Your hair loss may not be simply due to your genes or age. Many people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) suffer severe hair loss while on dialysis or after they have received a Kidney Transplant. A question asked by a viewer, "Do you have any good ideas of shampoos, gels or other hair products that actually help to grow back all of the hair lost from ESRD and dialysis?" While any hair products you use should be discussed with your Nephrologists, there are some available solutions that have proven to be outstanding for CKD patients.
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"The amount of hair I see in the sink is beginning to scare me," a viewer notes. Product solutions such as high end shampoos can be quite expensive for those with CKD, so the first thing that you should do is determine the cause of your hair loss. Check your Albumin Levels (amount of protein in blood) and make sure that you are eating enough protein. If your levels are low, talk with your Dietitians about ways to include more protein in your diet including taking renal supplements if necessary. If your hair loss continues then you should ask your Nephrologists to test for thyroid problems.
Certain medicines, such as Heparin can also cause your hair to thin or fall out as a side effect. If this is found to be the issue, then ask your healthcare team to limit the medicine as much as is safely possible. However, the following have proven to be possible shampoo and other hair product solutions:
- Nioxin - Approved by many Transplant Centers, but you should confirm that it is alright for you to use.
- Mane and Tail - It is a pet shampoo but many in the community suggest that it improves thickness and smells very good.
- ApHogee - Said to work great to bring back hair thickness. As a deep moisturizing conditioner it may be best for CKD patients with severely damaged hair.
- Pantene Pro V - Using shampoo with conditioner appears to be the most effective.
- Rogaine - Although popular, many Nephrologists have recommended against its use for CKD patients.
Some CKD patients have found that coconut based over the counter shampoos have slowed the progression of hair loss. Again, any products listed above should be discussed with your Nephrologists to ensure that they are the best options for you. Visit us at KidneyBuzz.com every day for your dialysis news and information on how to get a Kidney Transplant much faster. Follow Us on Twitter @kidneybuzz, Like our Facebook Fan Page and stay tuned for dialysis specific products that will improve your quality of life. Remember to tell a friend about KidneyBuzz.com.
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