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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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23 yr old male. Never had hair loss until I used Rogaine (minoxidil). Used it off and on 2-3 weeks on front hair to grow longer but quit. Will my shed hair grow?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Should not cause any hair loss;however, it is not 100% effective and hair loss may not be related to this medicine.

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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.

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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.

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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

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