marți, 1 ianuarie 2013

Serum Ferritin Test

Serum Ferritin Test:

Serum Ferritin Test measures the amount of ferritin(iron) in blood. Ferritin is the body's major iron storage protein. This test is used for conditions such as iron deficiency (not having enough iron) or iron overload (having too much of iron).

Having low iron content will lead to iron deficiency and you will become anemic and hair fall can happen too. Remember iron deficiency alone cannot be a reason for your hair fall. But it is a factor causing hair fall.

Laboratory test results may vary depending on your age, gender, health history, the method used for the test, and many other factors. If your results are different from the results suggested below, this may not mean that you have a disease. Contact your doctor if you have any questions. The following are considered to be normal results for this test:

Adult males: 30-300 ng/mL (30-300 mcg/L)
Adult females: 10-200 ng/mL (10-200 mcg/L)

If you have ferritin levels less than 30, you are prone to the above mentioned problems. To have hair regrowth, you should maintain 100 ng/mL. Ferritin levels in your body can be increased via change in diet or by having supplementary tablets.

You can take 50-60mg of supplementary tablet everyday but consult your doctor before doing so. It is also important to figure out why you are having iron deficiency. You should find out the root cause to know why you are having iron deficiency. For iron absorption, it is mandatory to have vitamin C in your body. You can take 500mg - 2000mg of vitamin C everyday. Again consult your doctor before doing so. Vitamin C is not generated by our body, it is been absorbed from the food intake. We need to take at least 9 cups of fruits to get 500mg of vitamin C.

Once you take supplementary tablets, it would take at least 3 - 4 months to see some change and it may take upto 9 months to get back to normal levels or higher levels.

Serum ferritin test in India would cost around 600 Rs.

Also see Minoxidil

Minoxidil slows or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth. It is available over-the-counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. It is marketed under many trade names, including Avacor Physician's Formulation, Togain, Loniten (oral), Mintop, Amexidil, Rogaine, etc.

Earlier minoxidil was used to treat high blood pressure but interestingly hair growth was the side effect. Minoxidil may cause increased growth or darkening of fine body hairs, or in some cases, significant hair growth. When the medication is discontinued, the hair loss will return to normal rate within 30 to 60 days. The mechanism by which minoxidil promotes hair growth is not fully understood.

Minoxidil is less effective when there is a large area of hair loss. In addition, its effectiveness has largely been demonstrated in younger men who have experienced hair loss for less than 5 years. Minoxidil use is indicated for central hair loss only. Hypothetically, by widening blood vessels and opening potassium channels, it allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicle. This may cause follicles in the telogen phase to shed, which are then replaced by thicker hairs in a new anagen phase.Treatments usually include a 5% concentration solution that is designed for men, whereas the 2% concentration solutions are designed for women.

Side effects of minoxidil are burning or irritation of the eye, itching, chest tightness, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body. Users should stop treatment and seek medical attention right away if they experience any of the above side effects.

Manufacturers note that minoxidil-induced hair loss is a common side effect and describe the process as "shedding". Although this phenomenon demonstrates that minoxidil is indeed affecting hair follicles, manufacturers offer no guarantee that the new hair loss will be replaced with hair growth. The speculated reason for this shedding is the encouragement of hairs already in the telogen phase to shed early.

Minoxidil needs to be applied once or the recommended twice daily, and may be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. To achieve maximum effect, the solution should be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours before allowing hair to get wet. 

Also See Serum Ferritin Test


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