I have been losing hairs for 5 months after I dropped a lot of weight after an illness. My Derm says its TE, my ferritin level was only a 5 after they tested. After being on supplements for a month my ferritin is only 11 and I'm super low energy. Ever refer to a hematologist for IV iron infusions?
TE hairloss, low ferritin level. Best steps to raise level quickly? (photo)
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TE hairloss, low ferritin level. Best steps to raise level quickly?
A hematology consult is a great idea. You need to get your ferritin level up to 70 or greater to get the optimal benefit to your hair.Your hematologist may offer you IV iron infusion. They are safe and effective.
Low ferritin levels - do I need iron transfusion.
But here's the main point - unless you've had 3-6 months or oral iron supplementation and your ferritin level didn't budge upwards - you probably don't qualify for iron infusions.
Your iron is in fact moving up. It takes time. Be sure to take with vitamin C to improve absorption. Limit coffee and teas. Limit antacids. Be sure to take enough - see your dermatologist for what forms to take and what is considered enough!
Iron supplementation is often done with chronic low ferritin that doesn't budge with iron pills. Other reasons include nondialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, obstetrics, heavy bleeding wth menstrual cycles and anemia associated with cancer and its treatment.
Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone, follicular unit (FUE) hair transplantation/ARTAS
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