Can Inflammation Cause Hair Loss – My Thoughts


All mammals, which includes men and women, have oil glands in their skin. These glands secrete sebum, an oily viscous substance. The oil glands are therefore called sebaceous glands. Although sebum may sound gross, your skin needs it for waterproofing and lubricating itself. Furry animals need waterproofing more than humans. Humans use umbrellas to safeguard themselves from the rain. In case you didn't know, the Chinese used wax to coat parasols to deter rain. Sebum functions a lot like that. It serves as a waterproof, protective coating on your skin. The human scalp and face have or produce the maximum sebum than any other part of the body.

Does Inflammation Lead to Hair Loss?

"Inflammation" has historically had negative connotations. And that's understandable because the term is synonymous with heat. Therefore, let's try to understand what leads to chronic Inflammation and can Inflammation cause female hair loss.

Many factors could trigger Inflammation; sebum overproduction is one of the reasons. Sebum is overproduced when there are hormonal imbalance issues. The sebum blocks your skin's pores as it surfaces, which lead to facial Acne if you are in your teens, or scalp inflammation in case you are older. This explains why young people usually have acne problems, and people in their 30s and beyond have thinning hair or go bald.

Other conditions that cause Inflammation include psoriasis, dermatitis, seborrhea, ringworm, eczema, alopecia areata and frontal fibrosing alopecia, which is a rare disease passed on through genes. Certain medications, laser hair therapy, and at-home treatments can potentially slow down such kind of hair loss. However, more research and clinical studies are needed to test their efficacy thoroughly.

Besides, the fungus can also cause an inflammatory condition. The fungus usually dwells between your scalp's dermis junctions and epidermis. This is the same fungus that spreads as athlete's foot in your toenails and could be caught with basic human touch. A lot of people, in fact, suffer from scalp inflammation fungus and do not realize it.

The naked human eye cannot see fungus. So do not reach out for your mirror yet. Its adverse effects are visible, however, which includes dandruff. You can try eliminating the fungus. To remedy a fungal infection in the nails, OTC medications can come in handy. For hair, a synthetic antifungal medicinal shampoo would help. Make sure the shampoo you use has one or more of the following compounds: ketoconazole, climbazole, and miconazole - for it to be termed a "medicinal" shampoo.

Symptoms of Inflammation-Caused Hair Loss

There are many different symptoms and signs of Inflammation that can occur alongside your hair loss. If you have more than one at the same time, then that could be a sure sign that you are dealing with Inflammation in your body.

Hair Loss

If you have scalp inflammation, then this could lead to decreased blood flow, and then your hair follicles could end up dying and falling out or thinning. It's quite tricky to know if you have Inflammation on your scalp, but one way to know is if there is an increase in body temperature which will be caused by the hot blood cells around the area of Inflammation near your hair follicles. If you have any of the other following symptoms and hair loss, then your hair loss could be because of Inflammation.

Digestive Issues

With Inflammation, all or several bodily systems and your immune system could be affected, including your gut. Symptoms of inflammation in your gut include bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and malnutrition. Poor gut homeostasis could even result in Systemic Inflammation. Therefore, the nexus between the human digestive system and Inflammation isn't very hard to comprehend.


Chronic fatigue and Inflammation are like best buddies if the various research studies carried out on the topic are any indication. As such, you could undergo inexplicable body fatigue due to the untreated Inflammation. Fatigue could also be caused by stress, which is also another factor for hair loss since that produces DHT the hormone responsible for killing hair follicles. 


If you have swelling on your inflamed scalp, this could be due to fluid accumulation at the inflammation site. If you have red itchy bumps and just general hot, itchy skin as well, then that is even more evidence for Inflammation.


This isn't an Acne blog, but there are many different causes for Acne. Inflammation is one of them.

Stiff Joints

If it is painful to walk or difficult to bend your arms, it could be Inflammation.

Eyelid Swelling

I have had this issue before, and it's super annoying. Eyelid swelling is indeed a symptom.

Rashes & Eczema

If you have a rash, eczema or dry skin, then those are all symptoms of not just allergic reactions but of Inflammation. They could appear on your scalp or anywhere on the body that Inflammation is causing it.

Final Thoughts

So there we have it, Inflammation can indeed lead to patches of hair loss in both men and women, but it's important to remember that so can a lot of other things. The good news is that if your hair loss is due to Inflammation, you should be able to reverse back to your old healthy hair by using shampoos for hair growth. Taking a look at your diet would be a good start and then finding a legit hair shampoo would be another good step to take. Keep in mind though that I am not a medical professional, you shouldn't take anything I have written in this post as medical advice. You should always consult a registered medical professional if you think something is wrong with your health.

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