Frequently asked questions for Biotin
Q. What is Biotin? What is it used for?Biotin consists of vitamin B7 which is commonly known as biotin. It is a water-soluble, B-complex vitamin that contributes to healthy metabolic, nerve, digestive and cardiovascular functions. Biotin helps to provide vitamin B7 which is essential for metabolizing fats and carbohydrates. This also helps strengthen hair, increase nail thickness and prevent split ends and thinning hair.
Q. What causes the deficiency of biotin?The deficiency of biotin is extremely rare. However, it may be seen commonly in cases of inadequate dietary intake, alcoholism, smoking or a genetic disorder, such as Crohn’s disease, that affects biotin metabolism. Long-term antibiotic usage has also been associated with biotin deficiency.
Q. What are the symptoms of biotin deficiency?Symptoms of a biotin deficiency include skin rashes, brittle and thinning hair and nails, seborrheic dermatitis and alopecia (hair loss). If you experience any of these, consult your doctor.
Q. How long will it take for Biotin to work?Most of the people are likely to see significant results after about a month or so, but some people notice a difference as early as two weeks. If you do not see considerable improvement in your condition even after a month, consult your doctor.
Q. Is Biotin harmful?No, Biotin is not harmful if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. No side effects have been seen with the use of Biotin when taken ap per the recommended doses.