HAYLOR, Iowa (AP) – You could use a powerful anti-aging drug to prevent the growth of brittle hair, or you could treat it with an herbal supplement that has long been known to be effective.
That’s what one Iowa woman says she did after suffering severe scalp hair loss from a medication called hydroxycitrulline.
Holly Smith, 32, had tried many different hair loss treatments and didn’t want to take any chances.
So, she started using a drug called hydroxymethylcitrate, or HCV, a medication developed by researchers at the University of Iowa.
It works by slowing down the growth and development of hair follicles and by blocking the growth factor receptors in hair follicle cells.
It also stops hair loss altogether, so there’s no chance for it to cause hair loss.
HCVs have a long history of being used as hair loss treatment.
In fact, the drug is often used to treat menopausal hair loss as well as scalp hair growth.
It’s also used to help prevent hair loss in people with cystic fibrosis, a disease that can lead to hair loss and other disorders.
Smith’s HCV treatment was approved for use in November, and she started taking it just over a month ago.
The results are being shared on Facebook and YouTube, and in many cases, Smith’s scalp hair has grown so long that it’s visible under her clothes.
“I just started having a lot of hair growth and was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore,'” she said.
She is now wearing a hat, gloves and long sleeves in hopes of getting her hair back to normal.
Smith says her scalp hair started growing again a few weeks ago, but it hasn’t stopped growing since she started HCV treatments.
But she says that is not the only problem with HCV drugs.
“I think it’s the fact that they’re very strong, they’re pretty much like a steroid, they affect your thyroid and you can end up with thyroid problems,” she said, adding that she has suffered from the side effects of her medications.
A spokesman for the National Institute on Aging says the medications can have side effects that can include severe acne and dry skin.
However, he says the drugs can be safely taken as prescribed, and they can be very effective for those who have normal hair growth rates.
Halloween hair loss Smith’s experience has been reported around the world, but this time, the Iowa woman had a Halloween party at her house, where her boyfriend was in attendance.
He took a photo of her with her hair in a bun, and posted it to Facebook.
Holly says her boyfriend is very supportive and has been sending her pictures of the event.
When she went to her doctor to get tested, she says she was told she had high levels of HCV.
Instead of seeing a doctor, she went back to her boyfriend’s house to ask him if he knew what was wrong with her.
I’m trying to get it checked out, but he’s still really supportive, she said as she tried to explain the symptoms to her friend.
There was also a lot more hair growth than she had expected.
Now that she’s finally recovered, she plans to do a few more visits to the doctor to see if she has any more HCV, and if so, how long it will take for it all to clear up.
This story has been updated to include a response from the National Institutes of Health.