Our expert says:
Hi Jo, thank you for the question and I am truly sorry to hear about the unfortunate process you are going through.
My advice would be to consult a second dermatologist for another opinion as there are a number of reasons for hair loss and they should be 100% investigated and treatment instituted.
The following are causes for hair loss:
Telogen effluvium: stress, trauma, chronic systemic diseases, crash dieting
Androgenic alopecia: usually older
Sex hormone abnormalities: these need to be examined with a blood test and even an endocrinologist referral should be considered if abnormal results are found
Iron deficiency: a blood test is necessary to determine this cause
Thyroid disease: a blood test is necessary to determine this cause
Connective tissue diseases: such as SLE
Alopecia areata: autoimmune condition
Drug induced alopecia: retinoids (Roaccutane)
Following from the above and considering the itching, burning symptoms you are experiencing I would insist on everything being investigated (you can print the above list and discuss it with the dermatologist).
If all is normal and no specific cause is found there are certain lasers that have shown to increase hair growth and I would ask for a direct referral to the doctor who uses these lasers.
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