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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 30 year old female. I have in the past two weeks had an extreme thinning of my hair in the front of my head. I had taken an antibiotic for an upper respiratory infection and hyrdrocortisone otic for an outer ear infection. My scalp itches a little but not all the there anything that I can do? I normally extremeley thick hair and this being so sudden has really scared me...
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   thank you
Doctor :   taking hydrocortisone , which is similar to stress hormone can cause similar changes
User :   will it grow back?
Doctor :   once the course of treatment is completed , your hair growht will normalise
Doctor :   scalp itching could be due to dandruff
User :   is it supposed to itch? and for it being an ear drop is this nomal considering not that much would go into the blood stream?
Doctor :   you need to use a medicated shampoo which contains ketaconazole,
User :   Does that have to be prescribed or can I get that at my local drug store?
Doctor :   the itching may not be related to the use of the drops
Doctor :   no this is available OTC
Doctor :   no prescription required
User :   is there a reason that it is only in the front of my scalp"?
Doctor :   this loss of hair can occur in any part of the head ,
Doctor :   it does not need to be only in the front of the head
User :   I was just scared. I had never had this happen to me before. And I really appreciate all of your help I will try the shampoo... any estimate on how long it will take to grow back?
Doctor :   but it will surely grow back , once you use the shampoo
Doctor :   may be within 15 -20 days
User :   That is such a relief! Thank you for your help!
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me here
User :   :)
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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