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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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What causes male pattern baldness?

What causes male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldnes: Usually there is a genetic predisposition. Excessive activity of the adrenal or pituitary glands can also cause this along with polycystic ovarian syndrome in women. Certain drugs can also cause this type of hair loss including steroids and testosterone Progesterone and adrenocortical steroids. ...Read more

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Is male pattern baldness always genetic?

Is male pattern baldness always genetic?

Pattern Hair Loss: Male patterned baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is a genetic disease that causes hair loss in certain areas of the scalp, in certain people, usually males. It may not be easy to figure out the genetic link, from either maternal or paternal side of the family. It occurs usually only when there are male hormones, and so young men get it, and older, post menopausal women, who no longer make estrogens. ...Read more

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Is male pattern baldness genetic?

Is male pattern baldness genetic?

Yes: The majority of cases of male pattern alopecia have a family history of baldness. It is thought to be autosomal dominant with mexed penetrance. ...Read more

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Can pcos cause sudden diffuse hair fall?

Can pcos cause sudden diffuse hair fall?

Not sudden: PCOS can definitely be linked to hair loss but it is usually chronic and slow. If you had sudden hair loss then it could be from something else. A dermatologist is probably the best doctor to see for this. Have your thyroid checked too ...Read more

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Could testosterone therapy cause male pattern baldness?

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Could testosterone therapy cause male pattern baldness?

Yes: Testosterone is broken down in body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrodiol (E2). Excess T is converted into DHT & E2 above & beyond baseline level. Excess DHT is linked to hair loss such that we use 5ARIs to reduce DHT. Prime examples of 5ARI is Finasteride (Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar). However, lowering DHT can sometimes increase E2, leading to loss of libido, erectile dysfunction & gynecomastia ...Read more

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What really causes male pattern baldness?

What really causes male pattern baldness?

Hair loss: Male pattern baldness is another way of saying a patient has an inherited form of hair loss. Unfortunately we cannot change a patient's genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Does weight lifting cause male pattern baldness? From testosterone?

Does weight lifting cause male pattern baldness? From testosterone?

Baldness: You list yourself as age 23. At that age testosterone should be normal and you would have no trouble weight lifting. If you already have male pattern baldness you should see both your doctor and a dermatologist ...Read more

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Male pattern baldness treatment?

Male pattern baldness treatment?

Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia: These are the two most commonly recommended regimens under the guidance of dermatologists. See a doc. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause sudden severe hair fall?

Not usually: Hair loss in lupus is usually due to the discoid lesions on the scalp. Sudden, widespread hair loss with a normal-looking scalp is usually telogen effluvium and recovery is usual. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of confidence?

Sudden loss of confidence?

Has anything else: happened lately? The death or illness of a loved one? Problems at work with a boss or coworker? Conflicts with family members? Problems at school? Sometime a sudden lack of confidence is related to other things happening in your life. Meet with a therapist to figure out what maybe the matter. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden patches of hair loss & thinning?

Hair loss: Any number of medical issues can have a bad effect on your hair. Start by seeing your doctor and if he/she thinks it necessary you will be referred to a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do men who experience male pattern baldness also have body hair loss?

Usually not: The form of testosterone, known as dihydrotestosterone, that causes male pattern baldness is also reponsible for causing hair growth in other areas, like the beard area. Sounds like a paradox. ...Read more

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Male, age 98, experiencing sudden onset of chills, shaking?

Male, age 98, experiencing sudden onset of chills, shaking?

Infection: Could be signs of fever and infection. It is worth being evaluated by a physician, especially at 98 years old. ...Read more

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Does masturbation cause premature graying of hair in teen boys?

Does masturbation cause premature graying of hair in teen boys?

No - Graying of hair: is related to genetic predisposition. Age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors: nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin B levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery & marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. Aging is a significant factor. In general – ...Read more

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Pemature hair greying and hair fall?

Pemature hair greying and hair fall?

Genetics...: Generally this type of hair condition is related to genetic predisposition and there is little to do about it. If nobody in your family history has ever had this problem, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

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


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