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How To Prevent Alopecia Androgenetica With Diet
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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
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
Hair Restoration: I agree with dr. Pollard -- but there has been success with Minoxidil topically as well as with finasteride. Hair transplants can work well. We are working on a variety of hair restoration topical sprays and techniques that have shown promise as well.... But the official answer for now is: minoxidil, finasteride, and hair transplants. ...Read more
PILLS FOR HAIR LOSS: No.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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Once you have understood to comments please take them to your doctor to see what changes might be possible. ...Read more
I thought androgenic alopecia only occurred in older men. I developed it around age 6 or 7. I'm 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
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
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
Male Pattern Balding: The best treatment for androgenic alopecia or male pattern balding is transplantation of hair from the back of the head to the area of hair loss. The hair from the back region of the head are genetically designed to remain in place despite hormonal changes. Transplant can be completed by strip harvest of by [fue] follicular unit extraction. Transplant is completed most naturally as single hairs. ...Read more
Hair loss: Hair loss is less common in women than in men. If you are healthy, I would recommend well-balanced diet that has plenty of necessary vitamins and nutrients. Nothing special and by the way you don't need to supplement with any artificial vitamins. Make sure to treat your hair gently and apply as fewer chemicals and subject it to as least thermal damage as possible. ...Read more
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
Rogaine (minoxidil): If you have been diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia by a physician, then I would suggest you use rogaine (minoxidil) foam for men twice a day. I also advise patients to take vitamins such as biotin, not because it increases hair production but because it makes hair thicker and shinier and thus gives the appearance of more hair. Also, I would suggest talking to your physician about taking finesteride. ...Read more
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
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
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
Age of 6 or 7 I developed alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia. How come I developed androgenic alopecia at young age? I thought men get that
Autoimmune disease: Alopecia in young persons is almost always autoimmune. These conditions are more common in females. ...Read more
Recently one medicine was in news, discovered for androgenic alopecia, what is the name of the medicine? Can I use this now for baldness treatment?
It is a blocker of male hormones.
"Recent postmarking studies have found that [this drug] has been associated with sexual and non-sexual adverse events"
I am not recommending you use it. More info can be found by inbox consultation with me, board certified clinical pharm. ...Read more
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
Help depress. Have androgenic alopecia. Can I get completely bald with this condition with having no donor area or donor area is permanent to tranplant?
Quite unlikely: With hair transplantation the donor site is typically the posterior scalp, which is almost never affected to the degree that the crown/frontal scalp are. Everyone knows the typical fringe of hair that remains on otherwise bald men--this is where the hair follicles for transplantation are derived. However, you may not need transplantation. Medical options often do the trick. See a dermatologist. ...Read more