Female Hair Loss Vitamin Deficiency

Women always remained proud of their hair. It is considered a sign of beauty, femininity and youth in females. Baldness is less common in females than in men. But when females experience baldness and thinning of hair, the effect is much greater.
Common Causes of Female Hair Loss
It was previously considered that the causes of female baldness are the same as men, but research revealed that they are not same all the time. Females may experience baldness due to androgens hormones (androsteinedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)) but research showed that many women facing baldness and thinning of hair have normal levels of these hormones. Thats why the term female pattern hair loss is used to describe hair loss in women.
Besides hormones, other factors affecting hair health like nutrition, use of hair products, stress, and physical activity are essentially the same for men and women.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Here are some very useful tips to stop or slow down hair loss.
Exercise and stress: We all agree that stress is bad for the mind and body including hair. Coping with stress is a long topic in itself but here is the tip. Exercise is the best way to fight stress, without any side-effects, most other methods have.
Styling products: Styling products are usually harmful especially hair straightener and hair curling products. With numerous products in the market, government and other regulatory bodies are unable to safeguard people. So the responsibility rests upon the users themselves. Research thoroughly before using the products or consult a hair doctor for advice.
Stretching hair styles: Many women style their hair which stretch and pull hair (ponytails, plaits, corn-rows, tightly braiding). This is very dangerous and if this kind of hairstyle is used continuously, the stretched area can lose its hair.
Hair coloring: Coloring your hair can often cause your hair to become weak. Use coloring sparingly if necessary.
Hair Dryer: Try to avoid hair dryers and let them dry naturally. If the use of dryer is necessary, turn the heat to the minimum level.
Clean Hair with mild shampoo: Cleaning your hair is very important. Use Sulfate FREE shampoos to wash your hair.Alsolook for the pH value of shampoo. Our skin has a pH Value between 4.5 and 5.5. Use shampoo within the pH range of 4-7.
Female Hair Transplant
More than 90% of the men are good candidates for a hair transplant. This is not the case with women. For a transplant to be successful, a good amount of hair is needed in the donor area. These hairs are harvested from the donor area and transplanted into the affected area.
Men affected by male pattern baldness experience hair loss from the hairline and crown on their head. The other areas of their head remain less affected or even unaffected by baldness because they are resistant to hormones that create baldness. These resistant hairs are harvested and then transplanted into the affected area. When transplanted into the affected area, these hairs retain their properties and are less prone to hormonal destruction.
In contrast, females experience diffuse hair loss (an overall thinning of all hair on the head). Women do not have hormone resistant areas on the sides and back of the head. If these weak hairs are extracted from donor sites and transplanted into the affected sited, they are most likely to fall soon.
Second point which makes transplanting in women less feasible is need of volume. Men usually lose hair from their hairline and crown. They just need redistribution of hair to reform their hairline. Women however, do not lose their hairline. They lose the volume from all over the head. Hair transplant is of little help in this scenario.
Women are good candidates for a hair transplant in the following situations.
The hair loss has been occurred due to hairstyles which stretch the hair like ponytails, braiding tightly, and excessive use of hair clips.
Women who lost hair from a specific area due to injury or surgery.
Women experiencing baldness similar to male pattern baldness, thinning hairline, and crown.
The best way to know the suitability is to consult a qualified hair doctor or hair transplant surgeon so that you can be sure whether a transplant is appropriate for you and plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have female pattern hair loss with new growth?
    I've started losing my hair (breakage) due to a bad perm. On the sides of my head and in top. At first I thought it was female pattern hair loss, but then I have lots of new growth. Can you have female pattern hair loss and new growth at the same time? Oh and by the way, I'm also thinking of trying aphogee hair products. If anyone has heard of it, let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      A hair grows from its follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests, and then falls out. A new hair soon begins growing in its place. At any time, about 85% of the hair is growing and 15% is resting.

      Baldness occurs when hair falls out but new hair does not grow in its place. The cause of the failure to grow new hair in female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it is associated with genetic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones (particularly androgens, the male sex hormones).

      Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production. For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth.

      Female pattern baldness is usually different from that of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the frontal hairline is maintained. There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

      Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

      Temporary shedding of hair (telogen effluvium)
      Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
      Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata -- an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
      Medications
      Certain skin diseases
      Hormonal abnormalities
      Iron deficiency
      Underactive thyroid
      Vitamin deficiency
      Symptoms Return to top

      Thinning of hair over the entire head
      Hair loss at the crown or hairline, mild to moderate
      Exams and Tests Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss and by ruling out other causes of hair loss.

      A skin biopsy or other procedures may be used to diagnose medical disorders that cause loss of hair.

      Analysis of the hair itself is not accurate for diagnosing nutritional or similar causes of hair loss, although it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

      Treatment Return to top

      The hair loss of female pattern baldness is permanent. In most cases, it is mild to moderate. No treatment is required if the person is comfortable with her appearance.

      The only drug or medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil, used on the scalp. For women, the 2% concentration is recommended. Minoxidil may help hair to grow in 20% to 25% of the female population, and in the majority it may slow or stop the loss of hair. Treatment is expensive, however, and hair loss starts again when minoxidil use is stopped.

      Hair transplants consist of removal of tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas and carries a modest risk for skin infection. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive. Results, however, are often excellent and permanent.

      The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

      Stitching (suturing) hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp.

      Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise hair loss and improve cosmetic appearance. This is often the least expensive and safest method of dealing with female pattern baldness.

      Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is of cosmetic importance only and does not indicate a medical disorder, but it may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. The hair loss is usually permanent.

      Possible Complications Return to top

      Complications are psychological stress and a loss of self-esteem due to change in appearance.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

      Call your health care provider if hair loss occurs and persists, especially if there is itching, skin irritation, or other symptoms. There might be a treatable medical cause for the loss of hair.

      Prevention Return to top

      There is no known prevention for female pattern baldness.

  2. QUESTION:
    What sort of deficiency causes female hair loss?
    I'm only 20 and I've noticed that my hair is thinner than usual. I don't have bald spots and it's not just in one place. I notice when I take a shower a lot of hair falls out. Does anyone know if I'm not getting enough of a certain vitamin or mineral?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamins are participating in metabolism process. Shortage of certain vitamins or minerals always lead to health problems. Especially it has a big influence on the hair and nails conditions. The main vitamins for hair loss are B vitamins, as well as A, E and C. Besides multivitamin complex you can receive these vitamins from food. Please find a list of the products, that are strongly recommended as a source of forementioned vitamins: fish oil, dairy butter, eggs, vegetable oils, nuts, groats, fruits and vegetables.

      Minerals are the part of the human body. They take a part in ferment and hormonal processes and are necessary for uptake of vitamins and other nutrients. To prevent a hair loss you should check if your diet contains all the mentioned minerals: zinc (oat and buckwheat groats, walnuts, shrimps, beans), iron (liver, nuts, egg yolk), molibdenym(kidney, pea, cacao), sulphur (garlic, liver, fish, beans), silicium (whole grain products, root vegetables).

      Another way is to deliver the vitamins and minerals directly to hairs by applying it with hair mask. You could apply it at home 1-3 times per week. Here are some compositions. Mask for strengthening of dry hair: 50 g of vegetable oil and 10 drops of lemon juice. Pour it into the cup and heat it by placing the cup in saucepan filled with hot water. Then rub the liquid in hair roots and wait 2 hours. Afterwards wash the head with shampoo and rinse with liter of water with 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar. Mask for strengthening of oily hair: 1 egg, 1 ml of liquid B1 or B6 vitamins. Rub in hair roots, wait an hour and then washwith shampoo plus rinse with water with vinegar

  3. QUESTION:
    What do I do for an abnormal amount of hair loss?
    I've always had very thick hair, thank goodness. I've let my hair grow and have it colored/highlighted about every 5-6 weeks, but I've done that for years. I can run my hand through my hair and come up with 20 to 50 hairs in my fingers and I'm not pulling hard. My brush is full after brushing my hair once. When I would pull my hair back in a ponytail it was very thick and lots to work with, but now it's only about 3/4 inch in diameter. I don't pull it back anymore for fear that that is one of the problems. I am not taking any new medication and there doesn't seem to be a logical reason for the hair loss. My mother said it was "seasonal shedding," but I've never had it like this ever! I have it trimmed just a little each time to prevent split ends damaging my hair. Can anyone help? Any suggestions? I would appreciate any reasonable solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Meg, hair loss can vary from person to person, and in some cases it can be a sign of iron deficiency, and/or high stress levels. Are you experiencing any kind of stresses, either in your outside life or internally? Poor diet can also lead to hair loss. Have you been cutting corners on nutrition?

      I know it can be scary to experience hair loss like this. While some loss is always normal, and "seasonal shedding" as your mom said is also normal, you know your body best. If something is not normal for *you* and how your body normally is, then there is reason to investigate. I would recommend scheduling an appointment with your physician. Explain the problem your having, and s/he will probably run a blood test on you to check for anemia (iron deficiency) and some other things. If this is simply no big deal, you'll feel so much better hearing it from your doctor. If there's anything at all to help correct or treat---big or small--you'll be so happy you asked!

      In the meantime, you may wish to begin taking a multi-vitamin that includes iron in the formula. Try your best to eat healthy, nutritious, non-processed foods whenever possible, and don't overstyle your hair. Coloring every 5 to 6 weeks may just be catching up to you. Let your hair dry naturally, and go very gently with it in terms of how you wear it for now. Hair loss, simply genetic, can also occur in females and it's possible this is happening, though I'm guessing it's more vitamin and stress related.

      Try to be very gentle with yourself and if there is anything upsetting you or worrying you inside, talk it out and try to let it go if possible. Life has so many wonderful open doors for all of us, and if one moment is rocky, the next will be smooth. Good luck to you and I hope this helps! :D

  4. QUESTION:
    I am a 19 year old vegan going bald, what deficiency causes hair loss?
    I am a 19 year old female and have been a vegan for 9 years. I started losing hair about a year ago and my once thick hair is so thin now that i have bald spots practically all over my head. The hair has been falling out evenly amongst my whole head. What am I missing that can cause this? zinc? B12? Protein? What deficiency can be causing my hair loss?
    I'm not going to stop being a vegan so don't try to convert me. I'm concerned about my hair and my health but I wont harm another creature for my benefit. There are always vegan alternatives, I am just curious as to what I might not be getting enough of.

    • ANSWER:
      Being a vegan has little to do with hair loss, you just need to find other sources of protein (something the body needs). A vegan is just a vegetarian that removes all animal and animal byproducts (such as eggs-a good source of protein) from their diet. Many "vegetarians" will eat fish, an excellent source of protein that has plenty of "good fats" (something the body also needs). A number of them have the "nothing with a face" sense of thought. It is a personal choice. If you are happy with it, AND, can supply your body with all it's requirements...I applaud you.

      Your problem sounds far beyond just possible dietary issues. You said "now that i have bald spots practically all over my head". Alopecia areata is a possibility. Initially it occurs in the late teenage years, early childhood, or young adulthood, but can happen with people of all ages. Inital symptoms are small, soft, bald patches that can come in any shape but are most often roundish in shape. It may also be caused by Vitamin B5 deficiency. The area may tingle or be slightly painful. It most often affects the scalp, but can occur on any hair-bearing part of the body.

      Yet you say "The hair has been falling out evenly amongst my whole head", so it's (hopefully) more likely not. Because it can be permenent (nonreversable). It very much sounds like more, there comes a time when one has to face the facts and do something about it.

      I'll tell you a bit about myself and how my experience may be able to help you = I am a master stylist of 20+ years. I have the skill as well as knowledge of the structure, function, and anatomy of the hair/scalp, but I can only do so much. That's where science has to step in. For years I have researched for the sake of my clients, something that would restore what some of them were losing. Especially my female clients, male clients as well, but women have a much harder time coping. Men would after surviving the jabs now and then as well as the stares, develop "thick skin" (or so they would say). My first priority was getting the job done. The second priority ( a major push via my male clients) was it not cost an arm and a leg! All the products we tried promised "much", but...some just promised and others didn't work too bad (some smelled awful). Until we found one that hit our "doesn't cost an arm and a leg" and really worked! http://www.amazing-results-now.com It was impressive, the hair starts coming in like fuzz. Fine and downy. My clients started to get excited (especially women, you know us guys, we re... yeah, not too bad ), but when it starts to thicken, then even the guys are check it out! . I take great pride in what I do for my clients. Oh, and they show me they appreciate it too (especially when Christmas rolls around). Although you're not my client, I hope that this information helps you, you could end up happy and whole once more. I wish you all the best. Take care.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if Slimfast meal replacement makes you lose your hair?
    Please if anyone has any help, please list below. I started drinking Slimfast drink once a day in hope to lose ten pounds. I'm wondering if this can trigger hair loss because my hair has been falling out a lot since I started doing it. Is it because of the drink, or maybe something else? Any info on slimfast would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I am also drinking Slimfast for 6 months now and I did lost some weight with exercise of at least 3 times a week of course.

      But its not all good news! I've also experiencing hair loss and itchy scalp more than usual. And Im just 25 female. I am not sure if its related to Slimfast or because of the weight loss or vitamins/nutrients deficiency :(

      But I'm taking multivitamins everyday, calcium and vit E tablets.

      Please let me know if you are able to find out anything.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long do vitamins take to work?
    I'm 18 years old, female, and i have very bad acne and hair thinning ( & hair loss). I also suffer from depression. I started taking more vitamins today to help my hair and skin. What are the best vitamins and how long do they take to show results??

    • ANSWER:
      Give it a few months to see a difference. That said, if you have an underlying medical condition, your symptoms will persist. Some supplements are not very good with absorption however so check the label (if you live in the US) that is states Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP certification ensures that supplements and vitamins are manufactured safely, with quality and with efficacy. Supplements that absorb more effectively than supplements are sublingual (under the tongue), effervescence tablets or liquids.

      Aside from stress and pollution, one of the leading causes of hair loss is vitamin deficiency. Hair loss can also be a symptom of an underlying disease such as thyroid disease or lupus.

      Vitamins for hair loss: Biotin (Vitamin-H), Iron, B vitamins, Zinc, Anti-Oxidants - Vitamin A, C and E, Protein, Pantothenic Acid.

      The 8 vitamins for hair loss >>>
      http://www.hairlosstreatment-s.com/vitamin-and-hair-loss.html

      "How To Prevent and Treat Acne:

      Eight simple steps will help most overcome their acne problems.

      1. Stay away from milk. It is nature s perfect food but only if you are a calf.

      2. Eat a low glycemic load, low sugar diet. Sugar, liquid calories, and flour products all drive up insulin and cause pimples.

      3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who eat more veggies (containing more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds) have less acne. Make sure you get your 5-9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.

      4. Get more healthy anti-inflammatory fats. Make sure to get omega-3 fats (fish oil) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats (evening primrose oil). You will need supplements to get adequate amounts (more on that in a moment).

      5. Include foods that correct acne problems. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne and can help correct it. These include fish oil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

      6. Take acne-fighting supplements. Some supplements are critical for skin health. Antioxidant levels have been shown to be low in acne sufferers. And healthy fats can make a big difference. Here are the supplements I recommend:

      Evening primrose oil: Take 1000 to 1500mg twice a day.
      Zinc citrate: Take 30 mg a day.
      Vitamin A: Take 25000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
      Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.

      7. Try probiotics. Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.

      8. Avoid foods you are sensitive to. Delayed food allergies are among the most common causes of acne foods like gluten, dairy, yeast, and eggs are common culprits and can be a problem if you have a leaky gut.Diet is a big factor for causing acne. Studies now confirm dairy and sugar both can cause acne."

      It s Proven: Sugar and Dairy Cause Acne >>>
      http://freshandagelessblog.com/2011/02/16/its-proven-sugar-and-diary-cause-acne/

      Depression is from low serotonin levels.

      The following factors can cause low serotonin levels:

      * Alcohol
      * Artificial sweeteners (aspartame)
      * Caffeine
      * Cigarette smoking
      * Diabetes
      * Dietary deficiencies of nutrient co-factors
      * Ecstasy, diet pills, and certain medications
      * Genetic predisposition
      * Hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen)
      * Hypoglycemia
      * Insulin Resistance
      * Inflammation
      * Infections (eg: lyme's disease)
      * Poor diet (also eating disorders)
      * Lack of exercise
      * Lack of sunlight (lack of vitamin D)
      * Problems converting tryptophan to serotonin
      * Problems with digestion (low stomach acid is a major issue)
      * Stress and anger
      * High cortisol levels (stress hormone)

      5-htp needs Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C to form Serotonin >>>
      http://www.understand-andcure-anxietyattacks-panicattacks-depression.com/5-htp.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Why do I have grey hair in my beard if I am only 23?
    Is it a vitamin deficiency or something? I have heard that happens if you are lacking a certain vitamin but could there be other reasons for it?

    I also have one or two grey hairs on my head now that I am paying more attention to this.

    • ANSWER:
      Growing up, my mom's best friend's son was 12 and had a full head of gray hair! Its rare, but sometimes you can go gray earlier on in life. Some guys can even starting balding at 16. Im a female, and I suffer from Female pattern hair loss and im only 23. It started when i was 15. :( Sadly, Genetics don't recognize age.

      If it's any consolation I think sometimes a guy with some gray in his hair/beard is sexy :)

  8. QUESTION:
    does hair regrow with use of iron supplements?
    I am a post-menopausal female with a long term severe case of hair loss. I have checked my thyreoid and have been treating it to no avail. I guess stress is the culprit. I read that iron deficiency is one of the possible culprits. Anyone had any experience with iron and hair regrowth? As for that matter, any ideas about helping to regrow long gone female hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't simply guess at the cause of your hair loss. Iron is usually not the reason for most menopausal hair loss.

      If you are post menopausal the likely culprit is low estrogen and progesterone. You may not test low from a blood panel but it may be low enough for your body to start shedding hair. Also if there are other people in your family suffering from pattern hair loss, that will make you more likely to be susceptible to hair loss due to low estrogen or progesterone.

      A few very basic things will help. Take Evening Primrose Oil 1300mgs twice daily with food. If you want you can double that dosage with no potential for side effects. I would also recommend a natural progesterone cream with phytoestrogens. You can get these products at Whole Foods nearly anywhere in the US. This will be the primary platform to stop the loss.

      Once your hair loss has stopped, you can add other things like a good B-Complex vitamin and possibly over the counter minoxidil. What you are dealing with is very common. You simply need to methodically remove the possible reasons for loss.

      The most commons reason is hormonal change in females over the age of 35. Nutritional issues and stress are factors but less likely. You can eliminate the nutritional factors and stress issues with a good multivitamin high in B vits and Vit C. You can lower the stress issue with exercise and a good adaptogen vitamin that contains Ginseng, Resveratrol, and Alpha Lipoic Acid among others.

  9. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor or specialist should I see?
    I have a whole slew of symptoms that have never been properly addressed most of them include:

    Very cold hands and feet (always)
    Sensitivity to cold temperatures
    Temperature dysregulation - uncontrollable shivering for hours from getting a bit too cold
    Pale Skin (I'm constantly told that I look anemic)
    Hair loss - results in balding of my hairline and overall thinning and periodically fills back out
    Very low energy and easily fatigued - no energy to workout anymore, trust me I try.
    Irritability
    Vision problems
    Insomnia
    Muscle/hand cramps and spasms
    General feelings of weakness
    Some chest pain and shortness of breath
    Always feel like I'm walking in a fog and can't concentrate
    Fingernails never grow for months (are always brittle and thin if and when they do)
    Electrical shock or "jolt" that I feel in certain parts of my body at times.

    I have just an overall feeling of weirdness that I can't describe. Sometimes I feel like I don't have control over my body and that I may just slip into a coma.

    I've had everything from a head MRI, Echocardiogram/ultrasound and blood tests. I've gone to family medicine where they ordered a CBC, chest x-ray, EKG, tested for H. Pylori, anemia, thyroid levels, Hep C, HIV etc. All came back normal except for my thyroid levels which were "borderline low" and all the doctor told me to do was to take a vitamin D supplement which has proved to do nothing. I take multi-vitamins, B12, fish oil, vitamin D and iron daily and feel no difference.

    About me: 22 year-old/Female 5'7'' 175lbs (gained 20lbs and struggling with my weight due to lack of energy). I love healthy food and eat relatively healthy in regards to my overall diet except now I get overwhelming cravings for chocolate and carbohydrates which are hard to ignore. I have food allergies to peanuts, green peas and kiwi fruit. I used to workout daily (kickboxing, running, dance, strength training) but my energy levels just feel nonexistent and I don't feel like myself anymore. I was 12 when I first noticed the symptoms but they have only gotten progressively worse since then, now to the point to where it is severely affecting my life as an adult. I want to be a happy healthy active person that enjoys life but I feel like I have no control over what is happening to my body. I get severely depressed to where it feels like it would be better to commit suicide because I don't like feeling this way every day. Every time I look at my nails that don't grow or feel the coldness of my hands and feet it's like a constant reminder that something is wrong me.

    I want someone who can possibly tell me of the type of doctor I should see because I feel at a loss with all the ones I have gone to and I can't afford to do this much longer. Any help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your butt to an Endocrinologist, and fast. What you're describing are classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, not "borderline low" levels. The temperature sensitivity is usually the first symptom; muscle weakness and short term memory problems come later, along with everything else. If you're losing hair and experiencing weight gain, it's been happening for a long time, and is probably getting progressively worse as you get older.

      You can read more here - I'm sure you'll see some familiar things on the list:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms

      The reason I know about this is that my wife had thryoid cancer years ago and had hers removed. Before her first radiation treatment, they had to let her go hypothyroid for several weeks, and I was dumbfounded at how much it affected her. Even now, 26 years later, when she's low on her meds (or forgets to take them; people without thryoids need to take synthetic hormones for the rest of their lives) I can always tell the symptoms. She wasn't much older than you are at the time; 27. In her case though, she was exposed to the radiation fallout plume from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

      Even after several weeks, it was a struggle for her just to get up and walk across the room. Shopping meant exhaustion.

      Again, get to an Endocrinologist ASAP. It can really screw you up more if left untreated. It's amazing just how much the thyroid affects your body systems.

      I'd also suggest you lose your idiot doctor. Iodine deficiency is the problem with hypothyroidism, not a lack of Vitamin D.

  10. QUESTION:
    Would taking hair vitamins make my hair stop falling out?
    Like Biosil, or another vitamin meant for hair, skin and nails? My hair has been falling out for about 5 months, it just doesn't seem any thinner.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking vitamins can help some, especially if a nutritional deficiency is contributing to the problem. I prefer using using spirulina and /or chlorella as they are natural (non-synthetic) making them easy to digest and absorb. They contain many nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair growth and overall health. Some of the more common nutritional deficiencies associated with hair loss include iron, zinc and protein.
      The type of hair loss that causes excessive shedding is called telogen effluvium. Any type of imbalance can cause this condition. Telogen effluvium causes more hairs than usual to go into the resting (telogen) stage where they will then shed 1-3 months later. Thinking back to the months preceding the shed may provide clues. Common triggers include vaccination, flu shot, medication, exposure to toxin or allergen, change in diet, infection, high fever, stress, etc. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible but it can become severe and long-lasting. I also had this condition. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss at the links below.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the best vitamin to use for hair loss?
    im 22 and been losing hair for the 6 month my hair is falling out from the root
    im not stressed and don't understand whats making it fall out all so it seams to get greasy faster than it used to

    im planning on getting some vitamins whats the best to try for hair loss

    its growing back where it falls out but theres alot that comes out about 150 a day my hair is starting to look thin

    • ANSWER:
      Stacey, before you begin to take vitamin supplement i believe it would be ideal to ascertain that you are not suffering from female pattern baldness because if that is the case taking vitamins alone would not be sufficient. There are several reasons behind hair loss apart from vitamin deficiency and you can find most of the common reasons at this url : http://www.hairfallguide.com/hair-loss-prevention/causes-of-hair-loss.html

      However if you would like to straight away choose vitamins and other nutrients which would help you in preventing hair loss and also aid general hair condition you should have a look at this page http://www.hairfallguide.com/nutritional-suppliment/nutritional-suppliment.html

  12. QUESTION:
    I am a 35 yr old female wondering if excessive shedding of hair could be caused by PMS?
    My hair sheds alot during that time and my scalp is very oily and itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      You could be having early signs of menopause, or have a thyroid problem, or have a vitamin deficiency.

      See your doctor, so he/she can make the determination, as to the cause for your hair loss, and plan a course of treatment.

      P.S.
      This the same advice I would give to you, if you were my client.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent hair loss? I just delivered my first baby 3 days back and am frustrated with hair loss.?
    I delivered a child a short while back and am now having severe hair fall. I was not prepared for this. Noone warned me about it. What can I do? Please suggest a doctor for hair loss in Chandigarh, India

    • ANSWER:
      If you are in Chandigarh, my home town, try Dr Bhatti's Darling Buds Hair Clinic. I don't know his address but you can get it from www.hairtransplant-india.org
      Women often get depressed and dejected soon after child birth due to hair loss which nobody warned them about. Most women get back their crowning glory, but some never do. Here are some tips for regaining your head full of hair.
      Giving birth to a child is an important life event for any woman.
      Though she is happy, she is also perturbed by the postpartum hair loss that she is suffering from. Her self body image is taking a beating due to the hair fall. This is medically referred to as Telogen Effluvium .
      In Postpartum hair loss the woman is alarmed at the amount of hair loss over a short period of just one month. Telogen Effluvium can also result from any other experience that is either physically or emotionally traumatic like child birth. Changes take place in the way the hair grow and develop. This difference causes a large number of hair follicles to shed all at one time.
      The treatment is medical and not hair transplantation . Hair Transplants are done in other indications.
      My article helps you to be aware of the entity of Postpartum Hair Loss and to take remedial measures.

      Tips and Tips
      Since Stress is one of the most important factors, please reduce your stress levels and anxiety. However, it is easier said than done. Try to keep your worries and negative thoughts out of your mind by engaging in constructive activities. Start meditation and breathing exercises, join a dance class, and take long walks.
      Be sure you are getting the nutrients required to prevent hair loss. Deficiencies in zinc, manganese and vitamin B12 contribute to hair loss. It is advisable to continue supplements you were taking during the pregnancy.
      When there is thinning of the hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that give volume and bulk to your tresses. Regular oiling and spa therapies also help.
      There is no denying the fact that a healthy balanced diet is the surest way to get your hair back.. Nuts, avocadoes and fish that are rich in omega-free fatty acids are a great help for hair growth; and so are flax seed oil and fish oil, if consumed daily.
      A shorter hair style for the 3-6 months after delivery hides effectively your hair problem.
      Stay healthy through regular exercise and do Yoga.
      Scalp massage olive oil and lavender oil, on a regular basis, increases the blood flow to the hair follicles which helps to increase hair growth.
      Lastly, if the hair loss does not go even after 3 months, you need to consult a trichologist www.hairtransplant-india.org The doctor would like to rule out medical conditions like thyroid disorders, etc. and start you on proper treatment for hair loss .

      Rarely, women do not get back most of their hair. These ladies are candidates for female hair transplant and need to go to a reputed hair transplanr clinic .

  14. QUESTION:
    My hamster has black spots and hair loss?
    My hamster is about a year old now and he has all of a sudden lost alot of weight and has become really skinny! Also he has fur loss in some places and black spots on his skin! Help! I dont know whats wrong with him?

    • ANSWER:
      Hamsters moult throughout the summer and autumn and at this time many hamsters may have periods where their coats are sparse or may have areas of fur loss. During times of sudden and extreme temperature changes fur loss resulting in large bald patches can occur. This is usually nothing to be concerned about and fur will usually start to regrow within a few weeks. All species of hamsters moult but the Chinese and Roborovski are generally less affected than the Russian species and the Syrian Hamster.

      Nursing females may often develop some fur loss on their stomach and this is usually nothing to be concerned about as the fur will regrow once nursing is complete.

      Fur loss can also occur in older hamsters (usually around one year of age or over) and usually occurs on the belly, hind leg and hip area first.

      Fur loss can also be a symptom of a skin infection or skin allergy, mites, mange, diet deficiency or thyroid problems.

      If fur loss is observed the skin should be checked for any signs of irritation, flakiness, scabs or sores. The hamster should also be observed for excessive scratching or any other signs of illness ie weight loss, lethargy, etc. If the hamster is exhibiting any signs of illness along with fur loss the hamster should be isolated from any others and veterinary advice sought immediately.

      General fur loss due to old age or moulting (with no other symptoms) can be helped by crushing a yeast tablet on the hamster's food every other day, lessening the amount once fur has started to regrow. (Yeast tablets can usually be found at a chemist or pharmacy amongst the human vitamin tablets). If yeast tablets are unavailable, vitamin drops (available from pet stores) added to the water will aid fur re-growth.

      about the weight,Either your hamster is not taking in adequate nutrition (not eating) or has an underlying medical condition that has led to weight loss. Hamsters will stop eating if they have overgrown teeth, oral sores, or oral masses. Other metabolic diseases or cancer are possible as well. Have your hamster examined by a veterinarian to determine if the problem is in the oral cavity and may be easily treated.The age of the hamster can be the reason why he is losing weight. Their life expectancy is only about 3 years. Also they can get infections very easily and lose weight from that. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do for them once they get to that point.check if its teeth teeth are not over grown.or he could have a stomach problem you should take it to the vet so they could tell whats happening.hope this worked and good luck with you hamster

  15. QUESTION:
    21 year old female extreme change in hair amount and texture?
    Im 21 years old married and I have a 19 month old. I began losing my hair about a year ago. Before that I always had very thick dry hair. I had to get it thinned all the time and could only wash it 2 times a week. Now my hair is so thin and so oily I have to wash it everyday. I have been stressed but not enough in my opinion to cause such a dramatic change. Any ideas on what is could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy in itself can bring extreme body changes including hair loss.After child birth many females start compromising on diet in order to regain the pre-pregnancy figure.Here is some information which you may find useful:
      Hair is made of a protein called keratin---one of the toughest tissues in the body---so diets deficient in protein can result in fine hair that's prone to breaking.Most of us eat enough protein but some fatty and extreme diets may be low in this nutrient.Meanwhile,hair loss may indicate anemia,a condition caused by a lack of iron but may also be because of a deficiency of a vitamin called biotin.
      If you want to loose weight,avoid fatty diets and insted opt for a reduced-calorie,balanced diet that includes protein-rich foods like meat,fish,eggs and low fat dairy products.To boost iron eat lean red meat,oil rich fish,bread,green leafy vegetables,peas,lentils,beans,dried fruits,eggs and fortified breakfast cereals.To up your intake of biotin,eat more pulses,nuts,whole grains,eggs and low fat dairy products.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have been loosing an unusual amount of hair?
    I have also been brusing easy, I am only a 22 year old female, what could be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      You could be suffering from some sort of dietary deficiency.

      Sounds a lot like scurvey, so some more Vitamin C may help.

      Brusing easily can be caused by lack of iron.

      Hair loss can be caused by lack of proteins, especially if your nails are getting little white spots on them a lot.

      Eat some more vegetables, then do a web search on "Vitamin Deficiency." I know there's a lot of info, and you'll probably be able to spot what you've got pretty quick.

      Or it could be all that chemotherapy... or aids... I'd have a chat with a doctor if I were you.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with pimples?
    I am 18. Female. I've started growing all kinds of pimples on my face from last year. And they get worse every day. Now they leave marks no matter how much I don't touch them.

    I used a lot of product, garnier, neutrogena but they all seemed not to work. So I just use Dove soap now. I am getting my diet right (taking lot of water and eating vegetables) but I'm getting frustrated with looking so ugly.

    Also, I'm growing very tiny hair on my face :O Is this normal?

    And does contraceptive pills have to do anything with pills, although I use to take them like 6 months back.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      ACNE is an embarrassing and burdensome problem to many and especially to teenagers. It is easy to feel that you don't have control over your breakouts. But the fact is, you do. I'm NOT going to recommend you to see your dermatologist. No. It is not always necessary. Natural remedies are more powerful too. Sometimes, all your body needs is the right nutritional balance and proper skin care. Here are some easy things you can start doing today to help you heal your acne. You should notice a difference in about 4 weeks.
      Start drinking Aloe Vera juice and try Aloe Vera cream to start with. Please do not expect any magical results with any of the treatments.
      Apply a honey mask to your face once or twice a week - Honey has antibacterial properties & so it is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin.
      Wash twice a day with acne soap - You should wash your face twice a day with a sulphur based soap designed for acne. Once when you first wake up in the morning and then, right before you go to bed at night. Be extremely gentle to your skin when washing - do not scrub or use any sort of rough cloth. Over washing your skin will actually stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus increasing your acne.
      Keep your hair off your face - If you have long hair or bangs, pull your hair off your face. Your hair contains oils as well, and will contribute to your breakouts. You'll also want to wash your hair everyday and after workouts.
      Take a potent multi-vitamin - Acne can be a sign that something is wrong on the inside. Your skin depends on nutrition. It is a vital organ that is usually neglected. If your body is not receiving the right nutrition, it will fight back. One common way it will rebel is to produce excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reducing the ability for your skin to heal and fight bacteria.
      Include chromium in your diet - Chromium is well known for weight loss diets. But it is also excellent for healing infections on the skin. Taking a chromium supplement once a day will help heal your pimples quickly and prevent future breakouts.
      Eat carrots for beta-carotene (Vitamin A) - Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and actually prevents acne. It helps reduce sebum production. This vitamin is essential for the maintenance and repair of the tissue which the skin and mucous membranes are made of. Vitamin A is also a powerful antioxidant needed to rid your body of toxins. Did you know that a deficiency in vitamin A can actually cause acne?
      Avoid wearing makeup - Leaving makeup products on your skin only contributes to clogging your pores, causing more pimples and blackheads. If you feel you must wear makeup, be sure it is water-based.
      Do not pick or squeeze your blackheads and pimples - As tempting as it may be, do not squeeze, scratch, rub or touch your pimples and blackheads. Do any of these actions, actually increases the sebum production. Plus, when you squeeze, you are actually rupturing the membranes below your skin, causing infection and sebum to spread underneath your skin. The result is more pimples.
      Wash your pillow case every other day - Your face lays on your pillow case every day. Your pillow case absorbs the oils from your skin and reapplies the dirt and oil, thus causing breakouts. Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean.
      Eat foods rich in zinc - Zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. A diet low in zinc can actually cause acne breakouts.
      By far the most common teen-age skin disorder, acne usually begins at puberty, at a time when oil glands in the skin enlarge and increase the production of skin oil (sebum). This occurs as a result of rising hormones during adolescence. Ranging from simple pimples to angry boils, these unsightly blemishes that fall under the general heading of acne, will plague 9 out of 10 pubertal youngsters; an age when physical attractiveness becomes so important.

  18. QUESTION:
    Any female with Stressed related hair loss actually had their hair grow back?
    My dermatologist said my hair is falling out because of stress... Has any female had this happen to them.. and if so, did your hair grow back, how long did it take, how thin did it get, any additional information would be good too. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      i used some of these tips in this article i found last year .hair loss has nearly stopped but i need time to go to the doctors.

      read this:
      FALLING HAIR -

      Does your hair fall a lot? Don't worry, you're not alone. Millions of people from all around the world suffer from dry, brittle and weak hair. Some of the possible reasons for falling hair are:

      Tension
      Too much work
      Illness
      Poor diet
      Over-exposure to the sun
      Perming
      Amateur bleaching
      Too frequent and inexpert use of tints, rinses or other colourants

      Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

      Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP.

      Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth.

      A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must.

      Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday.

      Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull.

      Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down!

      ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc.

      A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness.

      VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

      VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil.

      COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper.

      Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall:

      Apply almond oil on scalp and massage.
      Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair.
      Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair.
      Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing.

      Quick Hair Care Conditioner

      Mix 1 egg, 2 tbs castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat until frothy and massage lightly into your scalp. Wrap your head in a hot towel, steam, then wash off. This conditioner makes hair thicker, shiny, soft and manageable.

      Honey Conditioner

      Beat 1-2 eggs (depending on the length of the hair), 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp olive oil. Massage gently into the scalp. Steam, and shampoo after an hour.

      Alcohol Conditioner

      Beat 1-2 eggs with 2 tsp brandy. Massage into your scalp. Leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse well. The egg nourishes your hair and brandy stimulates hair growth.

      Your hair is a vital beauty asset, requiring constant loving care. And with a little nurturing, lush, glossy hair will be yours

      ESSENTIALS FOR FALLING HAIR -

      Does your hair fall often Arm yourself with these tools to combat hair fall.

      Wide-toothed comb

      Get yourself a wide-toothed comb. This is probably one of the most important yet underutilized of all hair tools. A wide-toothed comb helps you distribute conditioner evenly all over your hair while shampooing and conditioning. In addition, it also helps get rid of knots smoothly.

      The best time to get rid of knots is during conditioning. Apply conditioner and run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair.

      While untangling dry hair, do so in sections. Take one section at a time, and first, untangle the ends of your hair. Do so slowly, and don?t pull unless you want your hair to fall out in clumps or break.

      Don?t wait for the last minute before detangling your hair. Every night, while sitting in front of the television, run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair, until you have untangled it completely. Do this every night, and you will notice that your hair remains free from tangles.

      Leave-in conditioner
      Dry hair tends to tangle easily, and, needless to say, causes it to break. Make sure your hair is never devoid of moisture by always keeping a bottle of leave-in conditioner handy. The next time you feel your hair is dry and rough to the touch, simply rub a dollop of leave-in conditioner between your palms, and apply it to your hair. Comb through with your wide toothed comb. Your hair will be instantly rejuvenated and moisturized. Gradually, the texture will also improve. This is a must if you blow dry your hair regularly, or if it is chemically treated. Such hair constantly craves moisture, so get yourself a bottle of leave-in conditioner.

      Oil
      Olive, almond and coconut oils are all excellent for the hair. While you could apply oil as an alternative to leave-in conditioner, oil tends to make your hair sticky, and you cannot style your hair well after applying oil. Your only alternative would then be to tie up your hair. For better results with oil, apply just a few drops immediately after washing your hair, when your hair is still dripping wet. Oil doesn?t penetrate the strands as easily as leave-in conditioner does though. Nothing beats a hot oil massage followed by a steam treatment, as the steam helps the oil penetrate the hair strands, strengthening them and curtailing hair fall.

      Egg
      Egg is great for the hair ? there are no two ways about it! True, it causes a tremendous stink in the bathroom, and your hair may let off an ?eggy? smell, but the results are instantaneous and worth it! Egg strengthens your hair almost immediately, and the egg yolk leaves your hair shining. Whip an egg with two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Wash off after half an hour. Make sure you wash off with cold water though, or the egg will start cooking in your hair, and would be harder to take off! Use a scented shampoo to counter the smell of egg in your hair, and follow up with a leave-in conditioner. Do this for a month, and you will be amazed by the change in your hair texture and the reduction in hair fall.

      What can I eat to prevent premature greying?

      Eating seafood is possibly one of the best things you can eat to promote all-over hair health. It is rich in zinc, iodine and protein, which are excellent for the hair. So if you enjoy seafood, make it a point to have fish several times a week. Remember that eating canned fish will not give you the same benefits as eating freshly cooked fish. If you don?t eat fish, consider fish-oil supplements.

      Iron is good for hair and is found in dark green vegetables, meat and some pulses. If you are unsure about whether you are getting enough iron, include an iron supplement every once in a while in your diet. Remember that too many iron supplements can be bad for you. Women lose iron while menstruating, so perhaps during or after your cycle you can have iron-fortified supplements for a few days.

      Eating foods rich in Vitamins B and C will ensure that your hair stays strong, does not break easily, and does not grey early. Pork, vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, soymilk are all rich sources of Vitamin B, while citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C. Eating adequate Vitamin C helps increase absorption of iron. Try and have a glass of orange juice daily.

      Your hair will never be healthy if you do not drink enough water. Drink at least eight to ten glasses a day.

      What oil can I apply to my hair?

      Rosemary oil is believed to gradually darken grey hair over a period of time. Soak rosemary leaves along with a few basil (tulsi) leaves, in jojoba oil, for a period of four weeks. Massage your scalp and hair with this oil (after warming it up).

      Most oils are not easily absorbed by the hair, which is why you need to leave oil on for at least forty-five minutes. It helps greatly if you steam your hair after applying oil.

      Boil dried amla pieces in coconut oil until the pieces turn black and the oil darkens. Apply this oil to the hair. It strengthens hair and prevents greying.

      Boil tealeaves in water and rinse your hair with this liquid 20-30 times. Then, leave on for 15-20 minutes before the final rinse.

      What else can I do to promote hair health and delay greying?

      Washing your hair with very hot water or using hair-dryers excessively weaken roots, and may lead to premature greying. When using a hair-dryer, take care not to point it to your scalp. Similarly, try and wash your hair with cool or lukewarm water.

      Will Yoga help?

      Inverted yoga poses bring a rush of blood to the scalp. This stimulates circulation and enhances hair health. Do the following poses regularly:

      Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

      Sarvangasana

      Chakrasana

      Other easy ways to stimulate circulation are:

      When you wash your hair, keep switching from hot water to cold water.

      Comb your hair regularly. A hundred strokes every night should do the trick. If your hair is curly, use a wide toothed comb

  19. QUESTION:
    What kind of vitamins helps faster hair growth for females?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair ultimately reflects the overall condition of your body. If your body is healthy and well-nourished, your hair will reflect that fact. If you are having any health problems or suffering from any nutritional deficiencies, your hair may stop growing or show damage or become brittle.

      It is a well-known fact that an under-active thyroid can result in frizzy or brittle hair, while an overactive thyroid turns hair greasy and limp.
      Taking the proper daily vitamins and minerals plays a huge role in keeping your hair healthy.

      Since hair is protein, a diet that is too low in protein may cause some thinning in hair or a retardation in the growth cycle.

      If you eat a protein-rich diet it will often result in improved hair growth. Food sources for protein are: brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, eggs, beans, yogurt.

      When starting a new hair vitamin regime, it usually takes from 2 to 3 months to see results in your hair's condition. That means that patience and consistency is very important. It's also important to check with your doctor before starting a vitamin program, especially if you have health concerns or problems (like me!)
      Vitamins For Hair
      taking the following vitamins and minerals every day is recommended to boost your hair growth:
      Vitamin A - Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU. Warnings: more than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

      Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches.
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      Vitamin B3 (niacin) - Promotes scalp circulation. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in "niacin flush" - a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dialiation.

      Food sources: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat.
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      Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) - Prevents graying and hair loss. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

      Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meats and egg yolks.
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      Vitamin B6 - Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet.

      Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk.
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      Vitamin B12 - Prevents hair loss. Daily dose: 2 mg.

      Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk.
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      Vitamin C - Antioxidant that helps maintain skin and hair health, plus improves scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. Daily Dose: 3,000-10,000 mg.

      Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables.
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      Vitamin E - Increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp. It improves health and growth of hair. Since hair health is tied to the immune health, vitamin E is believed to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.

      Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables.
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      Biotin - Is very important for hair health, it helps produce keratin, and may prevent graying and hair loss. Daily dose: Dosage: 50 mg 3 times daily.

      Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, brown rice, milk, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, walnuts.
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      Calcium - Essential for healthy hair growth. Daily dose: Up to 1,500 mg. Warnings: Too much calcium can inhibit the absorption of zinc and iron; An acid found in chocolate can inhibit calcium absorption.

      Food sources: Dairy, tofu, fish, nuts, brewer's yeast, beans, lentils and sesame seeds.
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      Copper - Helps prevent hair loss as well as defects in hair color and structure. Daily dose: Up to 3 mg. Warnings: High levels can lead to dry hair, hair loss and sever health problems.

      Food sources: Shellfish, liver, green vegetables, whole grains, eggs, chicken and beans.
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      Inositol - Is vital for hair growth, it keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

      Food sources: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits.
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      Iodine - Helps regulate thyroid hormones and prevents dry hair and hair loss. Daily dose: 150 mcg.

      Food sources: Fish, seaweed, kelp, iodized salt, garlic.
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      Iron - Prevents anemia and hair loss. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Too much can lead to malfunctions of the liver and spleen.

      Food sources: Liver, eggs, fish, chicken, whole grains, green vegetables and dried fruits.
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      Magnesium - Works with calcium to promote healthy hair growth. Daily dose: 280 mg.

      Food sources: Green vegetables, wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, soy beans, chickpeas and fish.
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      Manganese - Prevents slow hair growth. Daily dose: 3-9 mg.

      Food sources: Whole grain cereals, eggs, avocados, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, fish, meat and chicken.
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      Potassium - Regulates circulation and promotes healthy hair growth. Daily dose: 3,500 mg.

      Food sources: Avocados, bananas, lima beans, brown rice, dates, figs, dried fruit, garlic, nuts, potatoes, raisins, yams and yogurt.
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      Selenium - Keeps skin and scalp supple and elastic. Daily dose: 55 mcg. Warnings: An excess of Selenium can be toxic, leading to the loss of hair, nails and teeth.

      Food souces: Brewer's yeast, meat, fish, grains, tuna and broccoli.
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      Silica - Strengthens hair and prevents hair loss. Daily dose: 55 mcg.

      Food sources: Seafood, rice, soybeans, green vegetables.
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      Sulfur (methyl-sulfonyl-methane or MSM) - Sulfur is a main component to hair's structure. Daily dose: 1-3 g.

      Food sources: Onions, garlic, eggs, asparagus, meat, fish and dairy products.
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      Zinc - Zinc and Vitamin A work together; a deficiency in either can lead to dry hair and oily skin. Zinc also stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune functions. Daily dose: 12 mg. Warnings: Too much can interfere with iron absorption.

      Food sources: Spinach, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, whole grains, red meat and brewer's yeast.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to increase hair volume on head?
    Hi, I am a young female. I never had thick high-volume hair. Is there a natural way to "grow more hair" on head. I don't have hair loss & I don't want fake hair extensions.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair shedding by weakening hair shafts that cause breakage to the hair and slow regrowth. hair problems that are caused by nutritional deficiencies can be corrected by a proper diet. the main foods involved include vitamin A, certain B vitamins, vitamin biotin, vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc, protein, and water.

      Vitamin A
      adequate intake of vitamin A is essential in helping to promote growth and health of cells and tissues throughout the body, including hair and scalp. Prolonged lack of vitamin A can lead to loss of hair and dandruff caused by the buildup of cellular debris in the hair follicles. daily intake of vitamin A for adults is 5,000 International Units (IU).the body actually gets vitamin A in two ways: from plant sources in the form of carotenoids, including beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. These sources include fruits and vegetables red, yellow and orange as well as leafy dark green vegetables. the body also gets vitamin A from animal sources as retinol.Good animal sources include:

      * Liver
      * fish oil
      * eggs
      * enriched milk
      * other foods fortified with vitamin A

  21. QUESTION:
    400 calories a day how much weight will I lose?
    Im 18 years old, 5ft 6 and 8st 3lb (115lb) i really want/need to lose a stone (14lb) and was wondering how quickly I could do it if i consume 400 calories a day and burn 500 calories through exercise?

    • ANSWER:
      If you try to sustain a diet of 400 calories a day, you'll be risking your health. You're actually verging on being underweight for your age and height. Losing a stone would be, frankly, a silly thing to do.

      Initially, yes you'd lose weight- but you'd also end up feeling ill and faint (and could be in danger of passing out). I'm a clerk for a well known weight loss class and trust me, there's a reason that a sensible slower weight loss programme is medically recommended. I still don't think trying to diet to lose the weight you say you want to lose is a good plan at all.

      If you're following a calorie counting diet- then 1000 calories a day (for an adult female) is the lowest you should go without a doctor's advice and supervision. Any lower and the weight may come off to start with. But after a while on so few calories, the body starts to realise that there aren't enough calories coming in to sustain basic bodily functions, so instead of losing weight easily, you may well find that it becomes harder to shift. This is because the body starts to 'hoard' the calories coming in, believing it's in starvation mode. Your metabolism would slow down.

      It also means that when you start to eat normally again, you may well find yourself quickly gaining weight back, even if you aren t overeating.
      This is your body s way of trying to regain the nutrients and stores of fat it lost to safeguard your survival.

      A healthier diet with the right balance of food control and exercise would help to increase your metabolism.

      If you remained on such a low calorie diet over a length of time, you run many other risks. You'd not only lose fat but muscle. you'd also risk becoming deficient in vitamins and nutrients.

      These nutrient deficiencies can lead to chronic health problems, including heart-related dangers such arrhythmia , palpitations, and even cardiac arrest. You may experience hair loss, skin irritations, muscle cramps, menstrual problems, increasingly brittle nails and bones, tooth decay, extreme fatigue and other symptoms of poor health. Trust me, you wouldn't look too great either. your skin and hair would suffer.

      It's not worth it. it really isn't. I'd be more concerned with WHY you feel you need to lose weight.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to get your hair to grow back? pls help~?
    i can see an almost empty 'spot' on top of my head. im only 27, female and my hair is falling everyday, and its abnormal to see it fall more than 100 strands per day. how do i make that 'empty spot' to grow new hairs and what do i use to get my hair to grow more? T_T plz help i dont wanna lose my hair >.<

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor but try reading this Article:

      FALLING HAIR - by Meenal

      Does your hair fall a lot? Don't worry, you're not alone. Millions of people from all around the world suffer from dry, brittle and weak hair. Some of the possible reasons for falling hair are:

      Tension
      Too much work
      Illness
      Poor diet
      Over-exposure to the sun
      Perming
      Amateur bleaching
      Too frequent and inexpert use of tints, rinses or other colourants

      Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

      Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP.

      Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth.

      A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must.

      Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday.

      Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull.

      Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down!

      ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc.

      A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness.

      VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

      VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil.

      COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper.

      Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall:

      Apply almond oil on scalp and massage.
      Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair.
      Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair.
      Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing.

      Quick Hair Care Conditioner

      Mix 1 egg, 2 tbs castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat until frothy and massage lightly into your scalp. Wrap your head in a hot towel, steam, then wash off. This conditioner makes hair thicker, shiny, soft and manageable.

      Honey Conditioner

      Beat 1-2 eggs (depending on the length of the hair), 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp olive oil. Massage gently into the scalp. Steam, and shampoo after an hour.

      Alcohol Conditioner

      Beat 1-2 eggs with 2 tsp brandy. Massage into your scalp. Leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse well. The egg nourishes your hair and brandy stimulates hair growth.

      Your hair is a vital beauty asset, requiring constant loving care. And with a little nurturing, lush, glossy hair will be yours.

  23. QUESTION:
    does FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum by Osmotics work?
    Hi, i am 30, female with thinning hair. i have read about FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum by Osmotics and I wonder if it has any results, because I read the clinical study on their webpage but they have only tested it on men.
    Can you suggest any other product?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never use any product for men if your a women. Especially if its only been tested on men. Here is a product that is for women with thinning hair. And the information below this links could be very useful to you. :)

      http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P2883&cm_mmc=us_search-_-GoogleBase-_-P2883-_-98707&_requestid=42976&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=98707

      http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=52352&catid=111596&aid=337568&aparam=phyto_phytocyane_revita&CAWELAID=60273297

      Women have problems with thinning hair and baldness, just as men do, but usually not to the same extent. It is quite common for women to look for female hair growth products to help them preserve the hair they have left and to try and stop the hair loss.

      Most of the female hair growth products on the market are suitable for men to use as well, but the reverse is not true. The hair growth products advertised specifically for men are not suitable for women because many of them cause hair to grow on parts of the body, such as the face, chest and back, that would cause other problems psychological as well as social.

      Before purchasing female hair loss remedies, a woman that is experiencing thinning hair or is noticing significant hair loss, should look for the underlying cause. The female hair growth products are often not successful in preventing further hairloss, because there is an underlying cause that needs to be treated first.

      The first visit should be to the doctor for a check up rather than to jump in and buy a female hair growth product. Sometimes the reason for the hair loss could be severe stress. Research into this field proves without a doubt that hair loss is a direct result of stress that destroys the hair follicles. Once the stress problem is solved, normal hair growth resumes without the need for any female hair growth products.

      Everyone experiences some amount of hair loss on a daily basis. You should not be alarmed at hair coming off when you wash your hair or groom it. It is when you notice bald spots starting to develop that you need to worry. The doctor will run a regimen of tests to determine if the cause could be a deficiency in the diet. Quite often a deficiency of zinc leads to hair loss and simple female hair loss remedies in this case involving adding more zinc to the diet.

      A lack of vitamins, such as iron and B12, are often the culprits responsible for hairloss. Save your money and do not run out and purchase loads of female hair growth products until you find out for sure what is causing the hair loss. You probably won t have to change your normal shampoo. The remedy could include not curling your hair as often. This is another leading cause of hair loss in females. Just remember a bad hair day is better than a no hair day.

      Female hair growth products aren t the first step, see what your doctor says first.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of Hair thinning & subsequent hair-loss in men ??? How can it be prevented ?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of hair loss. Both men and women can obtain it. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, stress, and diseases.

      But generally the most common cause of it is called androgenic alopecia. It is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. Androgenic refers to the influence of androgen's (male hormones), and genetic predisposition to balding can be the reason of such a hair loss.
      Genetic is not that simple, and should be assessed on a case by case basis. Just the presence of someone in your family balding is not enough to predict that you will also become bald. It is impossible to predict who will go bald and how fast it will happen.
      Men and women produce androgenic hormones. Dihydrotestosterone, understanding, testosterone (DHT) are the most common. These hormones are important for both sexes. But have different concentrations, and are more predominant in males than females. Exposure of hair follicles to DHT, in a susceptible person, over a period of time could lead to baldness.

      Illnesses and medical conditions are also causes of hair loss. Such as thyroid disease and diabetes. Those people with liver and kidney diseases and lupus can also experience hair loss.

      Alopecia areata is a skin disease than causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body. It is an autoimmune disease. Our own immune system is the one to damage the hair follicles. Alopecia areata starts as small bald patches and can progress to total baldness.

      Nutrition is also one factor of baldness because of lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that sustains the hair.

      Finally there are other causes of disruption to hair cycle growth like getting anesthesia, or having surgery.

      Hope this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    What specialist should I go to?
    I'm dealing with both hair loss and excessive hair (female); should I ask my primary doctor for a referral to a dermatologist, endocrinologist, or gynecologist ?

    • ANSWER:
      It is recommended that individuals visit a doctor/dermatologist of Oriental medicine rather than self-treating with herbs, since he or she will mix an herbal tonic based on specific needs and address the causes of hair loss first. Vitamin deficiencies, poor nutrition, chemotherapy or hormonal problems can all cause or worsen cases of hair loss. Chinese herbal remedies can contribute to restoring the body's balance.

      Learn more: http://www.awesomehair.net

  26. QUESTION:
    I am 19,and I am experiencing hair loss at the right temple region.Please help?
    I am 19 and I started experiencing a thinning hair line at the right temple of my head

    I hate it and I don't wanna go bald

    I have thin,oily and itchy hairline

    Please help me
    Can this loss be due to puberty or am I balding

    • ANSWER:
      Stopping hair loss and preventing thinning hair can be as easy or as difficult depending on how you make it out to be. It depends on what kind of treatment you go for and how much you are willing to spend. No matter how complex or easy you want it to be, there are still some important tips you should keep in mind.
      First, hair loss is a normal process that happens to everyone. We lose more than 50 strands of hair each day. Even daily movements such as shampooing or combing your hair can result in hair shredding.

      Usually, excessive hair loss happens only when you lose more than 100 strands of hair each day. In most of these cases, unbalanced hormone levels or genetics reasons are often found to be the culprit.

      Here are 5 tips on how you can stop male or female pattern baldness and regrow back your lost hair.

      1. Cut down on salt and sugar
      Avoid foods that are high in salt, sugar, msg and caffeine. Try to use natural spices or herbs to add flavor to your food instead of relying on sauces that contains these items.

      2. Shampooing and washing of hair
      Instead of washing your hair daily, try to do it every other day. This will cut down on the stripping of oil which occurs during each wash. Try to select those non alkaline type of shampoo as it is less acidity on your hair follicles.

      3. Massage your scalp
      You can use an electric massager or with your hands. By increasing the blood circulation to your scalp, you are increasing the amount of nutrients and oxygen for healthier hair regrowth.

      4. Supplements
      You should also add more minerals and vitamins to your body. One good way is to turn to nutritional supplements to prevent any nutrients deficiencies. Try biotin, zinc, copper and magnesium as these minerals and vitamins can boost your hair reproduction.

      5. Excessive stress
      Studies have shown that stress has a profound effect on the health of our body and scalp. Learn to relax and manage your work priorities. Don't let stress affect the health of your hair.

      And now, I want to share with you an all-natural, dermatologist-formulated solution to help slow thinning hair in both men and women.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair falling out?
    I am a seventeen-year-old female, and recently I have notices spots on my head that are completely bald. The largest spot is about the size of a quarter, the smallest is about the size of a dime. Can anyone help me figure out what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you've been under stress, or coloring/bleaching your hair, or have a vitamin deficiency, or a medical condition. "Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition." http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-loss/DS00278

      You should go see a dr to get it checked out to be on the safe side. They may run blood tests to check your vitamin levels. An Internist or Dermatologist can treat you. The Internist probably costs less, so you may want to start there.

      take care.

  28. QUESTION:
    Biotin vs actual hair skin and nails vitamin?
    Which one is best? I really need some help. I've been so stressed its been making my skin freak out, my hair shed more than usual, and my nails peel like crazy. :(

    • ANSWER:
      An actual hair and nail vitamin that contains biotin and other nutrients would be better. If the formula does not contain adequate biotin you can also take biotin separately in addition to the multi-supplement. There are many nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair growth. A deficiency in one or more can cause hair loss. Common deficiencies involved in hair loss include protein, zinc, iron, b12, omega 3's, vitamin D and others.
      Inflammation is involved with most hair loss disorders. Anti-inflammatory diet may also be helpful You can learn more about female hair loss at the links below.

  29. QUESTION:
    Help! I have severe hair loss, how can I stop it or make my hair grow back?
    Hi, I'm an 18 year old female. I used to have really nice long thick hair as most South Asians do, but around about 3 years ago I got psoriasis including my scalp, due to this I had really bad hair loss and my hair had decreased by more than half it's original quantity. Then I decided to cut my hair really short, I regretted it after a while because the psoriasis made my hair grow extremely slowly. Then I had another bright idea and decided to buy clip in extensions, this has caused my hair to fall out even more and I'm severely depressed. Help! What should I do? My hair loss is due to extensions and scalp psoriasis, is there anyway I can make my hair grow back to somewhat it's original state?

    Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      It might be a problem with iron deficiency? I'd take multi vitamin and iron tablets. And obviously the more stressed you get the more hair will fall out. So try not to think about it as much, maybe if you cover it, like wear a hat, when you go out you'll be less self-conscious?
      And then if it starts to get stronger start to oil it (like coconut oil and stuff) cos thats what most asians do to strengthen and thicken their hair, but if you do it straight away when your hair is weak you'll just pull loads of it out.
      Hope that helps

  30. QUESTION:
    WHY am I losing so much hair!? I am only early 30s and female :-( Had baby-?
    Over a year ago and stopped breast feeding 4 mths back so I doubt it would still be hormonal would it!!?? I don't understand why its suddenly everytime I run hands thru my hair heaps of strands fall out. It is all over pillow and floor and everywhere! I am worried, what could this be? Its been bad for about 3 - 4 weeks now.... Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Approximately 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the other 10% enter a resting phase. Every two to three months the resting hair falls out and allows new hair to grow in its place. Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months following pregnancy. This is not uncommon, affecting somewhere between 40 to 50% of women; but like most changes during pregnancy, it is temporary.

      Is there abnormal hair loss during pregnancy?
      Hair loss that is connected to pregnancy usually occurs after delivery. During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle. This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery. If you feel that you are experiencing unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

      Why do people talk about hair loss and pregnancy?
      The most common period of hair loss occurs approximately three months after delivery. The rise in hormones during pregnancy keeps you from losing your hair. After delivery, the hormones return to normal levels, which allows the hair to fall out and return to the normal cycle. The normal hair loss that was delayed during pregnancy may fall out all at once.

      Up to 60% of your hair that is in the growth state may enter into the telogen resting state. The hair loss usually peaks 3-4 months after delivery as your hair follicles rejuvenate themselves. As noted before, this hair loss is temporary and hair loss returns to normal within six to twelve months.

      Can hair loss be related to other reproductive health issues?
      Hair loss can be triggered by anything that involves a change in the estrogen hormone balance in your system. Hair loss may result from any one or more of the following:

  31. QUESTION:
    Who is the filipino inventor of the hair grower?

    • ANSWER:
      Filipino Inventor Society member, ESTANISLAO P. VALENCIA JR formulated EeZYGROW ULTIMA Herbal Hair Grower (for Philippine market) and SUREGROW ULTIMA Herbal Hair Grower (International market). CPA by profession but herbalist at heart, it was Mr. Valencia's search for an effective hair grower for his wife that began his passion for herbal alternative.
      Today, Eezygrow ULTIMA has been clinically tested and proven effective and safe for use by a top Philippines dermatologist. In a controlled test conducted for hair loss remedy and treatment, 30 male patients with varied degrees of Male Pattern Alopecia (MPA) were treated twice a day (morning and evening) with Eezygrow ULTIMA for a period of 90 days. Results obtained showed that there was a 25% improvement in the hairs of most of the patients as early as just 30 days after. Furthermore, their hair continues growing significantly until the end of the tests 90 days later.
      The report also stated that no adverse side effects were noticed for the duration of the tests. Some slight hair loss during the first 2 weeks of application might occur due to new hairs (which are in accelerated growth) will begin pushing off the old hairs to make way for the new ones.
      Private testing conducted show that Eezygrow Ultima is very effective as a hair loss remedy and treatment for many kinds of Alopecia both in men and women, including heredity, old age, female pattern, post childbirth hair loss due to hormonal imbalance, stress, tension, trauma, worry, vitamin deficiency, and even congenital alopecia (baldness from the time of birth). In addition, Eezygrow ULTIMA easily cures Alopecia Areata (patchy alopecia), a frightening hair baldness characterized by one or more round, coin-like bald spots treated in the scalp. Without painful steroid injections, the bald spots treated are soon covered back with normal hairs in just a short period.

      SUREGROW ULTIMA is the brand name used for international market. Currently exclusively distributed in Saudi Arabia, Jamaica and Japan by licensed partners.

      For HAIR FALL CONTROL, Eezygrow Shampoo and Eezygrow Conditioner also available in Philippine retail stores: Robinsons Galleria, Cubao and White Plains
      For more info or inquiries call: 632-6343733 / 632-4217145 and 632-9111348

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to take Thyroid Booster supplement?
    Hi,

    Would a Thyroid Booster supplement exhaust my thyroid instead of getting my TSH to normal levels ?

    I have a slightly high TSH hormon its 3.5 where normal range is [1.0 - 3.0]. And my T4 and T3 are in really normal levels.

    I'm kind of feeling not ok, my hair is falling and i have no energy.

    My doctor did not prescribe in thing to me and said it's a sub clinical case.

    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Taking thyroid booster supplements if they contain iodine can really screw up your thyroid and actually make your condition worse and even throw you into full blown Hypothyroidism. Unless your thyroid condition is from an iodine deficiency then taking a thyroid booster with iodine in it is a bad idea. Most thyroid problems in developed countries now days are not from an iodine deficiency, but instead from an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto s Thyroiditis (underactive thyroid) or another auto-immune disease called Grave s Disease (overactive thyroid). You also need to be careful with some herbs as they can mess up your thyroid as well. Stay away from soy (tofu, soy protein, edamame soy beans, etc.) because soy is a known thyroid killer and if you are on thyroid medication it blocks your body from absorbing and using thyroid medication. Most over-the-counter thyroid boosters don t work. It s like taking vitamins to cure a serious medical disease that needs a prescription medication. What you really need is to get a doctor that will treat your Subclinical Hypothyroidism with the right medication at the correct dosage. So either work on your doctor (print and take this to him) or find yourself another doctor like through the doctor locator link I have provided here.

      With Subclinical Hypothyroidism the pituitary gland, which is in charge of regulating the thyroid gland, produces extra amounts of TSH to stimulate the thyroid to maintain a normal circulating level of thyroid hormones. With "Subclinical Hypothyroidism" you technically are not Hypothyroid (thyroid hormone levels are normal); your pituitary is working hard at keeping your thyroid hormone levels within the normal range. In a significant number of patients, the TSH levels must climb in order to continue to stimulate the thyroid gland. Eventually, over the course of months to years, the thyroid gland no longer responds. At this point, "Subclinical Hypothyroidism" turns into overt Hypothyroidism.

      The problem with doctors not treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism is that it makes the situation worse in the long run. If treated early before your lab tests show you are in full blown Hypothyroidism, you will circumnavigate many of the horrible complications with Hypothyroidism like weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, memory loss, mood swings, depression, respiratory problems, sinus infections, anemia, glaucoma, kidney problems, headaches, joint pain and stiffness, infertility (if you are female), Thyroid Lymphoma and Myxedema Coma. I had Subclinical Hypothyroidism and my doctor decided not to treat it. Well, I just got sicker and sicker until it became full blown Hashimoto s Thyroiditis (an auto-immune hypothyroid disease). As a result of my doctor refusing to treat me early on when I was Subclinical, I ended up with all kinds of lasting medical problems and now I am very sick and almost disabled. It made me fat; I have chronic memory problems, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, glaucoma, sleep apnea, infertility, chronic pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, several hospitalizations and two major surgeries to save my life. I ve had a thyroid problem for over 55 years and have done tons of research on the subject. Warning: having a thyroid problem is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Ignoring it can lead to serious secondary medical conditions that can affect your heart and brain and eventually lead to a rare but very serious condition called Myxedema Coma, a life-threatening situation that kills.

      Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the proper prescription medication to treat Subclinical Hypothyroidism ASAP! You should be on a very low dose of either Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid or Wes-Throid like 60 mg (1 grain) to start out with and if you need a higher dose your doctor will slowly increase your medication as your body adjusts. Please print all this and take it to your doctor. If your doctor refuses to look at this or treat you for your Subclinical Hypothyroidism, please please please go to another doctor and keep going to doctors until you find one that will treat you. Subclinical Hypothyroidism is nothing to mess around with and is a serious condition that can KILL you!!!

      I suggest you find yourself a good "thyroid doctor" called an Endocrinologist. Here is a good Endocrinologist locator:

      http://www.armourthyroid.com/con_phLocat...

      I highly recommend you get the book, "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" by Mary J. Shomon. It is an easy book to read and you will learn a lot. In it Mary covers Subclinical Hypothyroidism. You may buy it cheap at Amazon.com for as little as .00 used.

      If and when you finally get on thyroid medication, make sure your doctor prescribes one of these: Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid or Wes-Throid. They are the best thyroid medications. I have been on al

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair falling out?
    I am a 22 year old female and i have noticed a lot of hair falling out. It does not fall out in clumps. So much falls out when showering it clogs the drain. When I comb my hair and run my fingers thru my hair more falls out. I live a healthy life with no stress, and I have not recently changed shampoos or any aspect of the way I do my hair.

    • ANSWER:
      "Excessive" hair loss is very common. Few stray hairs on the bed, while combing in bathroom, these and many other causes for the person to be alarmed. But don't be, normally, we shed up to 100 hairs per day. Hair in normal and healthy conditions does not fall out at an alarming rate. The excess fall out occurs mostly when the hair follicle is not healthy.

      These are some possible causes:
      1. Nutrition and Anemia - Women experience much hair falling as they suffer from iron deficiency, anemia following profuse bleeding after confinement and continuous menses. Calcium and vitamin deficiencies also take vital role in hair shedding.
      2. Water and Chemicals - you are taking bath with salt water and using shampoo, coloring and perming lotions and dyes, those may disagree to you, shake the hair root to experience temporary shedding.
      3. Diseases - Many people experience extensive hair loss after high Fever,Typhoid, Malaria and Jaundice. Sometimes baldness has also resulted following a prolonged illness.
      4. Infections and Dandruff - If you are prone to infections such as Bacterial, Viral or Fungal, it can cause spot fall out. Existence of lice and its excretions may irritate your hair follicle.
      5. Emotions - Some people who are unable to cope up with pressures of life, all the time worrying about the problems at work place or home, having most of their emotional conflicts unsolved, are the easy victims of excess hair loss. The muscles of the scalp constrict with mental tension, thereby the blood circulation gets impeded resulting in suffocation of the hair follicles.
      6. Drugs - It has been clinically observed that certain Antibiotics, Chemical medications and Hormonal therapies such as Birth-control pills causes the excess falling of hair.
      7. Hormonal imbalance - Our genes and hormones determine the most common cause of hair loss. Most women shed their hair during menopause when the production of female hormone slows down. Thyroid disorders, mostly hypothyroidism causes considerable hair loss due to impaired calcium metabolism.

  34. QUESTION:
    What Causes of Hair Loss in Teens and Adults?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of hair loss. Both men and women can obtain it. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, stress, and diseases. But generally the most common cause of it is called adrogenetic alopecia. It is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. Adrogenetic refers to the influence of androgens (male hormones), and genetic predisposition to balding can be the reason of such a hair loss.Genetic is not that simple, and also the hair loss case. Just the presence of someone in your family of balding is not enough to predict that you will also become bald. It is really hard to predict who will go bald and how fast will it be. That is why planning for hair restoration will be very important for those people who gets alarmed about it.Normal man and women produce androgenic hormones. Dihydrotestosterone, androsteinedione, testosterone (DHT) is the most common. For men Testicles and adrenals are the one to produce it. For women ovaries and adrenal glands are the one to produce. These hormones are important for both sexes. But have different concentrations, and this is more predominant for males than females. This in part, differentiates the genders. Exposure of hair follicles to DHT, in a susceptible person, in a period of time leads to male and female pattern to baldness or the so-called adrogenetic alopecia. There is no exact age for balding occurrence. Balding is a process, simple yet this fact is often ignored. This process can be slow or rapid. It usually starts at late teens. Illnesses and medical conditions is one of the causes of hair loss. Such as thyroid disease and diabetes, can cause hair loss. Those people with liver and kidney diseases and lupus can also have baldness. Adult women and teen girls can have hair loss due to hormone imbalance in polycystic ovary syndrome.Medications such as acne medicines cause hair loss. Amphetamines in diet pills can also cause hair loss. And the very known medication that causes hair loss is chemotherapy.Alopecia areata is a skin disease than causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body. It is an autoimmune disease. The own immune system is the one to damage the hair follicles. Alopecia areata starts as small bald patches and can progress to total baldness.Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls his/her own hair that can also lead to hair loss. Hair treatments and styling the hair gives tension to scalp and hair becomes damaged and leads to hair loss. Nutrition is also one factor of baldness because of lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that sustains the hair. Disruption of hair cycle growth is also a problem. Like delivering a baby, getting anesthesia, or having surgery.

  35. QUESTION:
    Hair sheds more before period?
    I've been dealing with hair loss for over a year now. It was caused by getting on and off birth control.

    I've been noticing my hair barely sheds during my cycle, except right before my period. I shed a BUNCH before my period starts. Why is this happening? What hormones would be low or high to cause hair loss before my period?

    • ANSWER:
      Just as many women suffer from hair loss embarrassment as men. But it's fascinating that women experience this for more reasons then is true for me. So why is this true for women? And what can prevent this in women? It's clear that a great deal of attention is paid to hair loss in men, so does this fact about hair loss in women come as any surprise to you? I'll talk about the many reasons women suffer from this debilitating condition.

      Medical treatments for cancer are one definite cause for this condition in women. Hair loss or significant thinning can be caused by chemotherapy treatments. There is just a ton of written material available designed to help women deal with this type of hair loss as well as cope with it. One great gesture for women concerns the existence of charity groups that collect wigs made of real hair, and then they supply them to women to wear while they wait for their hair to return to normal. Anemia is a leading reason for women's hair loss. The inherent biological cycles of women predisposes them to mild anemia which seems to be normal. When you read the ingredients of a woman's daily vitamin supplement, you'll see a good amount iron in them. There are known methods for treating a deficiency of iron in women, and that would be through diet and supplementation. Never make any attempts to give yourself treatment if you believe you're anemic. When you see your doctor, you'll have blood tests which will properly identify this condition. Some people have it so severely that they need to treat it with medication. So the bottom line is to see your doctor about it.

      There is still another condition of hair loss in females, and that is known as telogen effluvium. This condition can sometimes be referred to as, temporary shedding. What makes this condition so alarming is that the shedding of hair happens fast. What happens is that this happens after something that is traumatic. Another condition that can cause this is higher than normal emotional distress. Men are not as lucky because with this condition, the hair will grow back and be fine after the distress or trauma are over. But, with this type of hair loss, you won't ever know if it will occur with you. Women's hair loss can happen for a wide variety of reasons. There are environmental, emotional, and physical scenarios and reasons. The only way to tell for sure why your hair is getting thin is to talk with your doctor. Whatever the cause, they will help you to find out for sure what it is. You also owe it to yourself to find out the best options for your situation.

  36. QUESTION:
    EVOLUTION: can someone explain why each race looks the way they do?
    Just curious as to why whites are white, blacks are black, why certain races look certain ways, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      An example of haplotypes evolving from selection acting on genetic variation would be as a population migrated north into Europe. They received less UV from the sunlight on an annual basis. This shifted the selection pressures on the average range of skin pigmentation. UV damage was less in the northern latitudes so this population lost less of the essential vitamin B12 to UV. However with less light less vitamin D was made, particularly in the most pigmented skins. This selection pressure provided a differential reproductive advantage for those with lighter skin pigments from the range of possible pigment densities.
      Selection acts on the natural variation in a population. The variation in pigment is that some individuals make less pigment while others make more pigment and this amount is genetically controlled. In the north making less pigment was selected. This is not an on/off choice. Usually there are many variants possible as the trait is controlled by several genes each with a variable input depending on the alleles inherited for each gene. For example one gene for red hair & pale skin, MC1R, has 9 known variant alleles and up to 30 are thought to be possible. This means as the new mutations (alleles) appeared that produced less pigment they were kept in the northern population while th oldest alleles for high pigment production were lost from the gene pool. This acts to increase the range of variation in the total human population even though that population lost some common alleles it added new alleles.

      A second selection pressure from living in the high latitudes led to adult lactose tolerance. The ability to digest milk arose simultaneously with pigment loss in Europeans.

      Highly pigmented skin, combined with less intense light, increased the rate of Vitamin D deficiency. Lighter pigmentation was selected for, as was the ability to digest milk as adults. Vitamin D is required for calcium absorption and bone growth especially in pregnant or lactating females. Drinking milk as an adult helped darker skinned mothers to have healthy children in higher latitudes.

      Other populations even African and Asian herders who keep cattle or goats rarely drink fresh milk. Instead, they first treat the milk with fermentation bacteria that break down lactose, predigesting it so the process is completed outside the gut. They can then ingest the milk in the form of yogurt or cheese without problems. Europeans continue to produce the enzyme to digest lactose as adults so can drink milk with no ill effects. So a new variation was selected for, the loss of ability to stop making this enzyme as an adult.

      The populations that migrated have created genetic tracks that are being mapped to trace the genetic history of ethnic haplogroups. People with a detectable single haplotype (genetic fingerprint) that share a common ancestor that also had the haplotype.

      Out of Africa haplogroup maps
      http://forwhattheywereweare.blogspot.com/2012/01/out-of-africa-migration-was-coincident.html
      http://www.julepe.org/GenographicProject/Europe_map_haplogroups1.htm
      http://www.stclairresearch.com/content/path.html
      http://www.oldthingsforgotten.com/dna/mtdna.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup

      Variation in Human Skin Color?
      http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0000027&ct=1

      Studies of the zebra fish golden allele in the stripes led to the human version of the pigment gene
      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6TCY-4KF780Y-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=c39582b9f961afc107a5a51137475ac5

  37. QUESTION:
    Have symptoms of thyroid but doctors tell me no.What is it then?
    I have all the clinically llisted symptoms of having a thyroid problem:weight problem, excessive thirst, dry/brittle hair and nails.,cold hands/feet constantly and tired all the time. my hair is falling out in the handfulls..low blood pressure.. oh heck I can go on and on..does anyone know what else may mimic thyriod symptoms?..because my doctors are no help..
    have been checked for diabetes and am neg..i have been to numerous doctors but i can not seem to find one that really takes me serious and/or are willing to take that extra step.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Styling

      This could be the answer.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5 F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  38. QUESTION:
    Other than underactive thyroid, what causes hypothermia in my case?
    I have all the symptoms (for months now) pointing towards hypothyroidism - low body temperature (95-97), always cold, constipation, dry skin/thinning hair, tired, etc. I recently had TSH test, which came back normal. Yet, I am going in to see an endocrinologist since I know something ISNT normal. From this alone it is obvious that something is not right with my thyroid gland...however, there is something else that I wasn't sure may have an influence. A few weeks my lymph node under my neck swelled up, became tender...I soon develop aching head sickness and fought it days later. I assumed the swollen lymph node was just a response to fight the infection. It continues to remain today (which isn't suprising) and this evening it started to become tender again, slightly more inflammed.
    I was wondering if there was any connection btwn the inflammed lymph node and my other symptoms, AND if there are any other causes of my symptoms OTHER than hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Mike

      Here is a clear defination and how to resolve it. Im not sure you have it, but here is the info anyway. You sound like you also need to take control of your health. Quit focusing on the negative and start making positive changes with your diet as well as your attitude toward your health. Feel and Viualize a healthy great body! You'll be surprised on just how the mind change will benefit your health.

      There is a self test for Hypo on here as well.

      Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5 F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to you

  39. QUESTION:
    What makes a 4 year old's TSH level high, but not the T3 and T4?
    She hasn't gained much weight over the past year and has some eye problems. I know these are all signs of hyperthyroidism, but her hormone levels were normal, but not her TSH. She's going to the doctor Friday.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism

      Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5 F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

  40. QUESTION:
    To what extent is anaemia responsible for hair loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you feeling under pressure, tired and exhausted and on top of that experiencing hair loss? Don t be too quick to assume your hair loss is down to stress or genetics alone because it may be more than that. Hair loss often signals a variety of medical problems and could be the result of a low amount of red blood cells in your system. This condition is called anaemia.

      The body needs certain nutrients to produce more red blood cells and if there is a lack of one or more of these nutrients, anaemia will develop. There are three types of anaemia concerned with hair loss. Knowing the different types and their causes will allow you to prepare your body to resist against it and take the necessary steps to restoring your hair.

      Iron Deficiency

      The most common form of anaemia is iron deficiency anaemia. Women are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency due to the regular loss of iron rich blood during menstruation. Iron deficiency is believed to be a relatively common precursor to female hair loss, in fact, 72% of women with diffuse hair loss have an iron deficiency.

      Symptoms:
      Rapid hair loss, weight loss, pale appearance, spoon shaped nails, depression, change of hair colour to a lighter shade, excessive dryness of hair

      Copper Toxicity Anaemia

      Copper is found in the blood bound to proteins and besides acting in the formation of melanin (the pigment that gives hair its colour), it is also involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron. It is also needed in the utilisation of Vitamin C but an excess can destroy Vitamin C and indirectly lead to iron deficiencies. Copper levels are more often too high than too low and this can be toxic.

      Symptoms:
      Hair loss, headaches, hypoglycemia, increased heart rate, depression, overstimulation and insomnia.

      Pernicious Anaemia

      Anaemia due to a lack of vitamin B12 is also called pernicious anaemia. It is relatively uncommon and although it may also be present in the young women, it generally affects people over 40. Vitamin B12 is assential for the normal metabolic function of all cells and works with folate to prevent anaemia.

      Symptoms:
      Rapid hair loss, weight loss, change of hair colour, dryness of hair, sore tongue, nosebleeds.

      Knowing how to manage problems like anaemia and hair loss will help you avoid being depressed and anxious about those strands of hair you see in your brush or the sink but sometime you need further help.

      If you feel that the texture of your hair has changed or you re noticing excessive hair fall you can consult a Belgravia hair loss specialist. We will be able to diagnose the hair loss condition and if it is related to anaemia they can recommend the best course of action so the cause is dealt with and the hair loss problem is also addressed. FDA-approved hair loss treatments and hair loss supplements can get your hair back on track whilst you work on getting your body in check.

      Also you might wanna check out this source and get back your hair in no time, in the best natural way

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had patches of small circular hair loss?
    This past February, I udenly lost a quarter sized patch of hair on my scalp. The doctor could not figure it out, so I went to a dermatologist. He said it is a condition called alopecia areota and does not really have a cause. If this has happened to you or someone you know, please respond and tell me what you know about it. My hair FINALLY started to grow back, but it took almost 4 months. It was very upsetting. I am 36, female.
    "udenly" is supposed to be SUDDENLY, sorry

    • ANSWER:
      this happened to me when i was very young it took almost 6 months for my hair to grow back I Had to take a lot of different vitamins!! I had a vitamin deficiency please tell this to your doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why Is My Hair Falling off?
    Every time I shower or simple run my hand through it, I end up with a few strands of Hair? Is this normal? What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      "Excessive" hair loss is very common. Few stray hairs on the bed, while combing in bathroom, these and many other causes for the person to be alarmed. But don't be, normally, we shed up to 100 hairs per day. Hair in normal and healthy conditions does not fall out at an alarming rate. The excess fall out occurs mostly when the hair follicle is not healthy.

      These are some possible causes:
      1. Nutrition and Anaemia - Women experience much hair falling as they suffer from iron deficiency, anaemia following profuse bleeding after confinement and continous menses. Calcium and vitamin deficiencies also take vital role in hair shedding.
      2. Water and Chemicals - you are taking bath with salt water and using shampoo, colouring and perming lotions and dyes, those may disagree to you, shake the hair root to experience temporary shedding.
      3. Diseases - Many people experience extensive hair loss after high Fever,Typhoid, Malaria and Jaundice. Sometimes baldness has also resulted following a prolonged illness.
      4. Infections and Dandruff - If you are prone to infections such as Bacterial, Viral or Fungal, it can cause spot fall out. Existence of lice and its excretions may irritate your hair follicle.
      5. Emotions - Some people who are unable to cope up with pressures of life, all the time worrying about the problems at work place or home, having most of their emotional conflicts unsolved, are the easy victims of excess hair loss. The muscles of the scalp constrict with mental tension, thereby the blood circulation gets impeded resulting in suffocation of the hair follicles.
      6. Drugs - It has been clinically observed that certain Antibiotics, Chemical medications and Hormonal therapies such as Birth-control pills causes the excess falling of hair.
      7. Hormonal imbalance - Our genes and hormones determine the most common cause of hair loss. Most women shed their hair during menopause when the production of female hormone slows down. Thyroid disorders, mostly hypothyroidism causes considerable hair loss due to impaired calcium metabolism.

      If you are still as alarmed then maybe you should just consult with a doctor 'cause he/she must have more solutions to it than just those who answer your question here.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can zinc cause a stop in body odor? Can it cause an upset stomach?
    any more info on zinc is appreciate! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      [edit] Biological role
      Zinc is an essential element, necessary for sustaining all life. It is estimated that 3000 of the hundreds of thousands of proteins in the human body contain zinc prosthetic groups, one type of which is the so-called zinc finger.[citation needed] In addition, there are over a dozen types of cells in the human body that secrete zinc ions, and the roles of these secreted zinc signals in medicine and health are now being actively studied. Intriguingly, brain cells in the mammalian forebrain are one type of cell that secretes zinc, along with its other neuronal messenger substances. Cells in the salivary gland, prostate, immune system and intestine are other types that secrete zinc.[citation needed]

      Zinc is an activator of certain enzymes, such as carbonic anhydrase. Carbonic anhydrase is important in the transport of carbon dioxide in vertebrate blood. It is also required in plants for leaf formation, the synthesis of indole acetic acid (auxin) and anaerobic respiration (alcoholic fermentation).[citation needed]

      [edit] Food sources
      Zinc is found in oysters, and to a far lesser degree in most animal proteins, beans, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, have been known to decrease zinc absorption. Clinical studies have found that zinc, combined with antioxidants, may delay progression of age-related macular degeneration,[citation needed] but the effect is extremely small and not likely to be clinically important. Significant dietary intake of zinc has also recently been shown to impede the onset of flu.[citation needed] Soil conservation analyzes the vegetative uptake of naturally occurring zinc in many soil types.

      The (US) recommended dietary allowance of zinc from puberty on is 11mg for males and 8mg for females, with higher amounts recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

      [edit] Zinc deficiency
      Zinc deficiency results from inadequate intake of zinc, or inadequate absorption of zinc into the body. Signs of zinc deficiency includes hair loss, skin lesions, diarrhea, wasting of body tissues, and, eventually, death. Eyesight, taste, smell and memory are also connected with zinc. A deficiency in zinc can cause malfunctions of these organs and functions. Congenital abnormalities causing zinc deficiency may lead to a disease called Acrodermatitis enteropathica.

      Obtaining a sufficient zinc intake during pregnancy and in young children is a very real problem, especially among those who cannot afford a good and varied diet. Brain development is stunted by zinc insufficiency in utero and in youth.

      [edit] Zinc deficiency as a cause of zinc deficiency
      Zinc in anorexia nervosa
      Zinc deficiency causes a decrease in appetite -- which could degenerate in anorexia nervosa (AN). Appetite disorders, in turn, cause malnutrition and, notably, inadequate zinc nutriture. The use of zinc in the treatment of anorexia nervosa has been advocated since 1979 by Bakan. At least 5 trials showed that zinc improved weight gain in anorexia. A 1994 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that zinc (14 mg per day) doubled the rate of body mass increase in the treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN). Deficiency of other nutrients such as tyrosine and tryptophan (precursors of the monoamine neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin, respectively), as well as vitamin B1 (thiamine) could contribute to this phenomenon of malnutrition-induced malnutrition.[3]

      Inadequate zinc nutriture, however, is not only involved in such an extreme appetite dysregulation as AN. Growth, appetite and zinc status have been shown to be correlated.[3]

      [edit] Zinc toxicity
      Even though zinc is an essential requirement for a healthy body, too much zinc can be harmful. Excessive absorption of zinc can also suppress copper and iron absorption. The free zinc ion in solution is highly toxic to plants, invertebrates, and even vertebrate fish. The Free Ion Activity Model (FIAM) is well-established in the literature, and shows that just micromolar amounts of the free ion kills some organisms. A recent example showed 6 micromolar killing 93% of all daphnia in water.[4] Swallowing an American one cent piece (98% zinc) can also cause damage to the stomach lining due to the high solubility of the zinc ion in the acidic stomach.[5] Zinc toxicity, mostly in the form of the ingestion of US pennies minted after 1982, is commonly fatal in dogs where it causes a severe hemolytic anemia.[6]

      [edit] Immune system
      Zinc salts are effective against pathogens in direct application. Gastrointestinal infections are also strongly attenuated by ingestion of zinc, and this effect could be due to direct antimicrobial action of the zinc ions in the GI tract, or to absorption of the zinc and re-release from immune cells (all granulocytes secrete zinc) or both.

      The direct effect of zinc (as in lozenges) on bacteria and viruses is also well-established, and has been used since at least 2000 BC, from when zinc salts in palliative salves are documented. However, exactly how to deliver zinc salts against pathogens without injuring one's own tissues is still being investigated

  44. QUESTION:
    Hello again to everyone, the Iraqidesertmilitarypolice here again I have a serious question.?
    Check this out.. My wife in Germany has a German friend whom she is: Female, 50 years old, is 164 meters high, and weighs 50 kg takes multivitamin, workout about 3 times a week; running, aerobics etc. She eats one brotchen in the mornings with three cups of coffee, each cup of coffee she addtionally adds two tablespoon full of instant coffee. She eats lots of sweets and she thinks she is overweight. My wife believes she is not bulimic or anorexia but the point is that the lady thinks that is better to be underweight than overweight. My wife said to her that it is dangerous to be underweight.The lady does not believe it. When my wife researched in the internet all that she found was that underweight people might have vitamin deficiency, problem with her period, anemia, but really nothing else compared to overweight people which have a mountain of things that can go wrong including heart attacks.If a person does not have Anorexia or Bulimia is it dangerous to be underweight?if so, How?

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the country next to you ... anyway being underweight can cause a women to have irregular menses which can lead to thickening of the uterine wall and other female related conditions. B12 deficiency is also a possibility if she is not eating healthy. B12 deficiency can cause neurological problems, hair loss and sleeplessness to name a few. Also, she puts her self at risk for other disease like kidney and heart problems. It all depends on how underweight she is and her diet. Personally I would die drinking coffee like that, I can not even handle Turkish coffee..Eating a lot of sweets and not good foods can lead to her becoming diabetic.

  45. QUESTION:
    how long does hair grow in a month? and does biotin make hair grow?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a nutritional supplement that has been around for years and years. The whole concept of biotin was found years ago in the fur industry. Animals, such as minks and chinchilla s were raised for their pelts in making mink coats. When these animals were fed raw eggs, the protein in eggs called, avidin, inhibited biotin in the vitamin pathway, hence the animals started to shed their fur and have very scanty pelts. Feeding raw egg whites was then omitted from the diets, and the animals recovered. So, unless you have a diet high in raw eggs/egg white, and have developed a consequential biotin deficiency from it, it is best to forget about biotin. The avidin protein is found in raw egg whites, and once it is cooked, the protein is denatured and not active.

      A healthy diet plus a good daily vitamin pill (some are formulated to help the hair form a better structure while it`s still growing.
      "The same foods that are good for your body and your health overall are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and have a reduced fat content," says dermatologist Michael Reed, MD, an expert in female hair loss at New York University Medical Center in New York City. Reed says that what you put on your plate may not put hair on your head, but it can help the hair you do have remain healthier longer.

  46. QUESTION:
    4 to 1 Hair Thinning? Help! How do I fix it?
    ok, so my mom's hair is thinning, but it's different. Four hairs on her head is like 1 hair on a normal person. The actual thickness of each separate hair is getting thinner which is very unusual. It's really weird. She wants to know ways to fix it (naturally or not)....and y is that happening to her. I mean, she's only 40 it's probably not her age? Well, she straightens her hair every week at least once, so is it damage? How does she fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      When individual hairs become thinner and thinner providing less scalp coverage it is called miniaturization. If the thinning is more prominent in the bang/top/crown area it would indicate androgenetic alopecia. With this condition, the follicles in these areas gradually shrink over a prolonged period of time, producing thinner, weaker, shorter growing hairs. If the thinning is all over her scalp she may have a scalp disorder such as dandruff. psoriasis, or excess sebum which can create a barrier to the hair that is trying to permeate through the scalp. This will prohibit the hair to grow to it's full potential. Nutritional deficiencies can cause hair to become malnourished, weak and slow growing. Too much vitamin A can also cause thinning. Essential oil scalp massage treatments can be very helpful as they provide nourishment, oxygen and energy to the follicles and the roots of the hairs. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss and about using essential as as a hair loss remedy at the links below

  47. QUESTION:
    best hair regrowth products? young female with hair loss on top of head?
    i dye my hair but only dark colors i've never bleached my hair never will i also flat iron it as i want it to stay straight over the past few yrs i noticed my scalp showing and it's impossible to hide it without a hat i'm very disappointed as my hair means a lot to me it's possible i do have a vitamin deficiency as i don't have the money to eat healthy i'm taking birth control but i haven't had the bad side affects other woman have had from it and my dr said it's not the cause anyway what type of hair regrowth product worked for you? i've been looking at reviews online and found too many fake synthetic reviews overlapping the reviews made by actual customers i plan to use a topical product and a vitamin pill what should i buy? thanks in advance also i have already ruled out health problems with my dr that could cause this

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    My hamster has a patch with no hair underneath her chin?
    what is it and what caused it?
    please help! thanks a lot

    • ANSWER:
      Hamsters moult throughout the summer and autumn and at this time many hamsters may have periods where their coats are sparse or may have areas of fur loss. During times of sudden and extreme temperature changes fur loss resulting in large bald patches can occur. This is usually nothing to be concerned about and fur will usually start to regrow within a few weeks. All species of hamsters moult but the Chinese and Roborovski are generally less affected than the Russian species and the Syrian Hamster.

      Nursing females may often develop some fur loss on their stomach and this is usually nothing to be concerned about as the fur will regrow once nursing is complete.

      Fur loss can also occur in older hamsters (usually around one year of age or over) and usually occurs on the belly, hind leg and hip area first.

      Fur loss can also be a symptom of a skin infection or skin allergy, mites, mange, diet deficiency or thyroid problems.

      If fur loss is observed the skin should be checked for any signs of irritation, flakiness, scabs or sores. The hamster should also be observed for excessive scratching or any other signs of illness ie weight loss, lethargy, etc. If the hamster is exhibiting any signs of illness along with fur loss the hamster should be isolated from any others and veterinary advice sought immediately.

      General fur loss due to old age or moulting (with no other symptoms) can be helped by crushing a yeast tablet on the hamster's food every other day, lessening the amount once fur has started to regrow. (Yeast tablets can usually be found at a chemist or pharmacy amongst the human vitamin tablets). If yeast tablets are unavailable, vitamin drops (available from pet stores) added to the water will aid fur re-growth.

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes hypoparathyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lynn

      Here is your answer and solutions to the issue.

      Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5 F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  50. QUESTION:
    Will it hurt me if I take 25mg of zinc in a multi vitamin and a 55mg of zinc at lunch?

    • ANSWER:
      It Could hurt you....this depends on how much zinc that you already have in your body, There is a such thing as too much of something....there are different measurements according to age that one should have....While a zinc deficiency is a health disaster, once the body's needs have been met, more is not better. If you take too much zinc, you may experience zinc toxicity, which may result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting.

      Excessive zinc intake will eventually affect the balance and proper ratios to numerous other important nutrients that may include iron, calcium, selenium, nickel, phosphorus, copper, as well as Vitamin A, B1, C, and others.

      Long term overdosing on zinc may also cause, or contribute to gastrointestinal problems, hair loss, anemia, loss of libido, impotence, prostatitis, ovarian cysts, menstrual problems, depressed immune functions, muscle spasms, sciatica, renal tubular necrosis / interstitial nephritis, dizziness and vomiting, among others.

      Zinc toxicity may also (in doses > 80 mg/day) decrease levels of HDL-cholesterol and white blood cells. Impaired cholesterol metabolism may also result from excess intake of zinc supplements.

      The upper limit of safety for zinc established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine is 40 milligrams daily for adults.

      The Zinc Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for different life stages are:
      Infants
      0-6 months 4 (mg/day)
      7-12 months 5 (mg/day)

      Children
      1-3 years 7 (mg/day)
      4-8 years 12 (mg/day)
      Males, Females
      9-13 years 23 (mg/day)
      14-18 years 34 (mg/day)
      19-70 years 40 (mg/day)
      > 70 years 40 (mg/day)

      Pregnancy
      < 18 years 34 (mg/day)
      19-50 years 40 (mg/day)

      Lactation
      < 18 years 34 (mg/day)
      19-50 years 40 (mg/day)

female hair loss vitamin deficiency

Female Hair Loss Lupus

Women always remained proud of their hair. It is considered a sign of beauty, femininity and youth in females. Baldness is less common in females than in men. But when females experience baldness and thinning of hair, the effect is much greater.
Common Causes of Female Hair Loss
It was previously considered that the causes of female baldness are the same as men, but research revealed that they are not same all the time. Females may experience baldness due to androgens hormones (androsteinedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)) but research showed that many women facing baldness and thinning of hair have normal levels of these hormones. Thats why the term female pattern hair loss is used to describe hair loss in women.
Besides hormones, other factors affecting hair health like nutrition, use of hair products, stress, and physical activity are essentially the same for men and women.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Here are some very useful tips to stop or slow down hair loss.
Exercise and stress: We all agree that stress is bad for the mind and body including hair. Coping with stress is a long topic in itself but here is the tip. Exercise is the best way to fight stress, without any side-effects, most other methods have.
Styling products: Styling products are usually harmful especially hair straightener and hair curling products. With numerous products in the market, government and other regulatory bodies are unable to safeguard people. So the responsibility rests upon the users themselves. Research thoroughly before using the products or consult a hair doctor for advice.
Stretching hair styles: Many women style their hair which stretch and pull hair (ponytails, plaits, corn-rows, tightly braiding). This is very dangerous and if this kind of hairstyle is used continuously, the stretched area can lose its hair.
Hair coloring: Coloring your hair can often cause your hair to become weak. Use coloring sparingly if necessary.
Hair Dryer: Try to avoid hair dryers and let them dry naturally. If the use of dryer is necessary, turn the heat to the minimum level.
Clean Hair with mild shampoo: Cleaning your hair is very important. Use Sulfate FREE shampoos to wash your hair.Alsolook for the pH value of shampoo. Our skin has a pH Value between 4.5 and 5.5. Use shampoo within the pH range of 4-7.
Female Hair Transplant
More than 90% of the men are good candidates for a hair transplant. This is not the case with women. For a transplant to be successful, a good amount of hair is needed in the donor area. These hairs are harvested from the donor area and transplanted into the affected area.
Men affected by male pattern baldness experience hair loss from the hairline and crown on their head. The other areas of their head remain less affected or even unaffected by baldness because they are resistant to hormones that create baldness. These resistant hairs are harvested and then transplanted into the affected area. When transplanted into the affected area, these hairs retain their properties and are less prone to hormonal destruction.
In contrast, females experience diffuse hair loss (an overall thinning of all hair on the head). Women do not have hormone resistant areas on the sides and back of the head. If these weak hairs are extracted from donor sites and transplanted into the affected sited, they are most likely to fall soon.
Second point which makes transplanting in women less feasible is need of volume. Men usually lose hair from their hairline and crown. They just need redistribution of hair to reform their hairline. Women however, do not lose their hairline. They lose the volume from all over the head. Hair transplant is of little help in this scenario.
Women are good candidates for a hair transplant in the following situations.
The hair loss has been occurred due to hairstyles which stretch the hair like ponytails, braiding tightly, and excessive use of hair clips.
Women who lost hair from a specific area due to injury or surgery.
Women experiencing baldness similar to male pattern baldness, thinning hairline, and crown.
The best way to know the suitability is to consult a qualified hair doctor or hair transplant surgeon so that you can be sure whether a transplant is appropriate for you and plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What to do with hair falling out excessively?
    My hair keeps falling out! I know that a lil bit is normal but this is excessive! I have lil bald spots on my head and im only 17. Whats the deal? Is there anything I can do to make my hair grow fast and not fall out? Thanks! Please help me~!
    No rude comments!

    • ANSWER:
      The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), the most common type of alopecia, affects roughly one-third of men and women. It's typically permanent. Other types of alopecia are temporary, including alopecia areata. It can involve hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body.

      Due to hormonal changes, irritation or damage, some hair follicles have a shorter growth phase and produce thinner, shorter hair shafts. Your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. The course of each cycle varies by individual. But in general, the growth phase of scalp hair, known as anagen, typically lasts two to three years. During this time, your hair grows just less than 1/2 inch (1 centimeter) a month. The resting phase is called telogen. This phase typically lasts three to four months. At the end of the resting phase, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again.

      Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn't cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

      Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.

      Causes of specific types of hair loss:

      Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In male- and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.

      Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. This type of permanent hair loss occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle. This prevents new hair from growing. This condition can be seen in several skin conditions, including lupus erythematosus or lichen planus. It's not known what triggers or causes this inflammation.

      Alopecia areata. This is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop alopecia areata are generally in good health. A few people may have other autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.

      Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system emotional or physical causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family or a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, extreme diets, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.

      Traction alopecia. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly cause traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before there's scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root, hair usually grows back normally.

      Other causes of hair loss:

      Poor nutrition.
      Medications.
      Disease.
      Medical treatments.
      Hormonal changes.
      Hair treatments.
      Scalp infection.
      Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder).

  2. QUESTION:
    Young black female experiencing hair loss?
    I'm a 22 year old young black female experiencing hair loss since I gave birth 1 year ago. I havebaldness I'm my family. I have been to 3 dermatologist and spent thousands of dollars on hair products. The dermatologist claim hereditary and alopecia. I'm tired and embarresed. Any tips or suggested hair products I can use . Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      http://nappyme.wordpress.com/hair-facts/trauma-to-hair-follicles-why-do-some-of-us-lose-it/

      1. Go to a doctor and ask for some blood work. Low iron count, not enough B12 vitamin, hormone problems, PCOS, thyroid disease, lupus, cancers are things that can cause hair loss and can be detected in a blood test. Don't take a dermatolagist's word that it is alopecia. This may be a medical issue, hair is an indicator of what is going on in our bodies. If your hair is falling out there is something out of balance in your body most likely. Unfortunately hair loss after pregnancy is fairly common becuase of hormone changes but it should not be permanant. There is hope.

      2. Where is the hair loss occuring? Temple, crown, back, sides? This can help you find causes. If it is at your hairline, I suggest looking into traction alopecia. I got this from wearing weaves too often. Cornrows are tough on hair as they pull out hair and cause eventual baldness. If this is happening to you, stop wearing weaves and tight styles and hair should eventually return to the area.

      3. If it not hereditary baldness or alopecia then it is possible to speed up the growing process. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Eqyss Mega Tek or Ovation Cell Therapy. It might be available in horse stores but I bought my online valleyvet.com
      I had patches of traction alopecia I told you about at my temples. I applied Mega Tek and in two weeks new hair had grown! It also strenghthens the existing hair since it's a protein treatments. Apply it directly to your scalp. It's expensive but it's amazing.
      http://longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250031

      4. Unfortunately, it may be something permanent or uncurable, there are many women going through this. You can wear wigs, weaves or rock the baldness. Find a good hair loss support group.

      5. Are you sure it is shedding and not breakage? There is a difference. If the hair is coming out at the root, it will have a white bulb at the end and if the hair is breaking it will not. Shedding is a medical issue, breakage is a hair issue that can be solved with deep conditioning and breakage.

      6.For hair loss support and advice in black hair here are some great sites:
      http://nappturality.com
      http://longhaircareforum.com
      http://naturallycurly.com

  3. QUESTION:
    How long do vitamins take to work?
    I'm 18 years old, female, and i have very bad acne and hair thinning ( & hair loss). I also suffer from depression. I started taking more vitamins today to help my hair and skin. What are the best vitamins and how long do they take to show results??

    • ANSWER:
      Give it a few months to see a difference. That said, if you have an underlying medical condition, your symptoms will persist. Some supplements are not very good with absorption however so check the label (if you live in the US) that is states Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP certification ensures that supplements and vitamins are manufactured safely, with quality and with efficacy. Supplements that absorb more effectively than supplements are sublingual (under the tongue), effervescence tablets or liquids.

      Aside from stress and pollution, one of the leading causes of hair loss is vitamin deficiency. Hair loss can also be a symptom of an underlying disease such as thyroid disease or lupus.

      Vitamins for hair loss: Biotin (Vitamin-H), Iron, B vitamins, Zinc, Anti-Oxidants - Vitamin A, C and E, Protein, Pantothenic Acid.

      The 8 vitamins for hair loss >>>
      http://www.hairlosstreatment-s.com/vitamin-and-hair-loss.html

      "How To Prevent and Treat Acne:

      Eight simple steps will help most overcome their acne problems.

      1. Stay away from milk. It is nature s perfect food but only if you are a calf.

      2. Eat a low glycemic load, low sugar diet. Sugar, liquid calories, and flour products all drive up insulin and cause pimples.

      3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who eat more veggies (containing more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds) have less acne. Make sure you get your 5-9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.

      4. Get more healthy anti-inflammatory fats. Make sure to get omega-3 fats (fish oil) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats (evening primrose oil). You will need supplements to get adequate amounts (more on that in a moment).

      5. Include foods that correct acne problems. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne and can help correct it. These include fish oil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

      6. Take acne-fighting supplements. Some supplements are critical for skin health. Antioxidant levels have been shown to be low in acne sufferers. And healthy fats can make a big difference. Here are the supplements I recommend:

      Evening primrose oil: Take 1000 to 1500mg twice a day.
      Zinc citrate: Take 30 mg a day.
      Vitamin A: Take 25000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
      Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.

      7. Try probiotics. Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.

      8. Avoid foods you are sensitive to. Delayed food allergies are among the most common causes of acne foods like gluten, dairy, yeast, and eggs are common culprits and can be a problem if you have a leaky gut.Diet is a big factor for causing acne. Studies now confirm dairy and sugar both can cause acne."

      It s Proven: Sugar and Dairy Cause Acne >>>
      http://freshandagelessblog.com/2011/02/16/its-proven-sugar-and-diary-cause-acne/

      Depression is from low serotonin levels.

      The following factors can cause low serotonin levels:

      * Alcohol
      * Artificial sweeteners (aspartame)
      * Caffeine
      * Cigarette smoking
      * Diabetes
      * Dietary deficiencies of nutrient co-factors
      * Ecstasy, diet pills, and certain medications
      * Genetic predisposition
      * Hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen)
      * Hypoglycemia
      * Insulin Resistance
      * Inflammation
      * Infections (eg: lyme's disease)
      * Poor diet (also eating disorders)
      * Lack of exercise
      * Lack of sunlight (lack of vitamin D)
      * Problems converting tryptophan to serotonin
      * Problems with digestion (low stomach acid is a major issue)
      * Stress and anger
      * High cortisol levels (stress hormone)

      5-htp needs Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C to form Serotonin >>>
      http://www.understand-andcure-anxietyattacks-panicattacks-depression.com/5-htp.html

  4. QUESTION:
    has any female had unexplained hair loss and figured out what what causing it?
    I know the obvious thyroid and lupus...any one had any other explainations?

    • ANSWER:
      I started having hair loss in January and I had no idea why. I went to my dermatologist and was diagnosed with telogen effluvium which, in short, is when there it a shock or persistant stressor that causes your hair follicules to go into the resting stage so you notice a huge shed. The bright side: it's a diffuse thinning so there are no bald spots but it will look thinner in some places than others, you won't go completely bald ((lose about 70% of your hair)) and even though that sounds like a lot, no one will notice but you. Also, it is completely reversable and not permanent. There are many causes of TE including: hormonal changes ((birth, starting or stopping birth control..mine was from stopping the pill)), stress, excessive weight loss, aftermath of a surgery or dental procedure, along with many other reasons. The hair loss usually starts about 3 months after the cause is removed. Once whatever is causing the fall out is present is out of your system, the hair will stop falling out and start the regrowth process.

      My suggestions:
      1. See a dermatologist to get the hair loss checked out. It could be something completely different as there are many types of hair loss.
      2. Take a high does of Biotin ((5000 mcg)). Depending on the type of hair loss, this is said to kick start hair regrowth. It could take a while to work but it will help your hair grow back healthy. This is found in most vitamin sections and is pretty inexpensive.
      3. Until the hair grows back, look for a line called Nioxin ((found in speciality stores such as Sally's, Trade Secret or Master Cuts or it can be ordered offline)). It won't make your hair regrow and it won't make it thicker but it will make you and others perceive it's thicker ((9/10 can see a difference)). The stuff in the stores will only make it worse

      I hope this helped. This is the only kind of unexplained hair loss I can think of. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    how can hair loss be cured,prevented so that it does not occur again?
    give some tips,suggestions,ideas just anything............
    is hair loss a kind of cancer or some disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer doesn't cause hair loss, the chemotherapy and treatment can sometimes do that. But here is some info about other causes of hair loss, I've attached the link where I got this from, there is more info on the page:

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  6. QUESTION:
    What Causes Hair To Fall Out, And How Can I Stop This?
    I am only in my mid-20s and already my hair has started falling out.....How can I stop this?

    It is very worrying that my hair has started dropping at such a young age....

    • ANSWER:
      Many things can cause hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss. Also, early hair loss can be hereditary.

      So before you find a hair loss remedy, you should find out what the cause of your hair loss is first.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a Dermatologist do anything for Chemical hair loss?
    I hope so!

    • ANSWER:
      Causes and Preventions:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss (H.L). For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This H.L is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause Hair to loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, your hair may fall out. This loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. This loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause loss of in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, loss of hair may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a
      disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      more information visit: http://www.provillus.com/?aid=365514

  8. QUESTION:
    How is Allopecia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnosis'?

    • ANSWER:
      Either by looking at it (if it looks like a fungus a KOH prep can be done or a fungal culture of the hair); by doing a punch biopsy that goes to pathology.
      The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which involves thinning hair or balding of the scalp. Alopecia means hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by heredity (a characteristic passed down from parents to children) and may also be called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. In men with androgenetic alopecia, hair loss occurs in a typical pattern on the forehead area and on top of the head. In women with androgenetic alopecia, hair loss occurs throughout the scalp with overall thinning of hair.

      Other, less common types of hair loss can cause hair shedding (when clumps of hair fall out) or hair thinning. These types of hair loss may be caused by an illness (such as alopecia areata, trichotillomania, traction alopecia, and telogen effluvium).
      * Certain diseases that do not affect the whole body. Diseases such as ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitus), which is common in children, can cause hair loss.
      * Age. As people age, their hairs tend to break easier and hair follicles are not as productive. Many people have some hair loss by the age of 50.
      * Stress. Mental stress (such as anxiety) or physical stress (such as surgery) can cause hair loss.
      * Hair care. Chemical treatments can damage hair. Rough combing or brushing and hairstyles that are tight and pull on hair can cause hair loss.
      Other causes of hair loss include:

      * Certain diseases that affect the whole body. These include thyroid disease, lupus, severe infection, or severe flu.
      * Inadequate protein in the diet. Lack of protein in the body can alter the hair growth cycle and cause hair to shed after a couple of months. This can be reversed quickly by adding adequate protein to the diet.
      * Injury. Injury to the scalp can damage hair follicles and cause hair loss.
      * Medications. Some medications may cause hair loss (which is usually temporary). These medications include those used for arthritis, depression, heart problems, or blood thinners. Some cancer treatments can also cause hair loss.
      * Changes in hormone levels. Childbirth, taking birth control pills, or changes in a woman's menses etc.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the disease known as Lupus?
    it said to have no cure.

    • ANSWER:
      This excerpt from the Lupus Foundation website might be helpful, or you can visit the link...

      The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
      extreme fatigue (tiredness)
      headaches
      painful or swollen joints
      fever
      anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
      swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
      pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
      butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
      sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
      hair loss
      abnormal blood clotting
      fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud s phenomenon)
      mouth or nose ulcers

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of Hair thinning & subsequent hair-loss in men ??? How can it be prevented ?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of hair loss. Both men and women can obtain it. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, stress, and diseases.

      But generally the most common cause of it is called androgenic alopecia. It is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. Androgenic refers to the influence of androgen's (male hormones), and genetic predisposition to balding can be the reason of such a hair loss.
      Genetic is not that simple, and should be assessed on a case by case basis. Just the presence of someone in your family balding is not enough to predict that you will also become bald. It is impossible to predict who will go bald and how fast it will happen.
      Men and women produce androgenic hormones. Dihydrotestosterone, understanding, testosterone (DHT) are the most common. These hormones are important for both sexes. But have different concentrations, and are more predominant in males than females. Exposure of hair follicles to DHT, in a susceptible person, over a period of time could lead to baldness.

      Illnesses and medical conditions are also causes of hair loss. Such as thyroid disease and diabetes. Those people with liver and kidney diseases and lupus can also experience hair loss.

      Alopecia areata is a skin disease than causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body. It is an autoimmune disease. Our own immune system is the one to damage the hair follicles. Alopecia areata starts as small bald patches and can progress to total baldness.

      Nutrition is also one factor of baldness because of lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that sustains the hair.

      Finally there are other causes of disruption to hair cycle growth like getting anesthesia, or having surgery.

      Hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Hard pea sized swollen lymph node above right collarbone?
    Hi. I am 17 years old female.1 week before i got this Hard pea sized swollen lymph node above right collarbone and i immediately consulted a doctor. But his medicines didnt worked at all. With this i have cough and running nose and i feel pain in left kidney sometimes, and even i feel fatigue, tiredness without doing any work. These things are very unusual to me. But I don't have lymph nodes on any other part of body. What is it? I am really confused?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi s Sarcoma, etc., Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst* Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      2. Tumor* Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      1. Cure for Cyst----------- Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor---- Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers on any health issue.
      Source: HEALTH IN UR HANDS [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why am I losing so much hair?
    I'm 21, and ever since I started college, I've been shedding like crazy. In high school, I had thick, wavy hair, but now it's so thin that I can see a lot of scalp when my hair is wet. I know this isn't some genetic disease. I've had lots of stress in college, and wear my hair up almost all the time, but not too tight. What could be a reason that I'm losing so much hair? Would those hair growth sprays from commercials also work on me?

    • ANSWER:
      stress,Hair Loss and Its Causes

      What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?
      At any one time, about 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. This growing phase lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

      What causes excessive hair loss?
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Can improper care of my hair cause hair loss?
      Yes. If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (say: "al-oh-pee-sha"). If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.

      What is common baldness?
      The term "common baldness" usually means male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

      Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair becomes thin over the entire scalp.

      Can my doctor do something to stop hair loss?
      Perhaps. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you're taking, whether you've had a recent illness and how you take care of your hair. If you're a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause. Your doctor may want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

      Is there any treatment for hair loss?
      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Medicines may help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride (brand name: Propecia) is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

      If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement.

      dere you go

  13. QUESTION:
    What causes hair loss aside from genetics?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair Loss and Its Causes
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      Email this article
      What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?
      The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

      Return to top

      What causes excessive hair loss?
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Return to top

      Can improper care of my hair cause hair loss?
      Yes. If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (say: al-oh-pee-sha). If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.
      Return to top

      What is common baldness?
      The term "common baldness" usually means male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

      Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair becomes thin over the entire scalp.

      Return to top

      Can my doctor do something to stop hair loss?
      Perhaps. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you're taking, whether you've had a recent illness and how you take care of your hair. If you're a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause. Your doctor may want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

      Return to top

      Is there any treatment for hair loss?
      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride (brand name: Propecia) is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

      If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement.

      Return to top

      Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

      Source
      American Academy of Family Physicians

  14. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair falling out?
    It's not split ends that fall out, its like full strands that fall out whenever i run my fingers through my hair and there's always stray hairs on my shirt. i know youre gonna say "it's normal" but theres no way this many strands should be falling out at once. i rarely straighten my hair or blow dry and when i do, i use a heat protectant. please help. im really scared.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair Loss and Its Causes
      What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?
      The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

      What causes excessive hair loss?
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgen's and estrogen's, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with anti fungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  15. QUESTION:
    Lupus: Some questions about ANA testing and results?
    I am 17 t1 diabetic female. Been getting joint pain, fatigue, sun rash, easy bruising, rapid hair loss, fevers, ulcers etc..

    The hair loss has suddenly increased since I got this nasty cold...very suspicious. I am pretty sure i have lupus due to my symptoms. I have had an ANA test today, and unfortunately i am fearing the worst.

    Will mild lupus show a low titre? What if my titre is low but I still have lupus, will i not be considered to have lupus? What constitutes as a positive ANA? Also, what are the chances of it being negative, but me actually having lupus? Are these chances less if i am getting active symptoms at time of testing? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      A positive ANA is usually a titre of 1:160 or more (more being 1:80, 1:40, etc and not the other way around). Normal people can have a positive ANA though so it isn't diagnostic. Immunological tests like this are not 'has x disease' versus 'doesn't have x disease'. It's actually very complicated. One has to look at the whole clinical picture as well as look at the ANA staining pattern which can give clues. Additionally, there are other antibody tests done after this e.g. anti-Smith, anti-double stranded DNA. ANA is positive in some normal people, some scleroderma, some Srojen's syndrome... basically lots of different things. You pretty much have to have a positive ANA to be diagnosed with lupus as around 98% of lupus patients will have positive ANA. A positive anti-dsDNA means more if it's also there and a positive anti-smith means a particular type of lupus often involving the kidneys (as the only thing or as part of a complex of things). ANA is basically the starting point for investigations is what I'm getting at.

      They will also check for CRP and ESR which are inflammatory markers and indicate the level of activity of lupus (or any inflammatory condition) in your body at that time.

      I'm not aware of hair loss as a symptom of lupus... more likely hypothyroidism (which can also be autoimmune so as someone with type 1 diabetes, you may be at increased risk as you already have an autoimmune condition). They can check this with a simple thyroid function blood test. Another is Cushing's syndrome, but if they suspected that, then there are some easy tests to check this out too... e.g. a morning cortisol level, dexamethasone suppression test, etc.

      They'll get to the bottom of whatever it is, but it can take some time unfortunately. This is the nature of autoimmune conditions. I wish you all the best. x

      I've added ANA test links for you to have a look at so that you can ask your doctor questions if you like next appointment.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does taking a shower everyday make you bald?
    Or is it genetics?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Return to top

      Can improper care of my hair cause hair loss?
      Yes. If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (say: al-oh-pee-sha). If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.
      Return to top

  17. QUESTION:
    list conditions, factors and behaviors that complicate pregnancy and be hazardous to a mom and the baby?
    can you give me a good list please!

    • ANSWER:
      The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Pregnancy:
      Abortion very real risk for depression
      Acne medication may have contributed to suicide
      Affect of skull development from anti-seizure drugs
      AIDS increased transmission risk for babies of infected mothers
      Allergy risk higher in babies born by cesarean
      Antidepressant use in pregnant mothers
      Australian Medical Association wants health warnings placed on alcohol products
      Autoimmune disease of the neuromuscular junction
      Availability of early pregnancy tests eliciting miscarriage panic
      Babies harmed by mother's weighty issues
      Breast cancer drug Femara superior to Tamoxifen
      Calcium intake by pregnant women reduces offspring s risk of high blood pressure
      Calcium supplementation in pregnant women may have positive blood pressure consequences in offspring
      Certain factors can increase the risk of postpartum depression
      Complications of pregnancy link to future stroke risk
      Death of mother from pre-eclampsia after delivering child
      Depressed pregnant women are more likely to have low birth weight babies
      Depression incidence not influenced by abortion
      Diet low in cholesterol prescribed for pregnancy
      Doctors promoting development of centre that allows parent to chose to have infants free of genetic diseases
      Excess alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
      Factors involved in Primary biliary cirrhosis
      Facts on Gestational Diabetes
      Fatty acids benefit mother and child
      Female smokers risk breast cancer
      Fetal alcohol syndrome, common yet ignored
      Folic acid prevents neural tube defects
      Future risk of heart disease predictive with pregnancy
      Hair loss is common in females too
      Half of thyroid disease sufferers are undiagnosed
      Heart disease established from embryonic stage
      Hepatitis C transmissibility between mother and child
      Herpes screening unwarranted for pregnant women
      High risk of injury in pregnancy
      HIV/AIDS diagnosed in more than 600,000 children each year
      Hormone therapy may prevent many premature births
      Hyperemesis symptoms similar to morning sickness
      Hypertension risk may be lowered by high folate intake
      Long-term offspring health may be affected by mother s diet during pregnancy
      Maternal smoking influences adult asthma
      Miracle baby for cancer victim
      Miscarriage influenced by excess weight
      Negligent general physician sued over breast cancer
      New research suggests that low birth weight is not linked to increased risk of high cholesterol in adults
      New risk factors may be associated with cardiovascular disease risk
      Newborn size determined by level of sugar control in diabetic mothers
      Non-invasive option available for women suffering from heavy periods
      Obstetrics and litigation backlash
      Oral contraceptive use may increase risk of high blood pressure
      Over the counter emergency contraception
      Overweight pregnant mothers risk future obesity in offspring
      Overweight women more likely to fall pregnant while on the Pill
      Persistent pulmonary hypertension needs rapid diagnosis and treatment
      Pomegranate juice beneficial for developing brains
      Poor fetal outcomes a sign of lupus
      Pregnancy complications higher for rheumatoid arthritic mothers
      Pregnancy diet could increase the risk of cancer in offspring
      Pregnant diabetics at higher risk for birth defects
      Rare conditions: venous malformation
      Recurrent nosebleeds to be taken seriously
      Restless leg influenced by lack of iron
      Risk factors for postnatal depression defined
      Sensitive tests detect Down s Syndrome earlier in utero
      Teen sex issues
      Thyroid disease can affect cholesterol levels
      Vaginal birth following prior cesarean does not significantly increase risk of complications
      Vitamin C supplementation during pregnancy may increase the risk of wheezing but vitamin E may decrease the risk

      COMPLICATIONS:
      Bleeding
      Ectopic
      Fetal Abnormalities
      Gestational Diabetes
      Group B Strep
      HELLP
      High Blood Pressure
      High-Risk Care
      Placental Problems
      Preeclampsia
      Premature Labor
      Rh Factors
      Uterine Problems

  18. QUESTION:
    What Causes of Hair Loss in Teens and Adults?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of hair loss. Both men and women can obtain it. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, stress, and diseases. But generally the most common cause of it is called adrogenetic alopecia. It is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. Adrogenetic refers to the influence of androgens (male hormones), and genetic predisposition to balding can be the reason of such a hair loss.Genetic is not that simple, and also the hair loss case. Just the presence of someone in your family of balding is not enough to predict that you will also become bald. It is really hard to predict who will go bald and how fast will it be. That is why planning for hair restoration will be very important for those people who gets alarmed about it.Normal man and women produce androgenic hormones. Dihydrotestosterone, androsteinedione, testosterone (DHT) is the most common. For men Testicles and adrenals are the one to produce it. For women ovaries and adrenal glands are the one to produce. These hormones are important for both sexes. But have different concentrations, and this is more predominant for males than females. This in part, differentiates the genders. Exposure of hair follicles to DHT, in a susceptible person, in a period of time leads to male and female pattern to baldness or the so-called adrogenetic alopecia. There is no exact age for balding occurrence. Balding is a process, simple yet this fact is often ignored. This process can be slow or rapid. It usually starts at late teens. Illnesses and medical conditions is one of the causes of hair loss. Such as thyroid disease and diabetes, can cause hair loss. Those people with liver and kidney diseases and lupus can also have baldness. Adult women and teen girls can have hair loss due to hormone imbalance in polycystic ovary syndrome.Medications such as acne medicines cause hair loss. Amphetamines in diet pills can also cause hair loss. And the very known medication that causes hair loss is chemotherapy.Alopecia areata is a skin disease than causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body. It is an autoimmune disease. The own immune system is the one to damage the hair follicles. Alopecia areata starts as small bald patches and can progress to total baldness.Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls his/her own hair that can also lead to hair loss. Hair treatments and styling the hair gives tension to scalp and hair becomes damaged and leads to hair loss. Nutrition is also one factor of baldness because of lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that sustains the hair. Disruption of hair cycle growth is also a problem. Like delivering a baby, getting anesthesia, or having surgery.

  19. QUESTION:
    Recently, I've noticed a lot out my hair is coming out, what's happening?
    When i run my fingers through my hair, strands come out...always if i lightly pull at my eyebrows some hairs come out...
    i have long hair, im 13... what is happening?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      also, my friends big sister is half cast and her hair falls out, she gets bald patches and stuff, and she has to go to the doctors and they do something to her. I'm not sure what though. (my friend wont tell me)
      xx

  20. QUESTION:
    How to do a cute ponytail?
    My hair is probably a few inches below my shoulders. I have side bangs that [[ I can't believe I'm gonna say this. xD ]] But they kind have the side of a dude like just bieber it goes all WHOOSH on the side; But it looks good! xD Any ideas on how to do a cute ponytail? I'm not girly; So no braids, pin-up bangs or anything. Ideas? <3

    • ANSWER:
      Alopecia
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      (Redirected from Hair loss)
      This article is about the medical condition. For the 2008 album by Why?, see Alopecia (album).
      Alopecia
      Classification and external resources

      Alopecia in a 33-year-old man.
      ICD-10L65.9
      ICD-9704.09
      DiseasesDB14765
      MedlinePlus003246
      MeSHD000505
      Alopecia means loss of hair from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. Although alopecia can be due to aesthetic depilation of body hair, it is usually involuntary. One example is androgenic alopecia. Alopecia can also be caused by compulsive pulling of hair (trichotillomania). It can also be the consequence of voluntary hairstyling routines such as ponytails or braids, or due to hair relaxer solutions, and hot hair irons. In some cases, alopecia is due to underlying medical conditions, such as iron deficiency.[1]
      Generally, patchy hair loss signifies alopecia areata. Alopecia areata typically presents with sudden hair loss causing patches to appear on the scalp or other areas of the body. If left untreated, or if the disease does not respond to treatment, complete baldness can result in the affected area, or alopecia totalis. When the entire body suffers from complete hair loss, it is alopecia universalis. It is similar to effects that occur with chemotherapy.[2]
      Contents [hide]
      1 Pathology
      2 Causes
      3 Examination
      4 Testing
      5 Treatment
      6 Latest research
      7 See also
      8 Footnotes
      9 External links
      [edit]Pathology

      Hair follicle growth occurs in cycles. Each cycle consists of a long growing phase (anagen), a short transitional phase (catagen) and a short resting phase (telogen). At the end of the resting phase, the hair falls out (exogen) and a new hair starts growing in the follicle beginning the cycle again.
      Normally about 100 hairs reach the end of their resting phase each day and fall out. When more than 100 hairs fall out per day, clinical hair loss (telogen effluvium) may occur. A disruption of the growing phase causes abnormal loss of anagen hairs (anagen effluvium).
      [edit]Causes

      Alopecia mucinosa
      Androgenic alopecia
      Dissecting Cellulitis
      Fungal Infections (such as tinea capitis)
      Hair Treatments (chemicals in relaxers, hair straighteners)
      Hereditary Disorder
      Hormonal Changes
      Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism [3]
      Hypervitaminosis A
      iron deficiency
      Lupus Erythematosus
      Medications (side effects from drugs, such as chemotherapy)
      Pseudopelade of Brocq
      Radiation Therapy
      Scalp Infection
      Secondary syphilis [4]
      Telogen effluvium
      Traction alopecia
      Trichotillomania
      Tufted folliculitis
      [edit]Examination

      Upon examination of the scalp, the distribution of hair loss, presence and characteristics of skin lesions, and the presence of scarring should be noted. Part widths should be measured. All abnormalities should be noted.
      Male-pattern hair loss, the hair loss begins at the temples and either thins out or falls out. Female-pattern hair loss occurs when hair thinning occurs at the frontal and parietal.
      [edit]Testing

  21. QUESTION:
    is there any product known to work against hair loss?
    maybe prevent hair loss.. or make new hair grow?

    I just see some of my friends are losing hair.

    bah

    bald guys are not very cute

    • ANSWER:
      What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?

      The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Can my doctor do something to stop hair loss?

      Perhaps. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you're taking, whether you've had a recent illness and how you take care of your hair. If you're a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause. Your doctor may want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

      Is there any treatment for hair loss?
      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Fortunatelly now there is a product that really helps. It is called Provillus and has an fantastic and rapid effect. Why wait another day when you can have healthy hair with Provillus?

      For more information visit check this source

  22. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my joint pain?
    I have seen my personal physician, a hand surgeon, a chiropractor, and a rheumatologist for this, and none of them can figure out what is wrong with me. I have been tested twice for Lyme, lupus, and arthritis, and all three have come back negative both times. I'm a 22 year old female with no history of severe injury or health problems.

    Several months ago the joints on the left side of my body suddenly started to hurt. Most affected were my left wrist and knee, both of which have been injured in the past - tendonitis in my wrist two years ago, mild knee injury six months ago, but neither had given me problems till then. Also affected were my shoulder, elbow, knuckles, and ankle. The pain comes and goes in waves. Exercise and movement seem to make it worse, though staying still does not make it better. It gets worse all the time despite my taking a prescription anti inflammatory every day. The doctors have given me no painkillers. (Out of room for question, will add more details.)
    It is severe to the point where I get very little sleep anymore, and have little appetite. I've lost five pounds in the last three days (I have very fast metabolism, but this is still abnormal for me). It does not hurt all the time, but when it does I am unable to focus and generally incapacitated if I am at work (I am a secretary). I have been limping regularly as putting weight on my left leg seems to make it worse. In the last few days my right leg has also started hurting, and the pain has started to spread out from the knees all the way to my feet and groin. My right arm is completely fine so far.

    I've no idea if it's relevant, but I do have other chronic health problems. I have mild-moderate asthma, vocal chord dysfunction, chronic dry eye, and acid reflux. I have suffered from a chronic stiff neck accompanied by pain for years, though I've always assumed that was caused by stress.

    If anyone has any idea what might be causing this pain, please tell me. Thank you.
    Appropriately enough, I have forgotten to mention a few other symptoms that I have been experiencing: short-term memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and confusion/disorientation, as well as muscle spasms and occasional pins-and-needles tingling in my fingertips. I've no idea if all of this is related or perhaps just due to sleep deprivation. The rheumatologist also mentioned to me that my blood tests showed that there is no inflammation.

    The rheumatologist suggested that my pain is caused by tendinitis, though he gave no explanation as to how I would suddenly develop tendinitis all over my body without having engaged in any notable physical activity. There is no swelling or other outward physical symptoms, and my family has been very unsupporting, implying that I may be faking this for attention - this is incredibly difficult to deal with and I'm desperate to find a solution. I appreciate the suggestions so far, thanks very much to all who can help.

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible you may have a condition called Fibromyalgia.

      Here is a brief list of common symptoms of this disease:

      Chronic pain throughout the body
      Burning, numbness and tingling
      Tenderness when pressure is placed on or around the neck, elbows, hips, thighs and knees.
      Sleep disorders
      Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
      Depression
      Anxiety
      Facial Pain
      Jaw Pain (TMJ)
      Memory Loss
      Irritable Bowel
      Tension or Migraine Headaches
      High sensitivity to foods and medications (allergic type reaction).
      Minimal tolerance to heat and cold
      High sensitivity to bright lights and sounds
      Hair Loss

      Because symptoms develop gradually, this disease is often misdiagnosed. It is often diagnosed as a repetitive strain injury; sleep disorder condition, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or any other type of medical problem. Based on the American College of Rheumatology a person is diagnosed with Fibromylagia when he or she suffers pain throughout the body for at least three months and has 11 out of 18 tender points present.

      I suggest you see a different rheumatologist and see if you can get a fresh approach to your problem. the medication that is now being prescribed for this condition is called Lyrica and many people feel that it helps tremendously.

  23. QUESTION:
    Heart enlargment? what stage is worst can i die from at this age?
    I have enlarged heart due to alchohol im 34 Female i drink a pint of whiskey a night ive takin 1 day off this year. If im not drinkin im thinking about it come on 8:00 im getting exhuasted washing my hair,squatting down to pick stuff up walking around the house. I have trouble breathing at night when i sleep i feel like im suffacting my breath is raspy and so short. I feel my heart beat its so fast i have palpations sometimes it skips or it goes relly big then back down when i take my 3 rd shot my shoulders start burning and it feels like a whieght is on them ive been in the emergency room for double vision fot 2 weeks and loss of balance shakes palpations they thought i had lupus but said i had a patasium defeciency. I lied to them about the amount i drank no i should have been truthfull but back then i drank a half gallon in 3 days by myself i can feel my heartbeat so fast its in my throat but i too embarrased to go there again last time i had my ekg they made me take of my shirt and bra infront of them and i asked for a gown and they refused so i wont go does that mean ive got worse.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair falling out?
    I'm only 15, and everytime I take a shower a ton of my hair will fall out. How do I keep this from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. And hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Check here to find a hair loss doctor: http://medical.preferredconsumer.com/hair_loss_clinics/

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the common causes of hair loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair Loss and Its Causes
      What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?
      The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

      It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

      What causes excessive hair loss?
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      Can improper care of my hair cause hair loss?
      Yes. If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (say: al-oh-pee-sha). If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.

      What is common baldness?
      The term "common baldness" usually means male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

      Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair can become thin over the entire scalp.

      Can my doctor do something to stop hair loss?
      Perhaps. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you're taking, whether you've had a recent illness and how you take care of your hair. If you're a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause. Your doctor may want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

      Is there any treatment for hair loss?
      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride (brand name: Propecia) is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

      If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement
      GOOD LUCK!!

  26. QUESTION:
    what is better for hair loss, Biotin or Keratin?
    should i eat food containing more Biotin or Keratin for loss of hair from anorexia?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes and Preventions:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss (H.L). For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This H.L is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause Hair to loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, your hair may fall out. This loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. This loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause . This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause loss of in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, loss of hair may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      For more information visit: http://www.provillus.com/?aid=365514

  27. QUESTION:
    what should i do about hair loss ?
    everytime i brush my hair in the morning, or run my fingers through my hair, alot of strands of my hair fall out. what should i do ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. The course of each cycle varies by individual. But in general, the growth phase of scalp hair, known as anagen, typically lasts two to three years. During this time, your hair grows about 1 centimeter (just less than 1/2 inch) a month. The resting phase is called telogen. This phase typically lasts three to four months. At the end of the resting phase, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again.

      Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn't cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

      Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.

      Causes of specific types of hair loss

      * Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In male- and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.
      * Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. This type of permanent hair loss occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle. This prevents new hair from growing. This condition can be seen in several skin conditions, including lupus erythematosus or lichen planus. It's not known what triggers or causes this inflammation.
      * Alopecia areata. This is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop alopecia areata are generally in good health. A few people may have other autoimmune disorders including thyroid disease. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.
      * Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system emotional or physical causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family, or after a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.
      * Traction alopecia. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly cause traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before there's scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root, hair usually grows back normally.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is ESR always elevated in Systemic Lupus? I'm 19, female, I have an ESR of 50 mm/hr (normal 0-20)?
    my ESR is borderline so my doctor just wants me to repeat the test in a month.. i have a family history of lupus, hair loss, fatigue, muscle and joint pain,red rashes on my chest after exercise/sun exposure, should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      An ESR of 50 is not terribly high, but it does show that there is inflammation in your body. Lupus is a faring and remitting disorder. So a lupus patient can have times when the sed rate (ESR) is absolutely normal.

      Your symptoms could point to lupus or to something else. Worrying will not change whether or not you have lupus, but if you do have it, worrying makes lupus worse. Worrying activates the body's stress reactions which agitates lupus.

      Rather than worry that you might have lupus, try being thankful that you have a doctor who takes your symptoms seriously and is searching for the cause. Many patients are 'blown off' and take years to get a diagnosis. I went 38 years before I was diagnosed!

      If you do have lupus, or something else. the sooner it is indentified and the sooner it is treated the better quality of life you will have. This is a good thing. Not knowing is the bad thing.

      I have systemic lupus with organ involvement and have four jobs and am very active. I am 57 years old. If you have it, learn everything you can about it, become a partner with the doctor in planning your treatment regimen and be a good self manager and you should be just fine!

  29. QUESTION:
    I am not sure what is wrong with me? Rapid weight loss?
    I am an 18 year old female. For the past 2 years I've kept a steady, healthy weight of 107 lbs. I am only 5'1", so that may be light, but I'm also very short! Anyway, since the beginning of summer (June) until now, I have noticed myself becoming thinner. Now, a couple months later I weigh 95 lbs. That's 12 pounds vanished. I have not changed my diet and I do not exercise. So how is this possible? On top of that, I have noticed my hair thinning, constant fatigue, and loss of appetite. On top of that, I have had a constant cough for more than a month. I may have a loss of appetite but I still eat enough. I used to have extremely thick hair and now it is just normal thickness.

    So as a summary.. I have fatigue, loss of appetite, thinning hair, and loss of 12 lbs.

    Every few weeks I notice I am a few pounds lighter. All my clothes are baggy on me. I no longer have boobs or a butt! I do, but not as nice as they were before haha

    So, how is this possible?? I am seeing a doctor already but he isn't quite sure yet because I had to get blood work and a chest X-Ray.

    • ANSWER:
      I was thinking hyperthyroidism, your symptoms reminded me of my sister. It did pop up in the symptom search, but you seem young. Here's a list...

      Searches related to fatigue, loss of appetite, thinning hair, cough and weight loss

      Systemic lupus erythematosus A chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease that can affect any part of the body. as occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. ...

      Celiac diseaseA disease in which chronic failure to digest food is triggered by hypersensitivity of the small intestine to gluten

      Hyperthyroidism Overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in a rapid heartbeat and an increased rate of metabolism

      Sprue Disease of the small intestine causing malabsorption of food, in particular

      Others at the link.

  30. QUESTION:
    my hair is falling at an alarming rate i had a baby who is 8 months..?
    people use to say you loose ur hair after delivery..i had this problem since a month or so and i found it more when i shampoo or oil my hair .. my hair are very fine,thin and scanty i m so worried what could be the cause do i had to change my diet..i am still feeding my baby and i m lil anaemic..

    • ANSWER:
      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      But there are a number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a chance I have Lupus?
    I know need to see my gp for an answer but I would like some opinions as I am growing more concerned and with the easter holiday I cannot get an appointment for near 2 weeks so here goes...I am a 26 year old female, my mother passed away when I was 17 of SLE. I was tested at the time and the blood test came back ok. I have recently found out that lupus cannot be tested for until it flares up, thinkin back my mother suffered 3 miscarrages, hair loss ect for a long time before she was finaly diagnosed. I had a baby just over a year ago, but for the last year or so I have been suffering extreme fatigue, I mean to the point im walking around the supermarket and I am ready to drop..but this comes and goes sometimes I feel fine but there is a point everyday were I hit a brick wall. I got all my levels checked about 6 months ago and they came back fine apart from iron (which has been up and down for years) but the supplements dont help. The thing that is worrying me most is I used a sunbed a few weeks ago, not for the first time( I know how awful they are), and when I came out I had the most awful net like rash under the skin on my legs I actually gasped when I seen it Iv never ever had anything like this before..also for the third time I have gotten pinprick purple marks on the inside of my arm they are not painful or itchy and eventually go away after a while. the only other thing i can tell you is my hair has become increadably thin over the years I now relay on extensions as its that bad but no bald spots atm (have had in the past)..any opinion would be greatly appreciated :) thank you in advance. Danielle xx

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    my hair is always falling out... n i was told that i may have low estrogen levels...?
    i recently just had my son 3 months ago.. n i just noticed that my hair falls out alot... while im takin a shower,brushing my hair... or even running my fingers thru my hair.. its to the point that i have a spot along my hair line that is lookin bald already.. is there anythin i can take @ home.. lk vitamins.. or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride, is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

      If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement.

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  33. QUESTION:
    Rock solid lumps on roof of mouth?
    Hi, i have 3 Rock hard bumps on the roof of my mouth. I have been having sore throats on and off for a while now. I get headaches from time to time. I have a few swollen lymph nodes in my neck. No weight loss, night sweats. Just worried it may be cancer. I cant see the lumps, and it seems when i chew gum it relieves some pain. Does cancer on the roof of your mouth usually hurt? any advice/past expierence would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a massive build up of toxins
      detoxing can help here
      as can going to u tube type in bob beck and do the protocol
      it will cleanse your system
      Assimilation and elimination
      These are the two key stones of what makes us tick in fact Edgar cayce said if we could control these aspects of the human form we could extend life to whatever we chose, that's how important these two
      principles are.

      Assimilation is defined as the measure of the ability of any body to utilize foods that we eat, some people think that having massive doses of food will give them all that they need, they could not be more
      wrong, it is all right shoving nutrition in but it is quite another thing if the body can absorb it and use it in that form.

      Typical assimilation rates might vary from 20% to 80% and nutrition supplied in some forms will not be absorbed at all. That means out of every 454 grams of food you might only absorb 20-80% of that

      What happens to the food after you swallow it depends to a large degree on the other three principles of your body namely circulation, relaxation and elimination. Circulation is crucial if assimilation is
      to maintained at high levels circulation is helped greatly by some important factors;

      Exercise, especially cardiovascular apparently something like 50 or so times as many blood vessels open up when exercising than just sitting .WE have something like 60,000 miles of vessels mostly
      capillary type so you can imagine the effect of increased blood flow means ,

      hydrotherapy treatments and osteopathic adjustments also help as does massage because the blood stream carries the rebuilding forces to the body it is these channels which need to be clear and stimulated so that the blood will flow to feed the cells and tissues.

      Elimination
      Every thing which your body does, every activity produces waste and we get rid of that waste through the skin, the lungs, the kidneys and the intestines. Major problems start to occur when any of these important
      channels are stopped from doing their job, we start to accumulate waste, bacteria start growing at alarming rates which leads to all sorts of problems as we become toxic.

      Imagine not cleaning up the kitchen very often leaving waste what would happen, your kitchen would become literally alive with all sorts of creepy bacteria etc the same with our bodies. The fact that poor elimination's are the most cited cause of disease within the Edgar cayce research papers totaling over 14000 gives you some idea just how important this aspect really is. It gives you an idea of the importance of getting rid of toxins, rid of waste from our bodies.

      Some of the diseases which elimination problems and thus toxin build up either cause or play a big and major part include.

      Arthritis
      Acne
      Anemia
      Apoplexy-stroke
      Appendicitis
      Asthenia
      Asthma
      Atrophy
      Balding-poor circulation
      Bladder stricture
      Blepharitis
      Some cases of blindness
      Boils
      Brain tumors poor circulation
      Bronchitis
      Bursitis
      Cancers and tumors
      Skin cancer
      Canker sores and herpes simplex
      Cataracts
      Cirrhosis
      Colds
      Colic-poor assimilation
      Colitis
      Colon impaction
      Complexion problems
      Cystitis
      Cysts
      Some cases of deafness
      Dermatitis
      Eczema
      Edema
      Enteritis
      Feet swelling
      Gall bladder gall stones
      Haliosis-bad breath
      Headaches general
      Hemorrhoids
      Hepatitis
      Hernia
      Herpes zoster
      Unwanted hair
      Indigestion
      Insomnia
      Iritis
      Kidney problems
      Laryngitis
      Leukemia
      Lumbago
      Lupus
      Lymphangitis
      Malaria
      Measles
      Menopause problems
      Migraine
      Some cases of myopia
      Polyps
      Nephritis
      Neuritis
      Oophoritis
      Phlebitis
      Pneumonia problems
      Poison ivy
      Prostatitis
      Pruritus
      Psoriasis
      Purpura
      Pyorrhea
      Rheumatic fever
      Sarcoma
      Sciatica
      Rheumatism
      Scolliosis eliminations were a cause and an effect
      Seborrhea
      Skin ulcers
      Female/ male sterile
      Streptococcus infection
      Tic douloureux
      Tonsillitis
      Torticollis
      Ulcers
      Vaginitis
      Varicose veins
      Vertigo-some cases
      Xeroderma

      Some other questions were asked of cayce which further highlight this point

      (Q) What can be done to conquer the many allergies to certain fruits and vegetables that I am afflicted with? Is the cause psychological?
      (A) Cleanse the system! These arise from toxic conditions through the alimentary canal.

      (Q) What will stop the tendency to itching piles?
      (A) Clean the system! And then, whenever there is the necessity, use Pazo Ointment

      (Q) What causes night mares and lack of sleep?
      Toxic forces or poisons in the system.

      (Q) What causes swelling of knee?
      (A) Toxic poisons in the body, the lack of proper eliminations through alimentary canal.

      (Q) what causes the pain in my hip?
      (A) The unbalanced conditions through pressures from poisons in the system. As indicated, as the
      system is cleansed and the pressures are removed, with corrections in the cerebrospinal system, the whole of the way through, these disturbing conditions will disappear.

      (Q) What causes his fevers

  34. QUESTION:
    What Is Good For Hair Regrowth?
    I just want some options on whats good to have my hair grow back? Nothing expensive! Something that really does work! Please Help Me Out!!!
    Thank You in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      When it comes to hairy situations, many of us can live with a bad haircut or a little graying or the occasional day with our hair looks like a haystack. But the most frustrating problem for many people--men especially--is what's perceived to be the start of the downhill slide to death, or at least the impetus for wanting that Corvette: hair loss.

      While we tend to say that baldness comes from the mother's side, an individual's genes from both parents influence that person's predisposition to male or female-pattern baldness. Of course, hair loss is far more visible in men (80 percent of whom experience some degree of baldness), but nearly 40 percent of women lose substantial amounts of hair after menopause, as well (women tend to thin out all over, rather than develop the signature spots that men do), making it a major appearance issue for both genders.To learn how you lose hair, you first have to understand how it grows. Hair goes through its own growth cycle that's unrelated to seasons or hormones or anything else. It's a random biological process that's dictated largely by your genetic disposition. The two main phases:

      Anagen (active): Cells in the root are dividing quickly and pushing the hair out. It averages two to three years.

      Telogen (resting): This phase last for about 100 days on the scalp. Consider it hair hibernation- the follicle is completely at rest.

      Doctors don't know why certain hair follicles are programmed to have a shorter growth period than others. One suspected factor for age-related male-pattern baldness is a person's level of androgens- the "male" hormones that are actually produced by both men and women. For many years, people believed that a predominance of testosterone was the root cause of baldness, but it's not quite that simple. We don't know that we lose hair especially fast if it is exposed to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, which comes from metabolism of testosterone). It's believed that the exposure of follicles to levels of testosterone that are normal for adult males causes the hair follicles to go into a resting state. This DHT is formed in the testes, prostate, adrenals, and hair follicles themselves through an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. The enzyme raises the levels of DHT, and that's why there's a link between higher levels of this enzymes and areas of baldness. DHT changes healthy follicles to follicles that grow thin dwarf hairs- hairs that resemble peach fuzz. Essentially, DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive. Drug companies have targeted this process by making antibaldness medication that inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that makes DHT. (Some infrequent side effects of these meds include impotence, decreased libido, and breast enlargement).

      Now, age-related baldness isn't the only reason why clumps of hair start falling from the head like raindrops from the sky. Other causes, especially for women, include low iron levels and anemia (low blood count), recent anesthesia for surgery (it's the stress of the surgery and the pressure on one area of the head, not the anesthesia), menopause or being postpartum, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, thyroid disease, and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS).

      Rapid hair loss is often a strong sign that you ought to have a battery of tests to evaluate your nutrition, health, and hormone levels. And that makes an important point: Hair loss isn't just an appearance issue; it can be a sign that something wacky is going on elsewhere in your body. Inflammation in the scalp, from an overdose of sun or from seborrheic dermatitis, can speed up hair loss. More often than not, it's a hormone issue- especially one involving your thyroid gland. In women especially, it's common to experience a decline in thyroid hormone (that's called hypothyroidism), where some of your bodily systems slow down. Scalp hair loss or facial hair growth is a sign that you should have your hormone levels checked. We recommend having your thyroid-stimulating hormone checked every other year if you're losing hair, or, for all others, once at age 20, then at age 35, and every other year after age 50 (TSH is the trigger from the brain that tells your thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone). If your level of thyroid hormone is low or if it's normal but you are experiencing thyroid-related symptoms, you can be (and usually need to be) treated with a synthetic (sometimes bioidentical) hormome. You'll need to be rechecked six weeks later to see if the supplemented does is enough. For a man, a decline in the need to shave signals a decrease in testosterone (for a woman, it's the same clue if she needs to shave her legs less often).

  35. QUESTION:
    what causes hair loss and if so, what are best methods to avoid it and grow hair back?

    • ANSWER:
      PLENTY OF CAUSES:

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      I have been visiting dermatologists for Months...did several tests and they could not find anything that caused hairloss to me, and they faught it is just stress or something like that. then a friend recommanded warm oil scalp massages once a week with essential oils, and i used a product called "thicker Hair" from ukhairsolutions, and after few weeks my hairloss stopped and few months later my hair was growing thicker and healthier, it also worked for many of my friends and relatives so, you should check your local pharmacy or organic shop, or check the website to know more about it.

  36. QUESTION:
    how can you stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. The course of each cycle varies by individual. But in general, the growth phase of scalp hair, known as anagen, typically lasts two to three years. During this time, your hair grows about 1 centimeter (just less than 1/2 inch) a month. The resting phase is called telogen. This phase typically lasts three to four months. At the end of the resting phase, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again.

      Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn't cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

      Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.

      Causes of specific types of hair loss

      Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In male- and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.
      Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. This type of permanent hair loss occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle. This prevents new hair from growing. This condition can be seen in several skin conditions, including lupus erythematosus or lichen planus. It's not known what triggers or causes this inflammation.
      Alopecia areata. This is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop alopecia areata are generally in good health. A few people may have other autoimmune disorders including thyroid disease. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.
      Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system emotional or physical causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family, or after a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.
      Traction alopecia. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly cause traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before there's scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root, hair usually grows back normally.
      Other causes of hair loss

      Poor nutrition. Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.
      Medications. Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.
      Disease. Diabetes and lupus can cause hair loss.
      Medical treatments. Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may cause you to develop alopecia. Under these conditions, healthy, growing (anagen) hairs can be affected. After your treatment ends, your hair typically begins to regrow.
      Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, having a baby, discontinuing birth control pills, beginning menopause, or an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. The hair loss may be delayed by three months following a hormonal change, and it'll take another three months for new hair to grow back. During pregnancy, it's normal to have thicker, more luxuriant hair. It's also common to lose more hair than normal about three months after delivery. If a hormonal imbalance is associated with an overproduction of testosterone, there may be a thinning of hair over the crown of the scalp. Correcting hormonal imbalances may stop hair loss.
      Hair treatments. Chemicals used for dying, tinting, bleaching, straightening or permanent waves can cause hair to become damaged and so on.
      Please check out my source to find more.

  37. QUESTION:
    how can i grow more hair?
    im 17 years young and i seem to loose Alot of hair often.I believe its because of stress,im not sure but it really worries me.I stress out even more just thinking about it.I really need to find a way to keep all my hair before its all gone :(

    • ANSWER:
      try exercising(stress reliever), eating more protein, and properly taking care of your hair.

      few causes of hair loss:
      - 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      -Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      -Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      -Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      -Hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      -Also if you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in perms may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.

  38. QUESTION:
    I am 23 and losing hair like crazy. What can I do? HELP!?
    I am 23 and losing hair like crazy? I just had my second child 3 months ago, if that has anything to do with it. Before I got pregnant I would lose hair all the time but not like this. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be genetic, or a result of an illness. The longer you wait...the more you will lose.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  39. QUESTION:
    lost weight, hair loss, eating more, help?
    im 15, a girl. i lost weight really fast last summer by not eating properly/enough. my hair started to fall out in the fall and i've begun eating healthy, taking a daily multivitamin, oiling my hair twice a week. how long do you think it will take for my hair to stop falling and grow normally? or will it ever get better?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal problems may cause Hair to loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, your hair may fall out. This loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. This loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause . This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause loss of in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, loss of hair may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated
      For more information visit: http://www.provillus.com/?aid=365514

  40. QUESTION:
    I think I got selenosis. How do you cure selenosis???
    I'm losing my hair. I started losing it at 13 or 14 and now im 17 and it hasn't stopped. I found a disease on the internet while searching. It's called selenosis and if you look it up its a disease marked by hair loss. I just want to know how to cure it because none of the sites I went to actually tells you how to cure it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're losing your hair as a result of selenosis, it's reversible.

      Selenosis is selenium poisoning. You could be taking in selenium through your food or water. Once you stop ingesting selenium, the hair should grow back.

      However, there are other causes of hair loss, some of them potentially serious. You should see your doctor.

      The following is from FamilyDoctor.org:

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      You can see the entire article at: http://familydoctor.org/081.xml

  41. QUESTION:
    Symptoms for 7 months, no diagnosis. Excessive hair loss, muscle pain, swollen nodes.?
    Hello!

    I`m a 19 year old female who`s been experiencing a series of symptoms for the past 7 months that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

    Firstly, my hair has been falling out and as you can imagine, this has been very emotionally stressful. Since about 7 months ago, I`ve lost more then 75% of hair from all over my head. The hair loss is not patchy, but has been thinning all over. I used to have long, extremely thick and beautiful hair, and now its almost gone. The hair loss is not localized to my head as I've even noticed that the hair on my legs and in my pubic area have barely been growing back after shaving. I did see a dermatologist and he said that I must have an underlying autoiumme disease that's causing the hair loss. He suspects lupus or a related disease, but as of yet, blood tests have shown no irregularities.

    Since around the same time my hair has been falling out, Ive noticed that the lymph nodes in my neck have been swollen. Sometimes they are red and sensitive (especially after drinking alcohol or smoking) but usually they're painless. I've also been experiencing a lot of joint/muscle pain and stiffness. Some days it gets really bad and I can barely move, even typing/writing is difficult because the muscles in my hands are so stiff. I feel like every muscle and joint in my body is inflamed. I'm only 19 and I'm having as hard of a time moving around as my 55 year old mother with MS.

    Lastly, (and I'm not sure if this is related at all) my skin has been really dry and especially itchy. I'm not sure if I've noticed any rashes, but I have noticed some redness (light red spots) randomly on my skin.

    My family doctor did a thorough blood analysis and everything came back normal. There is no sign of vitamin deficiency, my thyriod was normal, no diabetes, my blood cell count was normal, kidney/liver function was normal, and I'm clean for STD's/STI's. I really don't know where to go from here and im terrified that if I don't find out whats wrong, I'm going to go bald.

    Does anyone know what these symptoms indicate? Any advice as to what I should get tested for/where I should go from here would be great.

    Thank you in advance for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      my endocrinolgist , said i had sluggish thyroid normal levels, my VIT D was dangerously low my vit b 12 was low i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid I HAVE goitors never knew it until i choked and had ENT do a nasal scope, so follow my advice my endocrinologist put me on synthyroid , 37.5 mcg works for me VIT D and VIt B 12 also AVOID wheat products you could be celiac syndrome try eatting oatmeal rice potatoes NO wheat pasta buy rice and corn pasta drink V* 8 splash change your diet

  42. QUESTION:
    what causes hair loss?
    what causes hair loss in men & women

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.
      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.
      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.
      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.
      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  43. QUESTION:
    Ok so I've been feeling really tired lately. I always feel like I'm about to pass out and i have absolutely no?
    energy. Ive also noticed that my hair is falling out a lot more than it used to. I'm 14. Any ideas to what could be wrong??

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why am I losing my hair at age 32???
    My parents have all their hair. My brothers have all their hair... Why??! I'm so depressed!!!

    • ANSWER:
      number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      (hope this helps bro!)

  45. QUESTION:
    18 year old with fatigue,weakness,hair loss, and mouth sores.?
    for about 2 and a half weeks now ive been feeling like i have the
    flu. tired, very achy and extremely weak. recently ive also began
    developing alot of hair loss as well as mouth sores. i have never
    had a very good immune system but i am usually quite healthy. i
    am an 18 year old female and i have a family history of many
    cancers, diabetes, as well as heart disease and autoimmune
    disorders. i am very worried about lupus being a possibilty because that is a main disease in my family. any thoughts would be helpful! even websites where i may be able to actually get answers.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you've said I would say to be safe you should have tests for lupus. Lupus in your family, flu like symptoms, aches, hair loss and mouth ulcers are all indicators of lupus so I'd say it definitely needs ruling out.

      With lupus the key is a swift diagnosis as it's very treatable so if it is lupus you'll feel much better once you are treated. You're only 18 and in the prime of life so shouldn't be having these problems, whatever they are they need investigating by a doctor so please don't ignore them. Do also tell your doctor that you have a history of lupus in the family.

      Please visit our website (which is based at a hospital so safe and correct): www.lupus.org.uk there is a free to view documentary about lupus and a free nurseonline service so you can e-mail questions to her.

      Good Luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    i have a problem can anyone help me?
    my hair is falling out everyday little pieces of it. i can run my fingers threw it and hair comes out or im taking a shower and it comes out. i have not been able to sleep much. i cant fall asleep. i been getting 4 to 5 hours asleep.

    • ANSWER:
      What causes excessive hair loss?
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated

  47. QUESTION:
    FEMALE - LOSING HAIR!!! - HELP ME!?
    I'm 32 yrs old and in the last 2-3 months I have been rapidly losing my hair. I went to my dr.'s office to have it check out and all he came up with was that women at this age go through hormonal changes which can sometimes also cause hair loss, thought I was under a lot of stress and therefore prescribed some anxiety-relief medication and then ran a blood panel to rule out an under & over-active thyroid and lupus disease. My tests results came out just fine. Yes, its alarming to lose your hair - I now can see what guys might go through or feel. I've already had fine, thin hair, but now this!!! Argh! What should I do? I feel if I wait any longer it is only going to get worse. What if anything should I try or rule out that I haven't looked into? Any suggestions?? Thanks for your help!!! :|

    • ANSWER:
      http://naturalhairlosstreatment.com/female-hair-loss?OVRAW=female%20hair%20loss%20treatment&OVKEY=female%20hair%20loss%20treatment&OVMTC=standard&OVADID=30190064021&OVKWID=260431409521

      http://www.ayurvediccure.com/hair-loss/female-hair-loss-treatment.html

      Hope these help. BTW, if your thyroid test was low end normal, then you could benefit from thyroid treatment. I was losing hair too and feeling cold with low end thyroid for years until I finally found out my thyroid was low end normal. I then found a doctor who was willing to give me thyroid to raise my thyroid to middle normal and my coldness and hair loss disappeared. Ask your doctor about your thyroid numbers.

      Stress can absolutely cause hair loss.

  48. QUESTION:
    Help! Lupus symptoms, but negative ANA?
    Hello everyone! I am a 25 year old female. I have been sick for the last several weeks with these symptoms:

    Joint and muscle pain (mainly in my knees, ankles, hips, and back)
    Red, hot, flushing face
    Hair loss (so bad it's thinning!)
    Raynaud's syndrome (I've had it for years, and got an official diagnosis recently)
    Red, raised rash behind my right ear (doesn't itch or burn)
    Extreme fatigue

    I went to my GP, and she immediately suggested Lupus. She ran an RA test, ANA test, SED rate, CBC, and thyroid test. All of my tests came back normal. She is still referring me to a rheumatologist because of my symptoms, but she went ahead and started me on a six-day pack of Methylprednisolone. After being on the steroids for a couple of days, I am feeling about 95% better, just a little achiness left.

    My question is this: is it still possible that I do have Lupus, even though my ANA was negative? Are there any other disorders with similar symptoms (that improve when taking steroids)? All answers are greatly appreciated!
    *Just to clarify, I still have the rash, redness on my face, and hair loss, but the muscle/joint pain and fatigue are much better.
    W.a.b.b.y : This particular episode of joint and muscle pain started about two weeks ago, but I've been dealing with the fatigue, all over pain, flushing face, and rash behind my ear on and off for about 4 years now (first episode started a few months after the birth of my youngest daughter). I've had the Raynaud's since I was a teenager. I also wondered about Fibromyalgia... does hair loss ever occur with that?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible but very rare. 95-98% of people with Lupus have a positive ANA.

      If you've only been sick for a couple of weeks, it's unlikely this is Lupus. Most people have had symptoms for a long time. Very rarely things develop rapidly.

      I've suggest you take a photo of your rash and ask your doctor to perform a punch biopsy. Rashes can disappear, but they can also help people to get a diagnosis. A punch biopsy will tell the doctor the origin of the rash. If it comes back as being a Lupus rash, you will still still be able to get a diagnosis and treatment with normal blood tests.

      My rheumatologist said that many people, without systemic diseases improve on Prednisone. It gives you more energy and with more energy you feel better. It can also give a euphoric feeling which makes you think you're feeling better.

      I'd imagine your rheumatologist will probably run further tests, but without an elevated ESR (Sed Rate), ANA, or Rheumatoid Factor, it's unlikely that your other tests will be positive and you'll struggle to get a diagnosis. Most rheumatologists are anti- steroids and you'll be given an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve. I'd say they'd mention Fibromyalgia a fair bit.

      EDIT-

      Typically doctors won't consider joint and muscle pain chronic unless you've had it more than 6 weeks. Anything less could be related to an infection or something acute. Rashes can have a variety of causes and origins. It's not possible to say that they're related to your joints/muscles/fatigue. It's highly likely your Raynaud's could be primary. Yes, hair loss can occur in Fibromyalgia. Stress causes hair loss.

      .....

  49. QUESTION:
    What can cause extreme hair loss in a 17/18 year old female?
    When i was 16 i was diagnosed with Mono, and i still feel like i have it, i have all the symptoms, fatigue, migraines, nausea etc..and now hair loss! :( Why am I losing so much hair? I used to have really thick hair and now i have super thin, thiner than average. When i brush it huge handful of hair is on the brush so i try not to brush it often only when i shower but i also try to avoid washing it due to losing more when i wash it! so I wash it every other day minimum. My mom's worried that i might have lupus or some kind of illness but i dont think i have any rashes..What kind i do!? D:
    ** the losing of hair started around the same time when i was diagnosed with Mono.

    • ANSWER:
      I did a google search and it seems that hair loss after a bout of mono is pretty common. It is called Telogen Effluvium. I would talk to my doctor. Go here for more info, and know that, as frustrating the situation is, you are not alone. http://www.ehow.com/facts_5863663_mono-hair-loss.html

  50. QUESTION:
    Help help help alopecia questions?
    So today I was parting my hair and I noticed a quarter size bald spot right on my right side towards the front smooth bald spot. I didn't find any hair on my pillow and I assumed that maybe I pulled it out when I took my hair out of a bun. I was really upset I love my hair and I have taken such a long time to grow it out and it's really thick and then I thought what if its a reaction to a product but I haven't used anything irregular that I would normally used and I straighten my hair so maybe it burned off but I researched it and it looks like alopecia and it said that that could also be signs of thyroid problems which runs in my family and I have signs of it or immune diseases like lupus which also runs in my family. I am so upset I have been crying all day I can't lose my hair I would rather die I know it sounds shallow but I love my hair and I can't stand the thought of losing it. Is there anything I can do to prevent more hair loss an make my hair grow back is it alopecia? I'm so scared I don't want to be sick I can't lose my hair I would just become so self conscious I would never leave my house I'm so upset please. I'm a 15 year old white female girl I use Redkin all soft shampoo and condition and matrix exquisite oil and I straighten my hair about 5 days a week I have blonde hair that I dyed in December if that helps :,(

    • ANSWER:
      My sister had this problem too. Hair loss in girls is mostly caused by a hormone imbalance. That can happen when going off of birth control, having a baby, going through puberty, stress from school or work, and things like that.

      Anyway, my sister has 3 kids and she started losing lots of hair after each child (she had her first child very young), and her hair loss didn't really stop on its own. I was using a product called HairIntegro for men at the time because I'm 25 and I have been having problems with hair loss since I was about 17. HairIntegro had a formula for women too and I told her to check into it.

      The formula contains and FDA approved topical portion and an oral supplement. Together, they help increase blood flow in the scalp and it causes your hair to start growing healthily again.

      Her doctor said to not use the topical portion if she is pregnant, but it's ok if your are just breastfeeding, and the oral supplement can be taken any time. Also, she just started using it after the baby was born she was happy with it. She jumpstarted her hair regrowth, and after 6 months, she was back to normal after each child.

      I know that it's true that some hair loss is common right after having a baby, but I know that 90% of women would say that DON'T grow all of it back on their own. So, it's good to have something else to help the process.

      I hope this info helps. Good luck!

      Oh and one more thing, here's the link in case you wanna check it out: http://HairIntegro.com

female hair loss lupus

Female Hair Loss Forums

Women always remained proud of their hair. It is considered a sign of beauty, femininity and youth in females. Baldness is less common in females than in men. But when females experience baldness and thinning of hair, the effect is much greater.
Common Causes of Female Hair Loss
It was previously considered that the causes of female baldness are the same as men, but research revealed that they are not same all the time. Females may experience baldness due to androgens hormones (androsteinedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)) but research showed that many women facing baldness and thinning of hair have normal levels of these hormones. Thats why the term female pattern hair loss is used to describe hair loss in women.
Besides hormones, other factors affecting hair health like nutrition, use of hair products, stress, and physical activity are essentially the same for men and women.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Here are some very useful tips to stop or slow down hair loss.
Exercise and stress: We all agree that stress is bad for the mind and body including hair. Coping with stress is a long topic in itself but here is the tip. Exercise is the best way to fight stress, without any side-effects, most other methods have.
Styling products: Styling products are usually harmful especially hair straightener and hair curling products. With numerous products in the market, government and other regulatory bodies are unable to safeguard people. So the responsibility rests upon the users themselves. Research thoroughly before using the products or consult a hair doctor for advice.
Stretching hair styles: Many women style their hair which stretch and pull hair (ponytails, plaits, corn-rows, tightly braiding). This is very dangerous and if this kind of hairstyle is used continuously, the stretched area can lose its hair.
Hair coloring: Coloring your hair can often cause your hair to become weak. Use coloring sparingly if necessary.
Hair Dryer: Try to avoid hair dryers and let them dry naturally. If the use of dryer is necessary, turn the heat to the minimum level.
Clean Hair with mild shampoo: Cleaning your hair is very important. Use Sulfate FREE shampoos to wash your hair.Alsolook for the pH value of shampoo. Our skin has a pH Value between 4.5 and 5.5. Use shampoo within the pH range of 4-7.
Female Hair Transplant
More than 90% of the men are good candidates for a hair transplant. This is not the case with women. For a transplant to be successful, a good amount of hair is needed in the donor area. These hairs are harvested from the donor area and transplanted into the affected area.
Men affected by male pattern baldness experience hair loss from the hairline and crown on their head. The other areas of their head remain less affected or even unaffected by baldness because they are resistant to hormones that create baldness. These resistant hairs are harvested and then transplanted into the affected area. When transplanted into the affected area, these hairs retain their properties and are less prone to hormonal destruction.
In contrast, females experience diffuse hair loss (an overall thinning of all hair on the head). Women do not have hormone resistant areas on the sides and back of the head. If these weak hairs are extracted from donor sites and transplanted into the affected sited, they are most likely to fall soon.
Second point which makes transplanting in women less feasible is need of volume. Men usually lose hair from their hairline and crown. They just need redistribution of hair to reform their hairline. Women however, do not lose their hairline. They lose the volume from all over the head. Hair transplant is of little help in this scenario.
Women are good candidates for a hair transplant in the following situations.
The hair loss has been occurred due to hairstyles which stretch the hair like ponytails, braiding tightly, and excessive use of hair clips.
Women who lost hair from a specific area due to injury or surgery.
Women experiencing baldness similar to male pattern baldness, thinning hairline, and crown.
The best way to know the suitability is to consult a qualified hair doctor or hair transplant surgeon so that you can be sure whether a transplant is appropriate for you and plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Young black female experiencing hair loss?
    I'm a 22 year old young black female experiencing hair loss since I gave birth 1 year ago. I havebaldness I'm my family. I have been to 3 dermatologist and spent thousands of dollars on hair products. The dermatologist claim hereditary and alopecia. I'm tired and embarresed. Any tips or suggested hair products I can use . Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      http://nappyme.wordpress.com/hair-facts/trauma-to-hair-follicles-why-do-some-of-us-lose-it/

      1. Go to a doctor and ask for some blood work. Low iron count, not enough B12 vitamin, hormone problems, PCOS, thyroid disease, lupus, cancers are things that can cause hair loss and can be detected in a blood test. Don't take a dermatolagist's word that it is alopecia. This may be a medical issue, hair is an indicator of what is going on in our bodies. If your hair is falling out there is something out of balance in your body most likely. Unfortunately hair loss after pregnancy is fairly common becuase of hormone changes but it should not be permanant. There is hope.

      2. Where is the hair loss occuring? Temple, crown, back, sides? This can help you find causes. If it is at your hairline, I suggest looking into traction alopecia. I got this from wearing weaves too often. Cornrows are tough on hair as they pull out hair and cause eventual baldness. If this is happening to you, stop wearing weaves and tight styles and hair should eventually return to the area.

      3. If it not hereditary baldness or alopecia then it is possible to speed up the growing process. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Eqyss Mega Tek or Ovation Cell Therapy. It might be available in horse stores but I bought my online valleyvet.com
      I had patches of traction alopecia I told you about at my temples. I applied Mega Tek and in two weeks new hair had grown! It also strenghthens the existing hair since it's a protein treatments. Apply it directly to your scalp. It's expensive but it's amazing.
      http://longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250031

      4. Unfortunately, it may be something permanent or uncurable, there are many women going through this. You can wear wigs, weaves or rock the baldness. Find a good hair loss support group.

      5. Are you sure it is shedding and not breakage? There is a difference. If the hair is coming out at the root, it will have a white bulb at the end and if the hair is breaking it will not. Shedding is a medical issue, breakage is a hair issue that can be solved with deep conditioning and breakage.

      6.For hair loss support and advice in black hair here are some great sites:
      http://nappturality.com
      http://longhaircareforum.com
      http://naturallycurly.com

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there any link of hypothyroidism to a decrease in sexual desire?
    I'm a 20-yr old female.I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism recently. Have just started taking the pills, but I was wondering if this was the reason of the decrease (and at times, non-existant) sexual desire.

    • ANSWER:
      Stony,
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism include - Fatigue, Weakness, Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight, Coarse, dry hair. Dry, rough pale skin. Hair loss. Cold intolerance (can not tolerate the cold like those around you). Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches. Constipation. Depression. Irritability. Memory loss. Abnormal menstrual cycles. Decreased libido. As you will note from this last item, it is, unfortunately, one of the symptoms. It should be noted that not all people with hypothyroidism present with all of the symptoms.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject

      http://www.medicinenet.com/
      hypothyroidism/article.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  3. QUESTION:
    How are steroids taken and give some information about the drug?
    I am interested to hear how steroids are taken (Ingested, injected etc) and how often they are taken by MLB players. Also if you could give some idea what steroids do to the body and how the improve your muscles and yet hurt much of the rest of your body I would greatly appreciate it!

    I am doing a report on it since it has been in the recent news.

    • ANSWER:
      roids are taken by injecting or pills. There are many different steroids that you can take for bulking up and cutting. each steroid is different with different amounts needed per day/week. normal cycle(peroid taken) is between 8-12 weeks. for best results inject and you stack the steroids ( stacking is taking 2-4 steroids at the same time). some weak steroids such as anavar and t-bol have hardly any BAD side effects but small gains. where as takin anadrol will give you a large gain but lots of sides. side effects are/can be aggression, hair loss, shrinking of the testicles, female hormones released start to form breast's/built up tissue around the male pectorial muscle ( bitch tits), acne on the back and alot of roids are toxic to the liver.

      go onto steroid.com and become a member, go on the forum and look up any question you want and they have the answers.
      sorry if i missed some things out

  4. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have a thyroid problem?
    I just took the blood test to see if I have thyroid problems, seeing as I have the following symptoms: Hair loss, Weight loss for no reason (I am VERY over weight tho 5'5 170 lbs, ive lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks for no reason), Im ALWAYS tired / dead / no energy / depressed.

    If the results come back and I do have the problem, how will it effect me? If i start the pills will it even out my weight? What do the pills do?

    My mom has HYPOthyroidism i believe (but she's 130 LBS and 5'11) Could I have the same thing? But i'm over weight?

    p.s. I'm 17 & female

    • ANSWER:
      You do have symptoms very similar to someone who has a thyroid problem. You typically see weight loss in people with hyperthyroidism, but sometimes people with hypothyroidism experience weight loss as well. If you are diagnosed, you will most likely be given either a thyroid hormone medication for hypothyroidism or an antithyroid medication if you are hyperthyroid. We did a webinar yesterday talking about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for thyroid conditions. We will be posting it on our website tomorrow, so feel free to check it out at http://thyroiduniversity.com.

      Hopefully you will get a proper diagnosis. If for some reason the doctor's say that your test results are normal, please talk with your mom and make sure that you work with your doctor or get a new doctor because there is controversy in the medical community as to what is "normal" with thyroid test results. Sometimes people will still feel very sick but the doctors won't treat them because they say their blood tests are in the "normal" range. It is important that you document your symptoms. You can also take what is known as your basal body temperature. Mine was 95.9 when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Here's a post on how to prepare for the doctor visit: http://thyroiduniversity.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-visit-to-your-thyroid-doctor/

      The most important thing is not to give up and don't just accept it when a doctor says you don't have a thyroid disorder. The symptoms are there for a reason. You may have to work with your mom to find the right doctor if you can't get the right treatment from your current doctor. I'm speaking from experience. I had a horrible time getting diagnosed and treated correctly until I found the right doctor. I feel much better now. And my daughter was also diagnosed as hypothyroid. We went through similar struggles to get her diagnosed as well until I took her to see my doctor. So be persistent.

      Good Luck and if you or your mom need support, be sure to check our our website. We have a forum, blogs and we do webinars frequently on living with thyroid conditions. We're on Facebook as well.

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Provillus for hair loss? Does it work?
    I'm a 42 year old female who has been losing more hair than normal for a couple of years. I've been to specialists, had blood/hormone tests done, and tried the laser comb and multiple supplements... nothing seems to make a difference. My doctor says it could be my crappy diet and stress... but no one knows for sure, of course. Regardless - I need something to work! I recently read about Provillus on a couple of websites, and I'm wondering if anyone has had a positive experience with it.

    • ANSWER:
      provillus is a scam. why dont you look at all of their "blogs" that theyve set up? MAybe baldingtony.com or honostjonathan or trustmichael.com...they all claim to be their independent blogs reviewing different products. They do all the standards like claiming sexual sides from propecia, and they say spiro cream stinks and so on. The funniest part though is when each one rates rogaine and they say "Its a mess to apply and i got side effects!! ew!" ... When if you do just a LITTLE research into provillus' topical ingredients you see that it contains minoxidil, the same active ingredient in rogaine, but its just simply watered down, over priced, and they throw in some other shit that doesnt work.

      Also, their magic pills are just saw palmetto, but again, its overpriced. And not only is it overpriced, it is probably ineffective because Provillus does not state that it is standardized saw palmetto extract 85-95% fatty acids.

      So you can spend a shitload of $ on watered down minoxidil and pills that are completely ineffective.

      Or you can buy rogaine or generic minoxidil from kostco and if you really are that into saw palmetto go and buy some standardized saw palmetto extract for from a reputable company.

      It's being called a "scam" because the very common active INGREDIENTS CAN BE FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL DRUG STORE FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST. The pills contain SAW PALMETTO and the topical contains MINOXIDIL.....of course it will probably work it contains MINOXIDIL. This is why PROVILLUS IS AN OVERPRICED SCAM!
      http://www.hairlosshelp.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=75931

      Hair Loss Remedy #3
      Provillus

      Provillus claim to have the best quality ingredients and the best customer service. However, we are not yet entirely satisfied that Provillus is the best hair loss remedy. There is a six month guarantee which is of course a bonus. But, as they are not FDA approved we don't feel we can recommend them at this stage.

      Provillus doesn't work. Used it for 3 months. No improvement at all.
      http://www.hairlossadvisory.com/hair_loss_remedy.html?comm_page=5

      Sorry, I think the results are pretty clear.

  6. QUESTION:
    are different breeds of guinea pigs more agressive or better for kids or nicer than others?
    I just need to know what are the behavior and characteristic differences between different types of guinea pigs. Are some nicer than others? Do some live longer than others? Are some more agressive? ?????

    • ANSWER:
      There aren't any major behavioral differences in the breeds of guinea pigs, but for kids I wouldn't go with anything other than a shorthair, either American (with smooth hair) or Abby (has little whirls in it's fir) are fine. Longer haired guinea pigs are more work, because they need to be groomed more, and some other breeds are little more prone to medical problems, such as bone loss or skin issues.

      Also, check out the website www.guinealynx.com for really good information on owning a guinea pig. It has everything you need to know before getting a piggie, and there are a lot of helpful people there on their forums as well.

      I'd just suggest, as a side note, if you're going to get a guinea pig for your kids, don't buy from a petstore. I made that mistake and petstore piggies are almost always sick, end up having mites, and can also end up pregnant due to missexing. Check out petfinder.com for guinea pigs who need a home in your area!

      Also, as far as males and females, I have all females and they are great. They're a little skittish, but once you catch them they snuggle right up. I wouldn't recommend a male for a childs pet because they require a little more work, as they can become impacted and their little genital area needs to be cleaned quite a bit (check out the website for more info on this)

      Good luck searching, guinea pigs are wonderful pets!!

  7. QUESTION:
    Is hair loss associated with Crohn's Disease?
    I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's Diesease and I'm still finding the right medications. I have slowly come off Steroids and have upped my dosage on mercaptopurine tablets (also known as 6-MP). I have noticed that my hair is starting to fall out alot more (than what is usually natural for me). Does anyone know if my hair loss could be assoicated with Crohn's Disease or the medication I'm on? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      hi kate, i am a female crohn's pt. like yourself for 28 yrs.

      If you check out the Crohn's & Colitis site, they have the information you are looking for. There is also a live chat and hotline run by healthcare experts you can speak to as well as an open forum where you can post questions to others like yourself.

      My heart goes out to you as I went through a similar situation a few yrs. ago. It cleared up when I switched to another treatment. Are you a candidate for Entocort, Remicade or Humira? These didn't make me lose my hair. I've been on Entocort for a while and so far, so good.

      feel free to contact me if you need more help. best of health 2 u!!

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is my mouse pulling out my other mouse's fur?
    I have two female mice and they've been living together for almost a year. Recently, one of them has been pulling out the fur on the other's head. She doesn't seem to be hurting her, and they still cuddle together and everything, but I don't know why she might be doing this... any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like bullying as someone mentioned as it would not suddenly occur after a year. It could, however, be barbering which is aggressive grooming and can occur at any time in a colony. Details on hair loss follow:

      http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/hair-loss.cfm

      Your best bet is to try to distract the mouse doing the barbering before it gets bad. My Patches was a power groomer to Norelle, but adding items to shred such as empty paper towel/tissue rolls along with new toys to keep her occupied helped to keep the barbering under control. TFM has a thread on toys to make for little or no cost that might give you ideas as well as a thread for making what they call MESs (Mouse Entertainment Systems) which are structures you build from popsicle sticks and non-toxic glue. Links follow:

      http://forum.thefunmouse.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2044

      http://forum.thefunmouse.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9984
      (If you cannot read the above threads, you will need to register first.)

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good cage/tank for a gerbil?? 10 points?? xxxxxx?
    What is a good cage or tank for a gerbil??

    I WILL GIVE 10 POINTS FOR LINKS!!!!

    Thanks xxx
    I am from the UK. So please don't give me american links.

    • ANSWER:
      Gerbils are social. Please keep that in mind. They should be kept in same sex pairs. Both males and females do well in pairs. I have two females and they adore each other.

      For a pair of gerbils, I'd recommend a 20 gallon tank with a mesh lid. Bedding will be kept in the tank and not on the floor. There are no bars for the gerbils to chew on. If the lid has clips on, the tank is pretty much escape proof.

      Hamster cages really aren't ideal. Gerbils love digging. You can't put a lot of bedding in a cage. Any bedding you do put in the cage will end up all over the floor. You'll find yourself vacuuming every day to keep it clean. Gerbils also must chew. If there are wire bars, they may choose to chew on those. It's really annoying and can cause hair loss on their nose. Plastic will also be chewed up. If ingested, it could cause a blockage, so no plastic! Most hamster cages are painfully small. Gerbils are active and need room to run and play.

      A 10 gallon tank is alright for a pair of gerbils IF you have a tank topper. There are three tank toppers I recommend because they don't have plastic. The other ones I've seen have plastic tubes or ladders.

      http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf_id=107175709&dept_id=623&brand_id=603&Page=&mscssid=GJBX0Q507RKG8G6D5C6RT92D6MHW6CE1
      ^^This is also available at PetCo.

      http://www.sofunpetproducts.com/page/page/3408220.htm

      http://stores.ebay.com/Jotco-Cages-and-SoFuN-Bird-Toys_TANK-TOPPERS_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ2QQftidZ2QQtZkm
      ^^The e-bay store to the company in the second link.

      http://www.martinscages.com/products/cages/toppers/

      I have a tank topper from the company in the second link, and I like it. They have fairly quick delivery, great service, and are wonderful to work with. The wire spacing is a bit big, so I just use a grass mat and a piece of cardboard to give my gerbils a solid place to sit when they're up there.

      EDIT: Sorry. You did not specify earlier where you lived, so I assumed you lived in the states. The company I got my topper from ships to the UK, I think. You may have to contact them to check it out. Pets At Home has a great set-up for gerbils. It's called a gerbilarium. Here it is:
      http://www.petsathome.com/find/keyword-is-cages/brand-is-pets_at_home/product-is-14991

      Also, there are perfecto tanks. They're tanks with shelves in them, and they're available in the UK. I love those, and they're wonderful. Many UK gerbil owners that are part of a gerbil forum I visit have perfecto tanks. I wish they were available in the states.

  10. QUESTION:
    Seriously: Do any of baldness treatments really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!
      Baldness can be treated but not cured. The two medications that are used in male pattern baldness are finasteride - Propecia and minoxidil Rogaine in either a 5% or a 2% concentration. The hair loss in female pattern baldness is permanent, if not treated. Treatment is with minoxidil Rogaine with a 2% concentration. On searching various sites and advertisements, you will find a plethora of claims that the product has a cure rate of XXX for baldness. Were this the case, it would be likely that the medical profession would recommend the use of the product. (Unless, of course, more money can be made by the drug company(s) by promoting their product and keeping the others off the market!) There are some hair treatment products containing Ceramide which acts rather like an adhesive and naturally exist within the hair fibre, sandwiched in a region between the cuticle and cortex called the cell membrane complex (CMC). Here along with the proteins in the CMC, they regulate the flow of materials in and out of the cortex. Because they essentially bind the cuticle cells to the cortical cells, ceramides help keep the hair from falling apart.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  11. QUESTION:
    What will HRT to do me besides breast growth ?
    I'm still waiting for my referral for a blood test (which seems to take forever). I have a slightly broad nose, but i highly doubt that it will make it look slimmer ...

    I have wonder will it change my face completely ?
    Here is the most recent pic of me :

    http://img576.imageshack.us/i/sgirlt.jpg/

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      As with anything transition related:

      YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

      Some people get great results and others not so much.

      Fat redistribution to a more female pattern. You will put on a new layer of subcutaneous fat all over.

      Smoother, drier (less oily) skin (can you say moisturizer?)

      Cleaner finger nails (related to less oily skin)

      Better hair (again partially related to less oily skin)

      At the same time nails can be more brittle.

      Facial hair growth will slow. You still need electro or laser to eliminate it though.

      Loss of upper body strength over time.

      Chances are you'll mentally feel better on Estrogen.

      Estrogen will probably allow you to express yourself/emote better.

      At least some reduction in body hair.

      Usually some softening of facial features.

      Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. A couple others I've noticed anecdotally:

      Much harder to lose weight

      Everything takes longer to heal

      My eye color changed. I had brown eyes before HRT, now they are hazel.

      I'm got more temperature sensitive.

      All my senses seem to be a bit more acute.

      Talk with others at online support forums and learn from their experiences what to expect.

      Hope this helps

      @Tay Lor: Bone structure is NOT affected. One would have to start HRT before 16 to have any hope of that.

  12. QUESTION:
    Transgender FTM Testosterone questions?
    1) Does anyone know how much slower the gel works compared to shots?

    2) Are there preventative measures i can take to avoid hair loss?

    3) Will testosterone bring the migraines back that i had when i was going through female puberty?

    4) and to anyone that is on testosterone, what did your body feel like immediately following your first shot or application? (as in the reaction to it entering your system)

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      In case you don't get any good answers, you can always try an online support forum such as:

      http://www.Susans.org/forums click "transsexual talk" guys are on top.
      .

  13. QUESTION:
    Are you familiar with Chinese Crested Puppies-- mix, teeth?
    My husband brought home an sickly, pregnant female about 3-4 weeks ago. She had puppies 10 days ago, two hairless, one puff and three short-haired. She has been to the vet three times and is now on cephalexin. The intestinal worms are gone, she is heartworm cleared now. We are waiting on shots until she has weaned her babies. She is up to 11lbs.
    Two questions-- Do the teeth "age" the same on this breed as others? The teeth look like the dog is 7-8, but the people swear she was 1 or 2.
    These puppies are huge! I can't imagine what she bred with. Can the crossbreeds be bald or puffy just like the purebreds in the breed? The vet is unsure of the genetic/loci involved in coat.

    I am considering supplementing these puppies a lot just to get the load off of mom. She wasn't healthy when we got her. Opinions on that? Mom is eating Canidae and sometimes Hills puppy depending on what we have at home.

    • ANSWER:
      the hairless gene comes with poor denation. The teeth are often smaller, and have thinner enamel. Dental loss is common, and actually acceptable in the show ring, only for the hairless.

      The puffs should have normal dentation.

      Yes, mixed breed puppies can be hairless. Short coats very rarely show up in Cresteds, and are not desired.. I have only seen pics of a short haired puff, also called the terrier coat.

      How the hairless gene works. The hairless gene is dominant over the puff gene. A powder puff only carries puff Genes Pp Pp. A hairless Carries both Hl Pp. The hairless gene, although dominant, is also considered lethal.. any embryo that recieves two Hl (Hl Hl) genes will not develop and will reabsorb in the mother's body.

      Most breeds of dogs contain only the Pp gene. There are a few other hairless dogs.. and the genes work the same way as the crested. All other hairless dogs have short haired puffs..a puff mexican hairless looks like your average terrier mix! The Crested is the only hairless dog with long hair.

      The only exception to this rule is the American Hairless terrier.. the gene there is recessive.. they are a mutation from the Rat Terrier.

      If you breed 2 puffs (cresteds, or any other breed) you will only get puffs.

      If you breed a hairless and a puff (any breed), you can get any combination. The hairless pups obviously got the hairless gene from the hairless parent.

      If you breed a hairless to a hairless (any breed), you can get any combination, since they carry both genes.

      The hairless can vary in amount of body hair. From nothing but a sparse mohawk and a few stray hairs, to what appears to be a full body coat! Some almost look like a puff.. the only difference is that the coat is a fine single layer, instead of the thick double coat. A very hairy hairless will ussually be hairless somewhere underneath also.

      If you want more info about cresteds, come join www.crestedsrock.com its a forum about Chinese Cresteds.. you can learn skin care and other information.. and if you need it, get help finding homes for those puppies. My name there is nekkiddoglady. :)

  14. QUESTION:
    For men who are circumcised, do you wish you weren't?
    I'm having a baby boy and debating circumcision. It seems like torture and unnecessary. For men who are uncircumcised, have you ever had a woman grossed out by it or been teased by kids at school about it? I've personally never seen an uncircumcised penis but I'm going to look up pics of them. LoL

    • ANSWER:
      There were two surveys that asked similarly. It found similar results, with about 90% satisfaction rate among the two. The Uncircumcised group has a point or two higher, but I'd say that's a pretty safe margin of error. That, and uncircumcised guys always have the option of choosing what they want if they don't like it. Question 17:
      http://www.jackinworld.com/library/surveys/survey5.html

      Another survey found that about half of circumcised expressed desired to rather have chosen themselves.
      http://www.jackinworld.com/qow/q15.html

      I suppose that somewhat shows why infant circumcision rates have dropped a lot (the USA is the last developed nation doing it on a large scale to newborns, but it's as low as 14% in some states).
      http://forums.govteen.com/showpost.php?p=3069995&postcount=2

      BTW, here's some background info on circumcision. Circumcision is a traditionally Jewish and Muslim procedure, although it was introduced and encouraged to the Western, developed world as a way to stop masturbation, especially with the help of Dr. Kellogg. (see link 1) However, although scientific studies have discovered that circumcision harms masturbation by up to over 60% (2), needless to say, it doesn t completely stop masturbation. Many circumcised guys find it more convenient to use a commercial lubricant as a result (3) since the typically moist foreskin that is like the eyelids is not present to rub the glans with (4).

      Most developed nations quickly rejected circumcision after noticing its ineffectiveness against masturbation, and as a result the United States remains the last developed nation doing it to a significant percentage of newborns. (5) This was done as a result of the for-profit American health care system promoting myths about benefits of circumcision (6), such preventing penile cancer (6a, 6b), preventing HIV (6c, 6d) despite the USA being the developed nation with the highest HIV rates and circumcision rates (6e, 5), and preventing STDs (6d, 6f). As a result, circumcision is now brings in hundreds of millions of dollars to doctors and the American health system. (7)

      However, circumcision has been becoming less popular as years have passed by. In the 1960s over 90% of guys were circumcised in the USA, now circumcision rates are as low as 14% in some states. (8) More and more parents are discovering that circumcision carries more risks than benefits, and realize that by leaving their sons uncircumcised, they have the choice of choosing what they d like, since the surgery is irreversible.

      Circumcision risks include the loss of sexual pleasure according to multiple studies (2, 9, 10, 11). Those studies take into effect many sensation points, including the foreskin, and they involve many participants. There have been other studies that claim no difference, but they don t even take into effect the nerve endings on the foreskin, which as seen in one study, are some of the most sensitive points on the penis (10). One study even found an increase in erectile dysfunction rates after circumcision (10a). In another study, it was found that females ended up reaching orgasm with and preferring uncircumcised males in 9 out of 10 cases (10b). In addition, circumcision is extremely painful on newborns (12, 13, 14), and you risk many bad conditions, such as a buried penis when too much foreskin is removed and limits the size of the penis (15), or adhesions or skin bridges that develop from the head to the shaft when the skin heals after the surgery (16), meatal stenosis [occurs in up to 10% of circumcised males!] when the opening of the penis becomes irritated from too much exposure and rubbing and begins to close up (17), and meatal ulcers (18). All those risks are, of course, not including the possibility of having too much skin removed, which can cause discomfort during erections due to lack of skin to allow the penis to expand, and could consequently cause a hairy penis by pulling pubic hair and skin to the shaft. Often a circumcision scar develops around the penis after circumcision. In addition, circumcision has negative effects on breastfeeding. (18)

      To conclude, here is a link that describes the anatomy of the foreskin (19) and the development of the foreskin with infants, a link especially helpful for parents (19a). Ultimately, one survey found that although uncircumcised guys are a bit more satisfied percentage-wise, it s within the margin of error. (20) The only difference is that those unsatisfied uncircumcised guys can simply get circumcised and end up satisfied either way. In addition, in one survey it was found that up to half of circumcised guys expressed concerns on wishing to have had the choice themselves. (21) That, along with the risks and negative effects that are being seen more with the help of the Internet, may be what is bringing down circumcision rates.

  15. QUESTION:
    What detox works best for THC? Been 28 days clean already?
    So I have been testing myself and I am still positive for THC and have been 28 days clean. I found out that I have a drug test coming up tomorrow so I would like to know if there would be any good detox drinks that would rid me of THC since I've been already almost a month sober (if that's possible?) I have never taken a detox drink before, but have used the permanent detox pills for 5 days an that did not work. I know about synthetic urine but don't really want to use that. I am looking for something that can get rid of the last bit of my marijuana in my system, because I'm sure it's already almost out since its been 28 days. If that's not possible what would be the best detox drink? And what are the procedures and steps in takin the drinks? I also have heard about palo azul but idk what would be safer.

    I am a 20 year old female and weigh 115 lbs

    Please help me!! Don't want to smoke anymore, just wan to get this thc out of my system ASAP! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Do you really think that Joni did a double blind cross-over study of her silly supplements? Dude, you can't detox yourself. It doesn't matter what the toxin is, you cannot detox your body. It does so on it's one slowly over time and there's nothing you can do to speed that process up.

      "Detox" is short for detoxification and detoxification is a natural process involving your liver and kidneys and there is nothing you can do to effect it. It is impossible to detoxify a human once the toxin is in the blood with the possible exception of kidney dialysis, kelation therapy, and other expensive medical modalities. Currently "detox" is a faddist word, relatively meaningless, and is used to express that which the users cannot otherwise express because of ignorance of because the expression would be patently false.

      Detox diets, cleanses, and supplements don't work. There is no diet which will cause your body to get rid of toxins, heavy metals, poisonous by-products from smoking, drugs, etc. And cleanses for the purpose of weight loss don't work because they can only eliminate water and small amounts of waste which the body will replace very quickly.

      Check out these reliable references. Listen to experts, not a random bunch of strangers of unknown credibility in this and other forums. Here's what the experts have to say about cleanses.

      Article excerpt: "Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm"
      Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_114876.html

      Article excerpt: "Although the reports show little evidence of any benefit, many studies reported side effects. These include cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure."
      Ref: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110801/colon-cleansing-may-be-risky-study-finds

      Article excerpt: "The main concerns with colon cleansing are that it can: Increase your risk of dehydration, lead to bowel, perforations, increase the risk of infection, cause a rise in your electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or heart disease."
      Ref: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

      Article excerpt: "fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss... the list goes on."
      Ref: http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Master-Cleanse-Lemonade-Diet

      Article excerpt:"Colon cleansing is a dubious and almost always useless procedure"
      Ref: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

      Article excerpt: "The human body can defend itself very
      well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you re generally healthy, stick to giving your body what it needs to maintain its own detox system a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. Don waste your money...follow a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead."
      Ref: http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/HumanResources/Wellness_Newsletters/Aug%2008.pdf

      Article excerpt: "A day on a detox diet program probably won't hurt you, but there's little point in following these restrictive diets - and they can do far more harm than good, says Michelle May, MD,"
      Ref: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=64306

      Article excerpt: "Detox diets are a waste of time and money, say scientists"
      Ref: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article784402.ece

      Your body cleanses itself naturally. And cleanses, purges, emetics, enemas, alternative and homeopathic colon cleanses etc. cannot remove fat from your body or make your body lose fat and/or toxins. If fat is your problem, you're eventually going to realize that nothing works except a proper diet for life or surgery. The best diet for all normal adults hasn't changed. It is still a varied, balanced, nutritious, and properly apportioned diet of high quality foods.

      Detoxification is a fad and a fantasy only. If you have reason to believe you're toxic, consult with your doctor. Don't waste your time paying attention to advertising hype, naturopathic gurus, homeopathic charlatans, etc. The road to good health is paved with science. If you or someone you love gets deathly ill, you will take them to a place where medical science is practiced. So, where is the sense in abandoning medical science in favor of baseless and unscientific methods of quacks and charlatans.

      Good luck and good health!!

  16. QUESTION:
    Why are my mice losing fur?
    Two of my male mice are losing their fur? One on his butt and the other around his eye. My females aren't losing any fur. What could this be from? Or what is causing this? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The main reasons for hair loss and/or scratching are: bedding allergy, food allergy, parasites, barbering, OCD, age and dermatitis. TFM does a good job of discussing most of these along with treatment at the following link:

      http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/hair-loss.cfm

      Do you know how old your mice are? I notice hair loss around the eyes and back a lot with elderly mice. The life span is from 1 1/2 to 3 years with 2 years the average. Barbering can occur just about anywhere so if a mouse is an aggressive groomer, you will know from watching where the companion mouse is groomed. Do you see excessive scratching? All mice scratch, but extreme scratching would be indicative a parasite might be involved. Parasites are very contagious though, so if all of your colonies are not invested, I would not be leaning in that direction. How much protein is in the diet? Most mice should not have more than around 13% crude protein and more can produce allergies which can lead to fur loss. Peanuts, sunflower seeds and wheat are the biggest culprits. Allergies can develop at any point in time. Bedding allergies are another possibility. What might bother one mouse may be fine for another. Wood based bedding is more likely to produce an allergy than paper based bedding.

      Are your bucks housed together? I ask because most bucks past the age of 4 weeks old, including siblings, must be housed alone due to fighting. Just something to keep in mind. (I only get does for this reason because I love my little colonies.)

      TFM also has an active forum where you can include photos which might be helpful along with describing the complete symptoms. The link is below:

      http://forum.thefunmouse.com/

      I just noticed you already have much of this information on hair loss. Without knowing any other details, I am leaning towards age as the eye area in particlular is where mice can lose fur when they get older. You do not mention they are scratching more than usual which also leads me to believe this.

      How is your doe? I tried to contact you, but you do not have Y!A e-mail hook up. (If you allow communication on Y!A, your real address remains hidden so no worries anyone can contact you outside of here.) Is her face better? Can you add what kind of bedding you use? Does she still sneeze? Are there any other symptoms? Recently two of my does had an URI and other signs of it included chattering/chirping/clicking along with labored breathing. Symptoms they did not have, but can be involved, are lack of appetite/thirst, lethargy, wheezing, discharge from eyes/nose, congestion, scruffy coat and hunched appearance. I had them both on Baytril and Doxycycline for 2 1/2 weeks. (The typical dosage can range from about 2 weeks up to a month.)

  17. QUESTION:
    Fat deposit/fat tumor (lipoma) on the back of my Maltese?
    Hi,

    I have a female Maltese dog that is about 7 months old, just recently we found there is a weird fatty-tissue like thing on the back of her body, and there is hair loss around the area. I was wondering if anyone ever had experience with this and possibly know what it might be?? I checked with 3 vets and they have no idea what it is, and suggest me to remove it with surgery. we did the needle test on it, and the vet said its not bad stuff, actually has a lot of calcium (?!) But I am just posting this to see if there is any luck that anyone might know what it is?

    Thank you for reading this..
    I've put pictures on the forum here...
    http://www.tinytracks.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=f612dcc72abac460e1fde46035c0e67a&topic=2502.msg41029#msg41029
    Thank you for all your replies!! I fee l less stressed out now :( I am planning to have a surgery to remove it next week, hope the surgery goes smooth on her :(

    One more question tho, do your dog(s) have hair loss on the area around the tumor like my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound funny, but my baby daughter had one that looked exactly like that! ...The Dr.'s were stumped..they called it a cholesterol deposit... and I was told to just watch it...Well, it gradually went away, and never caused any problem..no special diet or anything..it just re-absorbed and disappeared...It took about 3 years, though..

  18. QUESTION:
    Baby guinea pig hair loss?
    I have 4 baby guinea pigs born healthily to my female guinea pig 2 weeks ago. I have just noticed now that 2 of the pups have what it looks like some hair loss. The other two pups have full hair and are soft like how they were when they were born. But the other two their hair has become coarse and dry feeling. They have patches where the hair is shorter. The skin looks unaffected and they aren't scratching at themselves so it doesn't appear to be mites or parasites. It is like someone has given them a bad hair cut because there are no places where the skin is bare - it is just shorter.
    I give them plenty of fresh veggies every day. They get romaine/cos lettuce, carrots, red capsicum, tomato and a little bit of apple (or a rotation of these veggies) every day plus their usual unlimited amounts of hay, fresh grass and pellets. I wouldn't normally think it was a vitamin C deficiency but now I'm unsure. Perhaps their 2 other brother and sister plus mother are hogging all the food and they aren't getting enough vitamin C themselves? Maybe they didn't or aren't getting enough milk from their mother?
    Is it even a problem or am I just worrying over nothing?

    I would like to see their hair get back to normal as quick as possible because I will be separating the boys soon from their mother. Should I do it now and give them extra veggies just for themselves?
    They have an outdoor hutch so I give them hay and towels as bedding plus the grass on which their hutch sits on.They have an indoor area that is off the ground too to keep them safe and warm or cool.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin C deficiency can cause a lot of problems certainly. Make sure you are careful in what veggies you feed them as many that are high in vitamin C are also high in calcium. I would visit www.guinealynx.com and post to the forum where you will get LOTS of answers from people who have experience with this type of thing and with baby guinea pigs.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have klinefelters syndrome?
    I have wideish hips
    Long arms
    Longish legs? 32 inch trousers and I'm 5'7 and a half...

    Erm normal sized genitalia lol and I have had a tiny bit of hair loss and no man boobs

    • ANSWER:
      Zakary,
      The details that you provide only suggest this syndrome. I presume that you have done some research by the wording of your question and I regret any information that I discuss here that may be old information. It is included because I am not aware of the depth of your research. Humans have 46 chromosomes. Chromosomes contain all of your genes and DNA, the building blocks of the body. The two sex chromosomes determine if you become a boy or a girl. Females normally have two X chromosomes. Males normally have an X and a Y chromosome. Klinefelter syndrome is one of a group of sex chromosome problems. It results in males who have at least one extra X chromosome. Usually, this occurs due to one extra X. This would be written as XXY. Not all males with the condition have the same symptoms or to the same degree. Symptoms depend on how many XXY cells a man has, how much testosterone is in his body, and his age when the condition is diagnosed. The XXY condition can affect three main areas of development physical, language and social. As XXY males enter puberty, they often don't make as much testosterone as other boys. This can lead to a taller, less muscular body, less facial and body hair, and broader hips than other boys. As teens, XXY males may have larger breasts, weaker bones, and a lower energy level than other boys. By adulthood, XXY males look similar to males without the condition, although they are often taller. They are also more likely than other men to have certain health problems, such as autoimmune disorders, breast cancer, vein diseases, osteoporosis, and tooth decay. XXY males can have normal sex lives, but they usually make little or no sperm. Between 95 percent and 99 percent of XXY males are infertile because their bodies don't make a lot of sperm. The following tests may be performed in assisting diagnosis - Karyotyping. Semen count. Blood tests will be done to check hormone levels including: Oestradiol, a type of oestrogen. Follicle stimulating hormone. Luteinizing hormone. Testosterone.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  20. QUESTION:
    Do chinchillas need to go to vets?
    Do chinhillas need to go to a vet fore shots checkups or that kind of stuff? And how much would it cost plz only anser uf u have a chinchilla

    • ANSWER:
      A chinchilla check up is pretty much useless. The most they are going to be able to do is listen to their vital signs and check for visual symptoms. Chinchillas are the very bottom of the food chain. By the time you notice them having an illness, it's frequently too late for them to be saved. The odds of your vet noticing anything, other than possibly weight loss, are slim. It's extremely hard to draw blood on a chin, and definitely not something you would want done as a routine check up.

      As mentioned, there are no vaccines. If there were broken bones, trust me, you would know by your chinchilla's behavior. Dragging them to the vet for a check up, exposing them to the outdoors, to strange animals, loud noises, strangers, heat, etc. is not going to benefit your chin. Most experienced chinchilla owners take their chins in on an as needed basis.

      Now, if your chin gets sick do you need to take it to the vet? Absolutely. ALL animals should have veterinary care if and when it's needed. Large mammals need various shots each year or every other year, and most vets prefer to do a check up before administering them. That is not the case with most caged exotics, specifically rodents. I have 300 chinchillas. I have never taken a single one in for a routine check up and I never will. If there is a problem, we are at the vet immediately, but not just as a routine visit.

      You are going to be your chin's best source of health information. Know your chin and you'll know when he needs to go to the vet. A few things for a check list:
      1) Is his weight stable?
      2) Is he eating normally?
      3) Is he drinking? If you can't tell, mark the water bottle with a piece of tape each night, to make sure the water level goes down.
      4) Does he appear to strain when he is urinating?
      5) What does his poop look like? Is it firm but not hard? Is it soft and smooshy? Does it have mucous on it? Is it brown or black?
      6) Are his eyes, chin, front paws, chest wet? Does he paw at his mouth constantly? Does he refuse to eat his pellets or appear to have trouble eating them?
      7) Is he energetic, active, bright eyed? Does he appear at all lethargic or withdrawn? Is there any change in his behavior?
      8) Have you checked for a hair ring (if you have a male)?

      Those are the routine things that I look for in my chins when doing chores each night and when I bring them out of the cage to give them a once over each week. I know my chins. I know when one is off it's feed, acting strange, and just generally not being it's usual self.

      As far as cost wise, that's pretty much impossible to answer. I would be willing to bet that any vet care I am able to get where I am located is a lot less expensive than vet treatments on the extreme east or west coast. It's just going to depend on where you're located, what needs done, etc. For instance, I know a friend paid 00.00 to have a C-section and spay on a female. Here, even with an emergency call at 1 a.m., the C-section, spay, and 3 day stay was 0.00.

      If you have more questions about chins and want accurate, reliable answers, please visit http://www.chins-n-hedgies.com You need to be 14 to join, due to COPPA regulations, but you can read through all the forums whether you join or not.

  21. QUESTION:
    Am i hypo or hyper here are my T4 and TSH levels?
    READ THIS INFORMATION PLEASE!
    Im 17 female I started having hair loss which didn t stop for 6-7 months I started takin sum vitamin tablets nothing improved so I went to the doctor and took some blood tests it came back I had hyperthyroidism that time my TSH was 6.5 and T4 was 15.5.. the doctor then told me theres nothing you can do about that you ll be fine, I went to another doctor he said I had hypothyroidism and put me on 25mg thyroxine and 100mg iron tablets to help with my hair loss. I went back to get my blood tests done again after a month my levels went up now my TSH was 7.5 and T4 was 18.4 I was confused why they had gone up also why the levels were both abnormal neither making me hyper or hypo I asked him why was that he said ill have to ask my endocrinologist I m on the waiting list at the moment.. im so confused whats wrong with me and yeah my hair loss hasn t stop but has improved which I think is cause of my iron tablets and some vitamin tablets im taking what am I hyper or hypo? Or do you think I have been diagnosed wrong which I think so to! since none of this thyroids problem run in my family neither mum or dad only diabetes.

    ALSO for more symptons i have got fast heartbeat and shortness of breath also i got a goitre i got a scan done, but its not painfull or sore just feel uncomfortable when i swallow (sometimes)..

    what should I do? Or does anyone have a idea what other problem I could have since im young and im on medication and im young so I don t want anything else to happen since I might be taking the wrong medicine!! :(
    THANKYOU to everyone who i answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see an endocrinologist.

      I am an endocrinologist with a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics for work on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid-peripheral tissues axis. It would be unreasonable to expect most physicians to have the expertise that I have in thyroid, but, unfortunately, most know only what I call the "cereal box" version.

      In spite of what you were told, a low TSH does not indicate hyperthyroidism. Yes, hyperthyroidism is a possible cause, but it is hardly the only one.

      TSH can also be low due to recent hyperthyroidism, despite current hypothyroidism. This is commonly seen in the early phases of a common self-limited condition known as subacute thyroiditis.

      TSH, T3, free T3, T4, and free T4 are often affected in poorly predicted ways during non thyroidal illness, such as infections, trauma or surgery, caloric restriction, and even depression. By the way, most of what "everyone knows" about the patterns of thyroid function tests is correct for rats, but not true for humans.

      From your symptoms, I suspect that you have true hypothyroidism and that this has been going on for longer than the roughly one month that this pattern of laboratory results could be seen in subacute thyroiditis. That tells me that you most likely have "central" hypothyroidism, meaning that there is an abnormality in your pituitary gland or hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls the pituitary).
      http://www.doctorslounge.com/endocrinology/forums/backup/topic-11677.html

  22. QUESTION:
    Anyone with degus. no one seems to have a clue. Even the so-called experts?
    Any idea why my degu is taking fur off his brother's back? he is quite bald but doesn't seem bothered. Emailed degutopia but got no response after two weeks of waiting.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm my rabbits do this but they're both females and are making nests? I guess your guys aren't doing that!
      Here's some sights to help you :)

      This ones particularly good >>> http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f12/degu-hair-loss-bald-spot-45339.html

      http://www.erodent.co.uk/DeguInfo.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    black hair care question? ?
    i am a black female with hair problems. I have a perm( have had one since i was in middle school), and over the pass few month, my hair has been falling out and thinning.... and my side are almost bald. Istopped using gel and started going to shop to just get a wash and conditioner
    i need to find some good hair products to grow my hair . right now i am using "do -grow".please help me

    • ANSWER:
      It could be genetic (hair loss and hair growth are both based on genetics) or maybe something you're doing (or not doing) to your hair. Are you using heat? Heat can damage the hair and actually permanently damage your hair and make it break off. Are you correctly putting in your perms? This is very important, because if you don't know what you're doing then your hair can fall out. I let my sister put a perm in my hair and my hair literally went from just above shoulder length to above my ears in one weak, since then I have resolved to only let licensed beauticians put a perm in my hair. Also, are you taking care of your hair? Keep it moisturized, washed, and combed? Are you using braids or weaves? These can cause your hair to fall out, especially if the braids are too tight or if the braids and weaves are left in for too long. Harshly brushing your hair can cause it to break too, so be careful with that. I could never keep a bang because my hair kept falling out in the front, and it took me years to realize that the way I brushed my hair and the type of brush I used is what caused my hair to break, and this is after doing research. Now, I comb my hair forward in the front to avoid contact with my front hairline and I brush very gently in that area, but only if I need to. Also, look up female-pattern baldness (can't remember the scientific name) to see what can cause hair loss.

      To facilitate hair growth you can massage your scalp every day to get the blood circulating, keep your scalp as clean as possible because clogged pores can hamper hair growth, and keep your hair well moisturized because dry, brittle hair can cause breakage. Also, join some hair care forums for support and recommendations for products and hair regimens.

      My suggestion is to ask your hairstylist what you need to do to get your hair healthy again. If it's genetics or a health reason, and even some medication can make your hair fall out, then you might have to buy some growth treatments. Also, if you can afford to, start letting a professional put in your perm to see if that changes anything.

      I recently got all the perm cut out of my hair to go back natural because my hair kept breaking off, my perms burned my scalp badly, and I was too lazy to give my perm the TLC it needed to be healthy.

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    if masterbation is goog please flow this thing?
    Masturbation: It is NOT healthy for you, contrary to popular belief!

    Please note, this article is based primarily upon my opinion and also various real life findings (e.g. emails from concerned readers, various forums and sites). Therefore I don t have any scientific research to back these claims, however, the symptoms that occur to many are consistently recurrent. Remember, we don t only have physical health to look after, we also have spiritual health which we need to tend to just as much! Most things in life have a benefit as well as some disadvantages. In some cases, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, and in other cases the opposite is true; this is my opinion on this topic.

    Yes, that s right, I have chosen to write about a topic which is commonly perceived as taboo, though I know many will be intrigued and curious to read the information presented and learn the negative consequence of such an abhorrent practice.
    So why am I writing this article?Well, mainly due to the fact that many uninformed individuals (no names) like to elucidate their opinions freely and willingly on this subject with very little to no knowledge whatsoever!
    I have come across countless articles and opinions stating how masturbation is a healthy practice , the more I saw these false comments, the more I felt the need to correct this misconception!
    If you don t know what masturbation is, well then I m very surprised.
    Simply put, your having sex with yourself or more explicitly, with your hand!
    Want a more concise explanation, pick up an encyclopedia or do a google search.
    This is inherently against the natural disposition of man, don t worry I m not going to give a sermon!
    I have read in the past how masturbation can be more addictive than heroin, now that is serous!
    You can get your fix whenever and just about wherever!
    You release the same chemical which makes you feel good when you take heroin (i.e. opioids), though in a lesser amount. (see this article: Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack?)
    So what are the common effects of masturbation you ask?
    Here s a small list (though not an exhaustive one):
    Fatigue
    Lower back pain
    Thinning hair/hair loss
    Weak erection
    Premature ejaculation
    Groin/testicular pain
    Concentration and memory problems
    Sleep problems
    This doesn t mean that one shall experience all of these effects, though they are very common.
    Did you know that every time you ejaculate, you lose approximately 3-5mg of zinc, that s nearly a third of your RDA.
    Zinc is one of the main minerals responsible for testosterone production, therefore less zinc, less testosterone etc.
    I know some clever person out there is surmising that the same effects should occur when one has sexual intercourse, right?
    Sorry to disappoint!
    Apparently, when a man has sexual intercourse with a female, certain trace minerals and prostaglandins are absorbed from the female vaginal secretions which balance this effect!
    Do you really want to be a one-minute man and look like an idiot when you are with your partner?
    I thought not.
    I advise those who masturbate regularly, to stop!
    Eat some Oysters (very high in Zinc) and plenty of fruit and vegetables.Fast, for fasting diminishes one s sexual desires, unless of course you can get married or something and keep busy, For idle hands make work for !
    Please don t believe the fallacy that these so-called experts proclaim!Masturbation is not healthy and is quite detrimental to put it mildly!

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    trying to train my pitbull puppy?
    Hi all, I'm 17 and i bought my first pitbull about a week and a half ago. She's 10 weeks old and 10 pounds, blue nose APBT female. She's had some skin problems that we've taken her to the vet for(minor infection/hair loss).

    I'd really like to know if i'm training her correctly and feeding her right.
    I don't go to school until 4, but i'm doing online schooling during the day so shes with me pretty much all the time. i take her out every hour, and feed her 3 times a day. (purina puppy chow)
    We have an outside pen that i put her in at about 11pm and get her out at about 6am.
    Is there anything else i should be doing with her? i let her socialize with our other dogs during the day, i'm trying to make her a good mannered dog. any tips?
    1. i'm 17 so that corn filled puppy chow is the best i can do for her.
    2. I'm in a rural area with no people around me in humid florida, so she's just fine.
    No need to be self rightous
    Thank you to the people who gave me honest tips.
    And to the other shit for brains, the "baby" sleeps in a giant pen for an outside dog, not a small inside pen. idiots.

    • ANSWER:
      You can definitely get her on a better food which will almost certainly help out with skin and any other health issues.You can find ratings on food here- http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

      The pup should be inside at night,in a crate if you so choose.When the pup is more mature and independent,keeping it outside will be an option.

      Blue nose means nothing,it's just color and does not need to be used as a descriptive.It's just an APBT.Nose and/or coat color don't make them a separate type or breed,it's not a bloodline,etc.

      This forum should help you along the way with any questions you may have.
      http://www.pitbull-chat.com/forums.php

  26. QUESTION:
    I'm Balding And I'm Only 15!?
    What am i supposed to do? I've been dealing with hair loss since I was 10 or so and now it seems like its only getting worse. I've worn wigs n i stopped because my hair grew and I put in a weave but now my hair has broke off anymore. This brings down my selfesteem like 100 bars and now i dont even want to leave the house, every time i look in the mirror i want to cry. Someone help me please what do i do?!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have a lot of breakage from damaged hair, rather than female hairloss, either way, you can still go and see a hair doctor about it.

      Make sure you're not leaving your weave in too long and make sure you take care of your hair while it's in the weave because you don't want it to become dry and matted because this will make it fall out. You should go back to the wigs because the reason your hair grew in the wigs is because you stopped putting stress on it from daily styling so you were able to retain more length than you normally would.

      I'm assuming you're black, but I don't really know,. Blacks have the most fragil hair out of all the races and it EASILY breaks off. You have to be careful with how you manage your hair and you can't hashly - style it, comb and brush it, or pull it. Doing this things harshly will break off your hair. If you have chemicals in your hair (relaxer perm, curly perm, color, etc) then the chemicals could be breaking off your hair. Some people will put a relaxer in their hair and find that the chemicals are too harsh for their hair. It also thins out the hair over time.

      To regrow your hair you have to change the way you handle you hair: cut down on daily styling by wearing protective styles like wigs, weaves, buns and braids (make sure the braids aren't too tight). This will help you grow your hair longer because you don't have to style your hair daily, and the buns protect it from the harsh weather. If you look around on the Internet then you'll find many people with long hair will "hide the length" by putting it in a bun or hiding it under a wig because that's how they keep their hair healthy and growing. Cold weather can dry out the ends and break off the hair, long hair can also tanlges when it's kept loose, and tangles can lead to breakage, and these types of protective styles keep them from having to comb/brush/use heat on their hair because these things can cause it to break. If you use heat then don't use it on a regular basis because heat damage can break off the hair. If you do use heat then make sure you use a good heat protector.

      I'm sorry that your hair is breaking off, and I know you're young and don't want to always wear a wig or weave and want to show off your hair's length, but just realize that when you do you risk damaging your hair in the process. I'm not saying you should never show your real hair, but you shouldn't do it every day. I used to work with a girl who always had her hair in a bun, and then one day she shows up with hair that's waist length, well, it didn't get that long by her wearing it loose all the time, but because she protected it from the weather and from it getting caught in her clothes and breaking off.

      Good luck. Here are some websites for you that will help you learn how to properly care for your hair so you can have minimum breakage, unfortunately, there is a lot of MISinformation regarding proper hair care for blacks, so you might have throw away everything that you previously thought was true in order to learn better ways of taking care of your hair. Unfortunately, this misinformation/myths has led to many blacks not obtaining long hair.

      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.longhaircareforum.com
      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://www.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.nappturality.com

  27. QUESTION:
    Winstrol effects on women?
    I would like to hear from females who have taken Winstrol or someone who knows a woman who has taken it. Im reading several articles and 50% of them say to not use it because it will give you irreversible side effects (deepened voice, hair loss, facial hair, and enlarged clitoris). The other 50% are saying because this does not give androgenic effects so 9 times out of 10 you will not these side effects.....so which is it??? I know it most likely depends on how much you are taking and for how long and It obviously depends on the person, but i would like to know your personal experiences. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Obviously I'm not a women, but I'm a bodybuilder, and I know a lot of bodybuilder female.
      Winstrol is one of the most famous steroid for women. The oral winstrol is tolerant for women, I would not suggest the injectable. To be honest, I would said never do it. Women only need low dosage, so the idea of injectable should be out. Also drinking the injectable is possible but not a good idea either.
      Your wonder on the side effects are based on the dosage! And my guess is that the 50% who told you about side effects did some injection. For oral the dosage would be around 5 to 10mg a day max for a women. Also Winstrol as a moderately androgenic, always keep in mind that virilization symptoms, might still be possible. Of course it's oral so you will need a liver support as well.

      Steroids have side effects in women use and in teens use. It can be use safely for adult male.

      I suggest you to join a forum and to discuss more about it with female bodybuilder.

  28. QUESTION:
    Ladies, is a bald man sexy or not?
    Damn it I'm 21 and going bald. The proof is in my pic. My Facebook pic, it's in my profile on here. At least tell me there is hope.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey bud!!

      I am sorry you are going through this. By the way, the poster named "Truth" on here is a guy. I always hate when idiots ask stupid questions like that in relation to this question. IT"S NOT THE SAME YOU IDIOTS WHO DON"T KNOW!! Male baldness and female baldness are different in that male is way more common. So don't bring you're female baldness into a male baldness question/post forum!!!!

      Now, man don't worry, try not to worry. You must realize that you are who you are and that is how God intends you to be, meaning you are the way you are now for a reason. You are loved by God/Universe and in your innermost being you are loved and you belong. Unfortunately alot of people with less intelligence don't seem to understand the such a basic matter and they complicated it with their own agenda or alterior motive. Those people who are ignorant and who are apathetic to you about your issue, don't deserve to be given the time of day unless they are willing to see things on the right wave length!! You don't need to worry. Bottom line is, as long as you have a good character, you carry yourself well and no matter how you look, you show confidence and show others that you are happy with how you are. Plus if you have a nice face and eyes, then PROBLEM SOLVED on the physical level completely!! Thats really all you really need to establish attraction.Show a nice smile from your heart, and just make eye contact, and also good health is important too, and hygien offcourse. SO if you have all that, hair loss is A NONE ISSUE, and thats a fact, because at that point, if people bitch about it, it then is THEIR issue (aren't I right ladies!?!?!?!!!??!!) , and the ladies know that. The REAL women that truly have themselves together spiritually, emotionally, mentally etc will understand this and I trust will be wise enough and intuitive enough to see you for your real worth. You are a jewel inside, as we all are. Just read what I wrote, and ask the ladies, they will essentially agree with what I am saying to the "T"!! Again, there may be some confused cases out there, but we can just pray that they come around and see you and honor and respect you and ANY MAN, for the way ALL OF US deserve to be seen, loved, respected and honored. This is also not up for debate because I am telling you FACTS, and TRUTH. So many people say nonsense by just thinking or being bias or thinking only about themselves. The information here, I promise is what you may say the "Standard" facts. It's as standard as 2 +2 = 4. Obviously if someone says 2 + 2 = 5 , lol you know that they are wrong. So trust what I say. Real ladies, who have their lives together both in their minds and hearts and outside will see you for the special man you are. Those that don't are simply going through their own stage of difficulty whatever it may be. But Man don't worry. Very few ladies would actually reject a bald man, I mean Preference, sure thats one thing, but to make it into a requirement, very few ladies are at that low of a stage when it comes to something like this. Just go with your heart!!! Best of luck to you friend!!!!

  29. QUESTION:
    Wellbutrin And Hair Loss?
    I've been suffering from depression and my doctor prescribed me Wellbutrin, and it worked great! However, I've been on it for about 3 months and I noticed my hair was becoming wiry, thin, and balding spots were appearing. To me, giving a depressed male or female something that makes them lose their hair would only make depression worse, so I'm beyond pissed that I had to find out first hand.

    What I want to know is, if I stop, will my hair start coming back or am I screwed over now? I'm almost 20 and I'm going bald when the rest of my family has full heads of hair. This is seriously messed up.

    • ANSWER:
      I know of many people who have taken this drug and all have experienced the exact same effects. They all say that the drug itself is great for your mood, but within a few months you lose your hair and have skin problems. Some have had their hair start growing back withing a few months, I have heard of a B vitamin called Biotin that stmulates hair growth also. The only thing is that almost all anti depressants contain the same component that causes hair loss. The best thng to do is to visit a dermalologist and maybe they can recommend somehthing else.

      Here are a few websites where people with the same problem have posted comments and stories.

      http://www.medications.com/se/wellbutrin/hair-loss
      http://www.depressionforums.org/forums/Wellbutrin-Acne-hair-Loss-Why-Chem-t16947.html

  30. QUESTION:
    Mouse fur problems? Is it mites?
    Okay, so my female mouse's coat has a few bald patches...like little spots where her fur's been pulled out. She does live with her daughters.
    She did have a scratching moment and developed a scab on her ear from scratching,but I'm not sure if it's mites.

    Where can mites be found? Straw, hay?
    Could it be something else?

    Many thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can be from mites. Other causes of scratching/fur loss besides parasites are: allergies (food or bedding), barbering and OCD. TFM does a nice job of discussing these in detail along with treatment at the link below:

      http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/hair-loss.cfm

      Yes, again, regarding straw and hay being a possible source for mites. In fact, hay is the number one carrier of them. Details from TFM below:

      http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/cleaning-bedding-smell.cfm#Hay

      My does got mites from Aspen bedding. TFM has instructions on how to safely bake or freeze bedding prior to use to kill any parasites at the first link above under the section titled, "Transmission of Parasites and Reducing the Risk".

      I am sorry your mouse has a problem. If it is mites, in addition to being treated with medicine such as Ivermectin and scrubbing the cage and all accessories, you need to toss all wood products as eggs are laid in there. Also, all of your mice will require treatment so I have concern for your bubs. The RatGuide discusses no treatment should be given to rat bubs as they will get it through nursing after the mother is treated. They also discuss that it is not safe to give to a doe who has not been nursing for at least two weeks. Obviously your exotic vet will know if this holds true for mice and what is safe, but I shall include the link to the RatGuide along with a thread on treating young mice OVER the age of weaning for reference:

      http://ratguide.com/meds/anti-infectives/ivermectin.php

      http://forum.thefunmouse.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15490&p=137458&hilit=ivermectin+babies+mites#p137458

  31. QUESTION:
    My body measurements- am i chubbie?
    -my hair is at my lower back
    -i am about 165 tall and my meaurements are
    37''-26''-38'' bust-waist-top of hipps

    is there a site where you put in your measurements and a cartoon shows what do you look like/your body??

    • ANSWER:
      I remember seeing a site ages ago that you could input your size and it made a little picture of you. I am pretty sure it was a website with something to do about dieting. Now that I think more about it...I reckon it was actually on a weight-loss forum. It was while ago and I have no way of finding it again other than embarking on an internet search.

      PS...I think you are perfect just the size you are...nice hips , tiny waist and nice bust...perfect hourgalss female shape.

  32. QUESTION:
    evolution?
    have you ever noticed that old men often have large ears and noses, my sister says this is because it carries on growing. also why do men lose hair and women dont? what is the reason for this? and when we evolved how come we lost hair is some places but kept it in other places, just wondered what determined us to lose our fur
    mari j: when did i say we evolved from monkeys? if your gonna answer atleast read the question x

    • ANSWER:
      Large ears and noses could as easily be because flesh has diminished or sagged away leaving the appearance of increased prominence. Meanwhile gravity is pulling on the cartilage in noses and ears giving the appearance of growth. Another suggestion could be small eared people die young ; )

      For male hair loss I would ask what else does this gene do. Very often genes are expressed in several ways. The cells they are expressed in influence how they act within the body. This can lead to more than one phenotype. This is pleiotropy. One example of pleiotropic expression is thought to connect why blue eyed white cats are deaf. White allele suppresses all melanin production giving a white coat and blue eyes. Unfortunately melanocytes are in the ear so their suppression interrupts the normal neural signal from the ear lleaving the cat deaf.
      http://ib.berkeley.edu/courses/ib162/Week3a.htm
      Since the x chromosome carries the gene I would look to see what function it has in females. Then the hair loss is just collateral expression in males.
      Why did the hair recede. Look at the book 'The Descent of Woman', by Elaine Morgan for an amusing rebuttal to Desmond Morris's 'Descent of Man'. He says men went hunting she says women went swimming.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A730531
      http://www.riverapes.com/
      http://users.ugent.be/~mvaneech/Morgan.html
      Ian Tattersall has said "There are all kinds of notions as to the advantage of hair loss, but they are all just-so stories."

      Some link the development of sweat glands led to the loss of hair.
      http://www.bio.net/bionet/mm/mol-evol/1996-November/005012.html
      Others link it to skin parasites based on the divergence of hair lice from clothing lice
      http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/human-evolution/dn3807-early-humans-lost-hair-to-beat-bugs.html
      Is there fossil evidence of hair recession?
      http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/punbb/viewtopic.php?pid=1405
      "thermoregulation hypotheses suggest it happened about 1.7 million years ago" while "clothes lice seem to have diverged from head lice 107,000 years ago "
      Some think that the rise in skin pigmentaion was the cause not the result of hair loss.
      Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways.
      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/966532/posts

      'New Look at Human Evolution' by editors of Scientific American specifically addresses this question.

      http://discovermagazine.com/1993/nov/thenakedandthebi317
      http://www.scienceforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=352849

      There are lots of theories.

  33. QUESTION:
    As a female in her 20's, what can I do about this bald spot?
    To briefly explain, I had all kinds of physical problems that was bothering me for months which prompted me to see my doctor. After past assessments and test results (positive for ANA), my doctor suspected I may have lupus, but must take a 2nd test to confirm (lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). I still have to take the 2nd test this week since I had to wait abt. a month to take one.

    So just a few minutes ago I was on my laptop and just happened to feel the back of my head. Strangely enough I felt that part of my scalp was somewhat numb, rubbery and smooth. Feeling that alone gave me the chills, so I decided to take a picture of it straight away.

    When I looked into my camera, I was shocked to find I had a bald spot the size of a penny near the top of my head. When I zoomed in, I noticed there are some very short stubs of hair but abt. 50% of that bald spot had nothing growing on it.

    It might help to know that I've suffered from quite bad dandruff since I was 12, but I could actually control it and can still control it. Luckily the spot cannot be seen at all since the top of my head is very much full of hair and that covers it. It's only visible when I move hair out of the way with my fingers.

    I'm wondering... will my hair ever grow back, particularly if the bald spot is caused by systemic lupus? What can I do about it? Should I start taking folic acid or hair/nails supplements? I'm so depressed abt. this, please help me...thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      There's not a lot you can do about it unfortunately. Are you able to cover it up with your hair?

      Hair loss is definitely found in Lupus patients. But try not to worry, millions of people have a positive ANA, but most of them don't have Lupus.

      You need to ask your doctor about it next time you go.

      There are many online support groups that will be able to help you further. This one has a section for those who aren't yet diagnosed- www.thelupussite.com/forum/index.php
      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=81
      http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Lupus/support-group

      Good luck,

      I hope you're able to find the cause of your symptoms soon.

      ....

  34. QUESTION:
    Im having problems growing my hair out :(?
    So my long term goal is to have dreadlocks, but my hair is growing abnormally slow. I look at all these videos of guys having their afros grown out to 3 or so inches in almost a years time, and ive grown mine out for six months and its barely even an inch. On top of that my dads Male Pattern Baldness has started to kick in, so i've been taking Rogaine. I also started putting Cocunut oil and Jojoba oil in my hair daily for 3 months. All i can say is, Help... :(

    • ANSWER:
      Erm, the average hair growth is 1/2 inch per month. This equals to 6 inches per year. If you only have 1 inch after 6 months then I'm thinking you're dealing with extreme breakage, and not extreme slow growth. Your hair is always growing from the scalp, no matter what. What makes it SEEM like your hair is growing slow is constant breakage. Breakage happens on the ends. One way to see that your hair is growing from the scalp is to dye your hair and watch the roots grow in. When you see dark roots and your hair still hasn't gotten longer then that's when you know it's breakage.

      I think you're focusing on the wrong thing. It's not growth from the scalp. It's breakage from the ends. Think about it. How can your hair get longer if it's constantly breaking off at the ends? Find a way to keep breakage to a minimum and you'll start seeing longer hair (it'll seem like your hair is growing faster but it's not. It's the fact that your hair isn't breaking off so you're keeping more hair on your head).

      Find out what you're doing wrong to your hair that's making it break off the way it is. What I do to retain my growth (keep my hair from breaking off) is I don't do much to it. I keep everything simple. I only comb my hair when it has lots of conditioner in it because that makes it easier to comb with very little hair loss. Be very gentle when you're combing and brushing your hair. Don't wear tight hairstyles like braids or ponytails because that contributes to breakage. Don't comb your hair everyday. Afro hair doesn't need to be combed every single day. Every morning I get my hair wet, add a leave-in conditioner, shake, put on a head band, and go. I don't go anywhere near a comb or brush. I only comb my hair once a week to detangle it. I don't wear any intricate or cutesy hiarstyles. It's sounds boring, but guess what? I went from having 1/2 inch of hair after I cut it (I'm a girl, btw) to having hair that was 2 inches past my shoulder within 15 months. Funny that the people who laughed at how short my hair was when I cut it were looking stupid when my hair was longer than theirs 15 months later. :D I went a whole year with very little to no breakage. Then I got lazy with it, haha.

      My point is that less is better. The less you do to your hair the quicker you'll see longer hair. I suggest you join or at least visit some hair forums. Sure, most members are females, but think about it. They're doing what you want to do - grow longer hair. So take their advice and you'll be well on your way to having hair that even girls will envy! haha, seriously, I'm always stunned and surprised when I see men with hair better than mine! and there ain't nothing wrong with it. :)

      Keep putting the oil in your hair. It might make it stronger. You can also do hot oil treatments with olive oil. Olive oil is natural, too, and will naturally strengthen your hair.

  35. QUESTION:
    What might a cat that eats a ton, gains no weight, and is losing hair be afflicted with?
    So my friend recently introduced me to his home, and frankly, it's a mess. However, it is being cleaned by us, and is doing much better. He has 5 cats that he has taken in off the street, "saving them". :) He leaves food bowls ALL OVER the place, and the cats obviously eat, and never gain ANY weight. They don't look like skeletons, but with the constant supply of food, (and constant intake) shouldn't they gain some weight? He has never taken them to a vet. I am going to convince him to take them all to a vet, but I would like to know more about what the cats may have before I ask him. He wants to adopt them out, but I don't want to give someone a problem kitty.

    I have only seen 4 of the 5 cats, but I'll describe their afflictions as best as I can.
    The first cat rubs her eyes on furniture a lot, and has bald marks the areas going from her eyes to her ears, as well as little fur around her mouth. Other than that, healthy weight and very happy personality.
    The second cat seems very healthy, albeit no weight gain from constant eating. Friendly/social.
    The third cat is losing hair all along his shoulders-to-tail areas. He isn't bald, but he loses hair in bunches. Skinny. He's the one I'm more concerned about. Friendly all the time though.
    The fourth cat I haven't seen yet, but she is apparently a recluse from what I've observed. I think she's been throwing up.
    The fifth cat looks like a perfect cat. Very friendly. Healthy weight. Just concerned that she may get what the others have.

    Also, he and I have handled the cats, are we at risk of catching anything? And I have touched my dog, could I have infected her? I think then cats may have a worm of some sort, but my knowledge of felines is rather limited.

    (PLEASE don't spam this with "0h my g0sh! Cat hoarder!" type comments. He genuinely cares for his cats, and I would like to know how I can best assist him. Constructive comments welcomed.)

    • ANSWER:
      It was kind of your friend to take the cats in from the street.. Now, having assumed responsibility, he needs to get them to the vet to get them healthy & spayed/ neutered. ( If he adopts them out he can charge an adoption fee to at least offset the vet bills and make copies of vet records for adopters.) So I REALLY hope you are able to convince your friend to take them and help make sure that gets done.

      It might (hopefully) be that a combination of internal and external parasites are responsible for everything. that is going on & those can be eliminated. The friendly skinniest cat might just have a worse case than the others have (so far) . The hair loss could either be from external parasites (mites, or fleas + a flea allergy reaction ) or ringworm ( not a real worm, it is a fungus.) or from lack of nutrition due to the internal parasites. Or there could be some other condition that is preventing them from getting nutrition from the food.

      Re the female vomiting - - there are so many reasons why cats vomit that there's no way to know why. The vet will want to know more details about when / how often and what the vomit looks like. You can try giving her half a Pepcid AC (famotidine) sort of smushed inside a piece of cheese.

      I would first take in the friendly skinny tom who is so underweight and is losing his hair, since his condition sounds the most worrying.

      But these cats ALL need to get a basic physical exam, fecal sample checked for internal parasites, treated for parasites, vaccinated, tested for FIV and FeLV (not uncommon in stray cats), scanned for microchips in case any are lost pets, and spay/ neuter surgeries scheduled for ASAP (as soon as the vet determines they are healthy enough)

      Just finding out what ONE cat has is not really enough, especially if these cats were not already living together. They may each have some different parasites or disease -- and of course could be infecting each other.

      The vet stuff needs to happen within the next week or two and preferably this week get at least some of them in, both for the sake of their health and because if they're not already "fixed" he may soon have 10 or 15 MORE cats that will need vet work & homes!!! So he needs to act quickly to stop this from getting overwhelming. It sounds like he may need the help of you and other friends. and he might be able to hook up with an established rescue group too that could at least give some advice.

      Get the queens spayed first. The reason is that toms could still be fertile up to 45 days post-op, but once the queens no longer have ovaries and uteri , they won't be having kittens.
      If you are in the US, here is a good database of low cost spay/ neuter clinics. Many of them do low cost vaccinations too and some do other things like FeLV & FIV tests.They might not cover everything that needs done but if not might be able to refer to somewhere else. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/

      Then all the cats should get on a monthly parasite prevention medicine from the vet, probably something like Revolution that is for fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworm and heartworm.

      It would be a very good idea to try to hook up with some established rescue group in the area. At the least they might have good advice. And they might be able to hook your friend up with a local vet who does some things for their rescue at reduced cost. They might also let him list the cats for adoption on their group's website, Petfinder.com listings etc.
      You can search on Petfinder for animal welfare groups in the area, by zip code. The search is right under the box where you search for a pet. Petfinder also has a forum he or you could join to get advice from experienced rescuers.

      I don't know the circumstances of how he found / took in these cats, but (especially since some are so friendly) is it possible some of them may have homes and were just lost? It would be a good idea to have the vet and/ or a shelter that has a universal microchip reader, to check for microchips. And put "found" posters up and list them with his local animal control as found.

      re contagion:
      If the cats have ringworm that is very contagious to cats humans and dogs. (Ringworm is not a real worm, it's a fungus and causes hair loss, often starting in circle shapes which is the reason for the "ring" in the name.)
      Fleas can obviously bite you and your dog too.
      Some kinds of internal parasites could be spread , but you would have to actually consume feces/ so when you are cleaning litterboxes just follow proper hygiene and wash your hands afterward.
      Neither you nor your dog could catch feline leukemia or FIV.

  36. QUESTION:
    Female Hairloss..... Experience, suggestions, treatment that WORKS to regrow hair????!!!!?!?!?
    I'm a white 21 y/o female. I've had fine, straight hair my whole life, and in the past couple years its been progressively thinning out. I've seen a dermatologist several times, and he's said that it's probably alopecia. He recommended Rogaine but I've read a lot of bad reviews on it (like if you stop taking it all your hair falls out, or you can be allergic and have worse hair loss from just one treatment!?!?), so I've been too scared to try it. My hair is noticeably thinned out on my crown and above my temples.....
    So much so that the only way I wear my hair is with a little puff up top (thank god that's in style at least) or else if I just leave it parted I look sickly.

    SO....
    ANY advice? Experiences? Forums/websites that might be helpful? And please Please let there be somebody who knows of something that will actually work to help regrow my hair or at least keep what I have. I can't afford surgery/laser treatments.
    If this gets much worse I'm just going to ask for wigs for christmas this year....
    Thank you for the advice all. I take a multivitamin, biotin, vit. E, and B complex daily. I've been taking the biotin and vit. E for maybe a year or so, but haven't seen any effect other than my nails grow insanely and are super hard (which is awesome). I'm going to go explore the ethnic hair isle tomorrow and try to find that balm, and I'll be trying the olive oil. I use John Freida shampoo, but I'm thinking I might need to shell out for Biolage(sp?) or something higher end that my barber recommends. I've never thought of wrapping my hair at night, but it does make sense that it would help keep it from breaking.

    Does anybody know anything about Rogaine though? Should I just avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to sally beauty supply and buy wild growth hair oil in a green and white bottle it works WONDERS!!Also, deep condition your hair and apply coconut oil and olive oil regularly and massage into the scalp for 15 minutes to stimulate growth.And go to the ethnic hair care isle ( i know your not ethnic but w.e) and there should be something in a brown box called Dr.Miracles nape and crown regrowth balm, these things in combination should really help you regrow your hair .Take biotin tablets they make your hair grow faster and wrap your hair in a silk or satin bonnet at night to control breakage =] i hope i helped.

  37. QUESTION:
    hello doctors?
    im suffering from male pattern baldness so i tried using minodixil 2% but there was not effect can i try using 5% or any other treatment.
    add details
    im 21 yrs female suffering from poly cystic ovaries.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be able to try another treatment such as the Rogaine for Women.

      Also, ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels to see how that's doing because women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome are also prone to having problems with their thyroid. Thyroid issues can also create problems with hair loss like the male pattern baldness.

      I also have the link to a site that may help you find even more information. The link is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health (there are doctors on that site as well)

  38. QUESTION:
    Is my new mouse sick?
    Yesterday i just bought two female mice. Only when i opened the little cardboard box they come in i found that one of the mice's eye is shut. Now i was wondering if it has lost an eye or if it has discharge in it. My parents keep telling me i should take it back, but i feel sorry for the little guy. I need to know if this will have any affect on the other mouse, or if it will shorten its life expectancy. By the way they are called Daisy and Angel.
    Also there is no discharge or anything, its just shut completely. Apart from that its behaviour is normal, it is active and happy, eating and drinking normally.

    • ANSWER:
      Some rodents have allergies to certain bedding so it is possible she had a reaction to whatever the store had her on. This can cause excess fluid in the eye that may make the eye appear stuck. If you have her on the same bedding the store used, it might help to try a paper-based one such as CareFresh Ultra (or whatever the UK carries similar). Rodents can also have food allergies which may cause problems to the eye. TFM is a mouse forum that discusses symptoms of bedding and food allergies. Following is the link:

      http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/hair-loss.cfm
      (Please note: your little one need not have all of the symptoms for an allergy.)

      It is also possible a piece of debris such as bedding got into her eye or as suggested she might have had a small injury to it. You can gently wipe the eye with a moistened cloth to see if that opens it up and even rinse it with a saline solution. The latter would wash out any debris that might have gotten in there. It is good she does not have goo around her eye which might indicate a respiratory problem. Even better that she is active and eating properly because respiratory issues often make the rodents lethargic with no appetite.

      I am giving you a site with details on possible reasons for eye problems. Although the site is for hamsters, the information applies to mice and other rodents, too. The link follows:

      http://www.hammysworld.com/index.php?p=stickyeyes

      In the States many of the pet stores have on-site exotic vets. I am unsure of the policy in the UK, but I would imagine it is much the same. As such, it would be the store's responsibility to treat your mouse at no charge since you just got her. Keep this in mind in case the eye does not improve or appears infected as she may require medicine such as antibiotic eye drops and/or oral antibiotics.

      TFM also has an active/current forum where you can post this Q, too. The link is below:

      http://forum.thefunmouse.com/index.php

      I am with you to keep the mouse if it is nothing serious. It would be very hard to return a mouse you already started to care, and that you gave such adorable names to. (Daisy was my daughter's first mouse's name so I am especially partial to that one. Although she is now a rat person, I have 11 mice of my own so we are still a mouse house.)

  39. QUESTION:
    Has my cat developed an allergy?
    My cat, Snuggles, is a spayed female Siamese of about six years of age. Before recently, she has displayed only one possible symptom of allergy: (although it is a symptom for many other things, as well) vomiting. However, mere vomiting is far from conclusive; half of the time, it was simply regurgitated hair, and another large percentage of the time, it was due to over-eating (my kitty can be a bit of a piglet, but I have cut back the food available to her). Only a few times has her vomiting been due to illness, and these times were given away by other problems (diarrhea, lethargy, hiding, and, in one case, inability to vocalize). At these times I would, of course, take my cat to the vet, so the problems never grew too dire... but now, I am at a loss.

    About four or five days ago, my cat started to vomit up something different from little chunks of hair or large quantities of undigested food; it was a brown-green, rank-smelling substance that seemed to be comprised mostly of bile and partially digested food. This was a big tip-off for me that something might be wrong; however, cats can catch stomach viruses, too, so the vomiting alone did not provide probable cause to take her to the vet. Then I began to notice her eyes... specifically, her left eye.

    Ordinarily, my cat's eyes are remarkably free of "sleepies", "eye buggers", "ocular buildup", or whatever else one chooses to call that sticky substance that can sometimes build up around the eyes. Now, however, I notice that her left eye often has a grey-ish green and moist buildup around the corners and even sometimes on the rim. It waters almost constantly, and she often prefers to either squint it or hold it closed. I am almost positive that this problem developed three days ago, but I am not sure what it could mean. She has not vomited again since four or five days ago, but the oroblem with her eye persists. From what I could see when I held her eye open and examined it, there was no foreign object that I could see. There was also no redness in the eye, which might indicate that a foreign object lodged somewhere that I couldn't see. However, the rim of her eye, which is usually of a brownish tint, was decidedly pink, especially when compared to her right eye, which has so far displayed none of the symptoms of the left.

    I began to wonder about allergies, as I have experienced allergies in cats before; however, Snuggles has had no localized or generalized itching of any sort. She has not lost patches of fur, developed hives, or had any diarrhea. With only the evidence of that once case of vomiting and the one watery eye, I cannot conclude with any certainty that it is allergies that are troubling her.

    So I ask you, the Yahoo! community... has my cat developed (probably an airborne, possibly a food) allergy? Or is there, perhaps, another condition that could cause her eye to become so irritated? Do cats get diseases along the lines of pink eye? And also... do you feel that I should make a trip to the vet? I like to err on the side of caution with such things, but unfortunately, I don't control the money in this household, so I cannot just take her myself. I have to be able to present a strong case with evidence that the cat NEEDS medical treatment.

    I will continue to watch my cat, and post any additional information should other symptoms arise. I realize that this is no substitute for professional veterinary advice, but such a large pool of knowledge certainly helps. Thank you for your assitance!
    ~The Tigress

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not too sure, but try posting your question on this cat site under health issues, there are many people on there to help- http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/

  40. QUESTION:
    My male guinea pig is itching in one spot often and has some discharge around his eyes, Should i be concerned?
    I am devoted owner of a male guinea pig who is 7 months old on March 15, 2009. I adopted him at 3 months and he has been my center of attention since I laid eyes on him. Recently I noticed that he itches in a certain spot a few times a day. And he has a few specks on crust around his eyes. He is a very clean little boy. He washes himself often and is always active, vocal, and loving. His behavior hasn't really changed. He hasn't been sitting in his hammock as much but prefers his hut. I know he is not very happy with me since I gave him a bath with a conditioning shampoo for guinea pigs. I haven't seen him itching but his eyes are still concerning me. His eyes are clear but every so often he has some discharge. He isn't acting different his appetite, wieght, activity, alertness, etc... is very healthy. Im very much a maturnal owner and worry about the smallest things with him. I am a college student and I am on a tight budget but have the money to take him to the vet but my family and friends think I would be waisting my money. Do these details sound concerning? I have called multiple vets to get the best prices/experienced vets. I don't think the costs are ridiculous, I find them pretty resonable. If it is nothing that will atleast put my mind at ease and if there is something wrong I can take care of it. Should I do this ASAP? Should I wait a few days or so and watch him closely for any other signs or symptoms? Or is this just normal for guinea pigs?

    I've owned 4 guinea pigs before him. 2 females. we bought them from a pet shop in a pair and my 1 girl was pregnant when we brought her home (unknown to us). Soon we had 4. she gave birth to 2 males which we kept with the mother until older and then we seperated the males from the females. I just don't know if im over reacting because this is my baby who I rescued on a whim because he was alone in a cage because the other piggies ganged up on him. His ears are torn from the fights. This little guy has more meaning to me then the others (as terrible as that sounds) mainly because he is mine and my responsibility and no one elses, which the others where pets I had as a kid and shared with my siblings.

    I truely am a devoted owner. Please send me your opinions on what I should do? Please be kind. Im not looking for critism.

    • ANSWER:
      No criticism here. It sounds like you are a very good pet owner and love your piggie very much.

      As I'm sure you are aware, guinea pigs will hide illness until they are too sick to hide it any longer. If you are not vigilant (its sounds like you are though), it is very easy to miss signs of illness. You have to know what to be looking for.

      Crusty eyes are usually a sign of upper respiratory infection. However, you should also note that guinea pigs have a cleaning fluid that is discharged from the eye. It is white and is wiped over the head and facial areas with the forearms. Its kind of like built-in soap.

      Did you dry him thoroughly after his bath and keep him out of any drafts? If yes, you did good. If not, he may have become chilled which can set him up for URI.
      http://www.guinealynx.info/uri.html

      You didn't say where the "spot" was that was causing him to scratch. This could be due to a patch of dry skin, or perhaps the soap from his bath didn't get all the way out of his coat & its causing him to itch. Keep an eye on the area & if you see any skin irritation or hair loss, he will need to be treated for mites or fungal infection.

      YOU know your piggie better than anyone here on this forum, so if you are in doubt, find a good exotics vet and find out for sure. Personally, if its just a few specks of crust, I'd keep a real close watch on him. If there are ANY other symptoms, I'd get him to a vet.
      http://www.guinealynx.info/normal.html

      Hope all turns out well for you & your little guy.

  41. QUESTION:
    Has this happended to your rat? please try and at least help me, this is so hard for me. pictures included.?
    I have a rat that is 2 and a half years old, female, pure white, red eyes.

    There is something wrong with my rat, i have been researching it for days but i cant figure out what is wrong. I can't take her to the vet, i have been beging my mum but she said that we cant afford it (my dog just passed away and it was a big bill to get him cremated). So now its up to me to try and help her out, so i thought i would ask you guys as you may have had a rat with similar problems.

    She started loosing hair on her feet and around her eyes (about a month or 2 ago). i got her treated for mites with a spray brought from the pet shop.. and it didn't work.

    she was still losing hair from around her eyes and underneath her arms and legs. i brought another spray for mites from the pet shop and again it didn't work.

    she still was loosing hair off her face (her face is now complete bald and so is underneath her arms and legs and on the tops of her feet) her hair on her back is also thining.

    i rang the vet and they said that she has mites, so i got this special cream for mites that would deffs get rid of them, and it didn't work, so i am guessing that she doesn't have mites.

    she is still active, but i can see that her condition is now affecting her. (she is still eating and drinking).

    how can i help her? is it good to nurse her for hours (she has always felt comfortable to sleep on me since she was a baby) or just to leave her alone in her cadge all day in peace.

    or is there something i can do to make her better?

    http://s293.photobucket.com/albums/mm58/bum_fish/?action=view&current=01112010_007.jpg&newest=1

    (copy and paste)
    i thought that she may have a respiratory infection she has the signs such as eye discharge and often sneezing but this still doesn't explain her hair loss!
    reply: revilsion is the cream that the vet told me to get.. it cost me 50 bucks and didn't work, i cant use any more on her tho other wise i will hurt her from over dose :(

    • ANSWER:
      Poor baby! She looks awful!
      Those pet shop sprays arent worth it- they just dont work- so im not surprised that they didn't work!
      The stuff that the vet prescribed should be good, but then again, not all vets specialise in the little animals, and may not know the best products to use.
      I use topical cat treatments for my small pets. Not all of them are safe for use, but Revolution should be ok, and there are a couple of others that you can use. You just need to lower the dose according to how much your rat weighs- compare it to how much the product is designed for, and reduce it accordingly. You should be able to buy a single treatment from your local vet- much cheaper than paying for a consult if it works.
      However- you still might have to pay for a consult if it doesnt. Many vets put the price of small animial consults down to encourage owners to take their pets to the vet- try finding one of these vets that specialises in small animals.
      You should look for some pet, rodent, or rat forums to join sign up with for some good advice from other rat lovers. I am on http://australianratforum.com its a nice site, and you dont have to be an Aussie to sign up. We are majorly jealous of overseas people who are able to have different coloured rats, and Dumbos!
      Some other forum members might have a better idea at what this is, and how best to treat it.

      It is very possible that she does have a respitory infection- which would explain the sneezing. This can be managed with antibiotics- but youre right- it doesnt explain the hair loss.
      Does she act like she is in pain with it? Does she itch alot? Is her skin in those areas quite warm? I guess the other possibility is that she could be a patchwork variety of rat, and that her hair is 'normal' for her- but usually these rats have hair that comes and goes- the same can go for double rex rats- but she looks like she has a standard coat...

  42. QUESTION:
    Going Grey at 23 yrs, is this rare?
    I'm a 23 yr old female and I've just noticed that I'm getting grey hair like crazy. I'd say for every 20 normal hairs i have 1 grey. All over my head. My parents didn't go grey until their late 30's. I used to dye the heck out of my hair (ex- bleach blonde to black 2 times in less than 2 years). I used to smoke too. Could this have played a role in that? I'm just noticing now. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't rare and don't forget that genetic issues often skip a generation or two.

      Here is a terrific site for information in which the author explains that the lack of catylase (or catalase) an enzyme which breaks down hydrogen peroxide is the culprit:
      http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22260/72816-black-white-going-gray

      It is also interesting to note that like most leaves in the fall returning to their natural color, our hair color is originally white with melanin adding the color.

      In our family it is a common female trait. Grandmother, mother, sisters, daughter (the great granddaughter)

      While stress may cause you to lose your hair, it may or may not contribute to it reverting. Vitamin B deficiency may also contribute to "premature" graying as well as some conditions. Virtiligo which causes white spots on the skin may also be a cause of gray/white hair.

      In the near future there will be products/meds which may be able to remove that excess hydrogen peroxide.

      Here's an interesting site - just ignore the pop-up:
      http://www.regrowth.com/hairloss-forums/viewthread.cfm?f=1&t=23291

      The question you might have is whether the massive use of hydrogen peroxide to be a beach blonde created an excessive amount of hp in your system and thereby caused the graying. It appears possible but not too likely so please don't be angry at yourself. It may just be a coincidence.

      And smoking has been linked to graying hair but I wonder if it isn't more related to which came first, the smoking or the stress?

      It may not just the loss of catalase but also the loss of melanin and tyrosinase.
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223131123.htm

      Read the links and keep checking for new developments. You could try some recommended supplements that you'll come across in the links. Just remember that some breakdown in the intestinal tract before ever getting a chance to be productive.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is reunion with a natural father just as important as with finding a natural mother?
    We talk a lot here about reunions and relationships with natural mother's. Some, but not a lot, is mentioned about natural father's. I'm asking if the desire to connect or bond with the natural father is just as strong as with the nmom. This is open to all adoptees but particularly those that are female with circumstances where the nfather vanished from the nmom's life.
    I don't mean to exclude male adoptees at all. I'd be interested in your answer as well.

    • ANSWER:
      For me personally no, and I do believe this would be the majority of adoptees also.
      The connection , the primal wound is with the mother, she bore you, carried you around for 9mths, there is a major connection there hence the *loss* that adoptees feel, you breathed her, you knew her voice, you connected to her very essence whilst inside her...
      And yes the need to find ones birth father is also important to me and probably most adoptees, but sometimes you have to focus all your energy into a area you know that is mos important to you...
      I have been looking on an off for a *man* that was a naval man on a particular ship around a certain time in a certain place by putting up messages on the particular naval forums and other areas etc, a man that I have no name or any other details of except he was tall and had black hair!.

      But then a few weeks ago I received NEW information, the rest of my file that i didn't get 10 years ago and turns out there was actually a possibility of 2 men , but the other one was dismissed as being the father by the place handling the adoption after they placed their eyes on me...

      So you see quite probably I have been on a wild goose chase for 10 years ...

      Finding my biological father would be like finding a needle in a haystack..so my energy is on the reunion with my mother and family

  44. QUESTION:
    How long does the bleeding last when on the depo shot?
    This is my 2nd time getting the Depo Provera shot, and after one day of having sex with my husband I go to the restroom and find blood on my panty liner, it was heavier than spotting, but it wasn't as heavy as a period, but as the days went by I still started to bleed and it was still heavy not extremely heavy but enough to know, that it's more than spotting. This has never happened before when I first got the Depo Shot, and I''ve read some forums where some females experience bleeding a little more than spotting when on the shot or birth control, but how long does this usually last? Has anyone experienced this before?

    It's already been about 3 days since me and my husband had sex and I would really like to know when this ends! We do have needs lol and between work, the baby, and house cleaning...yeah married women know what I mean right? HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      What are the Side Effects of the Birth Control Shot

      Despite its effectiveness, there are a few side effects of the birth control shot that one should be aware of before trying this method. The major side effect of Depo Provera is that there is an irreversible loss of bone density which may increase the risk of osteoporosis in women. Also about 70% women using the birth control shot have noticed increase in their weight by 5 to 10 pounds. Irregular, heavy or no menstrual periods is another birth control shot side effect which occurs due to prolonged use of injections. However, the woman may start having her normal menstruation once she stops using the birth control shot. Apart from these ill effects, as the body undergoes hormonal changes, the woman may notice some other side effects as well, like:
      Heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding
      No protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV/AIDS
      Headaches
      Mood swings
      Nervousness
      Breast tenderness
      Acne
      Severe depression
      Hair loss
      Low sex drive
      Infertility
      The birth control shot is a useful prevention method for those women who experience the side effects of birth control pills like vomiting, blood clots, abdominal pain, etc. However, a woman can stop using Depo Provera any time when she wants to conceive but it usually takes a period of 6 to 10 months to regain complete fertility. Also, the side effects subside on their own without causing any severe harm but they may take over 6 months after the last shot of Depo Provera to vanish completely. Drinking lots of water and juices, eating organic vegetables and fruits, and exercising regularly can help you regain fertility rapidly and also combat these side effects.

  45. QUESTION:
    Advice/Tips/Help on Fleas!!!?
    I've been at war with fleas for about 2 months now, I'll catch you up, my neighbor had a kitten that hung around my house which had fleas, my pets (1 cat, 1 dog) have never had fleas. Welp, now we do. I am boderline OCD, so I clean, clean, clean every day as it is. I wash my pets bedding once a day everyday, I move furniture and vaccum everyday, baseboards, couches, chairs, mattress, boxspring, hard surfaces and carpeting. I mop all hard surfaces and religiously clean my bathroom. Now on to the pets, I bathe my dog once a week, every week, sometimes I use Oatmeal based shampoo with Flea killer in it, other times I use Dawn soap, so give his skin a break from chemicals, I spray him down with Adams Flea and Tick plus with IGR in it (its for both cats & dogs, I know thew rules on using dog products on cats). I follow the same regmine with my cat. Although I've used Hartz drops on my cat, didnt do a DAMN thing, useless product with horrible reviews. I can gurantee I've checked every forum and site about fleas. I also had an exterminator come in a spray my house, I think he was a jackass basically, didnt know much about what he was talking about, even though its his job, I felt I was informing HIM about fleas, anyways, I brushed his idiocity off, and relied on the spray to do the job, which I'm thining now, that also didnt work. I am at a loss guys. I'm thinking of trying Borax or earth grade DE, I've also heard sprinking salt on the carpets works too, probally not a good idea, my dog is nicknamed 'licky monster' so I'm sure he'll go to town on the carpets, defeating the purpose. I'm literally going NUTS. I'll be moving in a few weeks to a new place, I'm going to repeat all these process before we move, and also, when all of our furniture is in the truck, I am going to 'bomb' it before we move our things into our new home. I can say my husband is.. cheap, to put it lightly, he refuses to spend 50 or more dollars for drops from the vets, per animal, which will top things at over 200 dollars in flea prevention to date. PLEASE, anyone, offer me some advice. Its getting to the point, where as much as I love my pets, I dont love thier fleas. If I cant help them, maybe someone else can...

    • ANSWER:
      basically you've done everything you can think of and it hasn't worked? its because your missing the way fleas work. understand the flea, understand the problem, deal with it. im a veterinary assistant so de fleeing pets and homes is part of my every day job, and in my experience there is only one way to get rid of fleas. email me if you want more help.

      fleas are (as you may know) holometabolous insects, going through the four life cycle stages of egg, larva, pupa, and imago (adult). like a butterfly- if you kill all the butterfly's there's still many more caterpillars, eggs and cocoons waiting to take over, unlike butterfly's, fleas cannot be chemically killed in the pupa stage.

      A typical flea population consists of 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae and 5% adults. Completion of the life cycle from egg to adult varies from two weeks to eight months depending on the temperature, humidity, food, and species. so your fumigator came in and killed 75% of the fleas and you bathed off 15% but the 10% your missing out with your routine are becoming more and more resistant to the chemicals your using every time you treat, basically you need to change tactics fast.

      Normally after a blood meal, the female flea lays about 45 to 50 eggs per day up to 600 in a lifetime usually on the host . Eggs are loosely laid in the hair coat, so most drop out anywhere especially where the host rests, sleeps or nests (rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, cat or boxes, your clothes, you carry them places like your car, etc.). Eggs hatch in two days to two weeks into larvae found indoors in floor cracks & crevices, along baseboards, under rug edges and in furniture, carpets or beds. vacuuming is great but the fleas in there stages thrive in the conditions of a vacuum so without killing them first its pointless

      Larvae are blind, avoid light, pass through three larval instars and take a week to several months to develop. Their food consists of digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, feathers, and other organic debris. (Larvae do not suck blood.) Pupa mature to adulthood within a silken cocoon woven by the larva to which pet hair, carpet fiber, dust, grass cuttings, and other debris sticks too.

      some adult fleas emerge after around 5 days but some remain resting in the cocoon for up to 1 year! (so unless your getting your fumigator in monthly its as pointless as bathing). until the detection of vibration (pet and people movement), pressure (host animal lying down on them), heat, noise, or carbon dioxide (meaning a potential blood source is near). Most fleas overwinter in the larval or pupal stage with survival and growth best during warm, moist winters and spring.

      Adult fleas cannot lay eggs without a blood meal, but may live for one year without feeding. now when the left over pupae become adults they cant feed off your pet without dying yes but they can lay afew eggs before they die, these eggs will lead to more resistant fleas and they can also feed off you. (In just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million fleas of different life stages.)

      put simply the fleas in all forms are mainly around your pet and not on them. but the fumigator came once and could potentially missed millions. not to mention bathing only kills those on your pet at the time.

      sprays are for lack of a better word crap! hartz is poison, powders don't work. adams is dangerous. flea baths (and dawn soap) is harmful to there skin and leaves them open to allergy's. in other words your doing it wrong

      this is my method and it has a 100% success rate
      try RAID flea bomb, its around 2 per can, off the internet and will cost you more from your vet use it once a week for the first month then once a month for the next year. alongside your normal vacuuming routine. along with this use frontline or advantage on your pets monthly (called advantix in some country's) ring your vet and ask which is the best for your area as some fleas have become more resistant to one of them depending on what other pet owners around are using. you can buy these in bulk off the internet and pet stores or in singular droppers from your vet. the cheap spot ons are dangerous and dont work so dont skimp on it. do it right the first time and the problem will be solved. also look into worming your pets as fleas often carry tapeworms and other pparasites

  46. QUESTION:
    Could the YAZ birth control doing this doing this?
    In the first month of taking YAZ I had brown spotting the whole month and then extreme headaches at the end of the month. Turns out the spotting is normal cause of the new hormones. The headache was because I had gotten strep throat... Although I have had strep throat before and it never caused severe headache and dizziness..
    then the second month my period was fine and the spotting stopped (WOOT) BUT I began to feel more moody than usual.. Also I seem to have no sexdrive... I want to but then I just lose interest during the act... now starting the third month I have cried at least twice a week. Once I begin being sexual I instantly lose interest... has anyone else experienced this??
    (forgot to mention some examples of my moodiness)

    This morning when I woke up both my dogs were sleeping in the bed with me. I looked down at my puppy archie and almost started crying cause I though he was so cute..

    I was at warped tour and my boyfriend wanted to go to one show alone so he could run around a be crazy. I went with three other girls. I over thought it and started thinking it was because it didn't wanna be near me... Then I almost starting crying... I didn't really even feel that upset by it??

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to refer you to the Yasmin Survivor's Forum for more info..

      I am also going to urge you to get off Yaz. The newer birth control pills that contain drospirenone (Yasmin, Yaz, and about 10 to 15 others under different names) are being investigated as we speak because women have died, almost died, and/or experienced severe and debilitating side effects. How do I know? I'm a Yasmin survivor. I was on it for over 6 years and was experiencing lots of strange side effects that no one could explain until I stumbled upon a female hair loss site where everyone kept talking about being on Yasmin and to check out the Yasmin Survivor's Forum. This was in March of this year. I visited the forum, and every symptom I've been dealing with for the entire time I was on the pill was listed there.. I immediately got off the pill. And now I haven't had a period in about 5 months and things are slowly going back to "normal" though some things are still the same.

      Whatever you decide, it's good to be educated about the medication and supplements you take and basically anything you put in or on your body. You cannot trust the FDA, for one..

      Please educate yourself. :) Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    HRT...what to expect?
    So I'm transgendered, mtf, and I'm going to start hormone therapy pretty soon. Of course, I have a thorough understanding of the basic physical changes, ubt what else can I expect? I'm a bit nervous about the whole thing and I'd really like to hear some individual experiences?

    Have any of you gone through what I'm about to? What will it be like?

    • ANSWER:
      What will hormones do?

      First, the following acronym applies:

      YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

      Hormones cause many changes. Physically:

      Some softening of facial features.
      Fat redistribution to a more female pattern (hips, butt)
      Breast development
      Loss of some upper body strength
      Drier, smoother skin
      Decrease is amount and thickness of body hair.
      Better hair on head.
      Some shrinkage in the genitals.

      Mentally:

      Change in sexual response.
      Subtle change in all the senses.
      Increased emotional lability.

      You might benefit from an online support forum such as:

      http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?s=d9d710721eeafeb1cac67574c60cf113&act=idx
      .

female hair loss forums

Female Hair Loss Lab Tests

Women always remained proud of their hair. It is considered a sign of beauty, femininity and youth in females. Baldness is less common in females than in men. But when females experience baldness and thinning of hair, the effect is much greater.
Common Causes of Female Hair Loss
It was previously considered that the causes of female baldness are the same as men, but research revealed that they are not same all the time. Females may experience baldness due to androgens hormones (androsteinedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)) but research showed that many women facing baldness and thinning of hair have normal levels of these hormones. Thats why the term female pattern hair loss is used to describe hair loss in women.
Besides hormones, other factors affecting hair health like nutrition, use of hair products, stress, and physical activity are essentially the same for men and women.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Here are some very useful tips to stop or slow down hair loss.
Exercise and stress: We all agree that stress is bad for the mind and body including hair. Coping with stress is a long topic in itself but here is the tip. Exercise is the best way to fight stress, without any side-effects, most other methods have.
Styling products: Styling products are usually harmful especially hair straightener and hair curling products. With numerous products in the market, government and other regulatory bodies are unable to safeguard people. So the responsibility rests upon the users themselves. Research thoroughly before using the products or consult a hair doctor for advice.
Stretching hair styles: Many women style their hair which stretch and pull hair (ponytails, plaits, corn-rows, tightly braiding). This is very dangerous and if this kind of hairstyle is used continuously, the stretched area can lose its hair.
Hair coloring: Coloring your hair can often cause your hair to become weak. Use coloring sparingly if necessary.
Hair Dryer: Try to avoid hair dryers and let them dry naturally. If the use of dryer is necessary, turn the heat to the minimum level.
Clean Hair with mild shampoo: Cleaning your hair is very important. Use Sulfate FREE shampoos to wash your hair.Alsolook for the pH value of shampoo. Our skin has a pH Value between 4.5 and 5.5. Use shampoo within the pH range of 4-7.
Female Hair Transplant
More than 90% of the men are good candidates for a hair transplant. This is not the case with women. For a transplant to be successful, a good amount of hair is needed in the donor area. These hairs are harvested from the donor area and transplanted into the affected area.
Men affected by male pattern baldness experience hair loss from the hairline and crown on their head. The other areas of their head remain less affected or even unaffected by baldness because they are resistant to hormones that create baldness. These resistant hairs are harvested and then transplanted into the affected area. When transplanted into the affected area, these hairs retain their properties and are less prone to hormonal destruction.
In contrast, females experience diffuse hair loss (an overall thinning of all hair on the head). Women do not have hormone resistant areas on the sides and back of the head. If these weak hairs are extracted from donor sites and transplanted into the affected sited, they are most likely to fall soon.
Second point which makes transplanting in women less feasible is need of volume. Men usually lose hair from their hairline and crown. They just need redistribution of hair to reform their hairline. Women however, do not lose their hairline. They lose the volume from all over the head. Hair transplant is of little help in this scenario.
Women are good candidates for a hair transplant in the following situations.
The hair loss has been occurred due to hairstyles which stretch the hair like ponytails, braiding tightly, and excessive use of hair clips.
Women who lost hair from a specific area due to injury or surgery.
Women experiencing baldness similar to male pattern baldness, thinning hairline, and crown.
The best way to know the suitability is to consult a qualified hair doctor or hair transplant surgeon so that you can be sure whether a transplant is appropriate for you and plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How are the airforce with females that have aleopicia and want to join the airforce active duty?
    My wife wanted to go to the airforce when she graduated high school then later on that year at the beginning of the next year she started noticing hair loss but she thought she was jus stressed but she started losin hair other places eye brows eye lashes her private area and under her arms but she still want to join how can she said this condition is annoying but she deals with it pretty well she really want to join is there people in the airforce with extreme hair loss or with alopicia areata anything can help thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      The hair loss itself is not a problem, though there are few bald women in the military. What may be an issue is the cause of the hairloss.

      Iron deficiency is reported as the leading medical cause. Another is mentally related where the person literally pulls hair from their scalp. Stress and hormones are others but these are usually correctable.

      Are there other people in the military (all services) with hair loss problems - you betcha though the majority are male. Women with the problem typically wear wigs and if lucky, have enough hair to make it appear to be trimmed short - depends on the extent.

      As far as enlisting, MEPs will determine if the cause is medical, mental, or hormonal. Hopefully she has seen a doctor (usually dermatologist), had lab tests, and now on a corrective therpy e.g. increased iron supplements.

      My wife started loses massive amounts of hair after our daughter was born. None of the dermatologists test identified a problem. After about 18 months, all the lost hair returned - obvious hormonal.

      Lieutenant Colonel, U S Marine Corps-Retired

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best hair loss treatment out there?
    I am 43 year old male and have thinning hair on top. What is the best treatment I can buy?

    • ANSWER:
      It is easier to prevent the aging and falling out of healthy hairs than to regrow hair in follicles that are already dormant. Finasteride (marketed in the U.S. as Propecia) and minoxidil (marketed in the U.S. as Rogaine, and some places as Regaine) have shown some success in partially reversing loss. In a one one-year study of finesteride, evaluation after one year showed five of 21 subjects (23.8%) had two-grade improvement in MNHS grade on a modified Norwood/Hamilton scale and 12 of 21 subjects (57.1%) had one-grade improvement; the others remained at the same grade.[6] However such treatments are generally ineffective at treating extreme cases of hair loss. [7]

      The prospective treatment of hair multiplication/hair cloning, which extracts self-replenishing follicle stem cells, multiplies them many times over in the lab, and microinjects them into the scalp, has been shown to work in mice, and is currently under development, expected by some scientists to be available to the public in 2009-2015. Subsequent versions of the treatment are expected by some scientists to be able to cause these follicle stem cells to simply signal the surrounding hair follicles to rejuvenate.*

      Topical application of ketoconazole, which is both an anti-fungal and a potent 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, is often used as a supplement to other approaches.

      Interestingly, placebo treatments in studies often have reasonable success rates, though not as high as the products being tested, and even similar side-effects as the products. For example, in Finasteride (propecia) studies, the percent of patients with any drug-related sexual adverse experience was 3.8% compared with 2.0% in the placebo group.[8]

      Regular aerobic exercise can help keep androgen levels naturally lower while maintaining overall health and lowering stress, though weight training may have a detrimental effect on hair by increasing testosterone levels.

      Stress reduction can be helpful in slowing hair loss.

      Immunosuppresants applied to the scalp have been shown to temporarily reverse hair loss, though the possibly lethal side effects of this treatment make it untenable.

      Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herbal DHT inhibitor often claimed to be cheaper and have fewer side effects than finesteride and dutasteride. Unlike other 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, Serenoa repens induces its effects without interfering with the cellular capacity to secrete PSA. [9] Saw palmetto extract has been demonstrated to inhibit both isoforms of 5-alpha-reductase unlike finesteride which only inhibits the (predominant) type 2 isoenzyme of 5-alpha-reductase. [10] [11] [12]

      Polygonum Multiflorum is a traditional Chinese cure for hair loss. Whether the plant itself is useful, the general safety and quality control of herbs imported from China can be questionable.

      Beta Sitosterol, which is a constituent in many seed oils, can help to treat BHP by lowering cholesterol. If used for this purpose, an extract is best. Consuming large amounts of oil to get at small quantities of beta sitosterol is likely to exacerbate male pattern baldness.

      Resveratrol, from grape skins, is a lipase inhibitor. By decreasing the body's ability to absorb fat through the intestine walls, it reduces the total fat and calorie content of a person's diet.

      While drastic, broad spectrum anti-androgens such as flutamide are sometimes used topically. Flutamide is potent enough to have a feminizing effect in men, including growth of the breasts.

      In March 2006, Curis announced that it had received the first preclinical milestone, a ,000,000 cash payment, in its hair growth program with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, a division of The Procter & Gamble Company. The program is focused on the potential development of a topical Hedgehog agonist for hair growth disorders, such as male pattern baldness and female hair loss.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you lose your hair months after childbirth? I am a 37 year old female and my hair is falling out like mad!?
    Not chunks but handful of hair everyday. I am afraid to wash or brush my hair..I have had tests done at the Dr. and everything is normal.

    • ANSWER:
      No everything is not normal,and you need a new doctor . The most common causes are thyroid imbalances, so get your lab results and see if your tsh is in the ideal range of .3 to 2. outside that you could be having hair loss.
      The other common or not so common cause is chemical poisoning.
      Polycystic ovarian problem
      trauma
      medications
      alopecia areata
      extreme diets
      and after child birth the changes can cause hair loss.
      You have to find a doctor who will find the cause of it, so you can then get treated. Find Dr House if you need to. See an experienced female doctor.
      the chinese treat alopecia itmonline.org read articles

  4. QUESTION:
    My 2 1/2 year old female black lab is losing hair on her chest any ideas of what it might be?
    The skin is not broken or sore she just seems to be loosing hair!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss is almost always hormonal or environmental in nature. Does she lay on her chest on hard surfaces all day? The hair could be worn away by that or my rubbing against a fence or harness as well. Hypothyroidism (lack of thyroid hormone) causes hair to grow back slowly or not at all - leaving bare and thin patches after a dog sheds as the hair just isn't replaced. The bet can do a simple blood test to determine her level of thyroid function and prescribe replacement hormone in pill form if that is the problem. A dog that is in heat, pregnant, or lactating may also show signs of hormonal imbalance by funny things happening to their hair.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is causing my 41/2 yr old female lab to have hair loss, she seems to be shedding a lot, and is licking.?
    she had this problem for the first time last summer. Took her to Vet and she was given antibiotic and it didn't seem to get any better, problem finally went away on its own. She seems miserable. What can I do

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like allergies or hot spots (also can be from allergies). Where is she licking, and where is she losing hair?

      I know I'm going to sound like a salesman but I think there's a product you might be interested in trying. My dog also has flea allergies and so she can't even have the topical monthly flea preventatives because those don't keep fleas from biting her. I use this Hot Spot Spray and spray it all over her coat daily, she's never had hot spots but last year I discovered that this spray was the only thing that worked to keep the fleas from jumping on her. I'd recommend trying it first before spending a load of money at the vet (who apparently is just going to prescribe antibiotics that they're not sure your dog even needs, HUGE pet peeve of mine), if your dog has a flea problem AND allergies then you'd be killing two birds with one stone. The tea tree oil in it is what keeps the fleas off, and it also has aloe and chamomile to soothe the skin.

      http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=veterinarian%27s%20best%20hot%20spot%20spray&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&cid=11132460814195976471&ei=6SsRTPPiK6jywAWhkPnGDw&sa=image&ved=0CAgQ8gIwADgA#p

      That's what it looks like, you can find it at pet stores like PetSmart and Petco. If you get it spray it ALL over your dog, first thing in the mornings before she goes out, paying special attention to the legs, underside and tail area (where fleas jump on).

      I personally wouldn't take her to the vet for allergies (if you do think that's what it might be). Vets do NOTHING for allergies, trust me I've been several times and all they do is prescribe an antibiotic (which BTW does nothing unless your dog *happens* to have a bacterial infection) or a steroid (which temporarily suppresses the immune system and therefore the allergic response, but then it comes back WORSE the next time). And, allergy testing is very expensive and not always accurate, I've been told this by vets after inquiring about it, so I think the best thing is to try and rule out possible allergens by trial and error.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone with pcos ever used a fertility monito and it work?
    Trying to find out if anyone has ever used a fertility monitor that has pcos?

    • ANSWER:
      INTRODUCTION:
      Polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized by anovulation (irregular or absent menstrual periods) and hyperandrogenism (elevated serum testosterone and androstenedione). Patients with this syndrome may complain of abnormal bleeding, infertility, obesity, excess hair growth, hair loss and acne. In addition to the clinical and hormonal changes associated with this condition, vaginal ultrasound shows enlarged ovaries with an increased number of small (6-10mm) follicles around the periphery (Polycystic Appearing Ovaries or PAO). While ultrasound reveals that polycystic appearing ovaries are commonly seen in up to 20% of women in the reproductive age range, PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a estimated to affect about half as many or approximately 6-10% of women. The condition appears to have a genetic component and those effected often have both male and female relatives with adult-onset diabetes, obesity, elevated blood triglycerides, high blood pressure and female relatives with infertility, hirsutism and menstrual problems.

      HYPERINSULIN & PCOS?
      As of yet, we do not understand why one woman who demonstrates polycystic appearing ovaries on ultrasound has regular menstrual cycles and no signs of excess androgens while another develops PCOS. One of the major biochemical features of polycystic ovary syndrome is insulin resistance accompanied by compensatory hyperinsulinemia (elevated fasting blood insulin levels). There is increasing data that hyperinsulinemia produces the hyperandrogenism of polycystic ovary syndrome by increasing ovarian androgen production, particularly testosterone and by decreasing the serum sex hormone binding globulin concentration. The high levels of androgenic hormones interfere with the pituitary ovarian axis, leading to increased LH levels, anovulation, amenorrhea, recurrent pregnancy loss, and infertility. Hyperinsulinemia has also been associated high blood pressure and increased clot formation and appears to be a major risk factor for the development of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      There is little agreement when it comes to how PCOS is diagnosed. Most physicians will consider this diagnosis after making sure you do not have other conditions such as Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal gland), thyroid problems, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or increased prolactin production by the pituitary gland. TSH, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, prolactin and a dexamethasone suppression test may be advisable. After reviewing your medical history, your physicians will determine which tests are necessary. If you have irregular or absent menstrual periods, clues from the physical exam will be considered next. Your height and weight will be noted along with any increase facial or body hair or loss of scalp hair, acne and acanthosis nigricans (a discoloration of the skin under the arms, breasts and in the groin). Elevated androgen levels (male hormones), DHEAS or testosterone help make the diagnosis. A two hour insulin and glucose tolerance test will be obtained. Many physicians tell their patients that insulin values are normal, when in fact the value indicates that insulin may be playing a role in stimulating the development of PCOS. Most labs report levels less than 25-30 miu/ml as normal, while in fact, levels over 10miu/ml on a fasting blood sample suggests that PCOS may be related to hyperinsulinism. As women with polycystic ovary syndrome may be a greater risk for other medical conditions, testing for cardiovascular risk factors such as blood lipids, homocysteine, CRP and PAI-1 (a blood factor that promotes abnormal clotting) will also be carried out.

      NEWER METHODS OF TREATMENT
      Traditional treatments have been difficult, expensive and have limited success when used alone. Infertility treatments include weight loss diets, ovulation medications (clomiphene,letrozole, Follistim, Gonal-F), ovarian drilling surgery and IVF. Other symptoms have been managed by anti-androgen medication (birth control pills, spironolactone, flutamide or finasteride).

      Ovarian drilling can be performed at the time of laparoscopy. A laser fibre or electrosurgical needle is used to puncture the ovary 10-12 times. This treatment results in a dramatic lowering of male hormones within days. Studies have shown that up to 80% will benefit from such treatment. Many who failed to ovulate with letrozole or metformin therapy will respond when rechallenged with these medications after ovarian drilling. Interestingly, women in these studies who are smokers, rarely responded to the drilling procedure. Side effects are rare, but may result in adhesion formation or ovarian failure if the procedure is performed by an inexperienced surgeon.

      For women in the reproductive age range, polycystic ovary syndrome is a serious, common cause of infertility, because of the endocrine abnormalities which accompany elevated insulin levels. There is increasing evidence that this endocrine abnormality can be reversed by treatment with widely available standard medications which are leading medicines used in this country for the treatment of adult onset diabetes, metformin (Glucophage 500 or 850 mg three times per day or 1000mg twice daily with meals), pioglitazone (Actos 15-30 mg once a day), rosiglitazone (Avandia 4-8 mg once daily) or a combination of these medications. These medications have been shown to reverse the endocrine abnormalities seen with polycystic ovary syndrome within two or three months. They can result in decreased hair loss, diminished facial and body hair growth, normalization of elevated blood pressure, regulation or menses, weight loss, reduction in cardiovascular risk factors, normal fertility, and a reduced risk of miscarriage. We have seen pregnancies result in less than two months in woman who conceived in their very first ovulatory menstrual cycle. By six months over 90% of women treated with insulin-lowering agents, diet and exercise will resume regular menses.

      The medical literature suggests that the endocrinopathy in most patients with polycystic ovary syndrome can be resolved with insulin lowering therapy. This is clinically very important because the therapy reduces hirsutism, obesity, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, elevated blood clotting factors and facilitates reestablishment of the normal pituitary ovarian cycle, thus often allowing resumption of normal ovulatory cycles and pregnancy. We know the polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke because of the associated heart attack and stroke risk factors, hypertension, obesity, hyperandrogenism, hypertriglyceridemia, and these are to a large degree resolved by therapy with these medications.

      ARE THESE MEDICATIONS SAFE?
      Side effects are rare. Although metformin, rosiglitazone and pioglitazone lower elevated blood sugar levels in diabetics, when given to nondiabetic patients, they only lower insulin levels. Blood sugar levels will not change. In fact, episodes of "hypoglycemic attacks" appear to be reduced.

      METFORMIN (Glucophage):
      When first starting this medication, people will often experience upset stomach or diarrhea which usually resolves after the first week. This side effect can be minimized by taking metformin with a meal and starting with a low dose. I recommend that our patients start with one 500 mg pill daily the first week and increase to twice a day during the second week. If after the second week GI side effects are minimal, the dose is increased to 850 mg twice daily. Surprisingly, we have found that the extended release version, Glucophage XR seems to be associated with less weight loss as compared to the generic preparation. Patients with reduced renal function (creatinine >1.5 or creatinine clearance 30%) risk of miscarriage. Dr. Glueck notes similar increased risk of miscarriage following metformin therapy. He notes that the risk of miscarriage is increased in those patients with a prior history of miscarriage, those with high LH, high androgen levels, hyperinsulinemia or elevated PAI-Fx. Initial findings in a non-ramdomized trial suggest a decreased risk of miscarriage if metformin is continued throughout the pregnancy. At present there is insufficient data to routinely advise continuation of metformin during pregnancy. As an alternative to continuing metformin therapy, those women with increased risk of abnormal blood clotting may benefit from baby aspirin, folate supplementation and low dose heparin therapy. Pregnancy loss is a troubling concern. This information is provided to enable you work with your ob/gyn physician to make an informed decision about your care.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to take Thyroid Booster supplement?
    Hi,

    Would a Thyroid Booster supplement exhaust my thyroid instead of getting my TSH to normal levels ?

    I have a slightly high TSH hormon its 3.5 where normal range is [1.0 - 3.0]. And my T4 and T3 are in really normal levels.

    I'm kind of feeling not ok, my hair is falling and i have no energy.

    My doctor did not prescribe in thing to me and said it's a sub clinical case.

    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Taking thyroid booster supplements if they contain iodine can really screw up your thyroid and actually make your condition worse and even throw you into full blown Hypothyroidism. Unless your thyroid condition is from an iodine deficiency then taking a thyroid booster with iodine in it is a bad idea. Most thyroid problems in developed countries now days are not from an iodine deficiency, but instead from an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto s Thyroiditis (underactive thyroid) or another auto-immune disease called Grave s Disease (overactive thyroid). You also need to be careful with some herbs as they can mess up your thyroid as well. Stay away from soy (tofu, soy protein, edamame soy beans, etc.) because soy is a known thyroid killer and if you are on thyroid medication it blocks your body from absorbing and using thyroid medication. Most over-the-counter thyroid boosters don t work. It s like taking vitamins to cure a serious medical disease that needs a prescription medication. What you really need is to get a doctor that will treat your Subclinical Hypothyroidism with the right medication at the correct dosage. So either work on your doctor (print and take this to him) or find yourself another doctor like through the doctor locator link I have provided here.

      With Subclinical Hypothyroidism the pituitary gland, which is in charge of regulating the thyroid gland, produces extra amounts of TSH to stimulate the thyroid to maintain a normal circulating level of thyroid hormones. With "Subclinical Hypothyroidism" you technically are not Hypothyroid (thyroid hormone levels are normal); your pituitary is working hard at keeping your thyroid hormone levels within the normal range. In a significant number of patients, the TSH levels must climb in order to continue to stimulate the thyroid gland. Eventually, over the course of months to years, the thyroid gland no longer responds. At this point, "Subclinical Hypothyroidism" turns into overt Hypothyroidism.

      The problem with doctors not treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism is that it makes the situation worse in the long run. If treated early before your lab tests show you are in full blown Hypothyroidism, you will circumnavigate many of the horrible complications with Hypothyroidism like weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, memory loss, mood swings, depression, respiratory problems, sinus infections, anemia, glaucoma, kidney problems, headaches, joint pain and stiffness, infertility (if you are female), Thyroid Lymphoma and Myxedema Coma. I had Subclinical Hypothyroidism and my doctor decided not to treat it. Well, I just got sicker and sicker until it became full blown Hashimoto s Thyroiditis (an auto-immune hypothyroid disease). As a result of my doctor refusing to treat me early on when I was Subclinical, I ended up with all kinds of lasting medical problems and now I am very sick and almost disabled. It made me fat; I have chronic memory problems, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, glaucoma, sleep apnea, infertility, chronic pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, several hospitalizations and two major surgeries to save my life. I ve had a thyroid problem for over 55 years and have done tons of research on the subject. Warning: having a thyroid problem is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Ignoring it can lead to serious secondary medical conditions that can affect your heart and brain and eventually lead to a rare but very serious condition called Myxedema Coma, a life-threatening situation that kills.

      Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the proper prescription medication to treat Subclinical Hypothyroidism ASAP! You should be on a very low dose of either Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid or Wes-Throid like 60 mg (1 grain) to start out with and if you need a higher dose your doctor will slowly increase your medication as your body adjusts. Please print all this and take it to your doctor. If your doctor refuses to look at this or treat you for your Subclinical Hypothyroidism, please please please go to another doctor and keep going to doctors until you find one that will treat you. Subclinical Hypothyroidism is nothing to mess around with and is a serious condition that can KILL you!!!

      I suggest you find yourself a good "thyroid doctor" called an Endocrinologist. Here is a good Endocrinologist locator:

      http://www.armourthyroid.com/con_phLocat...

      I highly recommend you get the book, "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" by Mary J. Shomon. It is an easy book to read and you will learn a lot. In it Mary covers Subclinical Hypothyroidism. You may buy it cheap at Amazon.com for as little as .00 used.

      If and when you finally get on thyroid medication, make sure your doctor prescribes one of these: Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid or Wes-Throid. They are the best thyroid medications. I have been on al

  8. QUESTION:
    Whats a good shampoo & conditonr to strengthen hair and stop it from falling out?

    • ANSWER:
      HEAT & chemicals are hair's worst enemies. Hair products like shampoo, which are meant for cleaning, and conditioner to keep hair moisturized (until you wash them again) does NOTHING for the strength & growth of the hair. That's where good hair care comes in. When hair's falling out, the damaged had gone too far and it is too late to do anything about them.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness. Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      I've responded to many girls (guys now too) under 15 experiencing in hair loss since 2009, due to hair straightening, relaxers and hair dyes. Women 60-90 have those same symptoms but it took them years to get there. But for 15 & under, giving advice here? They can't predict the future of their hairs, until they're in their 30's, but 15 & under with hair loss? C'mon! I've responded 7 in 2 hours 9-3-10, (before school started) 4 in 1hour 3-5-11 alone. 3 in 1hr. 8-8-11, 6 in 15 mins. 11-10-11

      Playing with chemicals is not like playing with clothes, or doing a manicure, there are penalties for playing chemicals in the lab. Even hair color experts at the salon are not rocket scientists, they do a bang up dye jobs to their clients or their own hair.

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn t have to approve supplements no agency in the United States does. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11

  9. QUESTION:
    WARNING This is really VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ?
    Test results FSH,LH,PRL,TSH got today written below with normal female range.Please explain what does this mean?

    Follicle Stimulating Hormone FSH-7.8
    Female Range
    (Follicular phase-3.5 to 12.5)
    (Ovulatory phase-4.7 to 21.5)
    (Luteal phase-1.7 to 7.7)
    (Post menopause-25.8 to 134.8)

    Luteinizing Hormone LH-8.90
    Female Range
    (Follicular phase-2.4-12.6)
    (Ovulatory phase-14.0 to 95.6)
    (Luteal phase-1.0 to 11.4)
    (Post menopause-7.7 to 58.5)

    Prolactin PRL-10.3
    Female Range
    4.8-23.3

    TSH-4.20
    Female Range
    0.40-5.5

    • ANSWER:
      Your TSH--Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is NOT normal. Your lab is using the old normal values, the new normal values are 0.3 to 3.0.
      You have mild hypothyroidism. Some of the most common symptoms are:
      Fatigue
      Weakness
      Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
      Coarse, dry hair
      Dry, rough pale skin
      Hair loss
      Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
      Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
      Constipation
      Depression
      Irritability
      Memory loss
      Abnormal menstrual cycles
      Decreased libido

  10. QUESTION:
    Which of them works better for hair growth 1. Livon Hair Gain 2. Parachute Scalp Therapie 3. SESA hair Oil?
    I am suffering from mild hair loss and recently i have noticed a severe decrease in my Hair Volume. So I somehow want to increase my hair volume. I am a working person (25 years, female) and i really don't have time for household remedies. So please suggest me any one of the above option that can increase my hair volume, decrease hair loss and at the same time make my hair smooth and shiny. If you know any product better than them, please suggest.

    • ANSWER:
      Sesa hair oil is one of the most authentic herbal hair vitalizer, researched from house of ban labs ltd. Sesa oil is exclusively designed by treating time tested& trusted 18 hair nutritional herbs with milk followed by synergising the quality with 5 hair-conditioning oils. Sesa oil is enriched with essential pro-vitamins e& c with wheat germ protein thereby it will bless the healthier hair. And thus acts as a remedy to hair disorders like dandruff, premature graying& falling hair, splitting of hair, itchy scalp
      Sesa oil is a blend of various herbs that have medicinal properties and helps in improving the texture and melanin content of your hair. The oil is made by handpicked herbs that have been known for their amazing properties. The oil helps in providing the nourishment to the scalp. It contains essential nutrients and ingredients that not only increase the circulation of blood in the scalp but also helps in speeding up the hair growth.

      Sesa oil is better than other over the counter products because it does not contain any kind of chemical. It is purely a blend of herbal products that helps in reducing all hair and scalp related problems with its regular use.

      Apart from applying sesa oil regularly, it is essential that a person takes healthy diet and eat proper meals. All those people who usually feed themselves on junk food and unhealthy foods are not able to supply necessary fiber and nutrition to their body and thus suffer from the problems of hair loss and poor hair texture. Therefore it is important to eat healthy food and keep using sesa oil regularly to maintain your hair.

  11. QUESTION:
    Anemia and excessive hair loss?
    Hi, so ever since my early teens I've noticed i lose A LOT of hair. I have an iron defiency so i know that's most likely the cause. I probably lose at least fifty to seventy hairs after showering (about half are full strands) and maybe ninety to one hundred the rest of the day. So my question is, how much is too much? I'm not on iron supplements right now either.

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair loss is probably from a thyroid problem. Get a lab test done at your doctor's office and it will tell if it's from your thyroid. Especially if you are female. The doctor will give you a RX for pills and that should stop the hair loss.

  12. QUESTION:
    I really want to know the true effects of e, ecstasy, thizz, peezys, etc?
    seriously i have heard so many different rumors about how it affects your body, brain, etc and i want to know the real truth not some stupid rumor so can someone help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      Extacy, one of several club drugs appearing on the rave or all-night party scene, is increasingly becoming the drug of choice among teens.

      Not only is the extacy drug inexpensive, but teens do not associate a great deal of risk with this drug. However, this colorless, tasteless, and odorless drug that produces increased stamina and intoxicating highs is a silent but deadly menace. It can lead to long-lasting psychological and physical problems and it can even be lethal when used in excessive amounts.

      Clinically referred to as 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), extacy is known by several street names including "Adam," "X," and "XTC." Use of extacy has now spread to a wide range of settings and is no longer restricted to the club scene. In fact, more than 10 million people have tried MDMA at least once, according to the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

      Ecstasy s popularity is clearly linked to its reputation as a harmless party drug that lowers inhibitions, enhances sensations, and produces a relaxed, euphoric state. However, studies have shown that this sense of well-being comes at a great price. Ecstasy s effects on the brain can include depression, anxiety, paranoia, and severe neurological problems when used over a long period of time. Physical effects can include muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, kidney failure, and heart attack. Women are particularly threatened because of the high levels of female hormone estrogen, which prevents their bodies from coping with the water retention that occurs as extacy is absorbed into the system. Because extacy is mostly created in illegal labs, it is often mixed with other more harmful drugs, which can and do lead to serious health problems.

      While it is very hard to know if a friend or a child is using a club drug, there are some warning signs to look for:

      Memory problems
      Loss of coordination, dizziness, fainting
      Depression
      Confusion
      Sleep problems
      Chills or sweating
      Slurred speech.

      Data show that extacy can be an addictive drug for some users. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 43 percent of young adults and adolescents who reported extacy use met the accepted diagnostic criteria for dependence. Almost 60 percent of people who use extacy report withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed feelings, and trouble concentrating.

      Effects of Extacy Abuse
      Many problems users encounter with MDMA are similar to those found with the use of amphetamines and cocaine.

      Psychological difficulties, including confusion, depression, sleep problems,
      drug craving, severe anxiety, and paranoia during and sometimes weeks
      after taking MDMA (in some cases, psychotic episodes have been reported).

      If you have increased your monitoring of your child and you suspect that he or she may be using drugs or alcohol, it's time to have a conversation about substance abuse. In a caring, gentle way, let your child know that in your family you have a policy of no drug use. And know that you should have this conversation not just once in your child's life, but often. If you continue to spot the signs and symptoms of drug use, you may want to take test if your child to the doctor and ask him/her to screen for the use of illicit substances. This may involve a blood or urine drug test. It is also possible to screen your children in the privacy of your home with urine, saliva and hair home testing kits.

  13. QUESTION:
    If it's not polycystic ovary syndrome, what could it be...?
    I had labs done because I have hair growth on my face, and have had it since puberty. I am 25 now. They checked my white count, blood sugar, kidney function, liver function, thyroid, testosterone level, FSH(female sex hormone), LH(female sex hormone, and DHEA. Everything is normal and they are sending me to and endocrinologist. What would the endocrinologist test for that they didn't. What else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Did they do an ultrasound on your ovaries? If you dont have cysts it doesnt mean you dont have PCOS...
      There is so many things that come with pcos..

      What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
      Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 6-10% of all women. Women with PCOS experience an array of symptoms which are often found in different combinations from person to person. These symptoms include very irregular or absent periods (100%), large and cystic ovaries (95%), obesity (75%, excessive body hair growth or acne (70%) cholesterol and/or triglyceride abnormalities (70%), family history of hypertension, heart diseases, obesity and irregular periods (100%). Because women with PCOS usually experience significant ovulation problems, there is an increased difficulty in achieving pregnancy.

      Recent studies have demonstrated that PCOS is due to an underlying metabolic problem known as insulin resistance. When the body's muscles and fat tissues become resistant to insulin action, the pancreas produces increased amounts insulin, leading to high insulin levels. In a woman with PCOS, these high insulin levels can set into play a vicious cycle that makes weight loss extremely difficult. Because the high insulin levels tend to produce food cravings, particularly in the form of carbohydrates, the woman often finds herself in a state of Overnourishment. These high insulin levels also drive the ovary to produce high amounts of male hormones (androgens) leading to Ovarian Confusion. This unhealthy environment in the ovary causes follicles to literally die before they release mature eggs resulting in Ovulation Disruption.

      This vicious cycle of Overnourishment, Ovarian Confusion and Ovulation Disruption is taken very seriously by the staff of PCOStrategies, Inc. . Programming is designed to address the effects of metabolism and nutrition on the female reproductive system. Many women have experienced enhanced fertility and healthier pregnancies as a result of implementing lifestyle habits that lower insulin levels.

      Dr. Ronald Feinberg, Co-founder of PCOStrategies, Inc. . has developed an interesting new perspective on this condition. Order Dr. Feinberg's book today!

  14. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist, endocrinologist or a gynaecologist? or all of them?
    ive already seen my GP but he wasnt very helpful..i would like to go see a specialist but im not sure which one to choose..?

    about me
    -17 yr old female
    -5'2" & 110 lbs
    -severe hair loss, started 2 years ago (possibly androgenic?)
    -excess hair growth on legs, thighs, arms, stomach, facial hair
    -moderate acne
    -lab blood tests: testosterone levels normal, estrogen low normal range
    -family history of polycystic ovaries
    -otherwise in good health

    right now my main concern is the hair loss, im pretty sure its related to my hormones, who should i go see for this, plzz help

    thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      My first stop would be the endocrinology department. The majority of the symptoms you listed feel into that domain (hair pattern loss/growth, acne issues). They may determine at that point to refer you to your OB/GYN. The dermatologist would be the last stop as the acne could be a result from out of whack hormone /gland secretion levels.

  15. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist, endocrinologist or a gynaecologist? or all of them?
    i would like to go see a specialist but im not sure which one to choose..?

    about me
    -17 yr old female
    -5'2" & 110 lbs
    -severe hair loss, started 2 years ago (possibly androgenic?)
    -excess hair growth on legs, thighs, arms, stomach, facial hair
    -moderate acne
    -lab blood tests: testosterone levels normal, estrogen low normal range
    -family history of polycystic ovaries
    -otherwise in good health

    right now my main concern is the hair loss, im pretty sure its related to my hormones, who should i go see for this, plzz help

    thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You should start off by seeing an endocrinologist. They will be able to do a lot of blood work and tests for you then let you know where to go from there. My hair has been falling out for 2 years now too but im really not bothered to see an expert about it, not til i'm going bald anyway. Best of luck...

  16. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist, endocrinologist or a gynaecologist? or all of them?
    ive already seen my GP but he wasnt very helpful..i would like to go see a specialist but im not sure which one to choose..?

    about me
    -17 yr old female
    -5'2" & 110 lbs
    -severe hair loss, started 2 years ago (possibly androgenic?)
    -excess hair growth on legs, thighs, arms, stomach, facial hair
    -moderate acne
    -lab blood tests: testosterone levels normal, estrogen low normal range
    -family history of polycystic ovaries
    -otherwise in good health

    right now my main concern is the hair loss, im pretty sure its related to my hormones, who should i go see for this, plzz help

    thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      The endocrinologist is your best bet. The problem is with hormones and sounds like you may also have polycystic overies.

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist, endocrinologist or a gynaecologist? or all of them?
    ive already seen my GP but he wasnt very helpful..i would like to go see a specialist but im not sure which one to choose..?

    about me
    -17 yr old female
    -5'2" & 110 lbs
    -severe hair loss, started 2 years ago (possibly androgenic?)
    -excess hair growth on legs, thighs, arms, stomach, facial hair
    -moderate acne
    -lab blood tests: testosterone levels normal, estrogen low normal range
    -family history of polycystic ovaries
    -otherwise in good health

    right now my main concern is the hair loss, im pretty sure its related to my hormones, who should i go see for this, plzz help

    thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a OBGYN -- they can then refer you if needed.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist, endocrinologist or a gynaecologist? or all of them?
    ive already seen my GP but he wasnt very helpful..i would like to go see a specialist but im not sure which one to choose..?

    about me
    -17 yr old female
    -5'2" & 110 lbs
    -severe hair loss, started 2 years ago (possibly androgenic?)
    -excess hair growth on legs, thighs, arms, stomach, facial hair
    -moderate acne
    -lab blood tests: testosterone levels normal, estrogen low normal range
    -family history of polycystic ovaries
    -otherwise in good health

    right now my main concern is the hair loss, im pretty sure its related to my hormones, who should i go see for this, plzz help

    thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      dermatologist i think. becuz scalp is one of the concerns of drmatologist..

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any luck with natural remedies for canine cushing's disease? Please tell me your experiences!
    9 1/2 year old female black lab, excessive thirst, urination, hunger, extremely high alkaline phosphatase levels (high normal results= 131; her level=6000), minimal hair loss, recent infections of skin, urinary tract, anal glands. ultrasound shows no other abdominal abnormalities except enlarged adrenal glands. no results with anipryl (up to 60 mgs daily). unwilling to put dog through testing and risks associated with mitotane. new british drug trilostane unaccessible and also requires much testing. tufts veterinary hospital totally uncooperative with my vet about testing and costs associated with trilostane. dog is still fairly active and vet says muscle tone is good, coat is still shiny, just a couple of small balding areas. no acth testing has been done. ultrasound specialist and my vet satisfied with diagnosis of pituitary dependent cushings from symptoms, serum alkphos. levels and ultrasound results. no bladder control problems yet.

    • ANSWER:
      A good place to learn is the Yahoo Group "Pets 4 Homeopathy"
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pets4Homeopathy

  20. QUESTION:
    Question about hair oils?
    i use dabur vatika hair oil and its supposed to stop hair loss but when i comb my hair it still falls out. is that normal? or does it mean the oil isnt working

    • ANSWER:
      There are more hair oil on the shelf now, than 30-40 years ago, and it's because it is a billion dollar business! There are more hair loss now, too, than 30-40 years ago!

      There are many hair oil brand out there, man-made oil, none is better than the other. It can very well even harm your hair, even causes hair loss, since you don't know exactly what kind of oil they say it is. In the lab, they add other ingredients that can prevent from spoiling.
      Read the labels if they state that it contains like for fish oil supplements: "one or more of the following: Cod, English Whiting, Shark."

      It does NOT make hair grow, it does not make hair thicker, it does help keep the hair moisturized, until you wash them again, that's about all it does, they're not glue to fix split ends, prevent, or reverse the damaged hair. Anything else they say on the label, it is to attract your attention. It is a billion dollar business and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'.
      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Maharashtra is ready to go on record saying that most manufacturers in the Rs 3,000-crore Indian cosmetics industry are rampantly misleading consumers with tall claims. This affliction goes beyond hair oils. FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. The industry, of course, sees the whole issue differently.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness. Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  21. QUESTION:
    Mystery illness! Can you diagnose it? (It's stumping doctors)?
    Hello all; I realize that you are not all doctors, but doctors have come up empty, so I thought I'd pick your brains.

    This is a mystery illness which has probably been present entire life, but which only started affecting patient strongly enough to seek an answer 3 or 4 years ago. Specialists, testing, ultrasounds, doing all kinds of testing, et cetera, and nobody can solve it.

    28 year old female; no children, married, weight normal

    Symptoms:

    +low-level headache which only rarely goes away (made better by avoiding the 8 common allergens)
    +Body ache like the flu
    +Muscle soreness without exercising or unusual activity
    +Chronic fatigue - was extreme fatigue before, but treatment for systemic yeast infection and avoiding 8 allergens helped recover to about 30% of normal energy
    +Sudden, overwhelming exhaustion requiring patient to lie down or fall down. MUST lay head down. Typically lasts 4 hours to 3 days. Has to sleep it off. Comes on without warning and with no discernible cause
    +Eyesight varies daily, from very bad to pretty good (had LASIC; vision is 20/12, or was before this started)
    +Swollen and inflamed ear canals, sinus cavities, nasal passages, throat, digestive system - helped somewhat by ibuprofen, helped more by benadryl, helped most (but not gone) by nasal decongestive medication - phenyl...something
    +Mild "Allergic" reactions to various medications, and then no reaction next time - rash and itching, mostly,
    +diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, brain fog, exhaustion caused by 8 allergens, soda, potatoes, etc (diagnosed with IBS at 14...but I think it's connected)
    +acidic stomach; gas and requiring tums with every meal
    +Feeling of burning and/or fullness in bladder, urges to go often (not a UTI; diagnosed as interstitial systitis two years ago; extreme inflammation seen in examination - burning sensation disappears with benadryl)
    +Vague, dull pain in lower back, both sides, not always noticeable (kidney and liver function normal)
    +Difficulty swallowing and feeling of throat being pressed on at thyroid (thyroid ultrasound normal; not oversized)
    +Chronic, mild pain in lymph nodes on sides of throat, comes and goes
    +One incident of weight gain; gained 30 lbs mostly in abdomen; went from 135-155 in 5 months; after treatment for systemic yeast infection and change in diet to avoid 8 allergens, weight dropped back off without effort
    +Previously diagnosed as Depression with Anxiety, now believed to be bipolar disorder
    +Insomnia
    +Slow healing; a pinprick is still visible a month later - improved somewhat after treatment for systemic yeast infection - before illness, typical healing was twice or three times average
    +Occasional, unexplained but fierce itching on palms, wrist, soles of feet; no visible change in skin
    + Sweating/very hot episodes much like hot flashes lasting from 10 minutes to 2 hours
    +Typically very cold even in warm weather
    + "bones" hurt sometimes (Is that possible?)
    +B12 deficiency treated with shots; better after treatment for systemic yeast infection
    +Chronic Anemia - vegetarian but on iron supplements. It's a little low but can dip extremely low (to a 6)
    +Lightheadedness
    +protein in urine
    +nausea/poor appetite
    +Lifelong fast resting pulse - 102
    +Very low blood pressure - down to 50/80
    +Benadryl causes wakefulness
    +hair loss

    Diagnoses which have been ruled out:
    ++Underactive/overactive thyroid. T3 and T4 regular, no thyroid antibodies present, ultrasound of thyroid shows no abnormalities
    ++ultrasound of kidneys normal, functional
    +UTI - only one actual occurance of UTI ever verified; all other tests negative
    +Treated for Systemic yeast infection - 3 courses of three day diflucan
    +B12 deficiency
    +diabetes
    +HIV/Syphillis
    +Detailed Allergy panel negative; mold allergy panel negative
    +Pregnancy

    Test results:

    CBC
    WBC 7.5
    RBC 3.46
    HGB 10.4
    HCT 31%
    PLT 305
    MCV 30.1
    MCHC 33.6
    GRAN% 48.9%
    GRAN# 3.6
    LY% 42.1%
    LY# 3.1
    MO% 7.9%
    EO% .9%
    EO# .1
    BA% 0.3
    BA# 0
    RDW 13%

    Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
    NA 138
    K 4
    CL 106
    CO2 26
    ALKP 58
    AST/GOT 12
    T.BILI .4
    CA 9.3
    CREAT .679
    BUN 10
    GLU 82
    ALB 4.2
    T. PROT 6.6
    GFR >60mL/MIN/1.73MS

    TSH, Serum
    TSH 2.08

    HCG, Qualitative
    Negative

    RPR / VDRL
    RPR nonreactive

    B12 LEVEL 838

    Folate 24.7

    Ideas, anyone?
    FAMILY HISTORY
    Heart problems (hear attack/bypass)
    Paranoid Schizophrenia
    Bipolar with Delusions, Grandiosity
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Probably much more; father deceased at 44 from heart attack; definitely suffering from some mental issue; father's brother died around same age, definitely delusional.
    Autism
    Parkinson's
    Extremely rapid healing from injury/illness (3x normal)
    Pain felt more mildly than appropriate
    Sleep Apnea
    Asthma
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Excema

    MEDICATIONS
    Mirena
    Lamictal 50mg
    iron supplements
    benadryl as needed for symptoms
    ibuprofen as needed
    Allegra for inflammation
    Sudafed for congestion/swelling
    I answered the age already and others; female menses is regular but heavy and painful, much lighter with Mirena, yes, sexually active with a single partner.

    I forgot to mention that there is wrist and arm pain like carpal tunnel, and that mother and brother seemed to have some of the same symptoms at the same age
    Diet is EXTREMELY healthy; fresh fruits and vegetables, good protein, no candy, no sugar, no soda, no smoking, no alcohol.

    If it is your belief that this is an imaginary condition, kindly save your time and your typing; replying that it's imaginary won't help either one of us.
    Dear Gabriel; I realize that this is your belief and I don't want to disrespect it, but I cannot believe you have ever suffered illness or known anyone who has. You may be blessed with good health, but not all people are. Relatives don't repeatedly die in their 40s if there isn't something wrong. They don't lose touch with reality and hallucinate and they don't gain and lose weight without any changes in diet or habits. This is not caused by poor diet or worrying. Diet was very healthy, patient was very active, exercised, led a full and happy life, and felt very healthy and blessed indeed, was not sitting home worrying about illness or feeling sorry for self.
    @Merry

    Yes; I was actually tested for allergies (not potatoes or soda; I just know they make me sick) and I show none at all. I went to an allergist and they scratched my back and everything. They made the point that I can be intolerant without being allergic, though, which made me more open to the idea of cutting those foods out of my diet. Drinking soda and eating potatoes WILL make me sick even though I don't show allergic, so I avoid them.

    My diet was, for about 3 months, completely free of all allergens. Everything from scratch, no peanuts, no fish, no dairy, eggs, no anything. I am extremely attentive, so I do know that for at least that time, I was completely free of all allergens. Yes! I ate 5 things only. I am a vegetarian, so I had kidney beans instead of turkey.

    Digestive trouble and mental fog largely disappeared with that diet, and weight dropped off. After 3 months free of problems, and with much better, but still very low, energy, I thought that was long
    enough to rule it out as a primary cause and slowly started reintroducing some foods (I no longer avoid corn oil, but I still don't eat corn; I began eating a healthy, gluten-free cereal blend because my energy levels were so low) again. I do not currently react to the reintroduced foods, but I am eating very small amounts, and do not intend to try sugar, soda, wheat flower, etc. again.

    I checked the numbers on my thyroid myself (having read about how they get misdiagnosed) and they were perfect; I do not have the test handy but I will check to see if it's FREE T4/T3 when I can get to them. I really appreciate this point; I was astounded when it wasn't my thyroid as I have family history (oops, forgot to mention that) and every single symptom matches. I hope that's all it is!

    My B12 levels *were* very low before, but now they are good at 800; I have stopped losing it so quickly since the diflucan. Yeast consumes B12 so I imagine that was why it had been so low. I did
    not get a test on the level before the shots, so I can't say what they were, only that when I tested after that they were progressively higher; before diflucan, B12 would make me feel better for 2-3 days, then 4-5 days, then a week, etc., but after treatment it steadily remained at high levels.

    My diet is free of grains and sugar since the yeast diagnosis; I felt it was better to be safe than sorry and so I have continued to avoid those things.

    My body temperature is always and has always been low; that's interesting. As a child I had all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and now I have all the signs of hypothyroidism. Just not the diagnosis.

    Birth control....well it's an IUD, not a pill, but....I *am* married, and he *does* pay all the bills since I'm unable to work and.....well, I will get it out if I absolutely have to.

    Allergy pills are new; I started them when I kept not breathing at night. It was really terrifying and they help keep the swelling down so that I
    breathe, and relieve the very unbearable inflammation. I do try to use them as-needed, though. I will have to think about my diet again if that could be the culprit so that I don't need the pills.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and reply; this has just been a nightmare and it's awful not finding a reason. If you will allow anonymous messaging, I will tell you if the thyroid pans out.

    Did the yeast still make you tired for the year? Was it gradually better? Because I am doing better, just not normal.

    • ANSWER:
      First, is your diet 100% free of allergens? Eating any tiny bit of an allergen can cause all of these symptoms.

      Second, I didn't see results of your T3, T4, and antibodies thyroid tests? Some doctors aren't aggressive enough about treating hypothyroidism. I had a normal TSH and until they ran FREE T3 and FREE T4, not just T3 and T4, they never saw how sick I actually was. High pulse + low BP is very suggestive of low thyroid. As is hair loss.

      Third, your B12 doesn't look low at all. You didn't list the ranges (which you need to because everything varies by lab), but I've never heard of any lab tagging an 800 B12 as low.

      Forth, Diflucan can be helpful for systemic yeast, but if you read message boards, it rarely cures it in the long run. Nystatin and a sugar-free, low carb, grain-free diet are the best solution. And it could just be ongoing Candida that is causing all these things.

      Bottom line: You have a lot of symptoms, but your blood work looks pretty good. You probably are not careful enough with your diet. I have profound food allergies and when I eat perfectly, I feel perfect; when I deviate the slightest bit, I can swell up and be in pain in an hour and it can last for weeks. Unfortunately, it's not a cool mystery diagnosis which can be cured with a pill. You just have to make all your food from scratch and get all sugars, starches, dairies, molds, grains out of your life.

      I had symptoms similar to yours, but worse in the sense I was vomiting blood several times daily and had leaky heart valves. I went to a medical nutritionist who ran her own tests and I literally lived on six things for a year (turkey, potatoes, avocado oil, plain cashews, Smart Water, sea salt). At the end of that year, my blood work was perfect, I never threw up, and all my pain was gone.

      I'm really questioning whether you had actual allergy testing done. You should do that. Allergy tests don't test for "soda" and potatoes are incredibly low on the allergy list relative to wheat, corn, dairy, soy, salicylic acids, etc...

      And birth control pills are awful for someone with your problems. As are OTC allergy meds. They add to your overall toxicity big time and you should probably wean off those ASAP.

      Treat the yeast (with perfect diet and Nystatin, NOT more Diflucan), eat perfectly, and make absolute sure your thyroid tests are all well within normal range--not borderline. If you take your temp under your arm every morning before you get out of bed and it's under 98, you can bet you'd feel better with thyroid medication.

      Good luck.

      EDIT ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      You most likely have hypothyroidism. If you have a family history with your symptoms, you need to be medicated. Have an antibodies test done if you haven't. It will show if you have Hashimoto's Disease (hereditary) which can skew the other tests into looking normal, but can be diagnosed if you have high antibodies.

      I felt PERFECT after a year because I let my body rest and didn't eat anything I was allergic to, anything hard to digest, anything spicy, etc... I mean, it was brutal.

      IUDs are fine as long as they are the copper non-hormone ones. They don't tax your body at all.

      I will never eat grains again...they're inflammatory, bad for your health (everyone), and have no real nutritional value you can't get in other places. And once you have candida, if you aren't pretty close to perfect, it can come back with fury any time. Just keep away from yeast, grains, sugars, molds, etc...no cheese or wine!

      A low body temp is how doctors use to diagnose hypothyroidism before blood tests. You have every sign and symptom and some don't cross over into other ailments. Go to an alternative doctor (you can look up doctors of osteopathy on Google for a list in your area) and ask for a trial of Armour (NOT JUST SYNTHROID). They'll start with a small dose, and I'm telling you, you sound enough like me five years ago, that I'd willing to bet you fifty bucks it'd change your life.

      One more thing you might consider eliminating is salicylic acid. It's in many fruits, green peppers, peppermint, store tooth pastes, etc. A lot of people are developing allergies to SA and many times, feel better when they are removed from the diet. Here's a helpful list: http://salicylateintolerance.blogspot.com/2007/12/simple-salicylate-food-list.html

      my email is merrymistletoes@ymail.com. Please keep me updated! You're like my health woes twin :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me understand my blood work results?
    They come out "normal", but there is SOMETHING wrong with me. I am 34 yr old female, patchy hair loss, dry skin, irritability, severe mood swings before my period, I can't remember ANYTHING, even the names of things like a pencil, for example. I have a fibroid tumor (size of walnut) & had an ultra sound on my thyroid (ok).
    I also have had high anxiety/panic attacks for the past few months.

    TSH, 3rd Generation: 1.13
    T4, Free 1.3
    T3, Total 109
    Testosterone, Total 23
    FSH 2.4
    LH 0.9
    Estrogen, Total, Serum 182
    the TSH level was 1.13 The Reference Range is 0.40 - 4.50

    • ANSWER:
      without the lab ranges it is difficult to tell. But you appear to have signs of lower thyroid functions. you may need to have that tumor removed and be placed on thyroid hormone daily intake.
      In children, lack of thyroid can lead to imbecile (or mental retardation) with an adult you may lose your long term memory.

      Have a 2nd blood test and look at TSH level (which should be high). See another doc if yr current one will do nothing!!

  23. QUESTION:
    Could I have cancer?
    I am 35 yrs old, female. My rehmutologist called today and said that my labs were okay, but wants me to see an oncologist in three days. I have anemia, I take b12 shots weekly. I have been having hair loss (minor), bruising for no reason, tired. I figured the above was from the anemia, could I have cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well . . in general someone with anemia would be seen by a Hematologist . . which is a doctor that specializes in blood disorders. Often hematology and oncology are grouped together so that a hematologist oncologist can treat 'blood cancer' or leukemia. An oncologist would treat the solid tumors . . while the hematologist would treat cancers of the blood. So . . it may be that the person you are seeing treats blood disorders and cancers too . . . and so would be treating your anemia. Or it could be that your doctor feels you need further testing to determine if you might have something more than anemia . . and feels that in your case a specialist is warranted. Not sure though why you didn't ask your doctor this?

  24. QUESTION:
    What happens when you don't take thyroid hormone replacement after you've undergone a 100% thyroidectomy?
    I'm a 42 yr old female. 3yrs ago I had a complete thyroidectomy due to a fast growing goiter which later became a large mass. It became so large, my Dr.'s said it must come out immediately or my windpipe would soon be closed due to the mass. I never ONCE showed any abnormal thyroid lab tests, but suffered extreme cold intolerance, loss of 45 pds abruptly, loss of hair in large amounts, etc. I was told to take synthroid about 3 wks following surgery, I had horrible side effects. The most intense side effect was I always felt as if I'd placed my finger in a light socket! I felt like electricity was constantly running through my body, and yet my lab results continued to force my Dr. to raise my dose. I'm ashamed to admit this, but after seeing 5 different physicians to try different approaches, I threw my hands in the air & haven't taken ANY thyroid replacement in a yr and 1/2. I've recently become extremely cold again at times, have been through horrible times of stress, my hair fell out about 5 months ago, ALL of it over a short period, only new growth was just as quick. I've had a drastic weight gain overnight it seems, clearly seems to be water, edema, extreme periods of dizziness and I'm agitated beyond anything I ever imagined. I've experienced numbness in BOTH feet since even prior to the removal of my thyroid, it's very clear I've got horrible circulation in my feet and legs, and my hands sometime appear as if there's NO blood flow...they become cold, tingle & have absolutely no color. I know what I must do, I'm far from a fool and certainly have no desire to die, nor be ill. I suffer PTS from being hit & then run over by a car at age 12 at my bus stop. I missed the entire yr of school, it nearly took my life. Ever since - NEEDLES cause me to pass out. The anticipation of knowing I may be given an IV brings me into such severe panic & in MY thought process is absolute torture. My traumatizing 30 yr old memory has caused me to avoid health measures I need to take, I wish I could overcome this. Whatever these new, fast developing symptoms are - I can't ignore. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You die.

  25. QUESTION:
    THIN hair keeps thinning:(....what do you think the problem is?!?
    Ive always had thin hair because of my dad. Not that long ago while my mom was dying my hair(she colors my hair) she noticed my hair is got thinner. I havent really notice until she pointed out and even after I really started noticing. I never really see hair fall off but it has to be since my hair is getting thinner and more bald spots keep appearing. She is concerned and wants me to get blood tested. What do you think?!

    • ANSWER:
      You have thin hair? Your hair keeps thinning BECAUSE of the chemicals on your hair.Playing with chemicals is not like playing with clothes, there are penalties for playing chemicals in the lab. Even hair color experts at the salon are not rocket scientists, they do a bang up dye jobs to their clients or their own hair.

      Chemicals can enter the body through the skin.
      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements. According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK. It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 7,430,000 results (0.15 seconds) Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 4,250,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      Dove hairfall facts
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness. Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it. Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary.

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

      Sources:
      Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
      Google: Hair Dye FAQ's Are Hair Dyes Safe?

  26. QUESTION:
    Blood test came back that I have inflammation?
    I went to the doctor last week because over the past year I have been having numerous symptoms that come and go but are a bothersome in which I will list at the end of this. I am 23 year old female who is a bit overweight and smoke (trying to quite), but don't drink or do any drugs.I have IBS, acid reflux disease, anxiety/depression. I discussed my symptoms with him in which he tested my blood . I think he tested for my red/white blood cell count, that came back okay, he said I am borderline anemic (which I know already), my thyroid , that was fine, my blood sugar.glucose which came back fine, but he said I had some inflammation ? I am confused by this, not sure what this means, maybe someone can shine some light on what he means by this, I have an appointment next week. Here are the list of my symptoms over the past 6 months/year:

    -Muscle stiffness,cramps,twitching,weakness
    -IBS (diharrea, constipation, gas)
    -tingling and shocking pains (all over)
    -Foot pain
    -Back pain (lower) (I had injured myself on ice last Dec.)
    -Rapid heartbeat/chest pains
    -Tiredness/Fatigue
    -Poor Balance
    -Hair loss
    -Joint Pain/Popping

    Amongst other things , I cant find my full list right now thats just at the top of my head. Now like I said these aren't all the time, they vary. I have discussed all of this with my doctor..They are looking into what could be wrong. Thanks for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      "my thyroid , that was fine" Don't count on it ... it is missed more than found. Your symptoms indicate possible thyroid disease.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  27. QUESTION:
    which diagnosis??? fur loss....?
    my female lab has had 10 puppies 7/8 weeks ago, she is fully wormed and flead, vaccinated upto date. whilst being pregnant she was fine and throughout birth ok, but since she has started to lose fur around her chest area, she is scratching, but not causing leasions or any soreness. i took her to the vet, and he said it was probably hormonal due to the pregnancy and whelp etc, so i took her to another vet for another opinion and he said demodex mites???? who is right????? in all your opinions? some more info, my 6 year old cat has also lost fur from her hind legs and stomach, the vet said was suffering from stress because of the puppies?????????

    • ANSWER:
      either vet could be right. Have the vet do a "skin scrape" to check for mange mites. I'm surprised they didn't do this first. This will determine, for sure, if it is mange or not. Hair loss can occur because of stress, hormones, or nutritional deficiencies, but if your dog AND your cat are having the same problem, AND they are itchy, it is probably more likely to be a mite causing the problem. If the mange test comes back negative, ask your vet for some vitamin supplements for the dog and see if you can keep the pups in a separate area to reduce stress on the cat.

  28. QUESTION:
    I think I might have alopecia?
    Im a 24 year old female. I am in a good relationship and in good health etc but yesterday my hair started falling out in large clumps. I know some hair loss is normal but this really was an abnormal amount and all I have to do is touch my hair and a clump comes out.
    I had a baby in February and I have had two deaths in the family in the last few months. Could it be stress related alopecia because of this...although I dont actually feel that stressed.
    I am not really that bothered if I lose my hair, I would just get a wig but I would rather be prepared. Has this happened to anyone else before, Im just wandering if it sounds likely that I will lose my hair or not.
    I'm going to my doctors on Monday.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can cause it for sure. And hygiene is an issue for some. You can start by shortening your hair, and not using strong or dandruff shampoos. Chemicals and minerals in so-called good shampoos often cause hair to fall out. Try baby shampoo, and massage it in gently. Have lab tests for endocrinology and hormones. See a doctor for that.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do I have an underactive thyroid?
    Hello there. I'm a 22 year old female of generally good health and weight. I recently began feeling very tired, very suddenly. The tiredness lasted about a week and during that week I felt almost in and out of sleep even when I was awake. I found it difficult to do every day activities and struggled to put my thoughts into words. Almost as if I was drunk at times! Being a bit of a panic, I booked a doctors appointment and he booked me into some blood tests. In between the blood tests and original doctors appointment however, the excessive tiredness stopped and I began to feel my normal self (I suppose my normal self is still always a little bit tired, everything seems like hard work and I rarely wake feeling like I'm refreshed and have had a good nights sleep) I really wasn't going to go for the blood test and put my tiredness down to being due on my period- I'm always more tired then! Anyway I went and my results have come back as having quite high TSH levels. The doctor has phoned and explained this is due to an underactive thyroid and explained she needs to see me next week for more tests and examinations. In the meantime she has sent me a leaflet on underactive thyroid. Since reading it I can't quite believe I have it. Apart from being tired and anxious I have no other symptoms. I have had no weight gain, no dry skin, sensitivity to cold, hair loss or fragile nails. Is there a possibility it could be anything else? I suppose I'll know more once I've had my appointment with her but in the meantime I'm driving myself mad reading things online! Also, I've read high stress levels can show high TSH levels in blood tests? Is this true cos my stress levels were really high and I was having a particularly low day on the day my blood were taken. Any knowledge on TSH levels or underactive thyroid would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  30. QUESTION:
    Should my pup get these exams?
    My almost 11 mnth old female lab has been getting sick often...

    So far:
    -Eye Infection (technically twice; it was starting and I had medicine leftover from last time and after I used it-it was fine)
    -Ear Infection
    -UTI....twice

    The vet recommended:
    -Allergy test
    -Thyroid exam

    They also recommended me changing her food...
    She's on Nature's Recipe, which is a reputable brand and is good...she likes it (eats it all up) and I haven't had any problems since I switched her on it....

    I heard if I want to change her foods I should just buy Royal Canine and since she's getting sick just buy her Vitamins and she should be fine...

    I'm probably not going to do the allergy test because honestly,...a dog with allergies...? To what....? lol....

    The thyroid exam seems like something that should be done to a dog that's a lot older than she is now...

    Maybe I should just do a simple blood test and see how that goes?
    The allergy and the thyroid cost 0 something each....it doesn't matter if it's for my dogs health but like thinking about it honestly....does she really need it? Or is the vet just trying to get in some extra money...?

    Oh, I go to Petsmart's Banfield... (big mistake...switching as soon as my year insurance is over...)

    What do you guys/gals think?
    Should I just change her food to Royal Canine and get her Vitamins?
    Or go through with those tests?
    Or just go with a simple blood test?

    ***Oh, by the way, she is kind of overweight...she eats 2 cups of food a day...and she was chubby ever since we got her (8 wks)....

    Thanks for your opinions!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am guessing that your vet is suggesting that your dog has food allergies and/or seasonal allergies. The symptoms of these include itchiness, recurring ear infections, conjunctivitis, redness and inflammation of the skin, and hair loss, among others.

      Many dogs have food allergies and can be maintained by switching them to a proper diet, such as Hills z/d food or Iams FP, which are hydrolyzed (in the case of z/d) or novel (in the case of Iams) protein diets. Hydolyzed proteins are broken down into smaller components so they have less chance of irritating the dog. Novel protein diets often work because dogs can be allergic to a certain ingredient in a food. It doesn't even have to be a bad food, but as long as it has, say, beef or wheat in it there can be a problem. More dogs are allergic to beef and wheat than they are to fish and potatoes (novel proteins), and that is what is in Iams FP. You could start by simply trying a lamb and rice food, which is more hypoallergenic. Just vitamins won't help, but a fish oil supplement may.

      Often dogs that have a food allergy also have environmental allergies, so your dog could also be allergic to something in her environment. The vet can help treat this by injections and a low dose systemic cortisone (pill or liquid). In your dog's case, a blood test would not be a bad idea just to check kidney and liver function and blood cell count. Also, a thyroid test is also probably being recommended because of her weight and relatively low food consumption for such a young dog. Low thyroid is often accompanied by weight gain, lethargy and even hair loss.

  31. QUESTION:
    im transgender did my hormones stop working ?
    Hi I'm a mtf transgender female and i have a question I been on her since I was 21 turning 22 I'm now almost 25 I was doing so good on spiro 200mg and then premarin 1.25 divided doses with microgest(prometrium) for a while but switched to.estradial at age23 1/2 I asked my doctor to switch me to medroxyprogesterone because I heard it was good then I realized my hair was falling out and my Boobs were shrinking... was taking it for a year cause I thought it took a while but it was getting worse so went back on prometruim but when i took that it made my hair fall out more i only took it 10 days out of the month my hair pretty much lost 25% of it its not noticable but to me I feel its not as thick as before my breast have not increased normally they do they went to a full B but now I'm an A and my face doesn't look full I got lab test done and for some reason my testoserone levels were 253ml and prolactin levels were normal range for a female what does this mean ??? Any advice? No rude or discrimatory people

    • ANSWER:
      Clearly your testosterone is way too high for someone trying to transition. It should be under 50. Under 20 is even better. Hair loss can be from DHT. Why aren't you on a DHT blocker like Finasteride? Unbalanced hormone levels can also cause hair loss. I don't know many people still using Premarin these days. It's cheap, but not as good bio-identical estrogen. Are your estrogen levels high enough (400-600 range?) Remember, estrogen suppresses testosterone. After about a year and a half on oral meds, my body developed a tolerance to the oral estrogen, so I switched to injectable, and the results have been much better and steadier. I'd look into that, or estrogen cream.

  32. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me? mystery :(?
    Ok im a 25 year old female. 2 years ago I was working out almost @ my weight goal i stopped losing weight then my hair started falling out. I eat well and know about nutrition my hair continued to fall out and i couldnt even brush it, it felt like someone poured honey on it it was absoulutely knotted this was an everyday experience and when combing i would pull out a ton of hair. so my DR. suggested i do a food allergy test my results said im allergic to Gluten, wheat, diary, sugar, sugar substitutes(any) and soy needless to say that wipes out a ton of stuff, but i stuck 2 it & still nothing ive gained like 30lbs, extremely tired, troublefeel sick all the time digestion problems, stomach pains, gas, trouble breathing, menstral cycle problems, headaches, and my minds not as sharp as it once was and the hair is still falling. Ive done a thyroid test that was normal, a candidia test that was normal and i just got done doing a GI lab test no results yet. things r getting worse.
    my Drs are clueless ive been to 3. Where does 1 turn if the doctors cant figure it out :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very confused here, because you say your MD gave you Food Allergy tests, and they came back with this little lot. Food allergy is an old term which used to be used for what we now call food intolerances.

      The reason for the different term is that they are not the same thing at all. Allergies involve the immune system, they tend to result in rashes, difficulty breathing, that sort of thing.

      Food intolerances, on the other hand, involve an inability to digest the food in question, resulting in toxins being produced in the gut, which often leak into the blood stream and produce many different results - although hair loss is not one I've come across so far.

      True food allergies are like shellfish, strawberry or peanut allergies, which frequently send people who suffer from them into anaphylactic shock if they even touch them, let alone eat them every day - and most people do eat Gluten, wheat, diary, sugar, sugar substitutes(any), although maybe not soy every day (and by the way, if you are intolerant of gluten, that automatically means you are intolerant of wheat - also barley, rye, triticale and spelt).

      Thing is, an *allergy* to all these things would not have just had your hair falling out, allergies don't generally have this effect (except if they are allergies to something in the shampoo you are using).

      The other thing wrong with the diagnosis you have been given is that there is *no* reliable test for food intolerance, except an exclusion diet, and given that the one you are on isn't working, it seems the diagnosis was incorrect.

      I think it is time you went to see someone who knows what they are talking about in regard to this stuff, as it doesn't sound as if the doctor you consulted the first time does. Go to a specialist in food intolerance.

      In the meantime, start taking a high quality multi vitamin and mineral tablet (gluten free) every day, along with a fish oil tablet (cod liver is fine), and try and eat some nuts (not peanuts) every day.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have hair loss, acne, fatigue, weight loss, wrinkles, what is wrong with me?
    I am a 22 year old female. I have experienced hair thinning in the past year, I have had acne since I was in highschool, and I have lost a lot of weight without trying and I am getting a lot of wrinkles on my face. I am also exhausted a lot of the time and require a lot of sleep. I have some anxiety issues also. I went to my PCP and to an endocrinologist and apparently everything is within the "normal" range. This is upsetting because I know my body is trying to tell me something is wrong. I just don't know what. I feel like it may be a thyroid/hormonal issue. Please help if you have any idea.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like may be Hashi's..................Thyroid disease is missed more than found.
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  34. QUESTION:
    can someone PLEASE give me the 'safest' blood pressure RX out there?
    my doctor is flippin me around too much! i have a scrip right now for : lisinopril--40....i read the side effects and freak out. i'm 54, 5'5 128 pounds, non smoker, female ...my bp is mostly STRESS related!.....i take xanax as needed and take very little of it, i follow a good healthy diet and moderate exercise. i need at least 2-3 safer names to bring to him to try (b4 i fill this scrip).....i dont want to worry about weight gain, hair, loss and all the other crap, please suggest the best tolerated bp-rx's out there and i'll schedule another appt with him, THANX!!

    • ANSWER:
      In my experience, Lisinopril has the fewest number of side effects of the blood pressure medications. Lisinopril is a member of the ace inhibitor class and all members of the class end in "pril." The most common side effect is cough, which occurred in only 4-9% of participants in clinical trials. Rarely, Lisinopril can be associated with lab abnormalities such as kidney failure or elevated potassium. For this reason, blood tests should be performed prior to starting Lisinopril and after the person has been off of it for a period of time. Even more rarely, Lisinopril is associated with a severe allergic reaction. If cough were to develop, then you could be changed to a similar class of medications called the angiotensin receptor blockers like Losartan. Weight gain or loss and hair loss was reported in less than 1% of participants taking Lisinopril in clinical trials. I have never seen anyone complain of this and I use Lisinopril a lot. Stress can certainly contribute to high blood pressure so it is important to find some way to control your anxiety, whether it is medication or therapy. Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    Hair loss + Alopecia + Hyperactive Thyroid?
    So i'm freaking out a bit.

    Being a 29 yr old female with 2 kids is stressfull enough, to make a long story short, i have my hair falling out an rapid and rediculous rates and had my blood test done to find out i have hyperthyroidism. I went to the specialist yesterday and he told me were" going to do nothing".

    My mother in law was at the chiropractor and she mentioned that there is a link between Alopecia and Thyroid problems (both hyper and hypothyroidism).

    Has anyone heard of this. I'm honestly freaked out as pre both pregnancies I had this lush beautiful chocolate brown hair and not it's becoming straggley and thin. I have honestly started looking for bald spots it's so bad.

    If you've had the same type expierence, let me know the outcome. I'm starting to freak out as it could be something major.

    Note: i'm waiting for an appointment with another specialist for a 2nd opinion so just need to calm some serious nerves before i get that (which could be months). :(

    thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, related!

      "find out i have hyperthyroidism. I went to the specialist yesterday and he told me were" going to do nothing". " Get a new doctor!!!!!!!!!!

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  36. QUESTION:
    low basal body temp and hypothyroidism?
    when i was sick and menstrating about a week ago i felt i had a fever for two days. on the third day i felt warm still just slightly less then the last two days so i found a thermometer and i checked my body temperature and it was 36.2, this was at 8 30 pm. so i thought to myself how can i feel warm and only have a temperature of 36.2? so i thought to myself how im ALWAYS freezing, especially my toes and how when i am i hot i sweat very little so i feel sick and thought this does not feel normal so i started checking my basal body temperature about three days ago s soon as i wake every morning and so far my highest temperature while not sick was today at 35.7 and lowest was 35.5 over a period of four days( and the highest at all was 36.2when i was sick). i also been checking heart rate and mine seems normal with average around 60-77 bpm ( i am not an athlete at all) . So considering the fact i have alot of other symptoms( ex irritable brain fog CONSTANT fatique, always hungry, brain fog, eczema, hair thinning and hair loss, eyebrows thinning on the outside corners, heavy menstral flow, insomnia, depression for two years (not so much now however) i have digestive issue (lactose intolerance, frequent (pretty much everyday ) soft stools, abdominal pain and acid reflux.) also i don't quite know why but my gums seem quite pale lately (even white in places) i am also always stressed out (NOT about health usually). ive been afraid to go to the doctors because i am afraid they may think im crazy or lying because of all my symptoms and i was just wondering if this is normal basal body temperature and if not is this a sign i should check my thyriod.

    oh incase it matters im female, 20 years old no family history of thyroid disease however a long family history of diabetes and my mom has crohns disease.

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  37. QUESTION:
    What is sarcoidosis ?

    • ANSWER:
      Sarcoidosis is a disease in which swelling (inflammation) occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin, or other tissues.

      Symptoms
      There may be no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they can involve almost any part or organ system in your body.

      Almost all patients have lung or chest symptoms:

      Dry cough
      Shortness of breath
      Discomfort behind your breast bone
      Abnormal breath sounds (such as rales)
      Symptoms of general discomfort or uneasiness often occur:

      Ill feeling (malaise)
      Fatigue (one of the most common symptoms in children)
      Fever
      Weight loss (one of the most common symptoms in children)
      Joint achiness or pain (arthralgia)
      Skin symptoms:

      Skin rashes
      Old scars become more raised
      Raised, red, firm skin sores (erythema nodosum), almost always on the front part of the lower legs
      Skin lesions
      Hair loss
      Nervous system (neurological) and vision changes:

      Headache
      Seizures
      Weakness or paralysis (palsy) on one side of the face
      Eye burning, itching, and discharge
      Symptoms of uveitis
      Decreased tearing
      Other symptoms of this disease:

      Enlarged lymph glands (armpit lump)
      Enlarged liver
      Enlarged spleen
      Dry mouth
      Nosebleed

      Treatment
      Sarcoidosis symptoms often get better on their own gradually without treatment.

      Severely affected patients may need treatment with corticosteroids (prednisone or methylprednisolone). This includes people who have involvement of the eyes, heart, nervous system, and some with lung involvement. Therapy may continue for 1 or 2 years. Some of the most severely affected patients may require life-long therapy.

      Drugs that suppress the immune system (immunosuppressive medicines), such as methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide, are sometimes used in addition to corticosteroids. Rarely, some people with irreversible organ failure require an organ transplant.

      Although these treatments may temporarily improve the symptoms of the disease, long-term treatment has not been proven to prevent sarcoidosis from slowly getting worse.

      Causes
      The cause of the disease is unknown. In sarcoidosis, clumps of abnnormal tissue (granulomas) form in certain organs of the body. Granulomas are clusters of immune cells.

      The disease can affect almost any organ of the body, but it most commonly affects the lungs.

      Possible causes of sarcoidosis include:

      Excess sensitivity to environmental factors
      Genetics
      Extreme immune response to infection
      The condition is more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Females are usually affected more often than males. The disease typically begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Sarcoidosis is very rare in young children.

      Tests & diagnosis
      Often the disease is found in patients with no symptoms who have an abnormal chest x-ray.

      Different imaging tests may help diagnose sarcoidosis:

      Chest x-ray to see if the lungs are involved or lymph nodes are enlarged
      CT scan
      Lung gallium (Ga.) scan
      Biopsies of different tissues may be done:

      Lymph node biopsy
      Skin lesion biopsy
      Bronchoscopy to perform a biopsy
      Open lung biopsy
      Mediastinoscopy with biopsy
      Liver biopsy
      Kidney biopsy
      Nerve biopsy
      Heart biopsy
      This disease may also alter the results of the following lab tests:

      CBC
      Chem-7 or chem-20
      Quantitative immunoglobulins (nephelometry)
      PTH
      Serum phosphorus
      Immunoelectrophoresis - serum
      Calcium - urine
      Calcium - ionized
      Calcium - serum
      Liver function tests

      Prognosis
      Many people are not seriously ill, and the disease may get better without treatment. About 30 - 50% of cases get better without treatment in 3 years. About 20% of those whose lungs are involved will develop lung damage.

      The overall death rate from sarcoidosis is less than 5%. Causes of death include:

      Scarring of lung tissue (pulmonary fibrosis)
      Bleeding from the lung tissue
      Involvement of the heart (rarely)

      Complications
      Osteoporosis and other complications of taking corticosteroids for longer periods of time.
      Diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
      Pulmonary hypertension
      Fungal lung infections (aspergilloma)
      Anterior uveitis
      Glaucoma and blindness (rare)
      Cardiac arrhythmias
      Cranial or peripheral nerve palsies
      High calcium levels (hypercalcemia)
      Kidney stones
      Organ failure, leading to the need for a transplant

      When to contact a doctor
      Call your health care provider if you have:

      Difficulty breathing
      Vision changes
      Palpitations

  38. QUESTION:
    Hair Thinning Problem. It's not due to age or stress.?
    After coming back from vacation its been thinning out more than usual. Everytime i run my hand through my hair a strand or 3 strands would come out. And its constantly on my shirt or i find a lot on the bed. I thought it was because of the new shampoo i used so i stopped. But i still have this problem. Lately i've been showering in colder water and i use biosilk therapy to see if it can help. I was thinking i should resume rubbing olive oil in it like how i used to. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Reasons why that might have happened:

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements. According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK. It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 7,430,000 results (0.15 seconds) Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 4,250,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness. Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it. Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      There are more hair oil on the shelf now, than 30-40 years ago, and it's because it is a billion dollar business! There are more hair loss now, too, than 30-40 years ago!

      There are many hair oil brand out there, man-made oil, none is better than the other. It can very well even harm your hair, even causes hair loss, since you don't know exactly what kind of oil they say it is. In the lab, they add other ingredients that can prevent from spoiling.
      Read the labels if they state that it contains like for fish oil: "one or more of the following: Cod, English Whiting, Shark."

      It does NOT make hair grow, it does not make hair thicker, it does help keep the hair moisturized, that's about all it does, they're not glue to fix split ends or reverse the damaged hair. Anything else they say on the label, it is to attract your attention. It is a billion dollar business and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'.
      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Maharashtra is ready to go on record saying that most manufacturers in the Rs 3,000-crore Indian cosmetics industry are rampantly misleading consumers with tall claims. This affliction goes beyond hair oils. FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. The industry, of course, sees the whole issue differently.

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  39. QUESTION:
    20 yrs old female got off THE PILL and hair is now falling out please help?
    If anyone could help me it would mean so much
    I have been to the doctors A LOT about this.
    started the pill when I was 15 for my really bad acne (brenda, estelle)
    Never wanted to be on the pill but my acne was so bad.
    OFF the pill at 19... hair started to fall out and acne also came back,
    so then the doctor gave me YASMINE cause the other pill use to make me eat A LOT
    went on that for a few months saw no difference
    Now I am 20, hair is thinning so much, its half as thick as it was, its embarrassing, i hate it and im freaking out.
    Had a blood test and it says nothing is wrong

    went back on brenda for a month and ance is now gone but hair getting worse

    • ANSWER:
      I'm thinking your iron is low, but they say nothing is wrong via blood test. Have they checked your iron? Being on a contraceptive can cause hair loss and it can be significant and the reverse is true as well. I had a similar issue in my first year of university, although with me, it was coincidental that when I came off the Pill, I suddenly lost my hair. I did have an Iron deficiency and it was recent and just sort of came about a week or so after I'd stopped the Pill.

      You may have that issue, you may just be reacting to the sudden drop in hormones or you may very well have a thyroid issue that was silenced just enough by the Pill and you didn't notice much wrong. If no one is finding an Fe deficiency or a thyroid issue, get a second opinion and then if still no, it's due to being off birth control

      @ Tony - absolutely yes, hair loss can be attributed to iron deficiency. I speak from personal experience as both patient and lab tech. I'm not sure if you're male or female, but if not the latter, than I must say you don't understand enough about the female hormones to speak on this topic. I would appreciate if you could fact check before you advise please. (Yes, sometimes personal experience is good advice.)

      @ Tony...Sept. 19, 2:02 pm EST. I wrote my edit before you wrote yours. I just didn't note the time. Sorry.

  40. QUESTION:
    All the symptoms of hypothyroidism but blood tests continue to be normal?
    To start off, I am a 15 year old female.

    A couple years ago, at possibly the lowest stress time in my life, I started having issues with being tired literally all the time. I was in Florida for a week and I didn't get to do very much because I would sleep for 12 hours, be up for breakfast in the morning, take a 4 hour nap, eat lunch and maybe do something, sleeping in the car on the way to whatever we were doing and on the way back, taking another 2-4 hour nap, eating supper, taking yet another 2 hour nap and then going to bed, still exhausted.

    When I got home from that trip, I of course couldn't sleep that much in my normal everyday life, so it was a bit less, but I was still sleeping a good 13 hours at night then taking at least one nap a day. If I had it up to me, I would be sleeping 17 hours then taking a nap on top of that, but of course I can't do that.

    Then just in the past couple months, the other symptoms came on. I am told that I am under a lot of stress, but I don't really know what exactly I'm stressed about, so that doesn't help. I suddenly started losing my hair(My eyebrow hair has started falling out more, but I've always had really thin eyebrows) I'm constantly cold, my previously very smooth skin is always dry, my joints and back are killing me, I've been constipated for the past straight month, I can't remember anything(I am constantly leaving the oven on/forgetting what I'm saying in the middle of a sentence), and my usually heavy periods are getting worse, and I used to have an exact 30 day cycle, but now it bounces around in the month so that I have no idea whatsoever as to when it is coming. (Last month it came on the 23rd, and I just got it on the 7th this month) The only symptom I don't have is the weight gain, and I actually have the weight loss, because in addition to all this everytime I eat I become very sick to my stomach.

    My original doctor didn't seem to be wanting to test anything, and was so certain that all this was just stress/my anxiety, so he kept upping my meds. (Which most absolutely did not help my forgetfulness) So, I switched doctors, to a female, hoping that she could help me a little bit more.

    When I went, they thankfully started from the beginning. She did a general look at my ears and throat, and pressed on my stomach, and all of that fun stuff. Then, they did some blood tests to check my TSH levels, my free T3 and free T4, they checked for a bacteria that makes people nauseous and causes them stomach pain, they checked my kidneys, and they checked my liver. Also, upon the suggestion of my dad, they checked the antibodies.

    Apparently, the blood tests came back 100% "normal" and I have absolutely nothing wrong with me. I was prescribed some prilosec to help my nausea, but that just doesn't seem good enough. It feels like my body is trying to tell me that something is wrong, yet all the blood tests keep saying that there isn't. Nothing anybody is doing is making anything better either, most of it is just making things worse.

    I was told that I should go get assessed by a psychologist, which I have had done before, but I really do believe that this isn't completely mental.

    Also, as some more evidence that it would make sense if I had a hypothyroid, it has been very consistent in my family that the youngest has a hypothyroid, but the blood tests come back in the normal range. My dad had the same problems I do(except of course for the period problems :P), his mom had all the same issues, his mom's mom had the exact same problems, yet it still continues to happen.

    Because I'm a teenager, I understand why all the doctors are hesitant to diagnose me with something, since as soon as I start on thyroid medication I won't ever be able to stop.

    So, what do you think? Should I try going to an endocrinologist, does it sound like this is all stress and anxiety related, is there something else we should be doing?

    I just really want to feel better, so sorry for the long post. :P
    Most definitely not sleep apnea, I'm always sleeping around people and they all say that they've never heard me snore or choke like is common with people with sleep apnea. My mom does have it, but that's due to her being overweight. I seem to be sleeping plenty deeply, I just can't sleep hardly enough.

    Also, I did have mono last winter, but this all started long before it and continues long after it.

    • ANSWER:
      "blood tests continue to be normal" Dont count on it!!! With the no weight gain, I am wondering if it is Hashi's. You should be getting copies of your labs. I have known of them to tell many times 'yes, we will test for antibodies as well' and then do NOT!

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start) main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  41. QUESTION:
    my hormones are changing my face?!! please help!!!?
    Long story short I started noticing not too long ago that I would wake up some mornings and not recognize my face in the mirror... I'm not talking bad hair day or a pimple, I mean it would literally look like my whole face had changed, I looked more gaunt and pale and my skin was dryer, my forehead looked larger, it was bizarre, then a month or so later it would be normal again! I've noticed this pattern for quite some time and when I.brought it up to my aunt she said it was my hormones being unbalanced and.going crazy,(which is.weird because I'm 21, shouldn't they be stabilized by now?) apparently hormones can affect how your skin and face look, so my question is how do I stabilize or balance my hormones so.this can stop? I recently lost 50 pounds and I don't eat all that much in a day, usually brown rice.with vegetables, an apple and some other snack and that's all I'll eat, I don't know if that has anything to do with it but just threw that in there in case. Has anyone experienced or seen this happen? All help is appreciated thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your weight loss could be a serious issue. What is your height, weight, and BMI? Be honest. Are you within normal range? If you are below normal, you may have an eating disorder. Please research that and find a counselor to help you! I saw my lil sis almost die from bulimia. It is quite serious. You need to be *honest* with yourself and see if your BMI & other standards are all right. That could be the issue.

      You said you lost weight. If you lost it rapidly, and considering your current eating habits, you may be malnourished. Contrary to popular belief, you *can* be overweight and still be malnourished. It's happened to me! I do not see any protein sources of any significance in your diet. Eat some red meat. You may be Fe (iron) deficient. Fe is needed to allow O2 to attach to your blood and be carried throughout the body. Changes to the face could be very big warning sign. People (like me again) with Fe deficiency can die of a heart attack, as your heart attempts to get more O2 to the body with O2-poor blood. There are many other dietary deficiencies I can see just in your brief description. If you are so deficient that you are noticing changes such as you said, then this is a big warning sign that something is wrong.

      You may be hypo- or hyper-glycemic as well. This could also be due to items listed above, obesity, medications, and more.

      The first step is to see your primary care doctor (pcp) and alert her/him. If she/he does not order the appropriate labs, you should request them. Unfortunately many doctors do not pay much attention to their patients these days. She/he should do a fasting glucose, lipid panel, kidney function (urine), Fe level AND % SATURATION (too many pcp's neglect that), and may be able to run some hormone level testing, as well as common vitamin deficiencies and so on, and a thyroid test. You will want to do all of these after fasting 12hrs. Plan your appt accordingly.

      The next step is to have her/him refer you to an endocrinologist. That is a doctor that specializes in hormonal issues. It's very unlikely that these are indeed hormonal imbalances. If you'd like to pursue that suggestion, however, that is the specialist that you would need to see.

      You may also be experiencing some form of edema (sometimes called "water weight" or "water swelling", "water retention" - which may indicate any number of issues, usually involving the kidneys.

      FYI, your hormones, male or female, will always fluctuate your entire life. Most people think mainly of sex-specific hormones, though our bodies are wonderful, amazing, complex beings with many hormones, that must change to adapt to your life over your years. You've been told an "old wive's tale". I'm more concerned about your large weight loss and dietary habits.

      Please make an appt to see your pcp, and see an endo if it will make you feel better. :) Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    semi permanent hair dye scare?
    I bought Loreal casting cr me gloss in Black cherry. I have used dyes like Directions and Stargazers in the past but not a proper dye like this. I have read all the horror stories and it makes me panic and feel nervous in case I get a reaction. You can smell it the minute you open the box and even though I haven't opened the products, I feel a bit light headed and itchy. I don't know whether I'm so paranoid I'm gonna react I feel like this or if I have had a reaction. When I have done tests in the past (the elbow one) I got minor headaches (I usually have a headache normally) and light headiness and slight itch. Am I just paranoid or is this a reaction?

    • ANSWER:
      No you're NOT. Your gut feeling is trying to 'warn' you of something and usually your gut feeling is RIGHT ON.

      When I was dyeing & perming my hair, I never did any research, never did a patch test, never even thought I would have allergies. How wrong I was!

      I started having frequent migraines, my 1st one lasted 14 hours. I had them so often, but never even thought it would be from chemicals.

      My youngest son had also frequent bloody noses. Mom had frequent bloody noses for 75 years, and she too abuses chemicals with frequent perming but never dyed her hair. She was diagnosed of Paget Cancer by age 89. Doctors couldn't figure out why her frequent bloody noses could lead to that! My sister, had double mastectomy by age 35. Her eyebrow hair after plucking them @ age 17 that lack of eyebrow re-growth would be a sign she has breasts cancer. I am worried that my youngest son, now 30 in Nov. would have an effect just because I abused chemicals in my younger years.

      Like I said, I didn't think I had allergies. But again, when I switched from a male doctor to a female doctor, the first thing she asked me: "when was the last time you had a tetanus shot?" I said: "I don't think I've ever had one!" So, she gave me a tet shot, and I was crippled for 3 months. The main ingredient for a tetanus shot was from a horse serum.

      If it's not hair loss, or headache, it's cancer. Google hair dye & cancer.

      The fruits are now sprayed with all kinds of toxics, and they are supposed to be safe for us, but now they're NOT so safe.

      Playing with chemicals is not like playing with clothes, there are penalties for playing chemicals in the lab. Even hair color experts at the salon are not rocket scientists, they do a bang up dye jobs to their clients or their own hair.

      Chemicals can enter the body through the skin.

      The hair industry is a billion dollar business, they sell products that cleans & condition the hair. They also sell products that damage and causes hair loss. They also DO NOT give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'.

      Best advice I can give you: if you're not sure DON'T.

      Sources:
      Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
      Google: Hair Dye FAQ's Are Hair Dyes Safe?

  43. QUESTION:
    Help analyzing thyroid test results?
    I recently went to the endocrinologist to check my thyroid, because I have been feeling bad lately, and have women in the family with hypothyroidism.

    Okay, here are my test results. I'm a 20 year old female.

    FREE T4: 0.94 (range 0.71-1.85)
    TSH: 1.49 (range 0.51-5.01)
    TOTAL T3: 0.76 (range 0.76-1.42)

    My thyroid peroxidase antibody is high, which "suggests thyroid inflammation but no affect on thyroid hormone production at this time".
    My endocrinologist wants to see me in six months to check on my hormones, but I find the T3 level nerve-wracking, as it is at the lowest it can possibly be in the normal range.

    Symptoms that I have are insatiable hunger, weight gain, drinking a lot of water, achy legs, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, distended stomach. The insatiable hunger is probably the most bothersome symptom at the moment. I'm literally eating all day long.

    Anyone have any ideas about that low-normal total T3 level? Should I asked to get my free T3 checked out? I don't know. I still feel like maybe thyroid could play a role in how I'm feeling, even though my endocrinologist says my levels are normal.

    Any advice or personal experience is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi LL,

      Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO) being in the High range would seem to indicate that you have an Auto Immune Thyroid disorder. TPO Antibodies are Present in both Grave's Disease AND Hashimoto's Thyroditis.
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/
      You could actually have both as I do.

      Free T3 would help. You would want to be at the top of the FT3 Normal range.
      You would also need an additional antibody test- TgAb to test for Hashimotos

      From the lab tests you seem hypothyroid, and though in the "normal range" you are in the lower end of normal indicating those numbers are probably NOT YOUR OPTIMAL range and need to be higher for you to feel better.

      Total T3 doesnt really tell anyone anything, since both Reverse T3 and FT3 are included in the number. IF you can get Doc to run both RT3 and FT3 -go for it and check the ratio between the two numbers.

      If you ever have a HyPER phase which can occur in Hashimoto's do NOT be conned into the RadioActive Iodine Treatment. It can have very nasty side effects which you will not be told about such as Thyroid CANCER, salivary gland infections, higher incidents of Thyroid Eye Disease to mention a few. Some docs dont know this having not read the research.
      http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/19330/2902/3 radioiodine dangers

      Many endocrinologists seem to have a difficult time getting their thyroid patients feeling better. I will NEVER go to another one for thyroid treatment. Too many are synthroid obsessed and depend on the TSH test too much and fail to hear you or treat your symptoms.

      There is a natural thyroid homone called Armour Thyroid. Many endos refuse to prescribe it even though it actually works better for me and many others. It has T4, T3, T2, T1 and Calcitonin like your own Thyroid does. Synthroid and the rest of the synthetic T4s have ONLY T4. My hair fell out en masse on synthroid and I never felt right . On NatureThroid, I feel great.

      The "generic" HYPO-allergenic version of Armour Thyroid is called NatureThroid and MUST be prescribed. It is USP Certified and listed as Armour Thyroid in the PDR (Physician's Desk Reference).

      You are wise to to try to take care of this and you need to research it for your own best health. ARM yourself with knowledge so the doc's cannot con you into anything you will later regret.
      The site below is massive, thorough, extensive and accurate. She pulls no punches. Research it and read read read. You are your own best advocate:)

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/site-map/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      Make sure you get a copy of YOUR lab tests.
      Take your meds AFTER the lab tests :)
      I hope you feel better soon.

      -Katz

  44. QUESTION:
    PCOS/Menstrual Cycle?
    Is it possible to have pcos and still have a "normal" period? Normal as in I don't miss periods, but they are usually very heavy. I also have a few other symptoms.

    I'm waiting for lab results on bloodwork - just curious to hear opinions.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Sophia, First and foremost I'm so sorry you have PCOS I don't know your age but no matter how old it's ok the reason I asked that some woman have that issue at a young age many women don't find out what's going on until they're older, after they've been dealing with their symptoms without necessarily understanding them. and they never know that they have it. I also don't know what other issues/ symptoms ( I hope all will come out good news for you when you get your Lab Results.) you have as you mentioned but as to your question in regard to your Menstrual cycle as you probably know Polycystic ovary syndrome (also called PCOS or Stein-Leventhal syndrome) occurs when hormone levels are abnormal. In general, too much of the male hormones (androgens) and too little of the female hormones (estrogens) are produced, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg every month (ovulating). Little cysts form where the egg should have been released, and the ovaries may become abnormally enlarged.PCOS causes a number of symptoms, including: irregular or absent menstrual periods ,problems with fertility,weight gain ,heavy hair growth on the face and body ,male-pattern hair loss on the head ,acne. A number of medications can help with these symptoms. Birth control pills can help periods become regular and predictable. Extraneous hair growth may be improved by birth control pills, or a number of other drugs called glucocorticoids, LHRH analogs, spironalactone, or glitazones. Less frequently, surgery is used to remove a wedge of the ovary, to lessen the abnormal hormonal effects.SO DEAR YES IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE REQURAL PERIODS AND HAVE PCOS, THAT WHY I STARTED WITH THE ISSUE THAT SOME WOMAN HAVE THAT ISSUE AND DON'T KNOW IT UNTIL LATER IN THEIR LIFE.. GOOD LUCK DEAR BEST WISHES HOPE ALL GO FINE WITH YOU AND YOUR TESTS LABS...

  45. QUESTION:
    Cat Urination Issues...After Many Trials and Errors?
    I have a four year old Persian who I have had for almost two years now. I moved into a new home after I married my husband about 4 months ago and brought my cat along with me. In addition, we added a dog to our family about a month after my move
    .
    We noticed her bloody urination only in the bathroom in two locations (none of which are close to her litter box), and she also used her litter box.

    We promptly took her to the vet (one visit of a series of SIX) to have her tested for any ailments. Our last visit we had several blood tests sent to a "special analyst" who could diagnose a disease that perhaps the regular lab could not. At the end of the six visits (and nearly ,000 later) we were told not only is our Persian healthy as a horse, she has stress issues that are related to my husband and new dog. We are advised to buy Feliway diffusers.

    We buy the diffusers and our cat does BEAUTIFULLY. We have several throughout the house. To ensure that it did the job we also bought the spray and the cat pheromone calming collar. They did the trick! We were elated!!

    Just yesterday we noticed that she started urinating again in the same areas as she was before. HOWEVER, we have two plug ins and the spray going and it did not curb her behavior. We had about three months of good urinating behavior, but now all of the sudden it's changed and the plug ins or spray did not prevent the inappropriate urination.

    We're at our wits end. We don't know what to do. I love this cat so very much and am willing to do WHATEVER it takes to make sure she stays with us. I have tried everything I can possibly try:
    Two litter boxes, changed daily
    Litter attraction additives
    Feliway spray and diffusers/plug ins
    Calming collars
    Increasing activity
    Multiple toys and cat nip attractions
    Cat scratching posts (even one that is high enough to escape the dog)
    Two rooms of the house in which only she can inhabit (it's inaccessible to the dog)

    Any suggestions, ideas, hope would be so welcomed. We just don't know what to do anymore. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure I buy the "stressed cat" diagnosis.
      While stress can make out pets have health issues, urinating outside of the box and sometimes blood in urine, are usually the signs of other problems.
      For instance...
      Kidney or bladder stones can cause periodic blood in urine and periodic urination issues (outside the box).
      My daughters cat, a 5 year old, started having urination problems. She was placed on antibiotics, it cleared up. Then she developed itchiness and a lot of licking and hair loss due to excessive licking. She was placed on prednisone. That cleared, She went off the pred eventually and soon had small nodules appear under her skin near base of tail. She was diagnosed with lymphoma.

      Now on pred and 1 cancer med. Doing beautifully 1 year later.
      I believe that all the health issues, urinary and licking were related to the cancer.

      That is not to say that your cat has cancer but I believe that their may still be some underlying health issue as you have addressed the stress, have clean litter boxes, etc.

      I currently care for 11 adult cats. One of them was showing signs of urination problems, squatting too long in the box and little urine. I have had males with bladder issues that always require a vet care and thought the same about this one, but the next day, he was fine. Then a week later, the same thing. Absolutely no changes in the household and he was not stressed. Quite the opposite.
      I started him on a homeopathic tablet for bladder health when I saw the problem again. A couple of days on the med and no problems since. That was months ago.
      Not sure if the meds cleared the problem or not but the meds were good for bladder support anyway.
      Here is the product I used...Pet Naturals, UT tract support...http://www.petnaturals.com/vitamins_supplements/urinary-tract-support-cats.php
      Comes in chew form too.

      I'm assuming xrays were taken to look for stones??
      If not then that is what I would do next.

      In case it's stress, you could try putting the dog in another part of the house or outside at night and when you are away from the house.
      This may make the cat feel better.

      You could also try some behavior modification w/ the cat. Close off the rooms where the cat goes other than the box.
      Do this for a couple of weeks. They get out of the habit and change their behavior.
      Also, you could place doggie pee pads in the area outside the box where she goes. At least you will catch the urine and not ruin your floors.

      We have to do that with one female that occasionally urinates on the rug by the fron door. Most times she goes in the box but sometimes chooses the rug, we have no idea why. This has been going on for a couple of years.

      Hope some of this helps. I feel your pain.

  46. QUESTION:
    SADIE, what is wrong with you?
    Sadie is a 2 year old dog. She is very sweet and playful yellow lab. A few weeks ago she was throwing up ( pine cones, brownish color and sometimes what looked like random stuff she ate ) ...she would vomit by the door ....and in 2 other bedrooms. She has little to no contact with other dogs, she is a family dog and plays in the large backyard. Sadie was given a week after the first vomit episode to control her Weight. She did not have as big an appetite and my only thought was she didn't like the food as much. She had an apt to see the vet. She visited the vet 4 days ago and got a clean bill f health..no worms ..no heart concerns. Healthy? Well, 2 days after I noticed two stray boxers in the yard she played with, Animal control took them away. This was yesterday. LAter that evening , I noticed on her paw ( a little above) a triangular shape ( about the size of a quarter) bald patch on her skin. No cuts, no bite marks and no hair...she kept licking it. I thought maybe those other dogs gave her something seeing as the female dog that animal control took away said the beeeyotch- I know, I know ...ha ha :) -had a bald spot on her back ,small one. Today ( next day) I started remembering the symptoms that occur ed when my brothers chihuahua had pave and need medical attention. So, I am guessing until the next vet visit..maybe someone can help me out. She is looking Alto thinner ( she is a fat dog) and you can see her ribs..but it could be the Weight loss food or sickness??? Yup, so kinda of a hard one..any help, anyone?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      When your dog threw up a few weeks ago, it was most likely from her eating the pine cone and such from outside. Sometimes dogs will eat things they find outside such as pine cones, leaves, flowers, grass, etc.. It will upset the dog's stomach because they can't digest the material, so they throw it up. Since it only happened once, that's a good thing.
      Also, it's always best to wean a dog onto a new dog food. The weight loss dog food will have ewer calories and will not have as much flavor or be as rich, so at first your dog may not eat as much of ot as she did the other food. You can try mixing a little of the old food with the new food, if she's not eating good.
      As for the missing hair on her paw, she could have hhit something and it tore the hair off her foot, or it could have happened when she was playing with the stray dogs. If your dog is chewing, biting or licking at it then you need to have a vet examine her. Hopefully the stray dogs did not have mange or it could have been that your dog caught some fleas from the other dogs. Fleas tend to be on a dog's feet, which could be why your dog is licking her foot. The fleas can make her itch and be irritated, so she will lick her feet to try and make them feel better.
      The best thing is to have a vet examine your dog. If she has fleas or any other skin problem, the sooner she's treated the better she will feel. They can give your dog medications to relieve the itching or irritation and shampoo to soothe her skin. If it is the begining of demodectic mange, the vet will most likely put your dog on antibiotics to clear it up. The sooner she's treated, the better it is for your dog. If your dog has had her vaccinations, then she should not have caught parvo from the other dogs.
      Your dog could be losing weight from the new dog food and if she's starting to be more active, running around and playing. If she was examined by a vet and she was healthy then just watch her. If she continues to lose weight or starts to act lethargic and stops eating or drinking water then you do need to take your dog back to the vet and they can do some more tests.
      Best of luck with your dog. Hope I helped.

  47. QUESTION:
    Please help with my thyroid & fibro question?
    I am a 21 year old female, have a 2 year old son and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Two months ago to be exact. I have always been a healthy and active person. My weight is 125 lbs, and I am 5'7
    May: TSH 6.26 t3 & t4, normal.
    June: TSH 8.22 t3 & t4 normal.
    Prescribed 25 mcgs of Synthoid, given generic version Levothyroxine by pharmacy. Told to take half a pill a day, 12 mcg's.
    Had a thyroid goiter ultrasound about a week ago, just got results and everything looked normal.
    Here are my symptoms before diagnosed:
    Cold intolerance
    Cold hands and feet
    Nervousness
    Anxiety(Although I've always had anxiety since childhood)
    Extreme fatigue
    Recurring sinus infections, allergies
    loss of appetite
    Zero sex drive

    Here are my symptoms while on levothyroxine:
    Cold intolerance
    Cold hands and feet
    Extreme nervousness
    Extreme anxiety
    Hair falling out(not crazy amounts, just a little more than the norm)
    Extreme fatigue
    Extremely irritable(any little thing ticks me off)
    loss of appetite
    Zero sex drive

    I feel horrible taking the medicine! I feel a whole lot worse than before I was diagnosed. Can anyone shed some light on me, because I am so confused. I just want to feel me again:(

    Besides those symptoms I do experience others as well that may not have anything to do with my thyroid and that is where my fibro question comes in.

    Symptoms:
    *Knees crack horribly(painless)
    *Knee and shin pain after standing up or walking
    *Extreme back pain when bending over(the pain spreads and feels like fire, if I continue bending over my back will lock up...had an X-ray of spine, and everything looked normal supposably)
    *Sharp throbbing pain in wrist, arm, thumb(I can't tell if its a painful muscle spasm, but if I press where it throbs the pain gets horribly intense)
    *Wrists hurt while cleaning, applying makeup
    *Tingling in right shoulder, knees, and pads of feet(Happened a couple days ago, the day before the tingling started, I was cleaning my apartment and at the end of the day my knees, shins, and feet hurt horribly, the tingling has subsided and only lasted for a day and a half)

    I am in the process of being tested for fibro and a couple other testings as well.

    Does this sound like fibro? Or a mixture of carpal tunnel & fibro?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry if no one told you but this med is VERY slow-acting & it is a LONG time before results are seen. You should be being retested every 6 wks until YOU are at YOUR optimum dose (never heard of anyone starting so low!!!) Fibro & CFS are a part of hypOthyroidism. Carpel tunnel also often accompanies this.

      You still need testing to see if your hypO is from Hashi's.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  48. QUESTION:
    THYROID???????????? =/?
    Hey everybody.

    I hope you can help me..

    I'm a 16 year old female (almost 17). I've been losing my eyebrow hairs for about a year. The skin around the eyebrow area is dry and flaky.

    Could this be a sign of a thyroid problem? I mean... when I look on websites, it says OUTER THIRD OF EYEBROW.. But I'm losing eyebrow hairs from ALL parts of the eyebrow.

    I have seen a derm and a doctor - both were no help.
    I had a blood test done in January and my thyroid levels came back normal
    I tried the basal thermometer (with a regular digital thermometer), and my temperature was 96.5.

    Do you think I have a thyroid problem? How can I know for SURE?

    other symptoms:
    constipation, dry flaky skin all over my face, eyebrow loss, acne, cold hands and feet.

    please help me
    =/

    thank you!
    No one in my family has a thyroid problem (not that we know of)... and yes, I did fast for 10 hours.
    =(

    thank you for answering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd never heard about the eyebrow symptoms (and I wouldn't say the outer third is an absolute - everyone is different) but your other symptoms certainly support thyroid.

      Are you also having bowel problems? irregular periods? drop foot? any other symptoms?

      Does anyone else in your family have underactive thyroid? It's very hereditary.

      When you had the bloodwork, did you fast for at least 8-12 hours? That's important too.

      Labs make mistakes, plus it's been a year and the symptoms haven't changed. If your GP will support it, maybe ask to have the test done again, this time from a different lab.

      Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    I sleep way more than I should, and I'm always tired?
    I have been asleep for sixteen of the past twenty four hours.
    My psychology teacher told us that in order to get a full sleep, you shouldn't set an alarm, and just let your body wake up when it's ready, but if it's left up to me I probably wouldn't wake up for a very long time.

    Yesterday when I came home from work, despite having slept seven hours the night before, I had a five hour nap, Seven hours later I went to bed and slept for eleven hours. Both these times I only got up, not because my body felt refreshed, or I felt like I had slept enough, but because I had woken up for a moment because of something else, saw the time, and decided I should really get up before I sleep all day.

    I haven't been eating well recently, but even when I do I feel like this. It's everything I can do to not fall asleep in class (not going to school any more though), on the bus, during breaks at work, no matter how much or how little I sleep.

    I don't exercise, but my job involves being on my feet for seven or eight hours, and doing a lot of running around, I also used to walk to school, and I walk to work or to the bus stop now, so I'm not sitting around doing nothing every day.

    Please help!
    I've had my blood tested for blood sugar levels twice and iron once because I've passed out from standing too long and they wanted to make sure I wasn't anemic or hypoglycemic. Even if nothing shows up I still say I'm hypoglycemic I have all the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Your thyroid levels can read "low normal" at only 30% of their potential. Hypothyroidism mimics the symptoms of hypoglycemia and anemia. The thyroid produces two essential hormones, T-3 and T-4. It regulates body temperature, emotions, metabolism, calcium absorption, brain functions, alertness, bodily homeostasis, energy levels, and affects nearly every system and organ in the body directly or indirectly.

      The thyroid requires iodine to function, iodine is essential and rare in foods, that is why it is added to table salt in the USA. It is not added to salt in prepared foods such as packaged chips, crackers, nuts soups, or canned products or any other packaged products unless stated as such...sea salt has small amounts of iodine naturally. Absence of iodine causes brain damage, and is the leading factor in preventable brain damage around the globe.

      Again, thyroid testing is such that the standards are set far below what they should be, so please get that checked out. Levothyroxine (synthetic T4 also called Synthroid) is the cheapest thyroid hormone replacement medication and is effective for many people, coffee reduces its effectiveness/absorption by 30%. But levothyronine (T3 also called Cytomel; triiodothyronine) is the main hormone itself, but the tests for it are more expensive, and the pill is more expensive; but taking both is far more effective, at least in my case, my brother, and my friend June.

      Early symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

      Cold intolerance
      constipation
      weight gain, water retention
      bradycardia; slow heart rate
      fatigue
      decreased sweating
      muscle cramps and joint pain
      dry, itchy skin
      thin, brittle fingernails
      rapid thoughts
      depression
      irritability
      poor muscle tone
      female infertility
      elevated serum cholesterol
      hair loss

      Late symptoms

      goiter
      slow speech and hoarse, breaking voice - deepening voice
      dry, puffy skin, expecially on the face
      thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
      abnormal menstrual cycles
      low body temperature (mine has been 97.4 most of my life)
      thyroid-related depression
      loss of arm or leg hairs and/or growth of fine, weak hairs (peach fuzz) instead

      Uncommon

      impaired memory
      impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness
      slow heart rate
      reactive hypoglycemia
      sluggish reflexes
      anemia
      difficulty swallowing
      shortness of breath
      increased need for sleep
      irritability and mood instability
      yellowing of the skin
      impaired kidney function
      acute psychosis (mysedema madness)
      decreased libido in men
      decreased sense of taste and smell
      puffy face, hands and feet
      gynecomastia (male breasts)
      deafness
      enlarged tongue

      Subclinical hypothyroidism occurs when thryotropin (TSH) levels are elevated but thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) levels are normal. In primary hypothyroidism, TSH levels are high and T4 and T3 levels are low. TSH usually increases when T4 and T3 levels drop. TSH prompts the thyroid gland to make more hormone (as does the hypothalamus and the pituitary). In subclinical hypothyroidism, TSH is elevated but below the limit representing overt hypothyroidism. The levels of the active hormones will be within the lab reference ranges (they appear normal).

      Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide. It can also be inherited, both my mother, brother and I have it. But it is generally more common in women. Hypothyroidism is also relatively common in domestic dogs.

      for more on hypothyroidism and a list of thyroid function tests follow the wiki link below. Good luck to you, I hope this helps.

female hair loss lab tests

Is Female Hair Loss Reversible

Women always remained proud of their hair. It is considered a sign of beauty, femininity and youth in females. Baldness is less common in females than in men. But when females experience baldness and thinning of hair, the effect is much greater.
Common Causes of Female Hair Loss
It was previously considered that the causes of female baldness are the same as men, but research revealed that they are not same all the time. Females may experience baldness due to androgens hormones (androsteinedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)) but research showed that many women facing baldness and thinning of hair have normal levels of these hormones. Thats why the term female pattern hair loss is used to describe hair loss in women.
Besides hormones, other factors affecting hair health like nutrition, use of hair products, stress, and physical activity are essentially the same for men and women.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Here are some very useful tips to stop or slow down hair loss.
Exercise and stress: We all agree that stress is bad for the mind and body including hair. Coping with stress is a long topic in itself but here is the tip. Exercise is the best way to fight stress, without any side-effects, most other methods have.
Styling products: Styling products are usually harmful especially hair straightener and hair curling products. With numerous products in the market, government and other regulatory bodies are unable to safeguard people. So the responsibility rests upon the users themselves. Research thoroughly before using the products or consult a hair doctor for advice.
Stretching hair styles: Many women style their hair which stretch and pull hair (ponytails, plaits, corn-rows, tightly braiding). This is very dangerous and if this kind of hairstyle is used continuously, the stretched area can lose its hair.
Hair coloring: Coloring your hair can often cause your hair to become weak. Use coloring sparingly if necessary.
Hair Dryer: Try to avoid hair dryers and let them dry naturally. If the use of dryer is necessary, turn the heat to the minimum level.
Clean Hair with mild shampoo: Cleaning your hair is very important. Use Sulfate FREE shampoos to wash your hair.Alsolook for the pH value of shampoo. Our skin has a pH Value between 4.5 and 5.5. Use shampoo within the pH range of 4-7.
Female Hair Transplant
More than 90% of the men are good candidates for a hair transplant. This is not the case with women. For a transplant to be successful, a good amount of hair is needed in the donor area. These hairs are harvested from the donor area and transplanted into the affected area.
Men affected by male pattern baldness experience hair loss from the hairline and crown on their head. The other areas of their head remain less affected or even unaffected by baldness because they are resistant to hormones that create baldness. These resistant hairs are harvested and then transplanted into the affected area. When transplanted into the affected area, these hairs retain their properties and are less prone to hormonal destruction.
In contrast, females experience diffuse hair loss (an overall thinning of all hair on the head). Women do not have hormone resistant areas on the sides and back of the head. If these weak hairs are extracted from donor sites and transplanted into the affected sited, they are most likely to fall soon.
Second point which makes transplanting in women less feasible is need of volume. Men usually lose hair from their hairline and crown. They just need redistribution of hair to reform their hairline. Women however, do not lose their hairline. They lose the volume from all over the head. Hair transplant is of little help in this scenario.
Women are good candidates for a hair transplant in the following situations.
The hair loss has been occurred due to hairstyles which stretch the hair like ponytails, braiding tightly, and excessive use of hair clips.
Women who lost hair from a specific area due to injury or surgery.
Women experiencing baldness similar to male pattern baldness, thinning hairline, and crown.
The best way to know the suitability is to consult a qualified hair doctor or hair transplant surgeon so that you can be sure whether a transplant is appropriate for you and plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Hair has really thinned out these last couple of years, any success stories of reversing it?
    In the last couple of years of University, my hair has thinned out a lot. I have been on stress overdrive for a couple years now and not eating as healthy as I should, and not being as active as I should. I have now vowed to turn this around and concentrate on my health. I am going to eat balanced meals 3 times a day, and incorporate exercise into my daily routine. I will also take a multivitamin. Any other suggestions in helping with my hair and skin?

    • ANSWER:
      It your hair is shedding excessively you may have telogen effluvium. If the thinning is caused by individual strands becoming thinner and weaker providing less scalp coverage you may have androgenetic alopecia. I had chronic telogen effluvium. I was able to grow all my hair back with essential oil treatments. There are may possible causes for this type of hair loss. It is usually temporary and reversible. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss and about using essential oils for hair loss at the links below.

  2. QUESTION:
    Would taking hair vitamins make my hair stop falling out?
    Like Biosil, or another vitamin meant for hair, skin and nails? My hair has been falling out for about 5 months, it just doesn't seem any thinner.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking vitamins can help some, especially if a nutritional deficiency is contributing to the problem. I prefer using using spirulina and /or chlorella as they are natural (non-synthetic) making them easy to digest and absorb. They contain many nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair growth and overall health. Some of the more common nutritional deficiencies associated with hair loss include iron, zinc and protein.
      The type of hair loss that causes excessive shedding is called telogen effluvium. Any type of imbalance can cause this condition. Telogen effluvium causes more hairs than usual to go into the resting (telogen) stage where they will then shed 1-3 months later. Thinking back to the months preceding the shed may provide clues. Common triggers include vaccination, flu shot, medication, exposure to toxin or allergen, change in diet, infection, high fever, stress, etc. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible but it can become severe and long-lasting. I also had this condition. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss at the links below.

  3. QUESTION:
    How I can avoid pregnancy for first two years of my marriage?
    I am going to marry in the coming spring. I don't like to see my wife pregnant for first two years due to some personal reasons. I hate to use condoms, Therefore can any one suggest some other madicated or alternative ways to do so. Please don't suggest about outside discharge and also dont suggest in wrong manner coz this question is asked for knowledge purpose.

    • ANSWER:
      vasectomy is the best solution because is reversible
      as know as vasectomy reversal..!!!

      I have a friend who did that
      but he was smart enough to say nothing to his wife
      after a while she get pregnant is when my friend
      find it out she was cheating on him

      final result
      he get a quick divorce and she get nothing

      PS
      don't pay attention to all idiots who say Birth Control
      because the pill has a long term nasty side effect in some case lead to death
      don't force your wife to put a toxic medication in her body

      just do the vasectomy
      no treatments needed
      no medications needed

      Birth Control Side Effects

      http://birthcontrolsideeffects.biz/

      Having a constant feeling of nausea
      Morning sickness
      Irregular menstrual cycles
      Loose bowel and bloating
      Mood swings
      Palpitation
      Depression (in rare cases)
      Tenderness of breasts
      Loss of libido
      Hypertension and changes in the lipid profiles
      Increased fluid retention attributing on some level towards weight gain
      Decreased calcium retention in kidneys leading to bone loss and osteoporosis
      Hair and follicular changes are also seen.

      LONG TERM SIDE EFFECTS

      Depression
      Optical problems like increased susceptibility for cataract
      Increased number of gallstones
      Cardiac failure and transient ischemic attacks in very rare cases.
      Decreased resistance towards seasonal infections.
      In females the risk of ectopic pregnancies is exponentially related to the period of usage of hormonal contraceptives.
      Increased susceptibility towards endometrial and cervical cancers because of poor nutrition and lack of hormonal balance in endometrial tissues.
      Jaundice, clotting and thrombosis on rare circumstances.

  4. QUESTION:
    I'm a teenage girl and my hair is falling out?
    I'm in my early teens and for the past few weeks, my hair has been falling out and thinning at an alarming rate.

    When I wake up it's all over my pillow and I'm terrified I have alopecia, like my mum did.
    Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      Teenage hair loss is becoming more and more common. There are many possible causes including recent vaccination, infection, extreme diet/weight loss, birth control, illness, etc. Excessive shedding is usually temporary and reversible. Essential oil scalp massage treatments are very helpful but it is still important to try to determine and treat the underlying cause. The links below have information on female hair loss, teenage hair loss and using essential oils for hair loss.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair suddenly falling out?
    Okay, I'm NOT anorexic, bulimic, depressed, breastfeeding, unhygienic, doing drugs, or bleaching or applying heat to my hair. I have maybe a little more stress than I usually have because of exams, but that's it. I'm not sick. Can anyone please tell me what I can do to stop it? It's driving me insane.

    • ANSWER:
      Any change disturbance or imbalance can disrupt the hair growth cycle causing more hairs than usual to retreat to the telogen (resting) phase where they will then be shed 1-3 months later. Even a minor disturbance/change can cause telogen effluvium if the body does not easily adjust to the change. Usually it is temporary and reversible once the underlying cause is identified and addressed. Other possibilities include medication, birth control pill. recent vaccination, low ferritin levels. major life change, surgery, trauma, etc. More information on female hair loss can be found in the links below.

  6. QUESTION:
    Why does my hair keep falling out?
    I'm only 19 and i've always had really thick, long hair. but lately every time i wash it huge chunks fall out. why is this happening to me? is there something wrong with my diet? my shampoo? what?

    • ANSWER:
      This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. It is becoming more common in teens and young women. There are many possible causes for this type of hair loss. Common causes include vaccination, birth control, medication, change in diet, extreme dieting with weight loss, stress, exposure to toxins or allergens, medical procedure, infection, illness, nutritional deficiency, etc. Anytime the body perceives a change or imbalance the hair growth cycle may become disrupted causing more hairs than normal to retreat to the resting (telogen) stage where they will be shed 1-3 months later. Thinking back to the months preceding the hair loss may provide clues.
      This type of hair loss is often temporary and reversible once the cause is identified and corrected or the body adjusts.
      I also had this problem. Essential oil scalp treatments helped stimulate new hair growth and make my hair healthier. You can learn more about essential oils for hair loss and about the types and causes of female hair loss at the sites listed below.

  7. QUESTION:
    headaches all the time and my hair falls out?
    since december my hair has been falling out. it wasn't bad at first but its got worse as time has gone along. i went to the doctors two months ago and they did some blood tests but they all came back fine. recently since a month back i have been getting headaches which can either be slight headaches or extremely bad headaches. does anybody know what i should do or what this could mean?

    • ANSWER:
      The type of hair loss you are experiencing is called telogen effluvium. There are many possible causes including medications, hormonal changes, stress, nutritional deficiency, illness, infection etc. Any change or disturbance in the body can lead to this type of hair loss. It may be correlated to whatever is causing your headaches. Usually this type of hair loss is temporary and reversible once the cause is identified and corrected. I used essential oil scalp treatments when I had this condition. Essential oil scalp treatments are very effective but it is still important to determine and treat the underlying issue. The link posted below on female hair loss may help you.

  8. QUESTION:
    My hair keeps on falling out?
    If I run my hands through my hair, at least 5 or 10 strands will come out at the most. My hair will randomly fall out and so I have to brush strands of hair off my arm. Then in the shower it comes out in large amounts of strands, but it has yet to become a major clump. I have thick, wavy hair. I used to straighten it regularly but I just now stopped. Could the straightener have anything to do with it? And are there any shampoos/conditioners that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      This happened to me also. I ended losing a lot of hair. I used essential oil scalp massage treatments for my hair loss. It worked very effectively to stimulate new hair growth. There are many reasons for this type of hair loss. Some of the common causes are low ferritin levels, birth control pills. medications, stress, extreme dieting/weight loss, stress, infection, illness etc. This type of hair loss is often temporary and reversible. Although essential oils can help, it is still important to try to determine and treat the underlying cause. You can read my story and get more information on female hair loss and essential oils for hair loss at the links below.

  9. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HALP! For how long the hair keep falling due to intense stress?
    I had intense stress around 4 months ago and 2 weeks ago my hair starts to fall soo much * it was falling before but not as much as now* . I wonder for how long time it will last this falling. It disturbs my life. I have been taking multi vitamine for hair and nail and iron for more than 3 months i also made blod test too i dunt have problem in hormon or anything. what is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Intense stress can cause a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible but can become severe and long-lasting if the stress remains unresolved. Any type of physical or emotional imbalance in which the body has a difficult time adjusting to can disrupt the hair growth cycle causing more hairs than usual to retreat to the resting "telogen" phase where they will be shed 1-3 months later. If the condition lasts too long it can become chronic. Severe stress can also cause other physical imbalances which can cause hair loss or make hair loss worse.
      Essential oil scalp treatments are a wonderful remedy for this type of hair loss. You can learn about using essential oils for hair loss and about female hair loss at the links below.

  10. QUESTION:
    People using Roaccutane for acne treatment - side effects?
    hey eveyone was wondering a few things about effects of the treatment, i know there are a few side effects and heard something about the break down of muscles;
    Would i be able to join a swimming squad? and be able maintain a high level of virgorus training?
    What effects what happen if i was to start weight training?
    thanks a tonne

    • ANSWER:
      While the results from Accutane can be impressive, the side effects are numerous and widespread. Accutane is a systemic medication which affects most parts of the body. Side effects range from mild & reversible to life-threatening in rare cases. When data exists, incidence information is listed. Hover your mouse over each potential side effect for more information.

      Birth defects on Accutane
      The birth defects caused by Accutane are devastating and life threatening. Birth defects include skull, ear, eye, facial, central nervous system, cardiovascular, thymus, and parathyroid abnormalities, and also death. Clinical research shows extremely high risk for birth defects in pregnant women. The effects and risks of Accutane on unborn children are so severe that female patients of childbearing age are required to use two (2) forms of birth control while on Accutane.

      The iPLEDGE program was started in March 2006 to prevent women from becoming pregnant while on Accutane.

      iPLEDGE program telephone: 1-866-495-0654
      iPLEDGE program website: ipledgeprogram.com

      Accutane is the #1 prescribed teratogenic (causes birth defects) medication in the United States.

      Hair loss
      A small percentage of people are affected.
      Pressure within the skull
      AKA intracranial hypertension. Clinical research found this to occur very rarely.
      Neurological symptoms
      including dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, lethargy, malaise, nervousness, tingling/pricking/numbness (AKA paresthesias), seizures, stroke, fainting (AKA syncope), weakness
      Vision problems
      Certain: abnormal oil secretion in the eye AKA abnormal meibomian gland secretion, inflamed mucus membrane that lines the eye AKA blepharoconjunctivitis, cornea becomes less transparent, AKA corneal opacities, loss of night vision AKA decreased dark adaptation, decreased tolerance to contact lenses, decreased vision, increased salt concentration in tears AKA increased tear osmolarity, inflamed cornea AKA keratitis, oil gland atrophy in the eye AKA meibomian gland atrophy, near- or shortsightedness AKA myopia, eye discomfort AKA ocular discomfort, dry eye AKA ocular sicca, excessive sensitivity to light AKA photophobia, birth defects regarding the eyes AKA teratogenic ocular abnormalities.

      Probable/likely: decreased color vision (reversible), permanent loss of night vision AKA loss of dark adaptation.

      Possible: permanent dry eyes AKA keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

      As a side note, the FAA {United States Federal Aviation Administration} is considering more stringent rules regarding pilots who have been exposed to Accutane.

      Nosebleed
      AKA epistaxis. Clinical research found this to occur in 30% of cases.
      Hair overgrowth in women
      AKA hirsutism
      Severe allergy
      AKA anaphylactic reactions have been reported in clinical research.
      Inflammation of the lips
      AKA cheilitis
      Bleeding & inflammation
      of the gums
      Rash(including eczema)
      Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding.
      Hives
      AKA uticaria
      Nail abnormalities
      Rapid breakdown of
      muscle tissue
      AKA rhabdomyolysis. Clinical research found this to occur in rare cases.
      Overgrowth of bone
      AKA hyperostosis. Clinical research found this to be possible.
      Bone, tendon, and ligament calcification
      Calcification is hardening of the bone, tendon, or ligament caused by the deposition of or conversion into calcium carbonate or some other insoluble calcium compounds; calcified cartilage
      Joint pain
      AKA arthralgia. Clinical research found this to occur in 15% to 35% of cases.
      Acute, long lasting arthritis
      Clinical research found this to rarely occur.
      Muscle pain
      AKA myalgia. Clinical research found this to occur in 15% to 50% of cases.
      Tendonitis
      Inflammation of a tendon.
      Elevated liver enzymes
      AKA hepatotoxicity. Clinical research found this to occur in 15% of cases.
      Low back pain
      Clinical research found this to occur in 30% of cases.
      Alopecia
      Alopecia is a condition that results in loss of hair from the scalp and sometimes other areas of the body. Since it causes bald spots on the scalp it is sometimes referred to as spot baldness. In one to two percent of cases, alopecia may spread to the entire scalp or epidermis.
      Headaches
      Clinical research found this occurred in 10% to 28% of cases.
      Depression
      Depression and suicide have been linked to Accutane in clinical research but the data are not entirely conclusive. More research on the connection between suicide, depression and Accutane is needed. See the mental health tab for more detailed information on the topic.
      Reduced blood flow to
      the brain
      AKA cerebral ischemia. Clinical research found this to be extremely rare.
      Hearing impairment
      "has been reported" and "may persist after therapy has been discontinued"
      Yellowish deposits on
      eyelids
      AKA xanthomas. Clinical research found this to rarely occur.
      Dry skin
      AKA xerosis. Clinical research found this to occur in 57% of cases.

  11. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of female hair loss that is most pronounced on the nape of the neck?
    I am a 21 year old female. Until recently I had a very thick head of hair.
    I started to notice that I was losing more hair than normal this summer but I wasn't too worried since it didn't seem to be getting any thinner.
    Then about 3 weeks ago, my hair loss increased to the point where it was indisputably abnormal. And it has continued to fall as much every day since. My hair is now visibly thinner. My ponytail is about half the thickness it used to be.

    At first it seemed as though the hair loss was diffuse but now that my hair has thinned considerably, I've noticed that it is NOT diffuse and is coming from certain areas in particular:
    1. my hair line (my bangs are so thin, they're nearly gone)
    2. **especially the nape of my neck (you know when men's hair starts to recede at the temples? that's what the nape of my neck looks like now)
    and the thinning is more pronounced on the right side in both cases.

    I consulted 2 different doctors, but neither found anything abnormal in my blood work and didn't seem too eager to help me.

    What could be causing my hair loss and is it reversible?

    Also, as background information, I have no illnesses and I do not take any medication (including birth control), nor have I ever had any severe illnesses and the last pills I took were antibiotics about a year ago. All the men in my family are bald but none of the women are. The only travelling I've done in the last year is to Italy.

    Thank you so much for any help you can provide.
    My hair loss is progressing rapidly and I could use some answers so that I can take the necessary steps to stop it and hopefully reverse it.

    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be stress. My friend started losing hair when she was having problems with her boyfriend, but she didn't lose as much as you have, she only lost a patch of it near her temple. There's a name for it, but I forget what it is. I'd keep going to different doctors until one is more eager to help you!
      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    why is my hair is shedding?
    My hair has been shedding pretty bad lately. I have been growing my relaxer out for almost 4 years, but it has been a couple of months since i last got my ends clipped. Could this be the cause of my shedding?
    im only 22
    it just recently started shedding like this.
    Educated answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      Not getting your ends clipped will not cause hair loss. The condition that causes excessive shedding is called telogen effluvium. Any change, disturbance or imbalance can disrupt the hair growth cycle causing more hairs than usual to retreat to the telogen (resting) stage where they will then be shed 1-3 months later. It may be helpful to think back to the months prior to hair loss for clues.
      Some of the more common causes include medications, birth control. vaccination, extreme stress, extreme change in diet, exposure to toxins or allergens, trauma. surgery, infection, illness etc.
      This type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible but it can become severe and long-lasting if the cause is not identified and corrected or the body does not adjust.
      You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss at the link below.

  13. QUESTION:
    I think I got selenosis. How do you cure selenosis???
    I'm losing my hair. I started losing it at 13 or 14 and now im 17 and it hasn't stopped. I found a disease on the internet while searching. It's called selenosis and if you look it up its a disease marked by hair loss. I just want to know how to cure it because none of the sites I went to actually tells you how to cure it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're losing your hair as a result of selenosis, it's reversible.

      Selenosis is selenium poisoning. You could be taking in selenium through your food or water. Once you stop ingesting selenium, the hair should grow back.

      However, there are other causes of hair loss, some of them potentially serious. You should see your doctor.

      The following is from FamilyDoctor.org:

      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      You can see the entire article at: http://familydoctor.org/081.xml

  14. QUESTION:
    i if some one take female hormone what will it do their biology and its reversible?

    • ANSWER:
      it has side effects and some cause or induce other health related problems/side effects. some may be reversable while others just cause another problem to emerge due to side effects of meds. (eg. birth control pills can cause hair loss, thyroid problems, weight gain....some reverse while off the meds and some permantently change the chemistry and metabolism of the body)

  15. QUESTION:
    is my hair falling out cause i'm stressing ?
    i got in the shower with my boyfriend this morning and i notice that my hair was falling out and my boyfriend told me its cause i'm stressing out to much is that true??? and if it i what should i do??/

    • ANSWER:
      Female hair loss is becoming more and more common. Stress is just one of many possible causes. Other common causes include medication, birth control pill, recent vaccination. extreme dieting/weight loss, infection. thyroid imbalance, low ferritin level. iron or zinc deficiency, etc. The type of hair loss that causes excessive shedding is usually temporary and reversible.I used essential oils very successfully for my own hair loss condition. Essential oil scalp massage can be a very effective treatment but it is still important to determine and treat the underlying issue if possible. The links below have more information.

  16. QUESTION:
    What does anyone know about the shot that stops you from getting your period? I am 27, no children & hate PMS?

    • ANSWER:
      The Basics

      "The shot" is an injectable progestin-only prescription method of reversible birth control. It contains a hormone that is similar to the progesterone made by a woman's ovaries to regulate the menstrual cycle. The shot is also known as DMPA. The D stands for "depot," the solution in which the hormone is suspended. The hormone is medroxyprogesterone acetate. The common brand name for the DMPA shot is Depo-Provera.

      A shot of DMPA can prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks. It

      usually, prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation)

      less often, thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from joining an egg

      alters the lining of the uterus, which, in theory, may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg

      Effectiveness

      The shot is one of the most effective reversible methods of birth control. Of every 1,000 women who use it correctly and consistently, only three will become pregnant during the first year of use. Three in 100 women will become pregnant with typical use.

      Protection is immediate if you take the shot during the first seven days of your period. Otherwise, use a backup method of contraception for the first week. Protection lasts for 12 weeks.

      The shot is not effective against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom to reduce the risk.

      Advantages & Disadvantages

      Advantages

      can be used by women who cannot take estrogen

      can be used while breastfeeding

      effective for 12 weeks

      helps prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus

      no pill to take daily

      nothing to put in place before vaginal intercourse

      Disadvantages

      must receive shot every three months

      pregnancies, which very rarely occur, are more likely to be ectopic (in a fallopian tube)

      may not be used continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for you

      takes an average of nine to 10 months or sometimes more than a year to get pregnant after getting the last shot

      Possible Side Effects

      Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect for women using DMPA. It is more common in the first six to 12 months of use.

      Periods become fewer and lighter for most women, and often stop altogether. The longer a woman uses the shot, the more likely her periods will stop. It may take up to a year for periods to return after a woman's last shot.

      Some women will have longer, heavier periods.

      Some may have increased light spotting and breakthrough bleeding.

      DMPA use is associated with temporary bone thinning. Talk with your health care provider about the risks. To help protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      Less Common Side Effects

      change in sex drive

      change of appetite, weight gain

      depression

      hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body

      headache

      nausea

      nervousness, dizziness

      skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin

      sore breasts

      There is no way to stop the side effects of the shot c they may continue until it wears off (12 14 weeks).

      Warning Signs

      Serious problems are rare. Tell your clinician immediately if you have

      a new lump in your breast

      major depression

      severe pain in the stomach or abdomen

      unusually heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding

      yellowing of skin or eyes

      Who Can Use the Shot?

      Most women can use the shot.

      It may be especially appropriate if you

      want very effective long-lasting contraception

      cannot take estrogen

      are unable to use barrier methods routinely or take a daily pill

      Usually women who use the shot need special medical supervision if they have

      current serious blood clotting conditions

      high blood pressure

      high risk for heart disease

      a history of severe depression

      liver disease, such as hepatitis, abnormal results on liver function tests, or a history of liver tumors

      You should not use the shot if you

      cannot put up with irregular bleeding or loss of your period

      are taking medicine for Cushing's syndrome

      are or might be pregnant

      have a known or suspected breast cancer

      have unexplained bleeding from the vagina

      want to become pregnant within the next year

      Women should not use the shot continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for them.

      Women who use DMPA may have temporary bone thinning. It increases the longer they use DMPA. Bone growth begins again when women stop using the shot. Whether or not there is a complete recovery of bone mass is unknown.

      Whether or not temporary bone thinning leads to greater risk of bone fracture from osteoporosis much later in life is also unknown.

      To protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      How to Get the Shot

      Your clinician will take your medical history. Depending on your medical history, you may need a partial or complete physical exam.

      Your clinician will give you an injection you may have a temporary bruise.

      You will need an injection every 12 weeks for as long as you want to prevent pregnancy.

  17. QUESTION:
    hair loss?
    why is my hair falling off?
    i have anemia...
    can some one tell me, please......

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss in women is a suprisingly common, but no less distressing, occurence.

      Excessive loss (over 50 to 100 hairs a day) is usual due to

      Telogen effluvium
      Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss)
      Alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease)

      The commonest hair loss in women is the first condition, telogen effluvium, in which there is a widely spread out, shedding of hairs around the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Within this category, the causes are usually:

      various illnesses/fever
      certain medications
      rapid weight loss/crash diets
      alcoholism
      anemia
      pregnancy
      stress
      thyroid problems

      You mention anemia, but not what kind. I will presume its the commonest - Iron deficiency anemia - caused by insufficient dietary intake or absorption of iron to replace losses.

      Recent studies have indicated that iron has a much closer link to hair loss than most doctors realise. In both male and female hair loss, having too little iron in the blood makes it worse. It's a controversial issue as not every single study shows a link between iron deficiency and hair loss.

      In my opinion, from limited information, this would be the first avenue to pursue. Please do so under a doctor's supervision. You can get iron overload, which can be dangerous.

      For your info, iron-rich foods are tofu, lentils, beans, oysters, spinach, prunes, raisins, lean beef. Also foods that are rich in vitamin C (citrus and tomato) are known to increase iron absorption.

      Note: What most doctors consider to be a normal amount of iron stored in the body is, I believe, too low. The "normal" range may need to be boosted by 2 or even 3 times to help replenish hair. You may wish to do further research on this, if going down this route - and quiz your doctor on it.

      The key to hair loss is to find out what the UNDERLYING REASON is and to then evaluate your options in dealing with it. May I suggest you go to your doctor or specialist anyway to diagnose your condition.

      The good news is that a large percent of women's hair loss is completely reversible.

      Good Luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    finasteride 1mg side effects?
    hi, i am 21 yrs old male and started losing my hair when i was 17-18yrs..i have lost my hair line to some extent.i consulted a doctor and he suggested me to take finax 1mg tablet daily.But after reading about side effects of this tablet i am worried whether i should take these tablets or not. Does everyone who consumes this medicine suffers from its side effects and are these side effects reversible?

    • ANSWER:
      The major side effects associated with taking finasteride are sexual difficulties like decreased sexual desire or ability to get an erection and small amount of semen released during sex. These side effects are reversible and should subside soon after the finasteride is discontinued. Sometimes it is possible for the side effects to persist after discontinuing the medication, but this is uncommon and once again, a reversible effect of taking the medication.

      There are other important factors that you should know about using finasteride to prevent hair loss. It may take at least three months of daily use to see an improvement in hair loss with this medication and you must continue taking finasteride to maintain the results. If you do decide to discontinue the medication after consistent use, the effect will be reversed in 12 months. Also, it is important to know that while taking finasteride, you are not able to donate blood to prevent giving this medicine to a pregnant female through a blood transfusion.

      I would suggest talking to your doctor about this being an appropriate medication choice for you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Female---loss of hair?
    I loose a lot of hair specially when i have a head bath. I have head bath say 3 times a week and notice there is a lot of loss of hair... Is this natural ?
    Besides even when i come my hair i loose hair.. Pls adv if loosing hair is normal...?... But i dont see as in my growth decressing ..

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive shedding is not normal. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. It is fairly common and there are many possible causes. Essential oil scalp treatments are very effective for this type for hair loss but it also helps to get to the underlying cause. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible but it can become severe and long-lasting if not treated early.

  20. QUESTION:
    What scalp condition does this sound like?
    My scalp itches only on a small patch at the very top of my head. It never stops itching no matter what medicine or shampoo I use and I've used plenty even prescription ones. I've even gotten head massages and scratched my scalp til I get a headache and it still itches. Get this, I have a healthy scalp (according to doctors). There no redness, oiliness, dandruff, dryness, scaliness, or anything of the sort. It looks normal. I do have hair loss where it itches only, not thinning just shorter than the rest of my hair significantly. My hair is shoulder length and the hair loss area is only about 1-2 inches and rarely seems to grow past that. This really really sucks considering it is hard to conceals being at the very top of my head. I'm only a 26 yr old female and this has been the case since as longs as I can remember maybe since 10. Why does it itch nonstop? What can I do to stop it? What scalp disease if any does this sound like? What can I do to grow my hair? The doctor says it may be from relaxing my hair and it makes sense now because I starting getting perms around the age of 10. But does this mean absolutely no perms ever because that sucks for a person with my grade of hair. But if it will prevent further hair loss then I will stop completely. If it is the perm and I've been getting it all these years is my hair/scalp permanently doomed or is the damage reversible? Could it just be allergic reaction maybe? HELP!!! PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      *sigh* It's the chemicals in the relaxer. It is possible that your hair could grow back, but that means stop putting a relaxer in your head for a long time. Or ever. It would also mean that you'd have to also avoid heat to straighten since that also damages your hair. You could go completely natural and learn to embrace your natural texture or you could hide it under weaves or wigs until it grows out. Honestly, it sounds like alopecia caused by the relaxer. Your hair does not grow while being suffocated by the relaxer's chemicals. I do not understand why this is so hard to grasp for people.

  21. QUESTION:
    What does everyone like better?
    Long hair or short hair? (on a girl)

    • ANSWER:
      I like long hair better. But I thought I would give you some trivia. Enjoy!

      I am a trivia buff, and love collecting tons of useful/less factoids. Give me a subject, and nine times out of ten, I ll have some trivia on it. Did you know that there are loads of really weird hair facts? By far the yuckiest fact about hair is that our old pal, the wood roach, will happily eat all the hair he/she can find. Evidently, besides tasting yummy, it builds up the keratin in their shells. By the way, they also like a side of fingernail clippings as well

      And from our friends on the Hair Haare site (HAIR-:The Daily Fascination), these notable facts:

      Average number of hairs on the head: 100,000
      Red hair: 90,000
      Black hair: 110,000
      Blond hair: 140,000
      Maximum length of hair: 70 to 90 cm
      Annual growth: 12 cm
      Female hair grows more slowly than male hair (wouldn t you just know it)
      Male hair is more dense than female hair (ditto)
      Lifespan of hair: 2 to 7 years
      Diameter of hair: 0.1 mm
      Load-carrying capacity: 100 grams (= one chocolate bar)
      Humidity stretches the hair
      Combing is less detrimental than brushing
      Correct shampooing will not dry out the hair
      Frequent washing does not increase loss of hair
      Hair grows faster in warm weather
      Elderly people have slower hair growth and diminished hair density
      Cutting hair does not influence its growth
      Spliced ends can not be repaired and need to be cut
      Wet hair should not be rubbed since hair is very sensitive

      Natural Hair Colors
      A person's genes determine the hair/skin/eye color since before his or her birth. The determinants for hair color are known as melanocytes. These cells form the natural hair colors, or pigments and distinguish between black, brown, and red. Depending on the percentage of each pigment, the person has blonde, brown, red or black hair. As the melanocytes decay during a lifetime, the hair becomes a dull gray and later on it turns into a whitish color.

      The Human Hair
      Hair covers the whole body, with the exception of soles of feet, palms of hands, mucous membranes, and lips.

      The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years in the average.

      For good hair health, try wholemeal products, eggs, liver, kidneys, vitamin D, herrings, salmon, carrots, green vegetables, and vitamin C.

      Pigments give the hair its color. When we age, hair receives fewer pigments and turns gray or white.

      And how about this?
      Circus artists often display a spectacular trick: "hanging on a plait." A female artist is held up with her hair. High up in the circus tent, she swings upon her whole weight, often with another person or all sorts of circus paraphernalia, all hanging by her hair. Ouch .

      Amazing facts from the Amazing Hair Facts site:

      Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.
      35 meters of hair fibre is produced every day on the average adult scalp.
      The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Redheads have the least at 80,000; brown and black haired persons have about 100,000; and blondes have the most at 120,000.
      90% of scalp hairs are growing and 10% are resting.
      It is normal to lose 100 hairs per day from the scalp.
      You must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.
      Many drugs can cause hair loss.
      Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for hair loss.
      Over 50% of men by age 50 have male pattern hair loss.
      Forty percent of women by the time they reach menopause will have female pattern (hereditary) hair loss.
      And all those are just a sampling of the many weird and wonderful hair facts out there.

  22. QUESTION:
    I am a 20 yr old female, and my hair has been thinning and falling out, what could cause this?
    I am going to a doctor, but in the meantime I am really scared. Over the course of about five months I have noticed more hair coming out in the shower. In the past few weeks I have noticed a real thinning of my hair, my part is more visible, and more hair seems to be coming out during the day. I don't have bald spots but it is thin. I usually have thick long, curly hair. I was found to be a little anemic in June and took Raw Iron supplements, they retested me and the nurse told me my Iron levels were a bit high so I stopped taking the supplements in August. I take Adderall as needed and I have been really stressed with school for the semester. Due to the Adderall I have lost weight and don't have the best diet, but I am unsure as to how that could cause extreme hair loss.

    I am a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor (6 yrs out), and I know hair loss is not related to cancer, but I get worried if something abnormal occurs.

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is often temporary and reversible. There are many possible causes. Any time the body feels a change, imbalance or disturbance (even a minor disturbance) the hair growth cycle can become disrupted. When this happens more hairs than usual retreat to the resting (telogen) stage where they will be shed 1-3 months later. Thinking back to the months prior to the shedding may provide clues. Adderall (and all stimulants) can cause hair loss. Anemia is a common cause of hair loss. If anemia caused your hair loss it will take awhile for the shedding to stop even though you levels are no longer low. Other possible causes include vaccination, birth control. infection, medical procedure, change in diet/weight, stress etc.
      I had chronic telogen effluvium and was able to grow my hair back using essential oil treatments. althoug essential oils are very effective it is still important to determine and treat the underlying issue. You can learn more at the links below.

  23. QUESTION:
    Hair Falling Out - HELP?
    Not sure why my hair is falling out - When I Comb my hair, I always get a comb full of Long Strands of hair sometimes with the root ball attached. What could be causing this and what should I do about it? Any suggestions on what I can use or take to stop my hair from coming out...???

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like telogen effluvium. Any disturbance or imbalance to the body can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting stage where they will then be shed within 1-3 months. Even a minor change or imbalance can disrupt the hair growth cycle and cause telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is often temporary and reversible but it can be also be a symptom of a medical condition. Essential oil scalp massage is a very effective treatment for female hair loss.

  24. QUESTION:
    Help with hair loss please!!?
    Hey Im only 18 and when I was younger I was a chunky girl but when I moved I got much skinner and everyone is commenting how im like withering away and now i have noticed my hair is thin like heck and its freaking me to death so is there any heath product that for sure will inhance my hair growth or what am I lacking or what is up..
    someone help!! please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive shedding of hair can be brought about by a number of stresses, crash diets being one of the primary factors.(This is called: telogen effluvium) These factors may cause termination of the growing phase (anagen) of the hair follicles and transformation into the resting phase (telogen), causing a telogen fallout 2 to 4 months later. The normal average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Approximately 90% are in anagen, 10% in telogen. Normal average daily hair fallout is 100 hairs. With telogen effluvium, the anagen/telogen ratio may be shifted to 70% anagen, 30% telogen, with average daily shedding of 300 hairs. Treatment depends on determining the cause and correcting it. Usually seeing someone like a doctor who specializes in female hair loss or a dermatoligist who specializes in female hair loss is the best answer. The good news is telogen effluvium is usually a reversible condition.
      Hope that helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    Who do I see about hair loss? (Black girls please!)?
    I've always had long hair (I'm thirteen by the way) and It has been falling out on the right side. I wash my hair once- four times a month. I wrap my hair and I pull it into a pony tail at night and wrap it. (I don't drink a lot of water is that it?)

    I have a perm and I have sleep problems which make me wake up later so how do i get my hair to stay in place?

    Only black people can help me because other races don't have our texture of hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair is big thing with black women...Sometimes the hair loss is due to natural things like hereditary and hormones. But oftentimes it is also the direct result of things we do to our own hair, like constant chemical processing (i.e. relaxers) and hairstyling (i.e. tight braids), as well as poor diet.
      There are differnt types of hair lose for us.

      *Traction Alopecia
      This type of hair loss is seen around the hairline, especially around the temples and above the ears. How does it happen? It is the result of tight hairstyles- i.e. tight weaves, braids and ponytails. How is it treated? Fortunately, this type of hair loss is reversible in the initial stages. And treatments include: refraining from the same hairstyles that caused the hair loss, as well as over the counter supplements (vitamin b complex, biotin, vitamin c, e and zinc) and topical minoxidil (Rogaine).

      *Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
      This type of hair loss was once called hot-comb alopecia, and most women with this condition will initially notice hair thinning at the crown of the head that eventually spreads. How does it happen? It is most often the result of excessive heat styling and chemical processing (i.e. relaxers). How is it treated? CCCA is an inflammatory-like condition, so the best treatments are medical. In addition to taking vitamins, you will have to see a doctor who will most likely prescribe anti-inflammatories (i.e. prescription strength cortisone) and other medications to be applied topically or injected directly into the scalp.

      *Androgenetic Alopecia
      This type of hair loss is often called female-pattern baldness where women will also notice thinning at the crown of the head with the rest of the hair spared. How does it happen? It is a hereditary condition. How is it treated? You will have to see your doctor for effective treatments which may include prescription level medications, which may also include hormonal therapy. This type of hair loss is also treated with over the counter medications like topical minoxidil (Rogaine).

      *Hormonal Hair Loss (which wont really apply to you cause of your age)
      As we age, it s natural for our hair to experience changes like increased shedding and slow growth. But in women, some hormonal changes that can trigger unhealthy hair loss include: menopause, thyroid conditions, and pregnancy. How is this treated? Depending on the cause, this type of hair loss can be treated with estrogen therapy, thyroid medication, and/or vitamins and nutritional supplements. So make sure you always get regular medical checkups to fully assess your overall health

      All hair loss is treatable, but he results will always very on each person.
      Hope this helps.......................

  26. QUESTION:
    Advice on hair loss/thinning... products?
    Hi, Im 20 years old (female) and have been dying my hair since I was about 15 and dye it quite regularly. I have noticed that my hair has started to become thinner on the top/back of hair - I have quite long hair, and near the roots it has become thin so my parting looks wider. I was wondering if anyone knows whether this could be a result of the hair dye over the years? Also is the damage reversible? And finally, does anyone know of any products which could make my hair appear thicker or any good hair-loss products?
    ANy advice or suggestions are welcome.
    Thank-you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity, hormones, stress, diet, illness, poor hair care all are factors in hair loss.

      Stress, diet and illness are more temporary conditions and usually the hair loss is reversed when the anxiety-producing conditions dissipate, when the diet is improved, when hair care improves and when an illness is cured or gotten under control.

      Heredity and hormones are different matters, however. Heredity is an irreversible condition. You are a product of your parents, and hair loss is often inherited. Hormones are tricky, hidden things, however, and they have different effects on an individual basis.

      In a male, testosterone abides abundantly. There are also enzymes working on testosterone which product a substance called DHT. DHT is now known to circulate in the blood and cause other conditions, one of which is the shrinking of hair follicles. When hair follicles shrink enough, they are unable to produce and push a new hair through. As old hair dies, it is then not replaced.

      In women, hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause all cause significant hormonal change and imbalances with both physical and mental effects. These changes can also cause hair loss, both temporary and permanent.

      Hair loss and re-growth products have been around for centuries. In ancient times, a variety of herbal and oil-based remedies were concocted and used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and American Indians, all with some degree of effectiveness for some people. Modern medical research has focused on ways to re-open and stimulate dead hair follicles, so that hair growth can re-occur naturally, as well as keep the healthy follicles healthy. Thus, a number of products have become available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They are advertised on radio and television and all over the Internet. One need only do a google search on hair loss, and there are literally thousands of sites and products for investigation.

      One ingredient in many hair loss products is minoxidil. Research studies have shown that in about 80% of the participants, products containing this ingredient are effective in slowing hair loss and, in some, causing re-growth to occur.

      Probably the most well known is Rogaine, available at any drug store, in varieties for both men and women. Most scientifically-produced products do have separate products for males and females, because, of course, hormones in each are different and of different levels.

      An additional product containing minoxidil is Provillus, and, again, studies have shown it to be effective. The difference between Provillus and other similar products is that the makes have added Azelaic Acid, an additional ingredient which appears to enhance the follicle repair in both men and women. Provillus has been the subject of many studies, just as the other products, and level of effectiveness may be higher.

      Provillus is available for both men and women, and the treatment is a combination of a topical liquid applied to the balding areas, as well as a pill or capsule to be taken in conjunction with the liquid. The critical key to effectiveness, according to its makers, is the addition of the azelaic acid, however, the correct amount of this acid is most important piece of this treatment.

      As with most hair loss products, the makers recommend patience. It may take from 3-6 months for improvement to occur, however, there is a money-back guarantee up to 180 days if one is not satisfied that it is working for him/her.

      Medical research is far from finished in its exploration of products which will stop hair loss and promote re-growth of permanent loss. As this research continues, existing producers will undoubtedly alter their products accordingly.

      Fortunately, a lot of money is being poured into the research, so hair loss sufferers, take heart!

  27. QUESTION:
    My hair is falling out atleast 300 a day please help i now its not NORMAL and im scared?
    i now that all girls hair falls out, i also now that the amount of hair that comes out of my head a day isint NORMAL and its scarying me alot my hair is getting thinner and thinner i get around 300 hair that falls out of my head and more a day why??? it scares me alot

    *im 20 years old
    * i cant see a docter because i just moved 2 israel 3 months ago and i dont have insurance

    * i did get kidney stones and a uti COULD IT BE FROM THAT

    is there also a chance it could be from birth control?

    • ANSWER:
      The type of hair loss that causes excessive shedding is called telogen effluvium. It is often temporary and reversible but it can become severe and chronic. There are so many possible causes that it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Any change, disturbance or imbalance can disrupt the hair growth cycle causing more hairs than usual to retreat to the telogen (resting) stage where they will then be shed 1-3 months later. It may be helpful to think back to the months prior to hair loss for clues.Some common causes include birth control. vaccination, infection, medication, major life change such as relocation, change in diet, low ferritin levels, thyroid imbalance, extreme stress etc. It could be from the birth control, kidney stones, UTI, etc, if the body did not easily heal or adjust. This type of hair loss does not damage the follicle so the potential for regrowth is very good. I used essential oil scalp massage treatments for my own chronic telogen effluvium. You can read my story and also learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss at the links provided below.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does dandruff cause temporary hair loss? 10 points?
    Okay, so I've noticed that my hair's thinning. I'm 16 and I'm a female. I am really worried about my hair. I have dandruff and I think it resulted from my carelessness. A couple months back, I suffered from severe anxiety and stopped caring about everything. When I would take a shower, I'd never properly wash my scalp and right after that, my head became very itchy because of the dandruff, I suppose. My scalp also gets itchy because I live in a place where it's usually cold all year round. As well, I have skin eczema, so maybe that might be causing the itchy scalp, too.
    Problem is, when I itch my scalp, I lose a lot of strands. My scalp's already weakened as I stopped taking care of it and the hair falls out. I am starting to take care of my hair now. My question is, since my hair is conceivably falling due to the itchiness caused my dandruff, can it be restored back to its healthy stage? Is it reversible?
    This is way too stressful for me, I really need to know.
    Also, naturally, I used to have extremely thick hair. My hair was straight, silky and shiny because I used to massage oil in it every week. All the women in my family have very thick, luscious hair.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to eat well and keep your hair moisturized, it shouldn't be long until your hair is healthy again.

  29. QUESTION:
    treatments for bald spot?
    my mom is very upset because she has found a bald spot on her head. she already has naturally thin hair.

    what can she do? i feel so bad for her! she is very upset

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss is common amongst women. There are statistics around that say 40% of all hair loss suffers are women. Hair thinning for females can be part of the natural aging process and can unfortunately be quite distressing.

      However, it can sometimes be a sign of some other underlying cause. The fact she has discussed it with you and is upset warrants a visit do the doctors anyway.

      Most hair loss for women is reversible. Internet search the main following conditions for more info.
      Telogen effluvium
      Androgenetic alopecia
      Alopecia areata

      Put her mind at rest (Stress can be a hair loss cause). Make an appointment today. Her Doctor can make a diagnosis or refer her to a Trichologist or a Dermatologist. There is usually nothing to worry about, but the important thing is to find out what's going on.

      Good Luck

  30. QUESTION:
    Is Androgenetic Alopecia reversible (in women)?

    • ANSWER:
      What is androgenetic alopecia?

      Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic "M" shape. Hair also thins at the crown (near the top of the head), often progressing to partial or complete baldness.

      The pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness.

      Androgenetic alopecia in men has been associated with several other medical conditions including coronary heart disease and enlargement of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland in males that is located below the bladder. Additionally, prostate cancer, disorders of insulin resistance (such as diabetes and obesity), and high blood pressure (hypertension) have been related to androgenetic alopecia. In women, androgenetic alopecia is associated with an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is characterized by a hormonal imbalance that can lead to irregular menstruation, acne, excess body hair (hirsutism), and weight gain.
      How common is androgenetic alopecia?

      Although androgenetic alopecia is a frequent cause of hair loss in both men and women, it is more common in men. This form of hair loss affects an estimated 35 million men in the United States. Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as a person's teens and risk increases with age; more than 50 percent of men over age 50 have some degree of hair loss. In women, hair loss is most likely after menopause.
      What genes are related to androgenetic alopecia?

      The AR gene is associated with androgenetic alopecia.

      A variety of genetic and environmental factors likely play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia. Although researchers are studying risk factors that may contribute to this condition, most of these factors remain unknown. Researchers have determined that this form of hair loss is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Androgens are important for normal male sexual development before birth and during puberty. Androgens also have other important functions in both males and females, such as regulating hair growth and sex drive.

      Hair growth begins under the skin in structures called follicles. Each strand of hair normally grows for 2 to 6 years, goes into a resting phase for several months, and then falls out. The cycle starts over when the follicle begins growing a new hair. Increased levels of androgens in hair follicles can lead to a shorter cycle of hair growth and the growth of shorter and thinner strands of hair. Additionally, there is a delay in the growth of new hair to replace strands that are shed.

      Although researchers suspect that several genes play a role in androgenetic alopecia, variations in only one gene, AR, have been identified in people with this condition. The AR gene provides instructions for making a protein called an androgen receptor. Androgen receptors allow the body to respond appropriately to dihydrotestosterone and other androgens. Studies suggest that variations in the AR gene lead to increased activity of androgen receptors in hair follicles. It remains unclear, however, how these genetic changes increase the risk of patterned hair loss in men and women with androgenetic alopecia.

      Researchers continue to investigate the connection between androgenetic alopecia and other medical conditions, such as coronary heart disease and prostate cancer in men and polycystic ovary syndrome in women. They believe that some of these disorders may be associated with elevated androgen levels, which may help explain why they tend to occur with androgen-related hair loss. Other hormonal, environmental, and genetic factors that have not been identified also may be involved.

      Read more about the AR gene.
      How do people inherit androgenetic alopecia?

      The inheritance pattern of androgenetic alopecia is unclear because many genetic and environmental factors are likely to be involved. This condition tends to cluster in families, however, and having a close relative with patterned hair loss appears to be a risk factor for developing the condition.

  31. QUESTION:
    Female with possible thinning hair?
    I am a 31 female who had twins almost 2 1/2 years ago. My life has been beyond stressful lately...too complicated and really horrific to explain here...buy I am now a single mom. I don't know if its the fact that my body has changed since I had my kids or if it's the stress lately, but it feels as if my hair is thinning dramatically.

    I don't mean that I am bald by any means...I've just always had really thick hair and it just feels like more of my hair falls out than normal on a daily basis. I realize that you shed like 500 strands a day, but I it seems like I loose a lot more than that.

    Do you think it's the stress or hormones? What do you suggest to help stop it or reverse it?

    • ANSWER:
      stress is a huge source of hair loss.Either go to meditation classes or you can get tapes and cd's to help you relax. I'm sure the loss is not permanent and your hair will come back. the type of hair loss caused by stress is reversible.

  32. QUESTION:
    which is a best contraceptive?
    after having first child which is best for women to take..i started with pills but doesnt suits me

    • ANSWER:
      THE DEPO SHOT IS THE BEST I THINK BY FAR OR UNLESS YOU ARE DONE WITH HAVING KIDS THEN OPTING FOR YOUR TUBES TIED WOULD BE THE BEST.

      HERE IS SOME INFO ON THE BIRTH CONTROL SHOT:
      The Basics

      "The shot" is an injectable progestin-only prescription method of reversible birth control. It contains a hormone that is similar to the progesterone made by a woman's ovaries to regulate the menstrual cycle. The shot is also known as DMPA. The D stands for "depot," the solution in which the hormone is suspended. The hormone is medroxyprogesterone acetate. The common brand name for the DMPA shot is Depo-Provera.

      A shot of DMPA can prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks. It

      usually, prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation)

      less often, thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from joining an egg

      alters the lining of the uterus, which, in theory, may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg

      Effectiveness

      The shot is one of the most effective reversible methods of birth control. Of every 1,000 women who use it correctly and consistently, only three will become pregnant during the first year of use. Three in 100 women will become pregnant with typical use.

      Protection is immediate if you take the shot during the first seven days of your period. Otherwise, use a backup method of contraception for the first week. Protection lasts for 12 weeks.

      The shot is not effective against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom to reduce the risk.

      Advantages & Disadvantages

      Advantages

      can be used by women who cannot take estrogen

      can be used while breastfeeding

      effective for 12 weeks

      helps prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus

      no pill to take daily

      nothing to put in place before vaginal intercourse

      Disadvantages

      must receive shot every three months

      pregnancies, which very rarely occur, are more likely to be ectopic (in a fallopian tube)

      may not be used continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for you

      takes an average of nine to 10 months or sometimes more than a year to get pregnant after getting the last shot

      Possible Side Effects

      Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect for women using DMPA. It is more common in the first six to 12 months of use.

      Periods become fewer and lighter for most women, and often stop altogether. The longer a woman uses the shot, the more likely her periods will stop. It may take up to a year for periods to return after a woman's last shot.

      Some women will have longer, heavier periods.

      Some may have increased light spotting and breakthrough bleeding.

      DMPA use is associated with temporary bone thinning. Talk with your health care provider about the risks. To help protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      Less Common Side Effects

      change in sex drive

      change of appetite, weight gain

      depression

      hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body

      headache

      nausea

      nervousness, dizziness

      skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin

      sore breasts

      There is no way to stop the side effects of the shot c they may continue until it wears off (12 14 weeks).

      Warning Signs

      Serious problems are rare. Tell your clinician immediately if you have

      a new lump in your breast

      major depression

      severe pain in the stomach or abdomen

      unusually heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding

      yellowing of skin or eyes

      Who Can Use the Shot?

      Most women can use the shot.

      It may be especially appropriate if you

      want very effective long-lasting contraception

      cannot take estrogen

      are unable to use barrier methods routinely or take a daily pill

      Usually women who use the shot need special medical supervision if they have

      current serious blood clotting conditions

      high blood pressure

      high risk for heart disease

      a history of severe depression

      liver disease, such as hepatitis, abnormal results on liver function tests, or a history of liver tumors

      You should not use the shot if you

      cannot put up with irregular bleeding or loss of your period

      are taking medicine for Cushing's syndrome

      are or might be pregnant

      have a known or suspected breast cancer

      have unexplained bleeding from the vagina

      want to become pregnant within the next year

      Women should not use the shot continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for them.

      Women who use DMPA may have temporary bone thinning. It increases the longer they use DMPA. Bone growth begins again when women stop using the shot. Whether or not there is a complete recovery of bone mass is unknown.

      Whether or not temporary bone thinning leads to greater risk of bone fracture from osteoporosis much later in life is also unknown.

      To protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      How to Get the Shot

      Your clinician will take your medical history. Depending on your medical history, you may need a partial or complete physical exam.

      Your clinician will give you an injection you may have a temporary bruise.

      You will need an injection every 12 weeks for as long as you want to prevent pregnancy.

  33. QUESTION:
    what is vitamin B5 for?

    • ANSWER:
      Pantothenic acid

      Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5, is a water-soluble vitamin required to sustain life. Pantothenic acid is needed to form coenzyme-A (CoA), and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Its name is derived from the Greek pantothen meaning "from everywhere" and small quantities of pantothenic acid are found in nearly every food, with high amounts in whole grain cereals, legumes, eggs, meat, and royal jelly. It is commonly found as its alcohol analog, the provitamin panthenol, and as calcium pantothenate. The dimeric form Pantethine is considered to be the more active form of the vitamin in the body, but is unstable at high temperatures or when stored for long periods, so calcium pantothenate is the more usual form of vitamin B5 when it is sold as a dietary supplement.

      Biologic Role

      Coenzyme A is synthesized in a five-step process from pantothenate. First, pantothenate is phosphorylated to 4'-phosphopantothenate by the enzyme pantothenate kinase; next, a cysteine is added to form (R)-4'-phospho-N-pantothenoylcysteine (PPC), which is then decarboxylated to 4'-phosphopantetheine. Finally, 4'phosphopantetheine is proccessed into pantothenate.

      Sources

      Small quantities of pantothenic acid are found in most foods [1], with high quantities found in whole grain and eggs. Pantothenic acid can also be found in many dietary supplements (as calcium-D-pantothenate), and some energy drink companies are now adding pantothenic acid to their beverages.
      A recent study also suggests that gut bacteria in humans can generate pantothenic acid[1].

      Daily Requirement

      US AI 5 mg/day
      UK RDA 6mg

      Deficiency

      Pantothenic acid deficiency is exceptionally rare and has not been thoroughly studied. In the few cases where deficiency has been seen (victims of starvation and limited volunteer trials), nearly all symptoms can be reversed with the return of pantothenic acid.
      Symptoms of deficiency are similar to other vitamin B deficiencies. Most are minor, including fatigue, allergies, nausea, and abdominal pain. In a few rare circumstances more serious (but reversible) conditions have been seen, such as adrenal insuffiency and hepatic encephalopathy.
      Gopalan's Burning Foot Syndrome Severe Burning of the sole with symptoms including severe burning sensations in the foot and lightening pain was reported in tests conducted on volunteers.

      Disputed Uses

      Given pantothenic acid's prevalence among living things and the limited body of studies in deficiency, many "alternative" uses of pantothenic acid have been devised.

      Hair Care

      Mouse models identified skin irritation and loss of hair color as possible results of severe pantothenic acid deficiency. As a result, the cosmetic industry began adding pantothenic acid to various cosmetic products, including shampoo. These products, however, showed no benefits in human trials. Despite this, many cosmetic products still advertise pantothenic acid additives.

      Acne

      Following from the discoveries in mouse trials[citation needed], in the late 1990s, a small study was published promoting the use of pantothenic acid to treat acne vulgaris.
      According to a study published in 1997 by Dr. Lit-Hung Leung[citation needed], high doses of Vitamin B5 resolved acne and decreased pore size. Dr. Leung also proposes a mechanism, stating that CoA regulates both hormones and fatty-acids, and without sufficient quantities of pantothenic acid, CoA will preferentially produce androgens.[citation needed] This causes fatty acids to build up and be excreted through sebaceous glands, causing acne.[citation needed] Leung's study gave 45 Asian males and 55 Asian females varying doses of 10-20g of pantothenic acid (100,000%-200,000% of the US Daily Value), 80% orally and 20% through topical cream. Leung noted improvement of acne within one week to one month of the start of the treatment.[citation needed]
      Today, many companies offer Vitamin B5 supplements aimed at reducing acne. The recommend treatment course, however, can be perceived as difficult and expensive. Many sites suggest starting off the first three days with 5g and then moving up to 10g a day for three months. Since the largest pill available is 1g, this can result in as many as 10 pills a day or more if smaller pills are taken. The average cost for a bottle of 200 B5 500mg tablets is , so the cost can be steep. B5 sold as a powder that can be dissolved in water and drunk is generally a cheaper and for some people a more convenient alternative. Furthermore, after three months many users suggest decreasing to 3-5g a day, with some claiming 1 g/day is sufficient.
      Critics are quick to point out the flaws in Dr. Leung's study, however. Dr. Leung's study was not a double-blind placebo controlled trial. To date, the only study looking at the effect of Vitamin B5 on acne is Dr. Leung's, and few if any dermatologists prescribe high-dose pantothenic acid. Furthermore, there is no evidence documenting acetyl-CoA regulation of androgens instead of fatty acids in times of stress or limited availability, since fatty acids are also necessary for life.

  34. QUESTION:
    what isERLOTINIB 100MG Tab?

    • ANSWER:
      Erlotinib hydrochloride (trade name Tarceva, Genentech/OSIP, originally coded as OSI-774) is a drug used to treat non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and several other types of cancer.

      Similar to gefitinib, erlotinib specifically targets the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase, which is highly expressed and occasionally mutated in various forms of cancer. It binds in a reversible fashion to the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) binding site of the receptor. For the signal to be transmitted, two members of the EGFR family need to come together to form a homodimer. These then use the molecule of ATP to autophosphorylate each other, which causes a conformational change in their intracellular structure, exposing a further binding site for binding proteins that cause a signal cascade to the nucleus. By inhibiting the ATP, autophosphorylation is not possible and the signal is stopped.

      Erlotinib has shown a survival benefit in the treatment of lung cancer in phase III trials. It has been approved for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer that has failed at least one prior chemotherapy regimen. In November 2005, the FDA approved the use of erlotinib in combination with gemcitabine for treatment of locally advanced, unresectable, or metastatic pancreatic cancer. The drug's patent will expire in 2020.

      A test for the EGFR mutation in cancer patients has been developed by Genzyme. This may predict who will respond to erlotinib and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is reported that responses among patients with lung cancer are seen most often in females who were never smokers, particularly Asian women and those with adenocarcinoma cell type.

      Erlotinib has recently been shown to be a potent inhibitor of JAK2V617F activity. JAK2V617F is a mutant of tyrosine kinase JAK2, is found in most patients with polycythemia vera (PV) and a substantial proportion of patients with idiopathic myelofibrosis or essential thrombocythemia. The study suggests that erlotinib may be used for treatment of JAK2V617F-positive PV and other myeloproliferative disorders

      Common side effects include:
      Rash occurs in the majority of patients. This resembles acne and primarily involves the face and neck. It is self-limited and resolves in the majority of cases, even with continued use. Interestingly, some clinical studies have indicated a correlation between the severity of the skin reactions and increased survival though this has not been quantatively assessed.[4] The Journal of Clinical Oncology reported in 2004 that "cutaneous [skin] rash seems to be a surrogate marker of clinical benefit, but this finding should be confirmed in ongoing and future studies."[5] The newsletter Lung Cancer Frontiers reported in its October 2003 issue, "Patients with moderate to severe cutaneous reactions [rashes] have a far better survival, than those with only mild reactions and much better than those with no cutaneous manifestations of drug effects."[6]
      Diarrhea
      Loss of appetite
      Fatigue
      Rarely, interstitial pneumonitis, which is characterized by cough and increased dyspnea. This may be severe and must be considered among those patients whose breathing acutely worsens.
      Rarely, ingrown hairs, such as eyelashes
      It has also been suggested that erlotinib can cause hearing loss.

  35. QUESTION:
    depo provera?
    what are some of the side effects of the depo shot?

    • ANSWER:
      The Basics

      "The shot" is an injectable progestin-only prescription method of reversible birth control. It contains a hormone that is similar to the progesterone made by a woman's ovaries to regulate the menstrual cycle. The shot is also known as DMPA. The D stands for "depot," the solution in which the hormone is suspended. The hormone is medroxyprogesterone acetate. The common brand name for the DMPA shot is Depo-Provera.

      A shot of DMPA can prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks. It

      usually, prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation)

      less often, thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from joining an egg

      alters the lining of the uterus, which, in theory, may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg

      Effectiveness

      The shot is one of the most effective reversible methods of birth control. Of every 1,000 women who use it correctly and consistently, only three will become pregnant during the first year of use. Three in 100 women will become pregnant with typical use.

      Protection is immediate if you take the shot during the first seven days of your period. Otherwise, use a backup method of contraception for the first week. Protection lasts for 12 weeks.

      The shot is not effective against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom to reduce the risk.

      Advantages & Disadvantages

      Advantages

      can be used by women who cannot take estrogen

      can be used while breastfeeding

      effective for 12 weeks

      helps prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus

      no pill to take daily

      nothing to put in place before vaginal intercourse

      Disadvantages

      must receive shot every three months

      pregnancies, which very rarely occur, are more likely to be ectopic (in a fallopian tube)

      may not be used continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for you

      takes an average of nine to 10 months or sometimes more than a year to get pregnant after getting the last shot

      Possible Side Effects

      Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect for women using DMPA. It is more common in the first six to 12 months of use.

      Periods become fewer and lighter for most women, and often stop altogether. The longer a woman uses the shot, the more likely her periods will stop. It may take up to a year for periods to return after a woman's last shot.

      Some women will have longer, heavier periods.

      Some may have increased light spotting and breakthrough bleeding.

      DMPA use is associated with temporary bone thinning. Talk with your health care provider about the risks. To help protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      Less Common Side Effects

      change in sex drive

      change of appetite, weight gain

      depression

      hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body

      headache

      nausea

      nervousness, dizziness

      skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin

      sore breasts

      There is no way to stop the side effects of the shot c they may continue until it wears off (12 14 weeks).

      Warning Signs

      Serious problems are rare. Tell your clinician immediately if you have

      a new lump in your breast

      major depression

      severe pain in the stomach or abdomen

      unusually heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding

      yellowing of skin or eyes

      Who Can Use the Shot?

      Most women can use the shot.

      It may be especially appropriate if you

      want very effective long-lasting contraception

      cannot take estrogen

      are unable to use barrier methods routinely or take a daily pill

      Usually women who use the shot need special medical supervision if they have

      current serious blood clotting conditions

      high blood pressure

      high risk for heart disease

      a history of severe depression

      liver disease, such as hepatitis, abnormal results on liver function tests, or a history of liver tumors

      You should not use the shot if you

      cannot put up with irregular bleeding or loss of your period

      are taking medicine for Cushing's syndrome

      are or might be pregnant

      have a known or suspected breast cancer

      have unexplained bleeding from the vagina

      want to become pregnant within the next year

      Women should not use the shot continuously for more than two years unless no other method is right for them.

      Women who use DMPA may have temporary bone thinning. It increases the longer they use DMPA. Bone growth begins again when women stop using the shot. Whether or not there is a complete recovery of bone mass is unknown.

      Whether or not temporary bone thinning leads to greater risk of bone fracture from osteoporosis much later in life is also unknown.

      To protect your bones, get regular exercise and get extra calcium and vitamin D either through your diet or by using supplements.

      How to Get the Shot

      Your clinician will take your medical history. Depending on your medical history, you may need a partial or complete physical exam.

      Your clinician will give you an injection you may have a temporary bruise.

      You will need an injection every 12 weeks for as long as you want to prevent pregnancy.

  36. QUESTION:
    curcumsistion?
    i'm just wondering when you get a curcumsition when you are older are you constous when they perform the procedure? sorry about the spelling i'm not a good speller

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Some doctors would just numb the penis while others would completely knock you out. There's pros and cons to both ways. Just make sure you research it will, as its not reversible.Circumcision is a traditionally Jewish and Muslim procedure, although it was introduced and encouraged to the Western, developed world as a way to stop masturbation, especially with the help of Dr. Kellogg. (see link 1) However, although scientific studies have discovered that circumcision harms masturbation by up to over 60% (2), needless to say, it doesn t completely stop masturbation. Many circumcised guys find it more convenient to use a commercial lubricant as a result (3) since the typically moist foreskin that is like the eyelids is not present to rub the glans with (4).

      Most developed nations quickly rejected circumcision after noticing its ineffectiveness against masturbation, and as a result the United States remains the last developed nation doing it to a significant percentage of newborns. (5) This was done as a result of the for-profit American health care system promoting myths about benefits of circumcision (6), such preventing penile cancer (6a, 6b), preventing HIV (6c, 6d) despite the USA being the developed nation with the highest HIV rates and circumcision rates (6e, 5), and preventing STDs (6d, 6f). As a result, circumcision is now brings in hundreds of millions of dollars to doctors and the American health system. (7)

      However, circumcision has been becoming less popular as years have passed by. In the 1960s over 90% of guys were circumcised in the USA, now circumcision rates are as low as 14% in some states. (8) More and more parents are discovering that circumcision carries more risks than benefits, and realize that by leaving their sons uncircumcised, they have the choice of choosing what they d like, since the surgery is irreversible.

      Circumcision risks include the loss of sexual pleasure according to multiple studies (2, 9, 10, 11). Those studies take into effect many sensation points, including the foreskin, and they involve many participants. There have been other studies that claim no difference, but they don t even take into effect the nerve endings on the foreskin, which as seen in one study, are some of the most sensitive points on the penis (10). One study even found an increase in erectile dysfunction rates after circumcision (10a). In another study, it was found that females ended up reaching orgasm with and preferring uncircumcised males in 9 out of 10 cases (10b). In addition, circumcision is extremely painful on newborns (12, 13, 14), and you risk many bad conditions, such as a buried penis when too much foreskin is removed and limits the size of the penis (15), or adhesions or skin bridges that develop from the head to the shaft when the skin heals after the surgery (16), meatal stenosis [occurs in up to 10% of circumcised males!] when the opening of the penis becomes irritated from too much exposure and rubbing and begins to close up (17), and meatal ulcers (18). All those risks are, of course, not including the possibility of having too much skin removed, which can cause discomfort during erections due to lack of skin to allow the penis to expand, and could consequently cause a hairy penis by pulling pubic hair and skin to the shaft. Often a circumcision scar develops around the penis after circumcision. In addition, circumcision has negative effects on breastfeeding. (18)

      To conclude, here is a link that describes the anatomy of the foreskin (19) and the development of the foreskin with infants, a link especially helpful for parents (19a). Ultimately, one survey found that although uncircumcised guys are a bit more satisfied percentage-wise, it s within the margin of error. (20) The only difference is that those unsatisfied uncircumcised guys can simply get circumcised and end up satisfied either way. In addition, in one survey it was found that up to half of circumcised guys expressed concerns on wishing to have had the choice themselves. (21) That, along with the risks and negative effects that are being seen more with the help of the Internet, may be what is bringing down circumcision rates.

  37. QUESTION:
    What do you think about this new law??
    Nevada is forcing us to get our pets fixed, I think this is stupid, First, this might be out of hand but why does Nevada decide that we cant

    second, for those who believe that this is a free country you are wrong, I have know this for ages and this proves my point

    so here is my Q, do you support that a state should be able to make a decision like this?? because I do not, how about you force us to diet because some Americans are fat, or make a 5 hour limit a day you can watch T.V because we need to read books e.t.c.

    If you find any spelling or grammar mistakes, I am sorry, this was not really my first languege

    • ANSWER:
      First... Last I Checked Nothing Is Free... Go Awhile Without Paying Your Taxes And See How "Free" Things Really Are. The State Can Force You Because They Have The Elected Representatives "Speaking" For The People... Meaning If Their Constituents Are Tired Of The Animal Population Growing Out Of Control Then They Will Vote To Have Ordinances Put In To Place To Prevent Further Chaos. Enforcement Is A Whole Other Matter. I Don't Quite Agree With It Because I Wouldn't Want To Be "Fixed". On The Counter Look At China's Population And Their Government Sanctions To Control It. It Is A To Go Over The Limit Of Children In One Household. In Other Words... 1 Kid To Mr. And Mrs. Jones Or Be Fined Heavily. See The Big Picture Yet... No... Me Neither.

      Check This Out.

      1.
      Advantages
      In addition to being a birth control method, neutering has health benefits. Hormone-associated diseases such as benign prostatic hypertrophy are prevented. Female cats and dogs are seven times more likely to develop mammary tumors if they are not spayed before their first heat cycle. [1] A dangerous common uterine infection known as pyometra is also prevented. Uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer are also prevented for obvious reasons, although these types of cancer are uncommon to begin with.

      The procedure may end or curb such behaviors as roaming in search of a mate, and sexual mounting. Depending on their environment, dogs which are less prone to escaping from their yard and/or roaming are also less likely to be lost, stolen, or hit by a car.

      [edit] Disadvantages

      [edit] General
      As with any surgical procedure, immediate complications of neutering include the usual anesthetic and surgical complications, such as bleeding and infection. These risks are relatively low in routine spaying and neutering; however, they may be increased for some animals due to other pre-existing health factors.
      Neutered dogs and cats of both genders have an increased risk of obesity. Theories for this include reduced metabolism, reduced activity, and eating more due to altered feeding behavior.[2]
      Neutered dogs of both genders are at a twofold excess risk to develop osteosarcoma as compared to intact dogs [3] [4] [5], as well as an increased risk of hemangiosarcoma[6][7].
      Neutered dogs of both genders have an increased risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations[8].
      Neutered dogs have also been known to develop hormone-responsive alopecia (hair loss).[9]

      Nonsurgical alternatives

      [edit] Injectable
      Male dogs - Neutersol (Zinc gluconate neutralized by arginine). Cytotoxic; produces infertility by chemical disruption of the testicle. It is no longer produced.
      Male rats - Adjudin (analogue of indazole-carboxylic acid), induces reversible germ cell loss from the seminiferous epithelium by disrupting cell adhesion function between nurse cells and immature sperm cells, preventing maturation.
      Female mammals - Vaccine of antigens (derived from purified Porcine zona pellucida) encapsulated in liposomes (cholesterol and lecithin) with an adjuvant, latest US patent RE37,224 (as of 2006-06-06), CA patent 2137263 (issued 1999-06-15). Product commercially known as SpayVac[19], a single injection causes a treated female mammal to produce antibodies that bind to ZP3 on the surface of her ovum, blocking sperms from fertilizing it for periods from 22 months up to 7 years (depending on the animal[20]).

      [edit] Other
      Noninvasive vasectomy using ultrasound.[21]

      2.
      An important example of mandated population control is China's one-child policy in which having more than one child is made extremely unattractive. China's population policy has been credited with a very significant slowing of China's population growth which had been very high before the policy was implemented. It has come under criticism that the implementation of the policy has involved forced abortions and forced sterilization. However, while the punishment of "Unplanned" pregnancy is a fine, both forced abortion and forced sterilization can be charged with intentional assault, which is punished with up to 10 years' imprisonment.

      Another noted example is Iran, which has succeeded in sharply reducing its birth rate in recent years.

      A prominent modern advocate for mandatory population control is Garrett Hardin, who proposed in his landmark 1968 essay The Tragedy of the Commons that society must relinquish the "freedom to breed" through "mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon."

      Another example was the study entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200, prepared by the U.S. National Security Council under the direction of Henry Kissinger in 1974. This report stressed that only 13 countries are projected to account for 47 percent of the world population increase by the year 2050. This, it argued (due to its impact on development, food requirements, resources and the environment) adversely affected the welfare and progress of countries concerned. It further argued that this would undermine the stability of countries friendly to the US and therefore harmed the "national security" of the United States as well. [2]

  38. QUESTION:
    question about hrt effects?
    ok even tho no one will believe me ill say tht im not planning on self medicating,i wanted to ask on here to be safe and know if i might wanta try it......im going to maybe ask my doctor about it but i heard u can take hrt for 6 months and ill change a lil more feminine but beable to reverse the effects in tht time......if i chose to,.....is tht possible and also
    WAT EFFECTS WOULD I EXPECT FROM 6 MONTHS.....and yes i know i can die if i self medicate,which is y i wont

    • ANSWER:
      They ONLY reason to take estrogen is if you are a transsexual woman and it doesn't sound like you are.

      No doctor is going to prescribe it for you unless you have been evaluated by a gender therapist first.

      You said: "change a lil more feminine but beable to reverse the effects"

      1. Would you mind your penis and testicles shrinking?

      2. How about being temporarily infertile?

      3. How about not being able to have an erection or it at least being difficult?

      4. Not all of the effects are reversible. Breast develoment is more or less permanent. And don't think 6 months isn't enough time because some people develop faster than others. It is not uncommon for someone to develop B cup breasts in 6 months. It would require surgery to remove the breast development.

      5. Last, hormones are not just physical, they are also mental. Most men find estrogen effects their brain in ways they find very disconcerting.

      6. Some other effects are skin becoming softer and drier. Reduction in body hair. Loss of upper body strength. Some fat redistribution to a more female pattern.

      IMO this is very unwise and you'll regret it.
      .

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