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Is baldness always hereditary?

Is baldness always hereditary?

Causes of "baldness": Alopecia is commonly known as hair loss, hair thinning, & balding. While genetic causes (like male pattern balding) are common, other causes exist: hormones, infections, autoimmune causes, metabolic (e.g. Chemotherapy), nutrition (e.g. Vitamin deficiencies), trauma (e.g. Tight braids), neoplastic (some cancers), etc. A dermatologist can help determine the cause & discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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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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Could segals solution cure hereditary baldness?

Could segals solution cure hereditary baldness?

Think about it: Don't spend too much money on this herbal concoction. If stuff like this actually worked, the dermatology community would have snapped it up as organized medicine has snapped up other natural plant-based remedies that work, and so would the international espionage community (there would be no bald men in the cia). These folks pray on others' wishful thinking & frustration. ...Read more

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Help can baldness really get inherited from your maternal grandfather?

Help can baldness really get inherited from your maternal grandfather?

That's foolish: Baldness results from at least a few genes, and which ancestors are and aren't affected is superstition. A young man will probably eventually have hair loss in direct proportion to how much chest hair he's naturally blessed with. Since 95% of good looks in a man is his level of physical fitness rather than where he does or does not have hair, it's all the more reason to continue exercising. ...Read more

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Hi drs. I'm 21 1 month ago I noticed that my hair starts to fall My dr said that it is hereditary baldness and I must use menoxidile forever as ttt ?

Hi drs. I'm 21
1 month ago I noticed that my hair starts to fall
My dr said that it is hereditary baldness and I must use menoxidile forever as ttt ?

Yes: if you want to prevent more hair loss, you need to use it forever. First you might want to check with your family physician to see if you have any medical reasons for hair loss ie. loss of a significant amount of weight, illness, thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of hereditary baldness?

Is there a way to get rid of hereditary baldness?

Inhjerited baldness: Genetic hair loss, called male patterned baldness, is found in men, when there is a family history of similar hair loss. It often begins after puberty, the time that male hormones are made by the testes. Acne is also a male hormone disease.Older women, who lack female hormones, also get inherited alopecia. This can be treated, but not cured with minoxidil, as a lotion, or finasteride, as a tablet. ...Read more

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Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Yes: Both graying and baldness are mostly genetic- ask your older relatives when they lost their hair or started graying. Sometimes, medical illness or certain stressors or medical treatments(like chemo) are the cause. Male pattern baldness is carried by the females- so it is possible to have a bald father and sons with full heads of hair. Women can also have male pattern baldness. ...Read more

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What could I do to determine if i inherited male pattern baldness?

Gradual -location: Hair loss has a typical onset make pattern between ages 12 to 40 years .Hair loss evident by age 50 in >50% of patients. Hair loss is found at temples and crown sides and back are spared. ...Read more

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Have been having intense Hairfall and thinning of hair.What all tests can be performed to assess the cause behind the Hairfall.No hereditery baldness?

Some ideas: If you're not a thick-bearded, super-hairy-chested guy, you won't get heavy-duty male pattern baldness in your twenties. I'm going to assume you've had your thyroid checked, and that this doesn't look clinically like alopecia areata or a brutal fungus infection. Most likely it's telogen effluvium ("shedding"), which generally self-cures. Trusting you're adequately nourished. Best wishes. ...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?

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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a clinical finding where there are areas of scalp ...Read more