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Doctor insights on: Androgenic Allopecia

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


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I am having androgenic allopecia losing lot of hair.Use of minoxidil 5% will fix the problem?

I am having androgenic allopecia losing lot of hair.Use of minoxidil 5% will fix the problem?

Can help; Not a cure: Minoxidil can help prevent further male-pattern hair loss, and may even promote some limited hair growth. However, it is not a cure, and any benefit is usually lost once Minoxidil is discontinued. ...Read more

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What is androgenic alopecia?

What is androgenic alopecia?

Male pattern loss: It is the most common form of hair loss in humans. In males it is also known as "male pattern baldness". Women can also have a similar problem. Most patients have a genetic predisposition for this problem. ...Read more

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Any medicine for androgenic alopecia?

Any medicine for androgenic alopecia?

Propecia (finasteride): Also known as finasteride.Needs to be taken for at least a year to notice a difference. ...Read more

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How to fix androgenic alopecia in women?

How to fix androgenic alopecia in women?

Meds & Transplants: Female androgenetic alopecia / hereditary hair thinning can be effectively managed w/ Rx meds like topical minoxidil 82M, laser therapy, PRP & hair transplants depending on its severity. Early cases of shedding, thinning & decreased volume are managed with non-invasive treatments. Severe depletion of hair follicles can be corrected with FUE hair transplant. Seek an experienced "ABHRS" physician. ...Read more

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Is androgenic alopecia transmitted from person to person?

Is androgenic alopecia transmitted from person to person?

No, likely genetic: "pattern baldness" is the most common cause of hair loss, and is usually hereditary. It's in the genes and is passed from parents to their children. In men, it is called male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Men get a receding hair line and hair loss on top of the head. In women, it is called female pattern baldness. Women get some hair loss from the whole scalp, so the hair looks thinner. ...Read more

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How to solve the problem of androgenic alopecia?

How to solve the problem of androgenic alopecia?

Lower androgens: Presuming you are male, androgenic alopecia, translated to male pattern hair loss, obviously is directly related to two things--genetics and testosterone (and its derivatives). Since you can't beat your genetics, lowering your testosterone does seem to help. Obviously this has side effects. Finasteride is the best studied medication used to treat this type of hair loss. ...Read more

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What home remedies are there for androgenic alopecia?

What home remedies are there for androgenic alopecia?

Androgenic alopecia: Please go on-line to "www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov" and look for Alopecia. It is scientifically solid and should be easy to understand. Once you have understood to comments please take them to your doctor to see what changes might be possible. ...Read more

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I thought androgenic alopecia only occurred in older men. I developed it around age 6 or 7. Im a male & 22 now. Is this rare case?

I thought androgenic alopecia only occurred in older men. I developed it around age 6 or 7. Im a male & 22 now. Is this rare case?

Rare cass: I am surprised that the doctor who saw you first at age 6 or 7 but has not done a good job of taking care of you. You MUST see a Dermatologist soon. Either have a friend or family member set you up with a Dermatologist!. Wish you well, and please keep me informed. We can all learn something. ...Read more