Oral steroid as hair loss treatment???

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Jenbissness, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Jenbissness

    Jenbissness New Member


    I am new to the forum, so let me tell you all a bit about my story. I am 37 yo and have been dealing with hair loss since Dec 2012. Like many of you out there, I have been to several doctors and specialists and still have no answers. I have literally been tested for everything and the only thing that keeps coming back is low normal ferritin (18) and deficient vit d. So frustrating as I used to have glorious blonde hair, always fine but I had a ton of it; I also have no family history of androgentic hair loss. I have lost more than 50% of my hair and it is not only falling out, it appears to be breaking as well and I have issues with the burning and pulling sensation on my scalp. This has really taken a toll on my psyche and I am now in the market for supplemental hair because I am sick of feeling helpless and hating the way my hair looks.

    Long story short, I recently visited an endocrinologist who drew multiple labs which, yet again only revealed low normal ferritin and deficient vit d... He suggested that I take dexamethasone/ decadron which is an oral corticosteroid low dose twice a day for 3 months. Apparently he has had success with this treatment before and stated that if I have an underlying inflammatory condition leading to the loss that he has seen hair fall improve by 50% in 3 months. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! Finally, someone is being proactive and doing something about my hair loss and not just brushing me off. Unfortunely, it is 3 weeks into treatment and my hair loss is worse than ever! I have researched and found that oral steroids can actually lead to hair loss.

    I was curious if any of you out there have experienced this or have heard of oral steroids as hair loss treatment. I am tempted to stop treatment and begin my iron therapy again. Thoughts or comments would be appreciated!
  2. Julia David

    Julia David Member

    There are some important things you need to do is drinking at least 2 - 3 liters of water and eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits. You can keep hair healthier , cleaner and softer with argan life shampoo and apply it three times a week.The product made difference on my hair.