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hair loss problem

Jul 29, 2009

How can this be stopped. Are there any treatments for this.

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thanks for your question.

Hair loss is not an uncommon problem when CD4 counts are low. The first step is to get HIV suppressed and try to restore the CD4 count.

For men, checking the free testosterone level may be helpful since low hormone levels may contribute.

Having adequate nutrition, including food srich in B vitamins and magnesium. Too much vitamin A can cause hair loss. A similar effect was seen for some patients on indinavir which sometimes caused dry, brittle skin and hair.

Hopefully some of these thoughts will help.

Best, Joe

Hiv, Chrons and Steroids
cd4 working at 14% with a count of 685

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