasn't changed. What is worse is that I live currently in China where I won't be able to find a doctor that knows anything about women's hair loss... so I am looking elsewhere. I am originally from California (southern) and I am thinking of flying to see a specialist so if anybody has a recommendation of good doctor specializing on women's hair loss in the area I would really appreciate it. Also if anybody had similar symptoms and could share what happened I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much... I am really lost right now and feel so helpless.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:40 PM
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Should I request that I get a scalp biopsy done? What would that test for?
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:51 PM
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A scalp biopsy checks for changes in your scalp tissue. No one knew my problem until we finally did a biopsy. It gave me a diagnosis but not an effective treatment plan. In my opinion a scalp biopsy is worth checking even if it only rules out certain diseases. I hope you find your answers and can get the help you need. Hang in there!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:44 AM
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Default Seborrhoeic Dermatitis??

Ok so I went today to see yet another dermatologist because nothing came out of the blood tests and my TCM doctor suggested fungus as the case. To make things worse, hair loss + I have developed dandruff! lots of orange stuff! So I go to see her, she quickly looks at my scalp and says: you have seborrhoeic dermatitis and the reason you have been loosing so much hair is probably that. I look at her in awe: I've seen 3 dermatologist in the past 3 months, 2 endocrinologist, 1 TCM specialist, none had identified this as the cause, and suddenly you are so sure? She said that perhaps because the dandruff was not obvious before, but that for her it was clearly the case: I don't have bald spots but have been loosing hair all over, so it is just that... prints me a Wikipedia (yes Wikipedia) explanation of what Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is.... and tells me to wash my hair every two days with anti-dandruff shampoo (ketoconazole 2%) + take vitamin B complex. Could this really be it??? Or is this completely false hope? I just washed my hair and I swear about 400 hairs fell.... I don't want to get my hopes up falsely.... Thoughts anyone?
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:38 PM
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I hope for your sake it is. If you don't get results with the shampoo then you should seek another opinion. Some doctors have no clue.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:49 PM
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The more I look online the more I find a tight relationship between Candida and Hair Loss - I am contemplating doing a Candida Diet as well. Has anybody done one? Has it helped?
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