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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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

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Hey docs, what home remedies can I use for androgenic alopecia?

Hey docs, what home remedies can I use for androgenic alopecia?

None: There is nothing that will help. How do you know it's androgenic alopecia? I hope you haven't been taking anabolic steroids. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have telegon effluvium or androgenic alopecia?

Difficult to tell: Telogen effluvium is associated with an acute event, such as pregnancy, severe illness, or intense psychological stress. Therefore, a history of a precipitating event or drug would aid diagnosis. Also, the results of the hair pull test would be positive in te. Sometimes a biopsy from an area of alopecia can help distinguish the two. ...Read more

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Does androgenic alopecia run in everybody in the family, or are some guys spared?

Does androgenic alopecia run in everybody in the family, or are some guys spared?

May be spared: The genes associated with increased risk of getting androgenic alopecia are primarily passed by your mother via one of her 2 x chromosomes or by one of her 2 chromosome #3. Therefore, brothers have 50 percent chance of getting the same chromosome. However, there is also an increased risk (about 2.5 x) of baldness derived from the father's y chromosome and/or chromosome #3. ...Read more

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Androgenic alopecia - how to get rid of it?

Androgenic alopecia - how to get rid of it?

No cure for baldness: Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia are the two medications in the U.S. For treatment (and "prevention") of baldness, mainly male-pattern baldness. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and start treatment. Results vary from person to person, but one's "appearance" is usually improved. There is no cure for baldness, so the medications must be continued for the benefit to continue. ...Read more

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Can a person at the age of 23 suffer from androgenic alopecia? And does excess growth of chest hairs indicate aga?

Can a person at the age of 23 suffer from androgenic alopecia? And does excess growth of chest hairs indicate aga?

Too soon to tell: The more chest hair you're naturally blessed with, the sooner you can expect to develop androgenic alopecia. Look around yourself. I saw your history and i very much doubt your hair loss is from self-entertainment or that apple cider vinegar will help. All men lose hair on their temples at about your age. Focus on being physically fit and mentally healthy -- that's 95% of good looks. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. A year ago my hair stopped falling out. No within the last week it has started falling out again. Why?

I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. A year ago my hair stopped falling out. No within the last week it has started falling out again. Why?

Stress: Stress is a major cause of hair loss, think major illness, hospitalization or surgery. So is thyroid dysfunction, both under & over-active. Androgenic refers to male-pattern baldness which is typically associated w/too much Dht (dihydrotestosterone), a breakdown product of testosterone. We use Finasteride to stop this conversion. But it's also considered category x in women. Talk to your familydoc. ...Read more

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I have a weird bald spot does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

I have a weird bald spot does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

No: There are multiple reasons for hair loss, from trauma, hair follicle trauma, stress, hormone changes, infection, etc. Androgenic alopecia usually starts slowly with typical patterns of hair loss. Not weird balding spots. Recommend consultation with a hair transplant surgeon. Your hair loss could be temporary, reversable and/or treatable. ...Read more

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I can actually see a bald spot on my head, does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

I can actually see a bald spot on my head, does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

Alopecia areata: This is likely to be the cause of a single bald spot. Get someone in the family to look at it and see if there are any single hairs in the bald area that look like the traditional appearance of an exclamation mark---broad top and narrow at growth point. That isdiagnostic. Trouble is, noone knows cause. ...Read more