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Can Steroids affect hair loss?

By Alex

Corticosteroids, also known colloquially as steroids, occur naturally in the body. Man-made steroids act like the natural steroids our body produces; they reduce inflammation and are available in many different forms; tablets, injections, inhalers and lotions.

When steroids are prescribed by a doctor, they are used to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system, and are typically used to treat conditions including; asthma, atopic eczema, hay fever, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. The steroids prescribed by a doctor are safe when taken in moderation.

Anabolic steroids are drugs that mimic certain natural hormones in the body to regulate and control how the body works and develops. Anabolic steroids are often used illegally in order to stimulate muscle growth. This happens because they are similar to the male hormone testosterone. Taking the drug illegally can result in some side effects including possible hair loss.

What causes hair loss?

Male pattern baldness is primarily caused by producing too much of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The DHT attaches to the hair follicles and over time causes the hair follicle to degrade. DHT can cause the follicles to shrink in size and the hair produced will be weaker, and the follicles can eventually die; resulting in no hair growth and causing baldness.

Can steroids cause hair loss?

The use of steroids can speed up the hair loss process if you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness. If you are prone to male pattern baldness you will have higher levels of DHT in your body. It is believed that steroids can increase the production of DHT. Higher levels of DHT can increase hair loss.

How can I prevent hair loss from steroids?

If you believe that you are experiencing hair loss as a result of steroids it is advised that you discontinue the use of steroids as prolonged use can lead to permanent baldness, rather than temporary hair loss.

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