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.
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