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Hair loss
Posted by: Linda
Date: October 8, 2006 4:33 PM

I have experienced hair loss for several years and do not believe it is related to menopause (I am 59). I have researched your library and do not exhibit any of the symptoms described for various conditions. I think my hair loss may be related to a yeast or fungal infection in my scalp. I experience intense tingling and prickly sensations in my scalp intermittently which seem to correspond to the hair falling out. The condition seems to be worse in the fall and somewhat less in the spring and improving during the cold weather. I do not like to wear a hat as it makes my scalp even more uncomfortable. I have never seen the stabbing, itching sensations I feel described anywhere in relation to hair loss. I am otherwise very healthy and look youthful for my age.

RE: Hair loss
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 8, 2006 5:07 PM

I cannot tell you if you have a fungal/yeast infection of the scalp. It seems unlikely as it should present much more intense symptoms than you describe. Hair follicles are delicate canaries in the cave of the body. They detect inadequate nutrition (think diet and also digestive competence). They detect inadequate hormone levels (think adrenal and sex steroids, growth homrone and thyroid). The also detect stress. They also detect toxic conditons (think organic such as pesticide and also toxic heavy metals). They detect poor blood supply (think arteriosclerosis). Simple aging can also decrease metabolic rate (as to the previous items) and in susceptible individuals cause hair loss. Of course hair loss can also be genetic. I suggest you see a dermatologist who can directly examine your scalp and at least rule out infection and who may be able to suggest remedies, natural and otherwise.

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