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Thyroid problem causing hair loss in the pubic area - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have an itch and loss of hair on my pubic area
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   im 27 male
Doctor :   Since when are you having the symptoms?
User :   for about a month
User :   and im also losing some hair
User :   and legs
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you find scales on the pubic region?
User :   its dry
Doctor :   Are you losing hair from the scalp too?
User :   im bald
User :   but thats natural
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you active sexually?
Doctor :   Do you find pain, burning sensation over the pubic region?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any problem during sexual intercourse?
User :   no just the itch
User :   and no i have no problems during intercourswe
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the itching located only over the pubic region or is it a generalised itching all over the body?
User :   all over the body
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your current height and weight?
User :   im 5ft 9 and i weigh 260lbs
User :   hello
Doctor :   May I know your gender?
User :   male
Doctor :   * Do you have any associated symptoms such as anxiety, depression, feel intolerant to cold weather?
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes, thyroid hormone disturbances?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for your current symptoms?
User :   not yet
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Siting at one end of the computer, without a physical examination its hard to predict exact causes; however
Doctor :   based on your history and analyzing the symptoms, I can think of the following possibility(in the descending order of severity)
Doctor :   1. The symptoms could be due to endocrine and hormonal disturbances.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The most common among endocrine abnormalities that can explain obesity ( BMI Of 38), dry skin and hair loss is hypothyroidism.
Doctor :   You need to rule this condition first as this can explain major symptoms including the obesity.
Doctor :   Other adrenal hormone abnormalities can also be the cause.
User :   ok
Doctor :   2. Infection - local pityriasis infection causing dandruff issues can be causing the itching and loss of pubic hair
Doctor :   3. Stress and anxiety - High stress exposure in presence of dry skin can cause hair loss.
Doctor :   4. Specific nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin deficiency
Doctor :   5. Rarely these conditions could be due to other organ dysfunctions such as liver abnormalities.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Without physical examination and evaluation, I cannot predict which among these are probably causing the symptoms,
User :   ok
Doctor :   but I feel that hypothyroidism and stress/anxiety factors are the most likely cause.
Doctor :   hence I suggest you to consider consulting a doctor, get thyroid function test done.
User :   whats thyroid
Doctor :   If the hormone functions are abnormal consult an endocrinologist for hormone supplementation.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Thyroid is a gland that secretes thyroid hormones.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Due to varied causes or most often unknown factors, hormones are not secreted or over secreted.
Doctor :   Low hormone productions are known to cause symptoms such as obesity, dry skin, hair growth changes.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hence I recommend that you rule this condition first by getting thyroid function test.
User :   thanks alot doc ill consult with a doctor later today
Doctor :   In the mean time while you look for the doctor and await the results of the test
Doctor :   I suggest you to involve in lifestyle modifications such as regular sleep, regular diet,
User :   ok
Doctor :   plenty of water and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
User :   what kind of diet
Doctor :   Avoid cabbage, cauliflower and other lettuce diet.
Doctor :   Low calorie, low fat diet is also necessary.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Cabbage and cauliflower restriction to continue if hypothyroidism(low thyroid hormone is found), else apart from low calorie and low fat diet no other dietary restriction is needed.
Doctor :   Also involve in weight reducing physical exercises.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding.
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