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Hair fall due to thyroid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   good afternoon, May I know your name
User :   I am Dr. XXXXXXX
User :   How are you?
User :   I hope you do remember me, you helped me a lot. i have a new query and i really need your help doc
User :   Yeah I remember you
User :   Please proceed your query
User :   let me summarise
User :   My wife is losing her hair so fast that when she combs lot of hair comes
User :   i can even see some skin of her head because of this
User :   this starts happening since 1 month
User :   ok
User :   now she gave birth to a baby girl 3 months ago, both were healthy
User :   she is breastfeeding
User :   as a history she is taking thyroxin.ultroxin for hypo thyprid for last 10 years
User :   ok
User :   during last months of pregnency her gyne doc advised her to increase dosage of ultroxin to 125 daily (instead of 100)/
User :   anwyay we went to see a normal physicain near our house
User :   ok
User :   (because her gyne doc was on leave)
User :   this was 4 days ago
User :   he prescribed her the following
User :   Dynamisan (Complete dietary suppliment) 30 tablest with amino acid from novartis
User :   she just took 2 days dose and then last evening we went to see her gyne doc also
User :   who said the following
User :   1. hair fall is because of thyroid
User :   2. she should reduce the ultorixin to 100 as 125 has been too high and that my wife should have reeduced to 100 after birth, (she should have told this to us :-() but since my wife continue after birth 125mg , thats causing her the feeling of fatigue etc
User :   she prescribed the following: User :   1. Stresstabs with zinc
User :   2. Snow Hair local spray for hair
User :   ok
User :   3. ask to eat healthy
User :   anyway i am telling my wife to calm down
User :   take the medicine for atleast 2 weeks, apply spray and see
User :   she is confused as to take stress tab or the dynamisan becase the first one says amino acid , second one says zinc.
User :   anyway
User :   what to do now?
User :   Ok let me explain you
User :   ok
User :   The reasons for hair fall in your wife are different
User :   1) Lactation - This is the time the hair which retained the hair during pregnancy is shed off during the breast feeding phase
User :   Every human loses 80 to 100 hairs daily. This reduces during the pregnancy which compensates by more hair loss during lactation
User :   2) Yes, I agree with your general local doctor, the gynecologist has done good thing to increase the thyroxine tablets. That is important
User :   After the child birth the body needs for Thyroxine reduce and hence it should be titrated again measuring the TSH levels
User :   that is, it should be brought back to 100microgms
User :   3) You say that you see skin like thing coming out of the scalp, I suspect a fungal infection
User :   no not like that
User :   i mean the hair from the forehead when she spreads the hair
User :   the density is lot less now
User :   feeling that if this continue
User :   mayne she will be bald
User :   thats what i mean
User :   Do not worry, god has given boon to women, she does not get bald
User :   ok
User :   My tips
User :   1) Continue with the medications as prescribed
User :   2) Maintain absolute cleanliness, wash hair twice a week
User :   with a good shampoo suitable to your hair
User :   3) Review the thyroid supplements once again by tests
User :   Did you follow?
User :   yes
User :   should she take both medicines once a day?
User :   Yes
User :   so the amino one in morning say and zinc one in evening
User :   Console your wife that, the hair fall is normal during lactation. It shall continue till she breast feeds
User :   However the Eltroxin should be taken, See that she does not get any scalp infection
User :   ok
User :   i will
User :   she is just saying that the rate at which the hair fall , like when she wakes up the pillow is having hair, when she combs
User :   she will breast feed prob for 2 yrs
User :   and if this rate continue she fears getting bald
User :   IT is good continue only till 1 year of the child
User :   ok
User :   After that there is no benefit for the child from the mother's milk
User :   thanks doctor
User :   any advise
User :   on food
User :   what to take
User :   esp for hair growth
User :   Lot of potatos, carrot, root vegetables and green leafy vegetables
User :   carrots is ok , she does not like potato. gree vegetables means gree salad leaf?
User :   Did you follow?
User :   Carrots, beet root
User :   Potato leave it
User :   spinach?
User :   Yes, spinach, coriander, curry leaf, methi
User :   thanjs
User :   i will come back again if any help
User :   take care doc
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