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Hair loss: Alopecia can be inherited, related to shock or stress, dietary deficiencies such as malnutrition, genetic disorders, medication, and an autoimmune disorder in which the body's antibodies attack the hair follicles. Hormonal disorders can cause hairloss such as hypothryoidism. Exogenous trauma such as curling irons, constant pulling hairstyles (traction alopecia) and chemical trauma, e.g. Chlorine. ...Read more
Start medication now: For male pattern baldness. Get evaluated by an MD since some forms of hair loss are not MPB. However if it is MPB, you will have better results by starting now with minoxidil and dutasteride. Hair loss is progressive, so the longer you wait the harder it is to gain the lost hair back. Try meds first. If they don't stop the loss, you can consider transplant. ...Read more
Several options: Medical treatment is available from your physician. It's pricey but somewhat effective. Surgery requires a specialist. Or you can embrace your genetics and masculinity and decide you like it. 95% of good looks for a man is physical fitness. This is totally under your control, no matter where you do and don't have hair. ...Read more
Depends: Causes include, but not limited to : vitamin deficiencies, poor diet, thyroid issues, anemia, hormonal imbalances/changes, medications, genetics, tension of hair (pulling back), damage from chemical treatments/dyes, obsessive pulling (trichotillomania) - the solution is find the cause, as each cuase has different treatment. Would talk to your physician and consider labwork. ...Read more
Depends on type: Alopecia or hair loss has many different causes. Androgenetic (hereditary hair loss) is common and permanent. Telogen effluvium has many causes and less common and is temporary. Alopecia areata is an auto allergic condition that can be temporary or intermittent. These are only a few examples of alopecia with different causes and longevity. ...Read more
Depends: Alopecia can be a separate disease but is normally a symptom or an inherited problem and not a seperate disease. The first step to determine if it can be reversed is to determine the cause. You will need to see a doctor who deals with your problem to be evaluated. ...Read more
Depends on the type: There are many different types of alopecia. Male pattern baldness is called androgenic alopecia and is effected by the actions of dihydrotestosterone. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition. Whereas other alopecias/hair loss can be due to thyroid or other medical diseases. ...Read more
Depends on the Cause: Alopecia can be caused by many different diseases. The treatment depends on the cause, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. I would recommend you see a dermatologist who has significant experience dealing with the many different causes of hair loss so you can be assured you are getting a proper diagnosis and treatment regimen. ...Read more
Complex disease: While there are a few reasons why such as damage to the hair follicle from scars or injury known as cicatricial alopecia most reasons how are unknown. This can be associated with thyroid disease hormonal fluctuations or stress or infections, etc as well many other conditions. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Alopecia means hair loss. The most common causes are androgenic (hormonal), areata (allergic/inflammatory), and traction (due to trauma, pulling, or even vigorous hair care). Therefore, treatment also varies. A small biopsy may be helpful with identifying the cause and narrowing down treatment options. Don't forget about thyroid problems too! ...Read more
No simple answers: It depends on the cause of the alopecia, and it depends on where the hair loss has occurred. Alopecia can be the result of dermatological, infectious, metabolic conditions, and even autoimmune conditions. By far, the most common cause, however, is genetic...If most or some male members in your family are bald, the chances are good that it may effect you. Check with a dermatologist. ...Read more
There's no cure: Forgive my frankness. This is the truth. You will need to adapt. I have a physician friend who has it; he's a fitness guy and loves the cleanness and freedom it gives him. Many athletes are fully smooth by choice. If you're a female, it's your choice as to whether to wear a hairpiece or simply choose baldness as a fashion statement. This may not be what you want to hear. But it's the best advice. ...Read more
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Seriously, the batteries in my crystal ball are low right now, so my looking into the future is a tad impaired.
Seriously (and I hope you get the point of my humorous answer to your question you KNOW has no legitimate answer), alopecia generally stays and doesn't go away, except in rare cases where immunosuppressive therapy is used ...Read more