Hair shedding with Iron Deficiency
The question is how do you know you are iron deficient and how do you know your hair loss is a result of this? If this is truly the case, then take iron supplements and correct the iron deficiency which will in turn correct the hairloss. However, more than likely your hair loss is from a different modality and thus you should be evaluated by a hair restoration specialist that can examine your scalp and give you a more accurate diagnosis with treatment options.
If you have a medical condition, then you should be under the care of a doctor for treatment. If your hair loss is due only to Iron Deficiency, then treating the Iron Deficiency goes without saying.
Hair loss from iron deficiency
If an individual's hair loss is truly from iron deficiency, the remedy is straight forward - supplementation of iron.
Understanding and interpreting iron levels as it relates to hair loss is complicated. I like patients to have a ferritin level above 40 but levels less than 40 don't necessarily mean low iron is contributing to the hair loss.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard patients this month alone say "you need a ferritin level of 40 to maintain hair and a level of 70 to grow hair". Such a statement is inaccurate, unsubstantiated and incorrect.
Iron deficiency can cause hair loss. The solution is to take iron supplements.
There are many different causes for hair loss. You need to see your hair restoration specialist or a dermatologist to make a diagnosis for the cause of your hair loss. You may needs do a blood work up to help with the diagnosis. once the diagnosis is established then your doctor can give recommendation as for the treatment option that best suits your need. If you hair loss is genetic, under the supervision of a hair loss specialist, you can start on a medical regiment to slow down your hair loss such as minoxidil, propecia, PRP, laser, vitamins and shampoos. You need to stay on the regiment to see any result.