A recent paper published in the Journal for Cosmetic Dermatology suggested that sleeping viruses in your body can trigger hair loss. So is there a hair loss virus? In this blog we summarise the paper’s findings and explain what it could mean to male and female hair loss sufferers worldwide.
Hair loss, in most people, is driven by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) acting at the hair root to make it thin and fall out. This process only occurs at the top and crown of the scalp. Hairs on the side and the back are not affected.
DHT is produced in the skin by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, and if you have an increased activity of this enzyme, you have more DHT and therefore more hair loss. Like any other enzyme, your body regulates how much of it is produced and you can have high or low levels of the enzyme.
Is there a link between a virus and hair loss?
Research by Polansky and Kestenbaum found that common sleeping viruses can activate signals in your skin to increase the amount of 5-alpha reductase. This means there is increased enzymes producing more DHT causing more hair loss.
They suggested that this could be a mechanism for hair loss in certain individuals and treatments should also look to tackle these types of viruses. For now there could be a hair loss virus and a theory has been put forward. It will be interesting to see what the researches find out in the future.
What treatments are available to me if I have hair loss?
There is no treatment for tackling these viruses that cause hair loss yet. More research needs to go into this exciting area of science. However, there are many treatments still available to you.
Finasteride stops the activity of 5-alpha reductase and therefore lessens the amount of DHT. This reduces any further hair loss and helps to thicken your hair.
Minoxidil is a solution or shampoo you can apply on your hair. It helps to increase the blood supply to your hair root, thereby providing more nutrients for hair growth. It works to thicken existing hair and prevent any further hair loss.
PRP injections are a new way of thickening hairs too. PRP uses your own blood, taking the main growth cells and nutrients from it and injecting them back into your scalp. An initial round of 3 treatments should help to thicken you hair.
If you have developed completely bald areas in your scalp then your only option to regrow hair there is to have a hair transplant. A hair transplant involves taking hairs from the back and sides of your scalp and implanting them into areas where you have no hair. These hair roots that are implanted will grow over the course of 12-18 months- creating hair in areas where you had none previously.
Don’t delay- contact us today
At The Treatment Rooms London, our hair loss specialists and surgeons are happy to hold a consultation to explore you hair loss and advise you on the treatments best suited to you. If you are worried about your hair loss please contact us today. Delaying treatment may mean it becomes even more difficult to regain your hair to a style and density you like. Feel free to enquire now and book your free consultation by clicking (here).