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Hi there!

Does anyone have any experience with low ferritin levels being a cause of eyelash/eyebrow loss?

I started to rapidly lose my eyelashes a few months ago. Two ophthalmologists could find nothing wrong with my eyes, but the second one had me on a series of antibiotics and steroids, just in case. Didn't help, so he told me to go get my thyroid checked. The numbers were withing normal range, but on the low side. I was really thinking my thyroid was the problem, but surprisingly my ferritin level was low-- <8. My doctor feels that this is the cause of my eyelash loss (and now brows too, as well as nasal hairs) and that iron supplementation should fix my problem. Does this sound plausible?

I've read the studies linking loss of SCALP hair to low iron stores, but I haven't found anything about eyelashes and eyebrows alone. I don't want to sit around thinking iron supplementation is going to fix my hair loss when it's not related, when I could be looking at other possibilities. (Of course, I want to get my iron levels up too :) )

Also, if anyone has anything to say about these results, I'd be most appreciative!

WBC = 7.3 (4.0-10.0)
RDW = 14.1 (11.0-14.0)-high
RBC = 4.13 (4.20-5.40)-low
PLT = 210 (140-450)
MCV = 89 (82-100)
MCHC 34.7 (32.0-36.0)
HGB = 12.8 (12.0-16.0)
HCT = 36.8 (36.0-48.0)

Thanks!





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