I have come across some very information recently. Being a sufferer of Candida and hair loss (im only 20 y/o), I first became aware that something was internally wrong when I suddenly began losing my hair about 1 year back. After doing tireless online searches, I came to the conclusion that my hair loss was candida related. I figured I had candida as a result of my extensive use (on and off for 3 years--used them sometimes for 9 months at a time) of broad-spectrum antibiotics to help control my acne. All the sites I visited said hair loss is a possible sympton of candida. At the time, I wasn't really experiencing any other pronounced symptons of candida, or so i thought (I was experiencing acne and on-and-off constipation, but that how my bowels have been since I can remember so I didn't immediately attribute that to candida). So, like I said, I read that hair loss was a sympton of candida, and I figured I had candida because I had a complete blood panel done and thyroid tests to rule out any other hormonal or gland-related problems. Anyway, what I discovered in the last few days is the actual CAUSAL CORRELATION b/w candida and hair loss. Basically, the theory as it goes is that the beneficial intestinal flora that was killed off by the antibiotics, not only plays a crucial role in controlling levels of candida, bt it also plays a vital role in the break-down and processing of BIOTIN--an essential B Vitamin derivative for hair. So, basically, Im thinking that this is the cause for my sudden hair loss. But what got me thinking is that I know a lot of ppl (you all) suffer from candida but it seems that hair loss is one of the more rare symptons of the infection as it is not often mentioned. Is this in fact the case? How many of you suffer from hair loss or damaged hair? How many of you attribute this to candida? Does the correlation I offered sound correct? Please reply. Your posts are most graciously appreciated. Thanks.
There are two conditions that I am aware of that are related to candida and may cause hair los. Hypothyroidism frequently accompanies candida overgrowth, and is well known to cause hair loss. Do web search and see if you have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Candida can also cause mineral imbalances. A zinc deficiency is also well known to cause hair loss. White marks on the fingernails are often an indication of a possible zinc deficiency.
I also have hair loss from Candida and, it seems, from hypothyroidism, as well. Over the past year, I seem to lose more hair every time I shampoo. My hair does not shed or come out whenever I comb it. My doctor just increased my thyroid medicine and I've recently started the yeast-free diet because, it seems, whenever I eat carbohydrates or sugar-laced items, I have an intense itching/burning sensation in my scalp--exactly where my hair is falling.
I've also started taking Nystatin to kill the yeast, megadophilus to increase the good bacteria, and Nizoral, which is an anti-fungal shampoo. Another helpful tip I learned from the Internet is to wash my hair in cold water and use a chlorine-eliminating shower filter. Apparently, since yeast lives in warm, moist areas, it's best to wash your hair--and maybe your whole body--in cold water. I've also started taking 2,000mcg of Biotin, along with my multivitamins. Too early to know whether any of this is working yet since I only started my regiment a couple of weeks ago, but I remain hopeful. Good luck to you. I know exactly how you feel.
Avery, thanks you so much for your response. Your protocol seems ideal and it is one which I hope to follow. Please keep me updated with your progress. Do you have an e-mail address or Instant Messenger progam I can contact you with more readily? You're help is much appreciated. Thanks.
Yes, you may e-mail me at SAveryJack@aol.com. Please indicate in the subject line something like From DepJ at Curezone, just in case it goes to my Spam folder.
During the holidays, I cheated a bit on the diet and ate a little chocolate cake. My head was on fire! So, I know for sure now that it is the Candida overgrowth that's causing my scalp problem, which is triggering the low thyroid problem AND the hair loss. So, I will continue my regiment to see if my hair returns. I am starting to see very fine, new growth in the area where my hair was falling, which is promising.
My last test results showed my thyroid level in the very low, normal range, which my doctor said is not good enough. I appreciate that because most traditional doctors are satisfied when patients are within normal, even when it's BARELY normal. He's told me to slowly increase the thyroid medicine over the next few weeks to get my level more to the middle-to-high normal range. So, we'll see how it goes. Like you, I am a female and the thought of continued hair loss is devastating.
i am 23 years old and i found that something was wrong with me because i was about 17-18 when i started to see my hair thinning now that i think about it i was sick for awile the doctors diagnosed me with strep thoat so i would always be sick i dont know if it is related but ive noticed that i would often get infection of strep throat so i decided to change what i eat and did a colon/ liver cleanse i dont see any results in my hair loss but it definitely seems a lot better to me getting rid of many toxins, maybe you have all these toxins that disables the amount of hair growth one has either way i feel better about my body and hopefully i see results
I too am convinced my hair loss is from candida, in fact I am blaming a lot of other issues I've had recently directly related to candida.
I have been researching this same subject and this is how I found this post, in a google search.
Not only did I experience hair loss but my scalp itched intensely in only one spot and upon inspection there was never anything there. I also had a very strong thick-like "greasy" smell that often came from the back of my head. In the summer I would sweat and it smelled really bad. I could smell it when I dried my hair with a hair dryer. I also at times had tiny pimples all over my scalp.
Then after going on a strict anti-candida diet and detox my symptoms are about gone and my hair is now growing back.
I have chronic lyme disease also. I thought that was the reason for my hair loss and other issues but this symptom is not consistent with many others. After treating the LD with a years worth of ABX, my symptoms got worse.
Now that I am done with the ABX and on the strict diet, things are really starting to go back to normal.
I wish I could find valid proof there is a connection with hair loss and candida but it's not out there but I believe there is a connection.