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Preventing Baldness Naturally
Still not clear.: Minoxidil is a 40-year-old drug first used to treat high blood pressure. Hair growth was a common side-effect. We observe that it shortens the resting phase of hair growth, it increases the length of time hair grows and increases the size of hair follicles. The exact mechanism for these actions is still unknown, and may be caused by changes in the hair follicle or the supporting cells. ...Read more
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
Hair loss: You should not reduce your testosterone unless you have a prostate issue. To my knowledge there are no "natural methods" to help restore hair loss. Healthy, active men tend to lose hair from about the mid-30's on and there are ways that can be helped. You could see your hairdresser or make an appointment to see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Hair loss: Propecia and rogaine (minoxidil) are the only medications known to have a positive effect on hair loss in males. The other route is to consider hair transplantations which are done easily, totally naturally, are undetectable and have no donor site scars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'd be surprised: "FDA approved" doesn't mean there's any reason to think it works. This supposedly alters the appearance of individual hair shafts. You're already taking two medications for male pattern baldness. Keep doing this, ask your prescribing physician about this magic comb, and stay physically fit -- 95% of a man's good looks is his fitness, not where he does and doesn't have hair. Ask Photo Guy. ...Read more
Yes: Propecia (finasteride) has been clinically proven to help. In a 5-year study of men with mild to moderate hair loss, 2 out of 3 of the men who took 1 mg of Finasteride daily regrew some hair. However, Propecia (finasteride) has been linked to long term erectile dysfunction. Other treatments exist such as hair transplantation. You may want to explore these options before taking any meds that may have unwanted side effects. ...Read more
It should not: If youn are using it properly there should be no issue. ...Read more
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
No way: You can not prevent hair color from changing as you get older just like you can't prevent from getting older. It is a natural part of aging, embrace it. ...Read more
Male Hair Regrowth: When it comes to male pattern hair loss, prescription medication and physician-only devices are going to be your best bet. Over-the-counter products/devices are weak at best. Start with a abhrs board certified physician who specializes exclusively in hair loss and don't be afraid to travel or start a long-distance consult for this kind of expertise. 90% of patients can get a positive result! ...Read more
Yes: Yes, that is why they are bald. ...Read more
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