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Hair Loss After Chemotherapy
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
Toddler w/ rapid, complete (bald) scalp hair loss 10 weeks post heart surgery been 2 months with no regrowth. Telogen effluvium? When expect regrowth?
Could be: It also could be alopecia areata. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
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
Spironolactone: Yes, spironolactone has hormonal side effects and the side effects include hair changes. As well, the reason you require spironolactone may affect your hair follicles - is your circulation impaired? And, zinc and other vitamins are essential for hair/scalp health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many months for full effect of minoxidil5%, finasteride 1mg cure of hair loss and regain new hair?
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
Can hair loss due to chemotherapy and testicle removal be cured by hair transplant surgery ? Is it safe and effective to transplant hair ?
Yes for grafted hair: The question is a bit tricky in that hair transplantation does not prevent hair follicles that were "programmed" for loss anyway to somehow be "protected" by the grafting process. The transplanted hair follicles are harvested from sites that are resistant to hair loss and when they are grafted to recipient sites they retain their "resistant-to-hair-loss" status despite natural hair loss around it. ...Read more
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
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