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Can Low Ferritin Level Cause Hair Loss?

I just came back from dermatologist who explained that my hair loss is due to low ferratin which is 38.i started hair loss in october 2010 which stopped about 4 weeks after i started treatment of mionoxydyl and iron supplements and it stopped for 7 months but i lowered my dose of iron for two months and hair loss started again but been put on 2 iron tablets a day of 400mg.could this have caused my hair loss.dermatologist says it is teflum caused by my anemia.I am 41 years old,70kg height 1.68mtres. do suffer heavy periods.
Tue, 8 Jan 2019
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi,

Low Ferritin is a significant cause of hair loss especially since you mentioned heavy periods. Along with supplements, I suggest you also work on Iron rich foods like green leafy vegetables, beetroot, mint leaves, red lentils, apricots, dates to name a few. I also suggest visit your gynecologist to rule out the cause of heavy periods.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Smruti Pevekar,
Dermatologist
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Can Low Ferritin Level Cause Hair Loss?

Hi, Low Ferritin is a significant cause of hair loss especially since you mentioned heavy periods. Along with supplements, I suggest you also work on Iron rich foods like green leafy vegetables, beetroot, mint leaves, red lentils, apricots, dates to name a few. I also suggest visit your gynecologist to rule out the cause of heavy periods. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Smruti Pevekar, Dermatologist