I’ve been asked plenty of questions regarding medication and its effects on our Natural Strands, but Today I had a woman come to me while I was at work and ask a question that no one has ever seemed to ask. “Can antibiotics cause hair loss?”, at the time I did not have the answer to the questions, but I did promise that I would do some research on the topic and when I gathered the correct information I would be sure to post it on the Blog.
As we know there are thousands if not millions of medications on the market. Most of these medications come with worst side effects than the actual illness you are trying to treat. There are a great number of them that specifically attack the hair. To be honest with you all, I’ve never had a Provider tell me, Hey by the way I’m going to prescribe you these antibiotics for 7 Days one of the side effects may be hair loss. You will probably never find a Provider that will tell you anything remotely in the direction of hair loss when it comes down to taking antibiotics for long or short periods of time.
WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIBED FOR? AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Before we can discuss how antibiotics and negatively affect our natural strands, we first need to understand what they are typically used for and how they actually work.
When you are prescribed antibiotics they are normally prescribed for the purpose of treating some type or strand of bacteria which is also known as an bacterial infection. There are thousands of strands of bacteria that can become a problem such as (Strep Throat, Pneumonia, Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot etc.)I could almost write a mini black book of all the different strains of bacteria we can be affected by.
To gather more detailed information on the direct effect of antibiotic use on our natural strains, I took a little trip to the other side of my Office, being that I do work in the medical field and had a little question and answer session with one of my favorite Providers Dr. N. Yamusah, who happens to be one of the Senior Physicians at my Office.
According to Dr. Yamusah antibiotics are not developed only for the purpose of treating infections, and bacterial overgrowths. Antibiotics do not have the ability to work with the precision of many other medications, because of this antibiotics attacks not only our bad bacteria, but our good bacteria as well. Even the use of antibiotics for a very short period of time can cause a negative effect on our good bacteria, and it loves to attack bacteria in the digestive tract. When antibiotics attacks our digestive system is alters the environment and chemical balance in the Gut making it harder to synthesize nutrients from the B complex (B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7,B9, and B12). According to Dr. Yamusah one of the main causes of hair loss is linked to Vitamin B deficiency.
The effect of antibiotics on our bodies vitamin B Complex levels is one major reason for hair thinning & loss, But our good old trusty antibiotics may also cause a disturbance in our normal hair growth cycle.
HOW DOES ANTIBIOTICS AFFECT OUR HAIRS NATURAL GROWTH CYCLE?
Well our bodies actually go through two hair growth cycles which are called (The Angen phase and The Telogen phase). The angen phase is a period of time that can last up to six years. The telogen phase is a period of (Rest) for the scalp that can last about three months. When antibiotics During the Telogen phase antibiotics can trigger Telogen Effluvium this causes the hair follicles to start the resting period earlier than it should. This can cause excess hair shedding, which can cause the loss of an estimated 300 strands of hair per day instead of 100 strands per day. :(.
WHEN WILL YOU NOTICE HAIR LOSS TAKING PLACE?
You normally would not be able to pick up on hair thinning right away because thinning caused by the use of antibiotics can occur to to three months after you have introduced antibiotics into your system.
WHAT YOU CAN DO REDUCE HAIR THINNING DURING AND AFTER THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS?
- Thinning hair from the use of antibiotics is not a permanent side-effect..:)
- Take vitamins that promote healthy hair growth, like Vitamin B12, Biotin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- You can also raise your iron and protein intake these vitamins are also important in stimulating healthy hair growth.
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