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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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 to do if I'm 24 years & suffering from genetic hair loss. I'm almost half balded.?

What to do if I'm 24 years & suffering from genetic hair loss. I'm almost half balded.?

Medications: Check with dermatologist and/or endocrinologist who deals with alopecia.
Usually a combination of birth control pills, spironolactone and Finasteride. ...Read more

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I am loosing my head hair. However, my family has normal hair. Is hair loss genetic? How can I imrove the density of the hair??

I am loosing my head hair. However, my family has normal hair. Is hair loss genetic? How can I imrove the density of the hair??

Alopecia or genes: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have Propecia (finasteride) (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any test to prove if I have genetic hair loss. My hair has been thinning but in the pattern of how a women would lose hair.

Is there any test to prove if I have genetic hair loss. My hair has been thinning but in the pattern of how a women would lose hair.

Get seen: The more chest hair that you're naturally blessed with, the sooner you'll probably get male pattern baldness. If the pattern doesn't match other guys, or the loss seems like something else, get a proper evaluation by a competent dermatologist. Forget the gene studies -- they're not available yet. ...Read more

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Hi. I am a male suffering from hair loss. Apperantly it is genetic and I am at the beginning of male pattern boldness. What can I do about it?

Hi. I am a male suffering from hair loss. Apperantly it is genetic and I am at the beginning of male pattern boldness. What can I do about it?

Hair loss: See your pcp or dermatologist. Getting evaluated for infection of the scalp also should be consider as infection like tinea capitis can cause loss of hair. Hair is the finest furniture of the scalp we definitely want to keep furniture. :) avoid hats and other pressure causing head wear. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic hair loss, stress, or alopecia?

Can you tell me about genetic hair loss, stress, or alopecia?

Different types: 1) STRESS
2) male hormones as in polycystic ovarian syndrome (androgenic alopecia)
3) Telogen effluvium- stress, poor eating of iron (red meat0
Menopause ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic hair loss or stress or alopecia?

Can you tell me about genetic hair loss or stress or alopecia?

Causes: There are many causes of hair loss, hypothyroid is an endocrine cause, pulling the hair during anxiety spells or at night, family history of loss is another.
If parent is balled it can be genetic.
Alopecia is a specific loss of body hair totalis lacks all hair lashes included. Some alopecia is in an area like the chin back etc. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

The amount of loss: Stress induced hair loss occur in clumps and diffuse--ie. Many hairs fall out at once on your comb, in the shower, on your pillow, etc. When your body is under stress, it signals your hairs to fall out. That transition takes around 3-4 months. Stress induced hair loss today is in response to an event that occurred 3-4mos ago. Androgentic hair loss is gradual usually start on vertex and temples ...Read more

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Will not washing my hair every day or touching my hair as sparingly as possible help slow down hair loss that may be happening due to genetic balding?

Will not washing my hair every day or touching my hair as sparingly as possible help slow down hair loss that may be happening due to genetic balding?

Washing hair: Washing your hair does not affect how many hairs fall out on average. It will just seem like more falls out on days you wash your hair and less on days you don't, but the average number will stay the same. Washing dislodges hairs that are already on their way out and will go with the next washing. If hair is not washed and the scalp becomes irritated, more hairs may shed. ...Read more

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Is there any vitamin which could help to slow down genetic hair loss?

Is there any vitamin which could help to slow down genetic hair loss?

HairTodayGoneTomorro: Slow down yes/maybe. Finasteride in low doses will help the hair follicles survive longer. Minoxidil lotion may help too, but is no miracle cure. Proper hair care (washing, conditioners, brushing, massage, sun, dyes, etc) and nutrition is also important and there's a lot on the web about all of this. Hair loss may also be associated with high stress, probably by changes in your body hormones. ...Read more

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If genetic hair loss can't be stopped and regrowth hair not possible in medical science. Why we use such medical treatment for hair?

Slows down loss: Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia have both been shown to slow down the rate of hair loss in androgenetic alopecia. The benefits, however, only last as long as you are using them. ...Read more

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Hereditary hair loss, if DHT is produced in all men even in men with a full head of hair, then how is it genetic and the main cause of baldness?

Good question: A good, but tough question. If you are genetically predisposed to the early loss of hair then your hair follicles may not be responding to the Dht that is present. Without seeing you it is always possible that your pattern of hair loss is not genetic. Seeing a dermatologist would be your best option to clarify this and if there would be any treatment necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if I have genetic hair loss i.e my father is also bald?

What to do if I have genetic hair loss i.e my father is also bald?

Manage it: You can look into surgery. You can ask your physician about medication. You can shave your head. You can buy a wig. You can buy a ballcap. Best of all, you can recognize that 95% of good looks for a man is about physical fitness, rather than where you do or do not have hair, and really do something positive that will promote your total health. Photo Guy's happy with who he is. ...Read more

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For genetic hair loss I am planning to take propecia (finasteride). Will it work for woman?

For genetic hair loss I am planning to take propecia (finasteride). Will it work for woman?

No propecia (finasteride) for wome: Do not take Propecia (finasteride) as it may not be safe for women and has not shown any proven effect in females. ...Read more

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Together with finasteride, what do u reccomend to slow down the process of genetic hair loss?

Together with finasteride, what do u reccomend to slow down the process of genetic hair loss?

Speed-UpToSlow-Down: Sign-on to the first space ship that can travel near the speed of light. That'll slow everything down. And while enjoying your flight to Star A2Alpha, try some Minoxidil, multivitamins with biotin and vitamin C, etc-eat lots of greens, get a head massage once or twice a week, use a shampoo with collagen, glycerin, and lanolin, a good conditioner, avoid stress and---don't forget your girlfriend ...Read more

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Would you recommend a topical hair tonic that contains: Aminexil (kopexil)/ Anageline/ Saw palmetto/ Caffeine to slow down genetic hair loss?

Would you recommend a topical hair tonic that contains: Aminexil (kopexil)/ Anageline/ Saw palmetto/ Caffeine to slow down genetic hair loss?

Weird concoction: Aminexil is standard but the last three don't make sense. Like most men blessed with a lot of body hair, your scalp hair loss is genetically programmed and you have a variety of options. Your physician can guide you -- or you can do like many super-tough men, shave your head and focus on physical fitness. It's a choice for you and anybody special in your life to make togetehr. ...Read more

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Finasteride dosage I have genetic hair loss. Right now I am taking finasteride. What is the correct dosage? Does taking an increased dosage have any beneficial effect? Also the 5mg tables are very hard to cut into 4 pieces. How does one do so? Right now I

Finasteride dosage I have genetic hair loss. Right now I am taking finasteride. What is the correct dosage? Does taking an increased dosage have any beneficial effect? Also the 5mg tables are very hard to cut into 4 pieces. How does one do so? Right now I

Hello,: Hello, I am only qualified to answer a portion of your question. So, I will address that. If your dermatologist has directed you to cut the 5 mg tablet into four pieces and it is not scored as such, you may need a pill cutter. A pill cutter can be inexpensively purchased from a pharmacy. Be careful, pill cutter are very sharp. They look like little guiotines. A razor edge cuts the pill. The cut should be much more exact then you get with a knife. Please keep it out of reach of pets and children. One of the dermatologists can respond to the dosage part of your question. Take care. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed with genetic hair loss grade 3 and I have tried minoxidil for 1 year with no marked effect is there any treatment?

I have diagnosed with genetic hair loss grade 3 and I have tried minoxidil for 1 year with no marked effect is there any treatment?

Hair transplantation: I would recommend you continue the Minoxidil as it usually prevents some further hair loss even if it doesn't increase density. Hair transplantation is a viable option. Seek consultation with a knowledgable hair transplant surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Can paragard IUD cause hair loss? I have not had a baby, surgery, not a thyroid or a anaemia problem. My only change has been an iud. Its not genetic.

IUDs: I have seen online complaints of hair loss with iuds, but usually with hormonal iuds like mirena (levonorgestrel). Its not a listed side effect with paragard. You might want to see a dermatologist and ask if there are other causes of your loss or if it could be an odd copper allergy side effect. ...Read more

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Is minoxidil& finasteride is the best solution for pattern hair loss (genetic). How to avoid the side effects such as erectile dysfunction? TQ docs ;)

Is minoxidil& finasteride is the best solution for pattern hair loss (genetic). How to avoid the side effects such as erectile dysfunction? TQ docs ;)

Effective: The only medical treatments that are proven effective for baldness (other than hair transplantation) are Finasteride oral pills and Minoxidil topical. It is less expensive to purchase the 5mg pill (Proscar) and split the pills in 4 (use a pill splitter). Neither treatment causes a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction.
However, smoking tobacco is strongly associated with erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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How can I know if losing hair caused by losing weight or stress or genetics?

How can I know if losing hair caused by losing weight or stress or genetics?

Alopecia: Of the many causes, some are nutritional. At your age, it is much less likely to be genetic. Do you know how to eat healthy? Iron deficiency anemia is a cause. Time for a checkup with your PCP, and possibly a dermatology consult. ...Read more

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How do I stop my hair loss?

How do I stop my hair loss?

Determine the cause: You should visit your primary care physician or dermatologist to determine the cause of your hair loss. There are many medical conditions that can be associated with hair loss and therefore you should determine the cause so that the best treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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How to grow hair and stop hair loss?

Stop hair loss: You can stop hair loss by using topical Minoxidil also known as rogaine (minoxidil). If you want to grow hair you will have to see a dermatologist for a prescription medicine. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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