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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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What can men put on their hair to prevent balding?

What can men put on their hair to prevent balding?

Rogaine (minoxidil) foam: 5 per cent rogaine (minoxidil) foam will slow hair loss, mostly in the back of the head and grow hair in one third of men. It can be combined with oral Propecia or laser therapy to prevent hair loss. Men with a very strong pattern will lose significant hair but can lessen the loss. ...Read more

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Is it possible (and/or easy) to grow hair to prevent turning bald?

Is it possible (and/or easy) to grow hair to prevent turning bald?

Treatment available: Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia are the two medications in the U.S. For treatment of baldness, mainly male-pattern baldness. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and start treatment. Results vary from person to person, but one's "appearance" is usually improved. There is no cure for baldness, so the medications must be continued for the benefit to continue. ...Read more

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Why can I do to prevent balding? Losing hair not in the middle but to the left and right of the widows peak.

Why can I do to prevent balding? Losing hair not in the middle but to the left and right of the widows peak.

Medical management: There a few proven options to stop the hair loss. These include medications such as Minoxidil and finasteride. The two other options are laser light and protein rich plasma. A combination of all would be most effective. See a hair loss specialist. ...Read more

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How to reduce/prevent balding/gray hairs at a young age? I have very little but is there a way to help stop it? Male in the 20's.

How to reduce/prevent balding/gray hairs at a young age? I have very little but is there a way to help stop it? Male in the 20's.

No and Yes: Common offenders are your genes (Family history), Hormonal changes, Medical conditions, or Medications. If it is related to last three, its possible to reverse. ...Read more

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My Father is bald (no hair) and I'm afraid to becoming like him. I'm 22. Is there a way to prevent hair loss? Or stop it 100%?

My Father is bald (no hair) and I'm afraid to becoming like him.
I'm 22.
Is there a way to prevent hair loss? Or stop it 100%?

Don't worry yet.: You may not be affected by your father's baldness. However if you do begin to lose your hair, you should start using minoxidil and dutasteride as soon as you notice hair fall. Hair loss is progressive, so the longer you wait the harder it is to gain the lost hair back. But don't worry too much about it unless it actually happens. ...Read more

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I have thyroid and pcod now my hair is falling like anything.What to do to prevent hair fall? If it continues i ll became bald. Kindly help me.

I have thyroid and pcod now my hair is falling like anything.What to do to prevent hair fall? If it continues i ll became bald. Kindly help me.

Don't know what : Your thyroid problem is, but it can cause hair loss that returns to normal after months when your thyroid problem is corrected. The pcos causes increases in male hormones and Insulin resistance, which can also lead to not only hair loss but abnormal hair growth that is more difficult to treat. Talk w/your doctor. Are you on metformin, it can help reduce Insulin resistance. Use diet/exercise as wel. ...Read more

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If want to shave my head bald for summer, will just SPF 30 help prevent skin cancer?

If want to shave my head bald for summer, will just SPF 30 help prevent skin cancer?

SPF 35, uv A&B: Use sun block spf 35 and above with uv a& b protection. Bang for your buck after 35 is very little. Re apply 90 min to 2 hours even if it says all day block. This was a glitch in the system of sunblock approval from fda. Beyond 90 min it gave them a all day approval rating. It will be corrected soon. ...Read more

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Starting to see a little thinning and want to prevent if not stop the hair loss. Any suggestions?

Starting to see a little thinning and want to prevent if not stop the hair loss. Any suggestions?

Hair loss: Hair loss is a common problem, for which many people choose to treat for cosmetic purposes. Otc treatment: 5% rogaine (minoxidil) (best for men) or 2% rogaine (minoxidil) prescription: propecia surgical: hair transplants one can always start with the over the counter rogaine (minoxidil). I find Propecia to be more effective, but this requires a prescription. ...Read more

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What are effective options to preventing hair loss/thinning without using rogaine (minoxidil) or oral medications?

What are effective options to preventing hair loss/thinning without using rogaine (minoxidil) or oral medications?

Limited: All men have remodeling of their hairline over the temples around age 20. How fast this progresses to male pattern baldness correlates closely with how hairy your chest is. This is genetic. Forget "pop" cures. You can slow it down some with the available medications, or get baldness surgery. Or you can embrace your genetic masculine heritage, get really fit and look fantastic, like photo guy. ...Read more

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How can african women grow their hair back after balding and thinning really bad ?

Hair loss: Hair growth after hair loss depends on the cause of the hair loss. If there is scaring hair loss, the hair will never grow back. If there is no scaring and the hair follicles are still there, rogaine (minoxidil) for men is effective. You need a scalp biopsy with a 4 mm punch to determine the type of have loss you have and that will direct the treatment. ...Read more

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My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

Thinning hair: Please ask him to see his physician for a history, physical and screening bloodwork. Some early male pattern balding is genetically early, but 19 is very young. ...Read more

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