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9 Months Of Shedding & Constant Scalp Itch

Discussion in 'Shedding Shedding Shedding' started by J456, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. J456

    J456 New Member My Regimen

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    Long time reader, first time poster

    Hi 26 male, have been dealing with hair loss for over a year now, it’s only came to my attention when I started to have an itchy scalp all over. Never experienced anything like it before or had any issues like dandruff etc..

    Saw doctors, trichologists and no one could give me an answer, I was noticing a lot of hair loss at the same time and guess the two were very much related. I saw a hair specialist and he just stuck me on finasteride and got me out the door with little care. The itch got so bad i started this course taken 1mg tablet a day. I had constant shedding for the first 3 months and the sides got too much, pain in my chest and had no energy so I cut it down to 0.5 mg day to try and help and continued but still shedding. The sides were still there so I am now on 0.5mg every other day and have no sides except from my sex drive isn’t what it was but still okay. Its now 9 months of taken finasteride and I still have an itchy scalp most days and then get some relief for a few days.
    With constantly shedding 200+ hairs a day I keep thinking If this drug was working I would of seen some improvement or at least stopped shedding.
    I have applied minoxidil for 5 months on my crown and temples, seemed to work well on my crown but not my temple region.

    Whilst also taking the tablets I had bad Serb dem and a crust that formed over my scalp, never had any scalp issues before and wonder if finasteride had a part to play in this too.

    So I’m in a situation where I keep thinking do I come off the drug and see if I still have the itch (did have it before starting) or if I should continue and hope I’m a late responder but reading many posts most people see some effect in this time. Also could it be because my body can’t cope with the full dose of 1mg I’m not getting the full effect.

    I’m hoping writing this post someone will of been a similar situation or someone can give their advice on their opinion.
     
  2. Rev1608

    Rev1608 New Member My Regimen

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    Are you using minoxidil foam version or solution?
     
  3. J456

    J456 New Member My Regimen

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    Using the foam rogaine. Does it only work in the areas you apply it to? Just applying a small amount on my crown and one temple but does this spread throughout the scalp and could cause shedding elsewhere?
     
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    No. It works where you apply it to be honest. I was using Kirkland Min Solution for 2 years with awesome results. After the 2 year mark it started giving me allergies and my scalp was filled with sebum. Hair got weak, CRAZY shedding, lost all my gains. Went to doctors and they said its just dry scalp. I knew that wasn't the case. Eventually after searching the forum i realised i became sensitive to the solution and that caused me dermitits. My hair is at a better spot right now. Nothing compared to the point I got using the foam. My point is you have to try different forms of minoxidil. Maybe you are allergic to a substance. What also helped me was cutting down sugar. Also try the Selsun Shampoo. I saw results instantly
     
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    I think i may be going through something similar. there was a time where i was using various hairloss topicals and my scalp was reacting to them quite well. but in the last few months my scalp has been so sensitive to almost everything that touches it, including shampoos, topicals, sun rays and even scalp massagers. so i recently started taking Benadryl Allergy tablets and i ain't totally sure but i think its eased the itchy sensation for at least 7 hours till it wears off and then the inflammation starts to get noticeable again. which makes me wonder if i gained contact dermatitis. i do not have any rashes or flaky skin which is why telling a doctor is useless for me.

    So i am in abit of an awkward situation right now. i don't think having a sensitive scalp is helping my hairloss. infact i think its making it worse.

    Id like to believe my body could adapt and i could get over whatever is going on and return to what it should to be... but i dunno :(
     
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    I don't understand how you can shed 200+ hairs a day for 9 months, how is your density? It should have been destroyed by now
     
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    Shedding is a result of new (albeit thinner hair in cases of AA) growing in it's place, so it's not that mystifying.

    Although I'm sure density has taken somewhat of a hit.
     

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