Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.
A key aspect of hair loss with age is the aging of the hair follicle.  Ordinarily, hair follicle renewal is maintained by the stem cells associated with each follicle. Aging of the hair follicle appears to be primed by a sustained cellular response to the DNA damage that accumulates in renewing stem cells during aging.  This damage response involves the proteolysis of type XVII collagen by neutrophil elastase in response to the DNA damage in the hair follicle stem cells. Proteolysis of collagen leads to elimination of the damaged cells and then to terminal hair follicle miniaturization.
Hi Andy, a DHT blood test is a fairly unusual step. We would recommend you speak to a hair loss specialist first to get a free diagnosis of your scalp and hair loss conditions. It could be the case that there is an underlying medical condition that is causing your thinning as well as your scalp problems. Sebderm can also cause the hair to become weakened and prone to breakage if it makes you scratch your head a lot. If the follicles are being destroyed by DHT, this is a case of genetic hair loss ( male pattern baldness ) and that can be diagnosed without having to get your DHT levels tested. It is nothing to do with the oil in your scalp - these are actually healthy and help to keep the scalp moisturised. If you would like to understand more about your scalp and hair loss issues, please contact us or complete an Online Consultation form .