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Chemotherapy Losing Hair
Still not clear.: Minoxidil is a 40-year-old drug first used to treat high blood pressure. Hair growth was a common side-effect. We observe that it shortens the resting phase of hair growth, it increases the length of time hair grows and increases the size of hair follicles. The exact mechanism for these actions is still unknown, and may be caused by changes in the hair follicle or the supporting cells. ...Read more
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
Yes: Propecia (finasteride) has been clinically proven to help. In a 5-year study of men with mild to moderate hair loss, 2 out of 3 of the men who took 1 mg of Finasteride daily regrew some hair. However, Propecia (finasteride) has been linked to long term erectile dysfunction. Other treatments exist such as hair transplantation. You may want to explore these options before taking any meds that may have unwanted side effects. ...Read more
KGF and hair growth: Abstract keratinocyte growth factor-2 (kgf-2) is found in dermal papilla fibroblasts and its receptor, fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (fgfr2), in the neighboring outer root sheath of keratinocytes. Administration of recombinant human kgf-2 (rhkgf-2) at 10 ng ml(-1) significantly stimulated human hair-follicle cell proliferation in organ culture (26-35%). Thus, rhkgf-2 is a promising therapeut. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dihydrotestosterone.: Dht, which is converted from testosterone is the culprit in hair loss, leading to male pattern baldness. Propecia, (finasteride) is fda approved to limit this problem. It is considered a "cosmetic drug" and not covered by insurance. Plans. Have your doctor rx proscar, which is the same chemical, but at a stronger dose. Quarter the pill, take one quarter daily, and your have the same medication, covered by ins. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: For hair loss in women....See your doctor. There is testing that needs to be done to determine the cause...Is it female pattern, hormonal, or even related to an underlying condition like thyroid disease or anemia. The treatments vary based on the cause. To answer your specific question though...Yes for certain types of hair loss rogaine (minoxidil) can help women. ...Read more
Maybe: If the hair loss is caused by hypothyroidism, then thyroid hormone replacement will stop the hair loss. Often time, the thyroid is not the cause of the hair loss. In that case, thyroid hormone replacement will not do much. You will know if you have thyroid problem through a blood test. If thyroid hormone is low, i would treat it to see if the hair loss will improve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely: Hair growth is, for the most part, genetically mediated. There are some circumstances in which regrowth may occur, but not usually associated with weights. There are several surgical ways of replacing hair and a good plastic surgeon may help you. ...Read more
33f, hair loss, facial hair growth, 100+lbs ovrweight, lab work all ok. Oversleep, no energy. Using rogaine (minoxidil) biotin, not working. Hairloss due to wght?
Needs Evaluation: Complete endocrine and gyn examination are needed to help you find the answer to your question. ...Read more
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