For many years it has been assumed that the male hormones, Androgens and Testosterone, are responsible for M.P.B. We say yes and yet NO! In fact, responsible for this condition is an abnormal genetic coding which affects only the epidermic cells, which of course include the hair and sebaceous glands. This coding allows one specific enzyme, 5 ALPHA REDUCTASE, to penetrate the cell, accelerating hair loss.
Once Inside, it transforms the male hormone Testosterone into Dehydrotestosterone, which has the power of over-stimulating the cellular metabolism. The sebaceous glands will produce excessive sebum (which makes hair greasy) and the hair cells' metabolic rate is increased, giving them a shorter life span. The life cycle, therefore, is reduced and the follicle quickly exhausts its capacity to produce new hair.
Hyperhidrosis is excessive scalp perspiration, and when associated with stress, overwork or excessive sporting activities, it can dramatically affect the hair quality and quantity.
Hyperhidrosis can affect both sexes but is more noticeable in men. The hair starts thinning in an individual's late 20s and early 30s, and although it is not as dramatic as Androgenic Alopecia, it is slow and progressive. A vertex with very fine and thin hair, but not totally bald, is likely to be the effect of Hyperhidrosis.
In Hyperhidrosis, the hair is generally fine, limp and lifeless. It appears greasy near the roots but the ends are slightly discolored and dry. The greasy look is noticeable in the mornings as the sudorific glands are active at night.
Hyperhidrosis produces sweat with an excessive amount of LACTIC ACID, a by-product of cellular activity. When present in high quantities on the scalp, the Lactic Acid has a very damaging effect on the hair. Being keratinolytic, that is to say capable of destroying Keratin, it deteriorates the hair length, making it finer, porous, dehydrated and dematerialized. With the aid of the Polarized Light Microscopic analysis, conditions known as TIGER TAIL (loss of Sulphur-Cystinic links) and TRICONODOSIS (the internal breaking of the Keratin fibers) can also be observed.
This condition is easily recognized by the pattern of bald areas. They are always a rounded or oval shape, but the size can vary from a small spot no bigger than a pea to several inches across. These bald areas are characterized by a shiny and smooth scalp.
The reasons for this disorder are not absolutely clear, but in our experience this hair loss is often connected with severe stress, overwork and general nervous conditions.
However, by stepping in as soon as the first signs of this condition appear, it is possible to bring its evolution to a halt.
Alopecia in children can be due to bacteria or virus attacking the immune system. Spinal meningitis, cancer and leukemia are all perfect examples of these cases.
Hundreds of cases treated by MITC over many years have shown that relaxing the nerve endings, which regulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the hair papilla, can stop the spreading of the bald patches.