Loosing my hair =(

  1. Hello everyone. i'm a new nurse working night shift for 3 months and i've been a nurse for 4 months. Since starting working i have started to loose soooo much hair. i used to loose two or three strands every time i would wash my hair... now i'm loosing 20-30 strands.... its alot of me!! i can actually feel my hair is thinner when i pick it up and everything! if anyone has any advise for me please help!
    thanks!!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   augigi
    You should probably talk to your doctor.
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I had hair loss for several years due to a hormonal imbalance. I saw many docs who blew me off. If you are not having other unusual s/s, then your hair loss is probably not hormonal. According to the endocrinologist (from the Cleveland Clinic)who successfully treated me, hair loss from emotional stress is a myth. Although short lived loss of hair called tellogen effluvium can occur from physical stressors. Getting your ferritin and testoserone levels checked is a good idea. Hair loss from hormone imbalances/vulnerabilities or low iron are non-scarring alopecias. Autoimmune types such as alopecia areata are scarring alopecias and are treated with steroids.
    Maybe it's the physical stress of night shift and being a new nurse?
    Anyway, it can't hurt to get your ferritin and testoserone checked. I would get your tsh level checked, as well.
    In my experience, dermatologists really don't know much of anything about non-scarring alopecias. I saw many who couldn't tell me a thing before I finally got the correct DX & tx.

    Also, dieting/weight loss can cause alopecia. I've read several journal articles which stated that 10% of people who lose >30 # on a diet will suffer permanent hair loss to some degree. This is something the weight loss industry doesn't advertise.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Dec 2, '06
  5. by   LilyNHRN
    Diabetes? Happened to my mom. I also know that vitamin deficiency can make you lose your hair. I would make a doctors appointment and have some blood tests done.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck with that. It's not the purpose of this forum or others to offer advice of this nature. Please see your physician or NP. Good luck.

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