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Dr. Emily Altman
585 doctors shared insights

Baldness (Overview)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could be partial or total).


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Does weed cause baldness or help regrow hair? I understand most medical terms so please use them if necessary.

Does weed cause baldness or help regrow hair? I understand most medical terms so please use them if necessary.

If any : Effect, it would be feminization. "Weed" is known to decrease testosterone levels, cause male breast growth and make infertility. On that theory, less hair loss, but it wouldn't grow hair. Marijuana is not good for sex hormones. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
585 doctors shared insights

Baldness (Overview)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could be partial or total).


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Does thinning and breakage near the crown of your head always mean male pattern baldness, or can it be something else?

Does thinning and breakage near the crown of your head always mean male pattern baldness, or can it be something else?

Hard to tell: It can mean male pattern baldness but there are other causes of hair thinning and breakage. Only a thorough history and an exam can help arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Baldness (Tip)

Daily biotin prevents falling of hair and helps rejuvinate hair, giving them shine. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
Once
Don't tie your hair too tightly
Once
Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
Weekly
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Can osteopaths treat baldness?

Can osteopaths treat baldness?

Yes: Osteopaths can specialize in any medical specialty and there are osteopaths that are Dermatologists. ...Read more

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How do you treat a baldness problem?

How do you treat a baldness problem?

Three steps: First, we have to identify the reason for hair loss. Second, we have to stop the hair loss with topical and/or oral medications. Third, we can replace lost hair with a hair transplantation procedure. ...Read more

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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

Scrub commonly affected areas with a loofah
Daily
Allow hair to grow out in areas you shave
Once
Wear clothing that does not cause irritation
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If someone cuts the hair bald, is ringworm then treated as normal or are pills still necessary. Is there any way to get rid of hair ringworm without?

If someone cuts the hair bald, is ringworm then treated as normal or are pills still necessary. Is there any way to get rid of hair ringworm without?

Pills are needed: The fungus gets into the hair follicles that are deep in the skin, and shaving only trims the exposed hair shaft. It is unlikely that topical creams will penetrate deeply enough on scalp hair follicles, but it is usually effective on body ringworm. None of my patients have been successful without pills. ...Read more

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How efficient is aminexil & tretinoin in treating male baldness?

Hair loss: Propecia and rogaine (minoxidil) are the only medications known to have a positive effect on hair loss in males. The other route is to consider hair transplantations which are done easily, totally naturally, are undetectable and have no donor site scars. ...Read more

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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

Get and use appropriate hearing aids if possible
Once
Be patient with yourself
Once
Learn sign language with some of your family members if hearing loss is severe
once
See an audiologist regularly for new suggestions
yearly
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If you had to guess, would you say there may be a good treatment for baldness or hair loss in the near future? RepliCel's trials look promising.

If you had to guess, would you say there may be a good treatment for baldness or hair loss in the near future? RepliCel's trials look promising.

Yes.: I have to guess almost every day in my office, and I suspect that there will be a legitimate treatment fairly soon, because lots of people are working on it, and there's a lot of money to be made. With all the money that people spend now on dubious treatments and outright frauds, imagine what they would spend on a legitimate treatment! How soon it will happen is anybody's guess. ...Read more

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Do any of baldness treatments actually work?

Do any of baldness treatments actually work?

Yes: Yes, there are two fda approved drugs for hair loss: rogain and propecia (finasteride). Like all drugs, they might not work in every individual and may have side effects. But they also work for many people and have had no side effects. Consult your dermatologist if you're sufferring from thinning hair to determine if either drug would be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Improving Hair Health (Checklist)

Eat well and exercise regularly
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Wash your hair regularly, less often if it is dry, more often if it is oily
Once
If hair loss is a problem, increase your intake of vitamins C and E, as well as zinc
Once
Stay out of sun or wear a hat, as UV light damages hair as well as skin
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How to get rid of baldness due to heredity?

How to get rid of baldness due to heredity?

Alopecia: Androgentic Alopecia is due to elevated levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and causes miniaturization of the hair follicles in the scalp. Therapeutic options include DHT inhibitors such as Finasteride, Minoxidil helps to improve the blood flow to the scalp and helps prolong the anagen phase of the hair cycle. Low Level Laser Therapy has been shown to be very useful as well as PRP and stem cells. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
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Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
Once
Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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My age is 20. I have hairfall since month. I m taking. Biotin tablet for one month. My grandfather was bald and my father wasn't bald.?

My age is 20. I have hairfall since month. I m taking. Biotin tablet for one month. My grandfather was bald and my father wasn't bald.?

Doctor can evaluate: There are no vitamins, herbs, supplements, nor foods that are proven to slow hair loss (male pattern baldness in men). Maintaining a balanced diet of healthy foods, and taking one multivitamin + minerals tablet each day, should keep a person in normal, good nutritional status. . . So his scalp and hair should be as healthy as they can be. Hair loss at a young age should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
Weekly
Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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Dr. Alan Bauman
1,419 doctors shared insights

Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
1,415 doctors shared insights