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I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

Baldness: Male pattern baldness affects many people in the United States. There are many possible solutions but you should see your doctor for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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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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I am balding but have Recently been growing hair on places I didnt have any; back, knees and arms. Is this normal? Male 27 years old

I am balding but have Recently been growing hair on places I didnt have any; back, knees and arms. Is this normal? Male 27 years old

Hair Loss & Growth: As men age, the same hormones in your body that trigger hair loss on the scalp are responsible for increased body hair growth. It is actually quite common to see above-average body hair growth in patients with severe male pattern hair loss. This observation could be attributed to an inherited "Androgen Sensitivity" which causes the opposite effects in scalp hair vs. body hair. ...Read more

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Does bone marrow transplant by the father affect their sons? I am balding..

Does bone marrow transplant by the father affect their sons? I am balding..

No. : Bone marrow transplant would have no long term effect on anyone but the recipient. A family member would not lose hair or have any other issue just from contact with a bmt recipient. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with precancerous squamish cell cancer. On efudex (fluorouracil) . What else should I do? I am male, balding, 64, live in ottawa, canada.

Just diagnosed with precancerous squamish cell cancer. On efudex (fluorouracil) . What else should I do?  I am male, balding, 64, live in ottawa, canada.

Easy to handle: Squamous precancers are called actinic keratoses and often (but not always) result from sun exposure. Efudex (fluorouracil) is hugely effective in changing their environment so they usually just go away without danger to you. They'll kill only if badly neglected. Here in the states, balding guys like to wear ball caps. Have somebody keep an eye on your head and other sun-exposed places as you'll likely get more. ...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

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I've been losing about twenty hairs every time I shampoo and condition my hair, I'm only 18, am I balding already? I noticed since I grew my hair out.

I've been losing about twenty hairs every time I shampoo and condition my hair, I'm only 18, am I balding already? I noticed since I grew my hair out.

Hair loss: Male pattern hair loss can begin as early as 17 years old but seeing 20 hairs a day fall out is not a positive indicator. It is normal for EVERYONE male or female to lose about 100 hairs a day. The follicle will then go through a 3 month resting phase and start to grow again ...Read more

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I am 18 and already balding what could it be?

Balding: Most common thing is male pattern balding. Did your father lose his hair at a young age? ...Read more

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I have massive hair loss its extreme i can easily see am balding please help me am just 19 is it bc of dht shud i consume lots of black tea? please help

I have massive hair loss its extreme i can easily see am balding please help me am just 19 is it bc of dht shud i consume lots of black tea? please help

Find the cause...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: Minoxidil, etc, ...). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male or female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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I am 23 now, I am suffering from hair loss from my 18th age.I ve consulted so many doctors, they prescribed with biotin -E, vitamin, iron tablets. but no positive result..even though my hairs shed it regrows, thanks that keeps me from balding. I am diag

I am 23 now, I am suffering from hair loss from my 18th age.I ve consulted so many doctors, they prescribed with biotin -E,  vitamin, iron tablets. but no positive result..even though my hairs shed it regrows, thanks that keeps me from balding. I  am diag

Genetic cause?: The medical problems that need to be excluded are an under active thyroid gland or autoimmune disease. Blood tests will help diagnose. Pregnancy, weight loss, stress/trauma, too much vitamin A are other causes. Because of your age, I suspect androgenetic alopecia, a genetic tendency to lose hair as the follicles themselves shrink. Continue working with a good dermatologist with an interest in hair ...Read more

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I am 23 now, I am suffering from hair loss from my 18th age.I ve consulted so many doctors, they prescribed with biotin -E, vitamin, iron tablets. but no positive result..even though my hairs shed it regrows, thanks that keeps me from balding. I am diag

I am 23 now, I am suffering from hair loss from my 18th age.I ve consulted so many doctors, they prescribed with biotin -E,  vitamin, iron tablets. but no positive result..even though my hairs shed it regrows, thanks that keeps me from balding. I  am diag

Telogen effluvium?: Is that what they called it? If that's what it is, basically it's not treatable and generally it remits after a while. Eat sensibly, trusting you've had your thyroid checked, an economical multivitamin with minerals appropriate to your being a young woman and with regard to your diet. In the meantime, a baseball cap looks great. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is balding. Why?

My girlfriend is balding. Why?

The major cause: of balding is heredity. Female -pattern baldness occurs as hair thins. Male-pattern baldness leads to bald spots & receding hairline. Other causes: Alopecia,Ringworm infection, scarring alopecia (from conditions like Lichen planus, Lupus & Sarcoidosis), hormonal changes (menopause, pregnancy, childbirth), thyroid imbalance, excess Vitamin A intake, certain medications, trichotillomania & a > ...Read more

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How can I stop premature balding?

How can I stop premature balding?

See a dermatologist: Many men today shave their scalps because it makes them appear really cool. If you feel strongly about having more scalp hair, first get a diagnosis. Your dr might give a prescription for finasteride. The dose is 1mg a day, not covered by ins. You can save a lot of money if the prescription is for 5mg tabs: you then use a pill cutter to make 1 pill into 4 pieces. Meanwhile you can begin otc minoxi. ...Read more

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What is the average age of balding?

What is the average age of balding?

No average: There is no "average", as some men begin to lose hair early in life and others are buried with a full head of hair. Look at your parents and other family members to get a good estimate of what to expect. ...Read more

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Do men often start balding at the crown?

Do men often start balding at the crown?

Varies: More than 95% of hair thinning in men is male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern baldness is characterized by hair receding from the lateral sides of the forehead (known as a "receding hairline") and/or a thinning crown (balding to the area known as the ‘vertex’). Both become more pronounced until they eventually meet, leaving a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair back of head. ...Read more

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I start balding is there away to stop it?

I start balding is there away to stop it?

Balding: Medications - Minoxidil (Rogaine) & Finasteride (Propecia), Surgical - Hair transplant. Eat a nutritious diet to avoid deficiencies. Avoid hairstyles that pull hair tightly. Use gentle shampoo. Avoid hair dryers, permanents or curling irons. Consider use of a wide toothed comb. Consider acupuncture. Genetics plays the biggest factor in balding for most people- you may or may not have success. ...Read more

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What products can I use for balding edges?

Balding: Depends if you are male or female. Hair management techniques may be needed. For example traction alopecia is exacerbated by the use of tight curlers, braids, etc . Minoxidil can be used by either sex. See your dermatologist for evaluation of the etiology of your problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a guy to begin balding at 19?

Is it possible for a guy to begin balding at 19?

Yes Heredity is the: major cause of balding. Female-pattern baldness occurs as hair thins. Male-pattern baldness leads to bald spots & receding hairline. Other causes: Alopecia,Ringworm infection, scarring alopecia (from conditions like Lichen planus, Lupus & Sarcoidosis), hormonal changes (menopause, pregnancy, childbirth), thyroid imbalance, excess Vit. A intake, certain medications, trichotillomania & a significant ...Read more

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In general what age do you start balding as man?

20's and 30's: Balding if it is going to occur signficant will start in the 20's and less significant in the 30's there are substitutes but no medical treatment which can stop the process. ...Read more