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Don’t let fighting hair loss leave you with a dangerous infection

You want to watch a man go absolutely bonkers? Ask him if he’s been losing hair.

Even if it’s not true — especially if it’s not true — he’ll obsess over that little throwaway comment for weeks, maybe even months.

Heck, he might never get it out of his head.

It’s true: You can take a man’s job, his money or even his home… but don’t touch his hair!

Until recently, the only real options for hair loss were either a comb-over or a toupee — and in the entire history of Western civilization, neither one has ever fooled a soul.

On the other hand, neither one has ever HURT anyone, either.

The newest approach to hair loss involves meds — and while they might give you a more normal-looking head of hair, they can hurt you… and hurt you bad.

And the two new up-and-coming hair-growth drugs might be the worst yet.

They’re not truly new drugs, but old ones already on the market for other conditions. One is the rheumatoid medication tofacitinib, the other is a cancer drug called ruxolitinib.

In studies on mice and people, the drugs seem to wake hair follicles from the dead and cause hair to come creeping back.

But there’s a darned good reason European regulators have refused to approve tofacitinib for rheumatoid: It could also damage your immune system and increase your risk of dangerous infections.

It can even re-awaken the varicella zoster virus most of us have sitting dormant inside the body.

That’s the virus that gave us chicken pox as kids. When it comes back for Round Two, it comes back with a vengeance — because the second time around, it gives you painful shingles.

Believe it or not, that’s not even the worst of it, because this drug has even been linked to lymphoma.

If the other drug’s any better it’s not by much. Ruxolitinib can cause swelling, bruising and other problems including bleeding.

So don’t wait for this stuff. And don’t take what’s already out there — because the main drug for hair loss, Propecia, can cause permanent sexual dysfunction.

I don’t know about you, but if I lose more hair there’s only one thing I plan to do about it: buy a hat.

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