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Male pattern baldness

A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Moeller
37 years experience Dermatology
Male pattern baldnes: Male pattern baldness is another name for male pattern androgenetic alopecia. It is caused by genetic factors and hormones.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Male pattern baldnes: Usually there is a genetic predisposition. Excessive activity of the adrenal or pituitary glands can also cause this along with polycystic ovarian syn ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
Hair loss: Male pattern baldness is another way of saying a patient has an inherited form of hair loss. Unfortunately we cannot change a patient's genetic predi ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Balshi
21 years experience Dermatology
Invest: There is no way to stop or cure male pattern baldness. However there are several things that have been proven to slow the process. Rogaine (minoxidi ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia: These are the two most commonly recommended regimens under the guidance of dermatologists. See a doc.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Yes: The majority of cases of male pattern alopecia have a family history of baldness. It is thought to be autosomal dominant with mexed penetrance.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Feinstein
52 years experience Dermatology
Pattern Hair Loss: Male patterned baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is a genetic disease that causes hair loss in certain areas of the scalp, in certain people, usually m ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shelly Friedman
38 years experience Dermatology
Yes: The only definitive way to diagnose is to perform a punch biopsy.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Options: If this is indeed male pattern baldness, your options are medications (any physician can provide these), specialist surgery, and/or embracing your mas ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Clinical trials have demonstrated clinical benefits using topical Minoxidil for vertex male pattern alopecia.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Yes, that is why they are bald.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Yes: Testosterone is broken down in body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrodiol (E2). Excess T is converted into DHT & E2 above & beyond base ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair answered
18 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: Usually generalised hair loss.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
No.: Never heard of.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Female hair loss: Female baldness is present in 30% of females and is occurring earlier in Western culture. Stress, crash diet, birth control pills,sleep cycle, ovaria ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Roland
34 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: This is a topical treatment similar to minoxidil. It is reasonably effective, especially if the problem is not too advanced
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Male hair loss: Male pattern hair loss is common. Topical Minoxidil is the first treatment to try, and is otc so it's easy to get. Very few side effects, but it onl ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Baldness: You list yourself as age 23. At that age testosterone should be normal and you would have no trouble weight lifting. If you already have male pattern ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
No: No, whey protein does not worsen baldness. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art03030/hair-loss-alopecia-baldness.Html for a good overview of convention ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: One needs two factors, one of the genes for male pattern baldness, mixed with testosterone, the predominant male hormone. Once the gene is present, i ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Male Pattern : Male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. It usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peterson Pierre
23 years experience Dermatology
Hard to tell: It can mean male pattern baldness but there are also other causes of hair thinning and breakage. Only a thorough history and an exam can help arrive ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
Baldness: Male pattern baldness affects many people in the United States. There are many possible solutions but you should see your doctor for definitive treat ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Hair transplants: Hair transplants are the most effective by far. Propecia (finasteride) can be tried as well.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience Dermatology
Usually not: The form of testosterone, known as dihydrotestosterone, that causes male pattern baldness is also reponsible for causing hair growth in other areas, l ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Topican and Oral: After the diagnosis of male pattern alopecia has been established, topical Minoxidil or oral Finasteride may be administered to reduce hair loss and p ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Probably.: There will probably be a cure (possibly involving stem cells) in the future. As to when, my crystal ball is on the fritz, so there's no way to know. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Treatments available: Rogaine (minoxidil topical) is very effective at preventing further hair loss and can help some improve hair density. For men, Propecia (finasteride) ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
See doctor: Premature hair loss could be caused by many different things - nutritional deficiencies, stress, hormone imbalance. A dermatologist would be a good p ... Read More
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