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Contact Dermatitis Treatment Led to Hair Loss

Posted by Anonymous (Anonymous) on 07/27/2011

Hi, I have been reading post on earth clinic concerning hair loss. Last year my dermatologist was treating me for contact dermatitis around my eyebrows and nose. She told me if I had it in my brows I probably had it in my scalp. She prescribed Ketoconazole shampoo 2% and said to leave on hair for five minutes and then rinse. I had to get up in the middle of the night and wash hair, I had intense itching. My hair became very dry and the itching continued for days. I thought it would grow out normal but about five months ago I started losing my hair, it has gotten so thin and still very dry and frizzy. Even tho my scalp itches I do not have dandruff.

I think the prescribed shampoo damaged the roots of my hair. I have been using acv on my hair and it does relieve the itching some but my hair still feels dead and not growing. I had it cut real short thinking it would help but it didn't. If the shampoo did damage follicles is there anything I can do to reverse the damage?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
07/27/2011
383 posts

Some shampoos are anti-fungal, but the side effect is it may destroy the roots, another is the itching may be evidence of fungus present not being killed. There are a couple of things I might try in this case. First I think that the ACV or ACV/BS killed most of fungus since you were mostly relieved with it. The dead follicles might be relieved by taking CoQ10 400 mg, twice a day, Alpha Lipoic acid 200 mg, Acetyl L Carnitine 400 mg, N Acetyl Cysteine 100 mg, Taurine 500 mg, and L Cysteine 1000 mg. That's the minimum, I believe you also need MSM, which is 1000 mg x 5, and other supplements you need: Vitamin C 500 mg x 2, and twice a week natural vitamin E, 200 i.u. should do it.

The shampoo, you need to prepare yourself (there may be commercial preparations, I don't know), it is CoQ10
with some aloe vera oil (if they have!) and evening primrose. That is applied to the hair for 2 minutes around the scalp. In order to gauge if it works or not, it takes a month. There are other formulations that are successful but that I believe is specific for certain people, I have one woman who responded to sodium silicate drops and some B50 (which contains a little biotin) and some vitamin C, although the hair isn't much loss so that was easy. There are some who lack L Cysteine, N Acetyl Cysteine, Taurine, and MSM, although that was a lucky one, as they give me the amino acid profile, which showed it lacked sulfur. But for really old people with hair loss, their hair is dying. The formula fits more of your profile, that's why CoQ10, aloe vera oil and alpha lipoic acid is used (they regenerate tissues). Cysteine is the main component of the hair, and the limiting amino acid for hair growth, most cysteine is found in garlic.

If it is unresponsive then it is hormonal issues, but since you didn't mention I assume it to be normal. Common hormones that affect hair growth are Growth Hormone, Progesterone, and something to block hair loss such as Saw Palmetto.

Ted


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