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Doctor insights on: Prevent Thinning Balding Hair

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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