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My Genitals Are Bald
Have this small sting on my genital area followed by a small bald spot. What can this be? Has me worried. No pain rarely itch. Help!
Penis bumps: Penis bumps can be many things. Some STDs, some not. Only general advice can be given without a photo or physical exam. Top 2 photos are non-STDs: Fordyce spots (sebum which can be extricated by M.D. or left alone), Infected hair follicle (plucked and kept clean). Bottom 2 photos are STDs (HPV and Molluscum) to be evaluated by your MD so s/he can rule out other STDs and council you for prevention. ...Read more
"resting phase": For those who remember all the steps of mitosis from high school, they remember that after anaphase and telophase (the dna splits up to form two distinct nucleii), the cells rest. If there's a major shock to the system, the cells enter a second resting phase, then "die" while new cells pop up. Thus from birth, the hair cells enter resting phase, and hair falls out, to be replaced in a few months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same genes: The more chest and back hair a man is naturally blessed with, the faster his hair regresses on his scalp. This is quite a close correlation. Some treatment options are available for loss of scalp hair, or the man can embrace his masculinity and heritage and remember that 95% of good looks is physical fitness. Photo guy isn't complaining. ...Read more
No: Male pattern baldness is genetically programmed and correlates closely with how much chest hair you're naturally blessed with. Men either like it, or can opt for surgery or medication. Your best choice is to stay physically fit, which is 95% of good looks for a man, and embrace your masculinity and genetics. High cholesterol needs to be managed but isn't contributing. ...Read more
It's the genes: We now cure 4 out of 6 cases of cancer (up from 2 of 6 when I was a kid), but managing baldness and other entities that are deeply embedded in development and genetic programs is still in the future. For now, there's medicines and surgery, baseball caps, or embracing masculinity and remembering that 95% of good looks is fitness, wherever you do or don't grow hair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Case Hair Loss: Sarafem is indicated for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd) in adult women. Its active ingredient is fluoxetine which is also the active ingredient in prozac. Hair loss, or alopecia, is an infrequently reported side effect. Baldness is not reported, but any hair loss can be distressing. Consult your physician if you are experiencing hair loss while taking sarafem. ...Read more
Androgenic Alopecia: Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that results in thinning or baldness of the temples, frontal scalp, and/or crown. The sides and back of the scalp are unaffected. It is well known that a hormone, dihidrotestosterone (dht), results in miniturization of the hair follicles, causing the hair to thin and become fine. Treatments include topical 5% rogaine (minoxidil) (otc) & Propecia 1mg daily (rx). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shaved or naturally?: Many people shave themselves these day..Men n women. So, being hairless down there is on the rise, but this is a choice. If you naturally don't have pubic hair, possibly none under-arm as well?, then you maybe lacking certain hormones..Needed for secondary sexual characteristics..If this is so, consult your doc-as u may have issues with fertility as well. If shaving, then u among many. Good luck. ...Read more
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