It likely comes as no surprise that because all the systems of our body are linked in some way or another, if one system is compromised, it has the potential to impact other systems. One example of this at work is the link between having a tooth infection and the health of your hair.
How does this occur?
When our bodies detect the presence of things like bacteria, viruses, or fungi that should not be present and can potentially compromise our health, our immune system springs into action. Chemicals and white blood cells are released to fight the threat. The increased production of white blood cells is a good thing because it helps our bodies fight off the infection; however, the cells can also travel to other parts of our bodies, such as the hair follicles, which can cause thinning or falling hair. This is known as infection-induced alopecia.
Hair loss due to infection tends to occur near the actual site of the infection, so if you have a serious infection in your upper left jaw, you may notice thinning hair near your left temple. Another thing to keep in mind is that inflammation can choke off nutrients supplies to your hair follicles, which can also lead to hair loss. The loss of hair is not just limited to the hair on one’s scalp in the case of infections. Facial hair, including eyebrows, can all be subject to thinning as well.
A tooth infection is not the only thing that can cause infection-induced alopecia. Ringworm, for example, is a type of fungal infection. If on the scalp, the hair can become brittle and break easily as the fungus enters the hair fibers. One can get ringworm from a variety of places, but it is most common in soil and can be easily transferred by being in contact with animals that carry it.
Folliculitis (which can result from bacterial infections) can rob one of their hair. In this case, the hair follicles become inflamed, and it can cause the hair to fall out. This condition can permanently damage hair follicles, leaving bald spots.
What do you do if you have infection-induced alopecia?
If you are suffering from infection-induced alopecia, seek to have the cause of the infection addressed and eliminated as soon as possible. Not having the infection treated can damage your overall health if it’s really serious, and hair loss can become worse. The necessary treatment will depend on the infection. In the case of ringworm, there are topical medicines, such as creams or gels. If it’s on the scalp, a prescription-strength treatment may be needed. In cases like Folliculitis, an antibiotic (either topical or by mouth if it’s serious) may be used.
If you have a tooth infection and notice your hair is thinning, then it is recommended that you visit a dentist to treat the infection first. If caught early enough, there should not be any lasting damage, and once the issue is addressed, the hair follicles should heal themselves, and normal hair production will start again. But remember, hair growth is a process, so it could take a while for hair to regrow.
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