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Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family?.

Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family?.

Yes -- but...: I read your history. Please get over the idea that entertaining yourself had anything to do with your hair loss, and stop believing what people tell you about apple cider vinegar. You also know that all men lose their temple hair at your age. If you've got a lot of chest hair, you may be starting androgenic alopecia even at the age of 23. You need a relationship with a patient, wise physician. ...Read more

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Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. and no family history?

Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. and no family history?

Not if you're female: Your notes show you as a 26 year old female. Diet has no bearing here. If you're having normal periods and don't have hair where usually only men have it, then I'd be very surprised if your hair loss is androgen-type. If you're actually a man, of course you can start having baldness in your 20's especially if you're naturally blessed with a lot of body hair. Your Dr. can discuss treatment. ...Read more

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What causes alopecia?

What causes alopecia?

Hair loss: Alopecia can be inherited, related to shock or stress, dietary deficiencies such as malnutrition, genetic disorders, medication, and an autoimmune disorder in which the body's antibodies attack the hair follicles. Hormonal disorders can cause hairloss such as hypothryoidism. Exogenous trauma such as curling irons, constant pulling hairstyles (traction alopecia) and chemical trauma, e.g. Chlorine. ...Read more

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How to cure alopecia?

How to cure alopecia?

Start medication now: for male pattern baldness. Get evaluated by an MD since some forms of hair loss are not MPB. However if it is MPB, you will have better results by starting now with minoxidil and dutasteride. Hair loss is progressive, so the longer you wait the harder it is to gain the lost hair back. Try meds first. If they don't stop the loss, you can consider transplant. ...Read more

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How do I treat alopecia?

How do I treat alopecia?

See a dermatologist: It depends on your sex. You should see a dermatologist and discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I treat alopecia?

How can I treat alopecia?

Several options: Medical treatment is available from your physician. It's pricey but somewhat effective. Surgery requires a specialist. Or you can embrace your genetics and masculinity and decide you like it. 95% of good looks for a man is physical fitness. This is totally under your control, no matter where you do and don't have hair. ...Read more

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Any way to treat alopecia?

Any way to treat alopecia?

Depends: Causes include, but not limited to : vitamin deficiencies, poor diet, thyroid issues, anemia, hormonal imbalances/changes, medications, genetics, tension of hair (pulling back), damage from chemical treatments/dyes, obsessive pulling (trichotillomania) - the solution is find the cause, as each cuase has different treatment. Would talk to your physician and consider labwork. ...Read more

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Does alopecia last forever?

Depends on type: Alopecia or hair loss has many different causes. Androgenetic (hereditary hair loss) is common and permanent. Telogen effluvium has many causes and less common and is temporary. Alopecia areata is an auto allergic condition that can be temporary or intermittent. These are only a few examples of alopecia with different causes and longevity. ...Read more

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