Researchers may have accidentally found an answer to one of life’s biggest mysteries: The elusive cure to baldness.
A man went from completely bald to a full head of hair, in just months.
And all thanks to a little pill – meant to treat arthritis.
This is Kyle Rhodes’s head before:
And here it is after, thick and full.
“I’ve gotten a lot of comments about how great my hair is coming in and what a lovely color of hair it is. I find myself a lot of times just playing with it,” said Rhodes.
What was the trick?
No, not Rogaine or Propecia.
It was a drug called Xeljanz that’s actually already on the market for arthritis.
Kyle’s doctor at Yale University decided to give it a try – and eight months later, viola!
Kyle, who’s 25, started losing hair all over his body at the age of two because of an unusual form of alopecia.
“Neighborhood kids at school, just jokes, Rogaine comments. One thing I did get when I was completely bald is called a skinhead, which I found very offensive,” said Kyle.
But now, even his eyelashes and eyebrows are back.
Six and a half million people have a skin disease like Kyle’s.
His doctors say the drug may help them too.
But what about the tens of millions of men who’ve just gone bald as they’ve gotten older?
The doctor doesn’t think the drug will help them.
The drug can have serious side effects. Kyle hasn’t had any, and he’s enjoying his new head of hair.
“I’ve always wanted an 80’s hockey mullet so maybe going towards that,” said Kyle.
But why would an arthritis drug help hair loss?
The doctor thinks it’s because arthritis and some forms of alopecia are related to the immune system.