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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 ?

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 ?

Been around.: Finasteride propecia It is a blocker of male hormones. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9777765 "Recent postmarking studies have found that [this drug] has been associated with sexual and non-sexual adverse events" http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1904925 I am not recommending you use it. More info can be found by inbox consultation with me, board certified clinical pharm. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...Read more


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Do any of baldness treatments actually work?

Do any of baldness treatments actually work?

Yes: Yes, there are two fda approved drugs for hair loss: rogain and propecia. Like all drugs, they might not work in every individual and may have side effects. But they also work for many people and have had no side effects. Consult your dermatologist if you're sufferring from thinning hair to determine if either drug would be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Any good treatments for receeding hair line in women whose male ancestors had baldness?

Any good treatments for receeding hair line in women whose male ancestors had baldness?

Rogaine: Is helpful to prevent future hair loss. Some people get substantial improvements in hair density, but even if you don't gain hair, it is effective at preventing or slowing future hair loss. Follow the directions on the package. ...Read more

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What are good dandruff treatments for forehead/bald patches?

What are good dandruff treatments for forehead/bald patches?

OTC Antidandruff : Use any over the counter anti dandruff shampoo as a face wash. It doesn't care where you use it and works equally well all over. ...Read more

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Do treatments for thin hair and baldness really work?

Some do: Treatments that are proven to help with baldness and thinning hair: propecia, Minoxidil (rogaine) and llllt (low level laser light therapy) such as igrow. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal treatments against male pattern baldness?

Are there any herbal treatments against male pattern baldness?

Saw palmetto: The best herbal treatments for male pattern baldness are saw palmetto and swertia japonica. In male pattern baldness, DHT attacks and kills susceptible follicles. Both saw palmetto and swertia japonica have anti-DHT properties. Some other herbs reportedly have anti-hair loss effects are rosemary officianalis, raspberry ketones, and urtica. Biotin is an important adjunct to any hair loss treatment ...Read more

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Are treatments for dermatillomania very effective? What are they? I have been obsessivly picking scabs on my scalp for years and it is completely out of control. I have about 70 scabs right now and am starting to notice bald spots. I will pick scabs an

It : It takes courage to share this. Dermatillomania, as you already know, is an impulse controll disorder that involves compulsively picking at your skin. It is very important to tell your psychiatrist about your dermatillomania because if you have 70 active scabs, it is clearly not under any sort of control. The embarrassment you feel about your skin picking contributes to poor self esteem. The picking could lead to permaent scars. There are medications that can help with compulsive behaviors. Behavioral therapy is often very helpful as well a therapy to get a better understanding about what is driving you to pick at your skin. It sounds like you are ready to share this now. By sharing this secret it will have much less power over you. I applaud you for the decision to bring this problem foward and to start working on it. ...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