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Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Similar: Androgenetic hair loss related to hormones and genetics are quite different for men and for women. Also each individual will have their own variation. With men it begins as a teen and progresses for 20 years or more. Women begin later. Pregnancy, birth control, and menopause are factors. Women thin out on top but do not become completely bald. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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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


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What is a common cause for a 20 yr female to get a smooth bald spot?

What is a common cause for a 20 yr female to get a smooth bald spot?

Alopecia areata: Most likely you have a common condition called alopecia areata. It has no known cause, but can be related to stress. It is not contagious, & can be treated by topical creams , or injections in the affected area. ...Read more

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What causes men to go bald and is there a way to not go bald?

What causes men to go bald and is there a way to not go bald?

Genetic: Almost two thirds of men lose their by age 50, and represent androgenetic male pattern alopecia. The majority of cases of male pattern alopecia have a family history of baldness. The genetic pattern thought to be autosomal dominant with mixed penetrance. ...Read more

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What causes some men to go bald at an early age?

What causes some men to go bald at an early age?

Genes rule.: Baldness is an inherited condition. Why some men begin losing hair earlier than others is unknown, but that is probably inherited too. ...Read more

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Does smoking have anything to do with female balding?

Does smoking have anything to do with female balding?

Smoking and hair : Most people think of smoking as something that only affects the lungs but smoke can affect many parts of the body, including the hair. Cigarette smoke contains up to 4, 000 lethal chemicals. A habitual smoker is constantly surrounded by smoke, and these chemicals can damage the hair follicles that cause the hair to grow. ...Read more

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What causes a lot of men to go bald early, and is there a way to not go bald?

What causes a lot of men to go bald early, and is there a way to not go bald?

Male Pattern : Many men have family members with baldness and begin to lose their scalp hair during their teenage years. This is genetic androgenetic alopecia. Treatment with topical Minoxidil foam 5% (rogaine) twice per day will help reduce the hair loss. ...Read more

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What are some causes of bald patches in beard?

Bald patches: Bald isolated patches in the beard area may sometimes be related to fungal infiltration of the skin. ...Read more

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Hi i am suffering with balding, i deal with alot of stress and i dont know if that is the cause of it. What can i take to help regrow my hair?

Hi i am suffering with balding, i deal with alot of stress and i dont know if that is the cause of it. What can i take to help regrow my hair?

May be natural.: Losing hair can be a difficult thing to deal with. Some of it is natural, especially if there is male-pattern-balding in your family. Other times, you could be suffering from an autoimmune process called alopecia areata, or some other type of alopecia. I would highly suggest that you see your primary care doctor, or a dermatologist to get a definitive answer. ...Read more