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A 26-year-old male asked:

i've been using minoxidil for a year to prevent hair loss.however my hair started falling like crazy now! no new hair grew,so should i stop using it?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Minoxidil: Helps prevent further male pattern hair loss and may show modest effect on haiir regrowth. If rapid hair loss on Minoxidil suggest seeing a doctor or Dermatologist to rule out medical or mental cause of hair loss
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Rapid hair loss: Something is going on beside male pattern baldness -- I suspect you have telogen effluvium (which tends to be self-limited) or alopecia areata (you'll end up completely smooth -- I have two friends, one a physician, who are like this; they're both fitness buffs, look great, and love it). A trip to a dermatologist is in order.

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My 2 year old son is with fever for one day and running nose for 5 days.What should I try?

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Around my aunt eye there is some swelling , some pain , itchy. The pain level is a 5 on a scale 1-10 . Should we be concerned ?

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