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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Can folic acid and vitamin tablets be taken to prevent hairfall?

I am 40 and had healthy hair but now there is a lot of hairfall. did consult many dermatoligists and took treatment. It did not show effects. I have seen that during pregnancy when I was taking vitamin tablets which had folic acid etc, there was no hairfall at all. So need to know if I can take them even now.
Mon, 21 Sep 2015
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
The most common causes of hair fall are fungal infection of scalp (dandruff), poor nutrition and autoimmune disorders.
For prevention of hair fall, dandruff needs to be managed.
Diet rich in proteins will be helpful.
Scalp massage will increase the blood circulation and strengthen the hair roots.
If you have observed that hair fall decreases with intake of vitamin tablets and folic acid supplements, then you can take the supplements.
You can take vitamin B, C and E since they are water soluble, however, intake of vitamin A and D should not be taken without consulting your doctor.
Folic acid should also be taken under supervision of your doctor.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja Puri

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