THE ALLERGY-HAIR LOSS LINK (AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!)

Hair loss in guys can be seriously traumatic. Now imagine the earth shattering, life ending calamity it represents if you’re a woman. I don’t have to because it happened to me. I lost at least a quarter of my hair, maybe more by the time I figured out that shampoo was causing it. But that may not be the case for everyone…

RESEARCHERS NOW SAY HIGH PROSTAGLANDIN D2 LEVELS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HAIR LOSS

I learn so much from my mastocytosis and histamine intolerance groups. I was recently told to request a Prostaglandin D2 test from my doc (whenever that happens!). Seems the reason for that is because pd2 can potentiate the effects of histamine by up to 400% (according to some studies). Again – prostaglandin D2 can make histamine’s effects in the body up to 400 times stronger! That spells big trouble for those of us already dealing with histamine issues (allergies, histamine intolerance, mastocytosis, mast cell activation). While researching the subject I stumbled upon studies on how high levels of prostaglandin d2 are now thought to be what’s driving hair loss in men, and potentially in women.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR AVERAGE JOE? 

Well for one, if you’re a guy suffering from baldness and allergies, it’s worth getting your histamine and prostaglandin d2 checked out. If you’re a woman too. It might not hurt to ask for the test even if you’re only suffering from severe allergies.

HIGH PROSTAGLANDIN D2 TREATMENT OPTIONS

Docs will soon begin (some have begun) prescribing pd2 inhibitors.

Given my stance on meds in general (I don’t do ‘em!) I did a bit more digging and came up with a number of studies linking, wait for it, the “niacin flush” dreaded by most of us with histamine disorders/allergies, to prostaglandin release and how omega 3 fatty acids combat this. I’m oversimplifying here. I doubt I’d have many readers if I didn’t, but you can read the full study here. So basically the metabolism of arachidonic acid, otherwise known as omega 6 fatty acid, causes prostaglandin d2 release, which then drives up histamine levels. This makes sense given that histamine causes inflammation in the body – something arachidonic acid is notorious for.

THE QUICK (NON-PHARMACEUTICAL) FIX?

Less meat, eggs, vegetable oils (other than olive) and other high omega 6 fatty acid foods, while increasing your omega 3 fatty acids with salmon, other fatty fish, chia/flax seeds and others. For more on this please check out the amazing Dr Fuhrman’s books.

Those of us with histamine disorders need to eat the very freshest fish around. Really. Fish with a high bacterial count can kill regular folks (scromboid poisoning) let alone wreaking all kinds of havoc on someone with histamine intolerance, mastocytosis or just plain old allergies. And fish oil is DEFINITELY not the answer. Nasty rancid oil that has been sitting on a shelf is toxic (read Dr. Fuhrman’s ‘Eat to Live’ for more on that) to regular people and even more so to your average histamine intolerant, or masto gal.

One solution is to indulge (yet again) in my favourite all round herbal superstar – Holy Basil! Not only is it a mast cell stabiliser, it’s also as potent an H2 receptor antagonist (antihistamine) as Zantac/Rantidine, AND it’s brimming with omega 3 fatty acids. I’m not a fan of frequent use of dried herbs, not to mention that you obviously lose nutrients in the process, so I buy my holy basil as a plant and pluck as needed. I also make tea with fresh leaves. It’s not easy to grow the holy basil indoors nowadays – not enough light!

My personal solution? Kill the inflammation on my scalp. I stopped using shampoo on my skin. A few weeks later the hair loss was history. You’ll find more on this and my other low histamine beauty tips, tricks and research in my upcoming book: “The Low Histamine Beauty Survival Guide”. 

Published by The Low Histamine Chef

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