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Suggest treatment for hair loss

Hello Dr.I am hiv+ but that is very much under control. The alopecia areatta began before my diagnosis and even with treatment of the hiv and cortisone shots, there is very little improvement. Rogaine helped my eyebrows but made my head hair worse. Do you have any recommendations?
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

It is good to know that you are taking medicines, maintaining lifestyle & HIV is under control. Deficiency of vitamin B3, C , Niacin, Biotin & lack of essential elements like iron & Zinc generally result in hair loss. Try taking these as vitamin supplements as well as eat food that contain them. Biotin has side effects like diarrhea, may increase blood sugar levels or cause respiratory problems. The recommended so take the correct doses, your dosage will depend upon your health condition so consult your treating doctor. You can try Finasteride, pill that you can take once daily. However, do not get crazy. Since your HIV is in control try to eat healthy to boast up your immune system & slowly you will see better hair results. Stay away from all addictions.

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