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Dry skin and hair loss. Have history of Transverse Myelitis. Are these two conditions related?

had transverse myletis 12 years ago, have problems walking at times and otherf problems, like weak legs at times and always pain in lower back and problems urinating and more, but recently notice more dry skin and hair loss on lower legs, can this all be related, my health is overall ok, good BP, have loss some weight about 25 pounds over the past 5 months, tying to get to 200, have 25 more to go, but the dry skn and hair loss, been using more cream lately, is there something else I should do/??
Fri, 29 Nov 2013
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Welcome to healthcare magic,
Hair loss and dryness could be due to the loss of weight and diet. I treat this with vitamin supplements containing biotin, calcium pantothenate and minerals for a duration of atleast 3 months.
Biotin rich foods are carrots, almonds, walnut, cucumber, cauliflower, milk and eggs. Eggs also have protein and amino acids required for hair growth.
For the dryness you may take fish oil capsules which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Continue applying moisturizing cream or lotion twice a day.
Hope this helped,
Take care.
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