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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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Are there hair treatment options for receding hairline and crown balding?

Are there hair treatment options for receding hairline and crown balding?

Many options !!!: Although follicular unit grafts are all the rage there area many options which begin with camouflage hair pieces, there are increasingly more advanced medical treatment options which progress up to surgical options. ...Read more

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Could there be a good remedy for women for hair loss?

Could there be a good remedy for women for hair loss?

Hair loss in women: First, one must identify what type of hair loss they have: famale pattern, alopecia areata, telogen efluvium, etc. Get the diagnosis first. Female pattern hair loss is a common problem, for which many people choose to treat for cosmetic purposes. Otc treatment: rogaine (minoxidil) (more effective in women than men) surgical: hair transplants. ...Read more

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Is hypogonadism curable?Is hypogonadism a reason for hair loss?

Is hypogonadism curable?Is hypogonadism a reason for hair loss?

Depends: Hypogonadism can be treated, no matter what the cause. Whether it can be "cured" depends on the cause. Most causes of hypogonadism due to problems of the testicle cannot be cured. Hypogonadism usually leads to preservation of scalp hair, not hair loss. ...Read more

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Are there solutions for premature advanced baldness?

Are there solutions for premature advanced baldness?

Assuming you're male: Some of these products wouldn't be suitable for females of child-bearing potential. Topical minoxidil, in 2% & 5% formulations. Oral Finasteride which reduces transformation of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the cause of male-pattern baldness. Laser combs. I don't know how effective these are. Hair transplants. Scalp reduction. ...Read more

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Is there another reason to lose his hair other than male pattern baldness?

Is there another reason to lose his hair other than male pattern baldness?

Genetics: 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) can also cause hair loss or gray/discolored hair. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for a male with temporal recession hair loss?

What are good treatments for a male with temporal recession hair loss?

Temporal Hair loss: Both rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia are not very effective for the temple area. Hair transplantation is the best option and is recommended for more mature patients (40 and older with some exceptions). ...Read more

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What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

Variable: The treatment of alopecia is determined by the type of alopecia. And treatment can range from doing nothing to injected steroids or systemic medications. Hair loss is probably best evaluated by a dermatologist. I would suggest you have one examine you to help come up with and answer and possible treatment. ...Read more

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20 yr old male. Doc prescribed 5% menoxidil. There is fam history of baldness. I want to know the risks, and are there other reasons for losing hair?

20 yr old male. Doc prescribed 5% menoxidil. There is fam history of baldness. I want to know the risks, and are there other reasons for losing hair?

Baldness: You have Male Pattern Hairloss due to genetic reasons. The risk is high, the reasons don't matter and in the absence of any other symptoms, doing endocrine testing is fruitless and frankly irresponsible and why the cost of medicine has sky rocketed in US. All defensive medicine, no common sense. You need to be on 5% minoxidil gel and Finasteride to slow down the loss. ...Read more

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I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

Baldness: Male pattern baldness affects many people in the United States. There are many possible solutions but you should see your doctor for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Depends: It depends on the type of hair loss. If this is a genetic pattern of loss then there isn't much that will really keep you from losing more. Other types may have an underlying problem that, if treated, will allow your hair to come back. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist to help you sort it all out. ...Read more

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For what reasons hasn't anyone yet found a cure for hair loss?

For what reasons hasn't anyone yet found a cure for hair loss?

Hair loss: First one must find out why they are losing hair-get the correct diagnosis: male-pattern, female-pattern, alopecia areata, telogen efluvium, medication-induced, etc. Male pattern hair loss (or male baldness) is a common problem, for which many people choose to treat for cosmetic purposes. Otc treatment: 5% rogaine (minoxidil) or 2% rogaine (minoxidil) prescription: propecia surgical: hair transplant. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Hair loss?

What are the treatments for Hair loss?

Few: The treatments include > Good medical exam and treat any conditions like Anemia, Minoxidil, Propecia, Hair transplant surgery, hair coloring, scalp coloring etc ...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 (minoxidil): 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 possible reasons for eyebrow loss and are there any cures?

What are possible reasons for eyebrow loss and are there any cures?

Eyebrow loss: Eyebrow loss, also known as superciliary madarosis, can occur with a variety of medical conditions. Madarosis can affect one or both eyebrows with partial or complete hair loss. Infections, chronic skin disorders, hormone disturbances, autoimmune. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are hair loss treatments for temple area/receding hairline?

Can you tell me if there are hair loss treatments for temple area/receding hairline?

Yes: The most common treatments are topical Minoxidil (rogaine). This is available over-the-counter. Propecia (finasteride) is a pill, and like all prescription meds, requires guidance by a doctor. Hair pieces, weaves and hair transplants are also options in selected cases. ...Read more

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14 years girl. gradual hair thinning for several years. several experts checked all. no alopecia areata. uses minoxil 5. helps but not stopping.Ideas?

14 years girl. gradual hair thinning for several years. several experts checked all. no alopecia areata. uses minoxil 5. helps but not stopping.Ideas?

Multiple causes: When someone has diffuse gradual thinning, I like to order some tests to look at their thyroid function, iron level, vitamin D level, hormone levels, and their risk for autoimmune disease. If there is no answer, then sometimes a biopsy is helpful. In addition to minoxidil, supplements by Viviscal as well as topical caffeine products can be helpful depending on the pattern of hair loss. ...Read more

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Is there any secret medicine for hairloss.. Other thn minoxidil?

Is there any secret medicine for hairloss.. Other thn minoxidil?

Finasteride: It is no secret, but there is another medication that is taken orally. The generic name is Finasteride (brand name is propecia). This drug has been known to cause birth defects if a pregnant woman just handles the tablets. Obviously, caution is recommended and discuss the risks with your physician. ...Read more