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Get acne with eating iron tablets, hair fall. What could be the cause? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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User:i get acne with eating iron tablets to teart my low iron serum ferritin...what could be the cause.. i also had hairfall i think cause of low serum ferritin...
Doctor:This is Dr. XXXXXXX
User:hello doc
User:i get acne with eating iron tablets to teart my low iron serum ferritin...what could be the cause.. i also had hairfall i think cause of low serum ferritin...
Doctor:First of all, I'd like to clarify that iron tablets do not cause acne
Doctor:Its probably a coincidence
Doctor:The most important treatment for low iron is a proper diet
Doctor:You need to have a proper and balanced diet
User:but i have rosacea and it definately flares up when have iron tablets or any iron XXXXXXX food supplment
User:doc its definaely not a co incident
User:i have kept a tab of it so many times..
Doctor:Rosacea is a different condition from acne
Doctor:I was commenting on acne
User:sorry i should have been more specific
Doctor:Not an issue at all
User:so do you think there is a connection between iron tablets and rosacea
Doctor:It is well known that some people with rosacea get flare ups with iron
Doctor:Does it happen when you have iron XXXXXXX food as well?
User:oh what can be done cause if dont take iron supplents i get hairfall and if do my rosacea flares
Doctor:what is your haemoglobin level?
User:yes if i have palak soup everyday for a week or more
User:i think it HB was 11 bt serum ferritin was 14
Doctor:The haemoglobin levels are low
Doctor:You would definitely need treatment
Doctor:There are 2 options, Pancham
Doctor:One is we give you oral iron and manage your rosacea aggressively
User:pls go ahaed
User:ahead i mean
Doctor:Secondly, we can give you injectable iron so that a large amount can go in and you dont have such frequent flare ups
Doctor:The whole dose required for you can be calculated and can be given in a few shots
Doctor:After that, continue taking a healthy diet
User:that wont flare my rosacea
Doctor:It will
Doctor:But there would be fewer flare ups
Doctor:As it would go and fill up the stores
User:and when you say manage rosacea aggresively you are reffering to
Doctor:It means managing the flare ups
User:and how to do that
Doctor:Because the bottom line is it will take 3-4 months of therapy with iron to take care of your deficiency
User:right now i just use sunscreen , aloe vera gel and a mild facewash
Doctor:we can use steroids and other drugs if it becomes very bad
Doctor:So what I would suggest is that you speak with your dermatologist
Doctor:He would be the best person to tell you how you can manage your rosacea and take the iron
User:Sure...thank you..will consider the options you have given
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