After reading through every thread regarding B5 hair loss, I have finally mustered up the courage to post here myself.
I'd like to tell you about my case.
I'm almost 18 and this whole hair loss thing really gets to me.
In October 2013 I started taking B5. I started on a low dose and gradually made my way up to 10g a day.
I noticed increased shedding after 1 and a half weeks of taking B5 and immediately stopped.
At that time I was also going through a lot of psychological stress due to my acne and I lost a lot weight while I was sick and only ate soup for two weeks. I have read that psychological stress and crash dieting/sudden weight loss can cause Telogen Effluvium so I was convinced I had that.
The shedding then continued and gradually got worse. During this time I took Iron, Vitamin B-Complex, Zinc, Copper and Omega-3 supplements to improve my health.
I would say the hair loss is pretty diffuse but is more noticeable on the hairline and top of head as those areas naturally have less hair.
All the hairs have the tiny bulb on them and most of them are long telogen hairs. I also lose a lot of shorter, "new" hair though but I have read that it is possible to lose short hair during TE because your hair cycles through multiple growth cycles and takes some time to get back on track.
It now seems like the hair loss has somewhat decreased but I still am losing some hair. These past 2/3 months I have also had a severe itch on my hairline and scalp. I also have dandruff and flakes which I never had before. (Could this mean dry scalp, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis?)
The hair on the sides and back of my head is still pretty full however I have bitemporal recession and thinning of the hair on top.
I've had a blood test done two weeks ago. My iron and ferritin levels were on the very low end of the normal range despite me taking iron supplements. My TSH was 3.13, slightly elevated but still in the normal range.
In 3 weeks I have an appointment with a dermatologist and I'll ask him about scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and other scalp conditions. Might get a scalp biopsy done as well.
I also have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a few weeks and I'll get my thyroid, adrenal and iron levels fully checked then.
I also noticed that I have dry skin everywhere on the body. Could this be related?
I hope the hair loss is not permanent and am interested to hear your opinions.
I hope someone can help me
I also have some pretty decent regrowth. I have short hair all over my hairline and scalp and since around 2 weeks a 0.5cm line of very short,tiny white hairs has popped up just below my hairline.
Is this a sign of recovery?
By the way, my moderate cystic acne which used to haunt me has almost totally cleared. I only use a facial cleanser, no moisturizer, no BPO, no creams, nothing. I eat whatever I want, sweat like a pig and I get like one whitehead a week if I'm unlucky.
A few months ago I just had to look at dairy and sugar to get a breakout. Funny how life goes, eh?
Hi. Don't want to get your hopes down, but I have the exact same symptoms as you.
My hair loss started after 10 days on pantethine, and has not stopped or slowed down for just about 2 years now. My hair loss is also diffuse, but worst at the hairline and top of the scalp, which is also very itchy. I have had lots of blood tests done, all within the normal range. Have tried a lot of different treatments, but nothing has worked so far, so still hoping for a miracle.
I would say I probably have 25% of my hair left. Luckily I had very thick hair to begin with, so not completely bald yet. Does anyone know of someone going completely bald from this?
Hi, thanks for your input! That doesn't sound very encouraging haha.
Have you been to a dermatologist and ruled out MPB? How much B5 did you take? Did you take Fin or Minox?
I'm remaining hopeful as I'm already seeing some regrowth and a hairdresser recently commented that I had a lot of hair.
My hair also feels a lot thicker and healthier now than it used to these past few months.
I bought some Nizoral today as I heard it reduces the itch and is good for hair loss. I'll use that 3x a week and the rest of the time I'll use Alpecin C1 caffeine shampoo. I really hope this is either TE or due to scalp issues, iron deficiency, depression or hyperactive thyroid and not something permanent. I'll keep you guys posted
Edited by elmechanico, 17 April 2014 - 05:49 PM.