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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
Is impregnation, while the male is on finasteride for hair loss, safe for the to be born child? What should be the strategy in the coming 9 months?
Finasteride: Finasteride should not be ingested by pregnant women due to its potential effects on the developing fetus. A male cannot pass this risk to a female or her developing fetus through normal contact or sexual relations when taking Propecia or finasteride. As always, read and follow the supplied information and discuss any concerns with your obstetrician. ...Read more
"resting phase": For those who remember all the steps of mitosis from high school, they remember that after anaphase and telophase (the dna splits up to form two distinct nucleii), the cells rest. If there's a major shock to the system, the cells enter a second resting phase, then "die" while new cells pop up. Thus from birth, the hair cells enter resting phase, and hair falls out, to be replaced in a few months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Causes of "baldness": Alopecia is commonly known as hair loss, hair thinning, & balding. While genetic causes (like male pattern balding) are common, other causes exist: hormones, infections, autoimmune causes, metabolic (e.g. Chemotherapy), nutrition (e.g. Vitamin deficiencies), trauma (e.g. Tight braids), neoplastic (some cancers), etc. A dermatologist can help determine the cause & discuss treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same genes: The more chest and back hair a man is naturally blessed with, the faster his hair regresses on his scalp. This is quite a close correlation. Some treatment options are available for loss of scalp hair, or the man can embrace his masculinity and heritage and remember that 95% of good looks is physical fitness. Photo guy isn't complaining. ...Read more
Yes: Psychological stress can result in various physical conditions, including hair loss. Practicing thought dropping, meditation exercises, and various relaxation exercises can help. However, it's best to get a medical evaluation, since there are many medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, that can be the cause. ...Read more