A 28-year-old male asked:
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i have hair but my father doesn't. how to 'diagnose' have your hair started to thin or bald. when to act on it? (like take propecia (finasteride) for example).

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Dr. Albert Melaragno
44 years experience Pediatrics
Why are You worried: Hair patterns are generally inherited from your mother if you have plenty of hair then eat well and try not to worry about it
Answered on Jun 8, 2018
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Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
Take a picture: A good way to start is by taking a "baseline" photo of the top, front and back of your head (preferably after your next haircut) then repeat it every 6 months. If no change is seen, then spread it out to 12 months. When you first start to notice thinning is usually the best time to act on it. Just because your father is bald doesn't mean you will follow in his footsteps!
Answered on Jun 8, 2018
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It's your choice: If you actually look around, you'll notice a close correlation between how much chest hair and beard thickness a man is naturally blessed with, and how fast he loses his hair on the top. It then becomes your business; these meds don't work that well. Truth is, NOTHING looks better than a physically-fit man with a receding hairline ("I'm not a dumb kid any more") and well-groomed facial hair.
Answered on Jun 8, 2018

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