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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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I am using minoxidil 5%, 1 ml daily. Can it cause hair loss to my wife from the traces she pick up from me by physical contact or from pillows?

I am using minoxidil 5%, 1 ml daily. Can it cause hair loss to my wife from the traces she pick up from me by physical contact or from pillows?

No: Minoxidil's use to help hair growth was accidentally discovered. It was initially only used as an anti-hypertensive but then was discovered that patient's also had increased hair growth. It is thought that it dilates the vessels in the skin and increases the nutrient delivery to the hair follicles to help hair growth. It should not cause hair loss for you wife. ...Read more

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Can you tell me rogaine/regaine (to treat hair loss)?

Can you tell me rogaine/regaine (to treat hair loss)?

Yes with other Rx: Minoxidil is helpful. Does nor work for 4 months then 1/4 or so cm a month. Does not hurt. Finasteride is helpful. No BCP at your age. ...Read more

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Does rogaine (minoxidil) stabilise hair loss?

It does in some peop: It may do for some people as it is indicated for that.But in my opinion success with rogain is limited. ...Read more

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Does rogaine (minoxidil) really works on women hair loss?

Depends: For hair loss in women....See your doctor. There is testing that needs to be done to determine the cause...Is it female pattern, hormonal, or even related to an underlying condition like thyroid disease or anemia.
The treatments vary based on the cause.
To answer your specific question though...Yes for certain types of hair loss rogaine (minoxidil) can help women. ...Read more

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Does rogaine (minoxidil) stop hair loss or does it grow new hairs?

Both: Rogaine (minoxidil) increases the effectively blood flow to the hair follicle. The increased blood flow can stabilize further hair loss and also allows some dormant follicles to resume growth. Rogaine (minoxidil) works best to regrow hair on the vertex of the scalp. ...Read more

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Can rogaine (minoxidil) stop hair loss or does it just grow new hairs?

Generally both: It takes a while so be patient but generally it slows hair loss and promotes new growth as well. ...Read more

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How long do you need to use rogaine (minoxidil) to see a noticeable improvement in hair loss?

Not: Everyone is going to respond, improvements occur mostly in the crown area and it may take several months. ...Read more

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I am 24 year old guy suffering from hair loss. I've been on biotin and rogaine medication for about 2 years, haven't seen noticeable difference. Help!

I am 24 year old guy suffering from hair loss. I've been on biotin and rogaine medication for about 2 years, haven't seen noticeable difference. Help!

Often fails: Biotin isn't going to help. If you have alopecia areata, nothing will help. This is probably too long for telogen effluvium. Especially if you're naturally blessed with a lot of great body hair and a thick beard, rogaine may not slow male pattern baldness. Shave your head, grow some great facial hair, hit the gym, and embrace your full masculinity. Nothing looks better than a buffed, balding man. ...Read more

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What helps with hair loss ive been trying everything for months been thinking about trying rogaine (minoxidil) but im nervous i just want my hair back?

What helps with hair loss ive been trying everything for months been thinking about trying rogaine (minoxidil) but im nervous i just want my hair back?

First question is : cause, you need to see dermatologist to determine what is causing your hair loss (thyroid, iron deficiency, stress, hormones...). Once you have some answers there are many treatment options. Rogaine (minoxidil) is certainly one of them, as is Viviscal, Laser Hair growth, injections, topicals. The sooner you get some answers, the sooner you can get some improvement. ...Read more

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My hair line has been receding more aggressively as I've been using Rogaine (minoxidil) Foam. Could the foam be facilitating this hair loss? Should I stop using?

Uncertain: If you noticed that a significant change occurred after using this product then stop and see if the hair loss continues. I would also look into medical reasons for hair loss such as thyroid function. ...Read more

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Losing hair my boyfriend is 47 years old. He's very sensitive about his hair loss. He says that his hair loss is from wearing hats. Can that happen? Is there a way to get that hair back? He was thinking about trying rogaine. Do you think that would

Losing hair my boyfriend is 47 years old.  He's very sensitive about his hair loss.  He says that his hair loss is from wearing hats.  Can that happen?  Is there a way to get that hair back?

He was thinking about trying rogaine.  Do you think that would

Not From Hats!: Male pattern hair loss is a progressive condition that is inherited. Hormones trigger progressive miniaturization of hair follicles until they die. Medical treatments (minoxidil, finasteride, laser therapy, PRP) help prevent hair loss, but do not revive "dead" follicles. However, NeoGraft FUE hair transplants are minimally-invasive, comfortable, natural, permanent way to restore hair to the area. ...Read more

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Would rogaine (minoxidil) help to recover hair loss due to stress?

Hair loss: Hair loss due to stress many times is not permanent and will grow back on its own. Rogaine (minoxidil) has only been shown to cause hair growth in androgen (testosterone) dependent hair loss. ...Read more

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Will rogaine work for someone with hair loss from hypothyroid disease?

Will rogaine work for someone with hair loss from hypothyroid disease?

Thyroid: Hair change due to low thyroid is treated with thyroid replacement. Rogaine [minoxidil] will contribute very little. Treat whatever thyroid disease is present. Note that there might also be a separate reason for hair change. Age? Menstrual and pregnancy status? Meds and supplements? Birth control? Illness, injuries, fevers in last 6 months? Severe weight change? Family history? Exact details of ty ...Read more

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Is rogaine safe for tarceva (erlotinib) hair loss ? What other options are safe?

Is rogaine safe for tarceva (erlotinib) hair loss ? What other options are safe?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Rogaine (minoxidil) is safe for hair loss but I am not certain that will happen at your age. I don't think it will do harm but please check this with your Gynecologist.

Please let me know how it goes. ...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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Am using rogaine (minoxidil) for hair loss since few months. I have frizzy hair and am living in humid environment. Does rogaine (minoxidil) makes hair more frizzy,dry, dull?

Am using rogaine (minoxidil) for hair loss since few months. I have frizzy hair and am living in humid environment. Does rogaine (minoxidil) makes hair more frizzy,dry, dull?

Rogaine (minoxidil) for hairloss: Hair dryness and scalp itching can be caused by some formulations containing minixodil (Rogaine). If you are using the liquid dropper version, you might try using the foam version, which seems to have fewer scalp effects. Remember, avoid getting it ON your hair, because that can cause the dryness you describe. Apply it ONLY to the scalp, and allow it to dry completely before styling your hair. ...Read more

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Can you use rogaine (minoxidil) to treat post partum hair loss?

Post partum hair : Loss is self limiting. Rogaine (minoxidil) is not recommended, especially if you are nursing. ...Read more

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Can I use propecia and topical rogaine (minoxidil) together to stop hair loss?

Can I use propecia and topical rogaine (minoxidil) together to stop hair loss?

Yes: Yes, you can use both products together to slow down the process of hairloss. ...Read more

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Hair loss in front, receding. A few White dying hairs. Best remedy or therapy? Rogaine, minoxidil, natural options?

Hair loss in front, receding. A few White dying hairs. Best remedy or therapy? Rogaine, minoxidil, natural options?

Hair loss: Rogaine is a brand name for minoxidil. The chemical is identical. It seems to stimulate hair growth but as soon as you stop taking it the new hair will fall out. So you would have to take it for 50 years. Other options are hair transplants from the nape of your neck. Look at pictures of your Dad at your age. Get and read "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neihbuhr. Women think bald is sexier! ...Read more

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Can you use rogaine (minoxidil) for frontal scalp hair loss with good results?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Rogaine. (minoxidil) this was the first hair growth drug approved by fda. now it's available without a prescription - extra strength for men and regular for women. rogaine's effectiveness is established in front and back for women but only in back (vertex) for men. ...Read more

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Have women used rogaine (minoxidil) for frontal scalp hair loss with good results?

Yes.: I know the package insert says it "has only been proven to work" on the vertex (crown) of the scalp - because clinical trials were conducted on that area, so the fda says the manufacturer cannot claim that it works anywhere else. However, in the real world, it works the same way on the frontal scalp as it does on the crown. ...Read more

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Is their any safe treatments for frontal hair loss other than using rogaine (minoxidil)?

Propecia (finasteride): Propecia (finasteride) can be very helpful for frontal hair loss. A review of other medications (interactions) plus bloodwork should be done prior to starting it. Less than 1% can have sexual side effects (decr libido). ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more