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I am 23 with thinning hair. I don't want to be bald. Help?

I am 23 with thinning hair. I don't want to be bald. Help?

Seek cause: If this is male pattern baldness, your choices are medication, surgery, or embracing your masculinity and genetic heritage. 95% of good looks for a man is physical fitness, and where he does and does not have hair is really a non-issue -- ask photoguy. If your loss is due to hypothyroidism, telogen effluvium, or fungus, it's treatable; alopecia areata less so. ...Read more

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 have three thinning hair spots on the back of my head. It is not bald. What could thus be?

I have three thinning hair spots on the back of my head.  It is not bald.  What could thus be?

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Thinning hair last several years all around, no bald spots plus no arm or leg hair. Hair loss does not run on either side. Anemia or mineral def?

Possibilities....: Some common reasons for thinning hair in your age group include thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, as well as post menopausal. See your family doctor for evaluation. Blood tests can be done to assess your thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Hey, i want to ask.. I have a thin hair, and ivm really afraid become more and more bald.. I'm 26 btw.. What should I do? I preffer in a simple way :)

Hey, i want to ask.. I have a thin hair, and ivm really afraid become more and more bald.. I'm 26 btw.. What should I do? I preffer in a simple way :)

See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation and work-up. Topical Minoxidil twice a day is the only proven remedy to thicken hair. However, this treatment it is not appropriate for everyone (given the warnings, precautions, and contraindications). See and discuss options with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why am i losing my hair? I have always had thin hair,it has gotten worse in the last 4 years i feel like i'm going bald. i'm only 18 this isn't normal

Why am i losing my hair? I have always had thin hair,it has gotten worse in the last 4 years i feel like i'm going bald. i'm only 18 this isn't normal

See dermatologist: Hair loss is a young woman is unusual. It may be seen in malnutrition, hypothyroidism, and some other disorders. Some medications may cause it. Rarely it occurs for no detectable reason. You should consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

TurnALossIntoAGain: At 22 years you have a good chance to beat this but you need to see a hair specialist for analysis of your hair and hair follicles, plus some other medical stuff, ASAP. You're shedding more than the usual 100-150 hairs a day. I assume by "Y" pattern you meant a "V," which is thinning on each temple area, called "male pattern," for obvious reason. Lotsa causes, lotsa possible cures. See a hair doc! ...Read more

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I have been using minoxidil 10% almost 4 weeks, i started with 5%, i see thin hair growing in bald area but are thin, should I go for derma roller?

I have been using minoxidil 10% almost 4 weeks, i started with 5%, i see thin hair growing in bald area but are thin, should I go for derma roller?

See a dermatologist: At age 22, you may be experiencing hair loss due to genetics, or anabolic steroid abuse. A more complete approach to your hair loss problem, irregardless of the cause, would be Minoxidil 2.5 mg orally daily, and Proscar 5 mg tablets. You need to quarter the Proscar tablets via a pill cutter from your local pharmacy, and this will equal 1.25 mg of finasteride, i.e. Propecia. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is 20yrs old and his hair line is going further back like going bald why ? I'm also losing hair a lot it's thinning. Help

My boyfriend is 20yrs old and his hair line is going further back like going bald why ? I'm also losing hair a lot it's thinning. Help

Many reasons: Your boyfriend may be developing male-pattern baldness, which develops in many men. While it is inherited, no one knows whether this is inherited from the mother or father. An oral medication, which is a prescription can be taken for this, however, you must continue to take it or the hair will fall out.
You could have different reasons for hair loss-hormonal problems, low ferritins, thyroid levels ...Read more

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Bald spot that grew out after 2 weeks. Now hair started thinning all over for many years and still is. Short hair are coming in but fall when 2 inches?

Bald spot that grew out after 2 weeks. Now hair started thinning all over for many years and still is. Short hair are coming in but fall when 2 inches?

Telogen Effluvium: In a person with telogen effluvium, some body change or shock pushes more hairs into the telogen phase. Typically in this condition, about 30% of the hairs stop growing and go into the resting phase before falling out. So if you have telogen effluvium, you may lose an average of 300 hairs a day instead of 100.
B12 shots once a month helps this condition. ...Read more

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My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

Thinning hair: Please ask him to see his physician for a history, physical and screening bloodwork. Some early male pattern balding is genetically early, but 19 is very young. ...Read more

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Bald spot at a young age which grew full in 2 weeks. started thinning crown of head now all side of crown. lots of new short hairs but thinner

Bald spot at a young age which grew full in 2 weeks. started thinning crown of head now all  side of crown. lots of new short hairs but thinner

If they are: Growing in you are lucky because you will not he bald. Use a non harsh shampoo and conditioner. See a good hairdresser ...Read more

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My daughter's (age 4 1/2) hair is visibly thinning recently in forehead area and on top of her head. No bald areas though. What could be cause?

My daughter's (age 4 1/2) hair is visibly thinning recently in forehead area and on top of her head. No bald areas though. What could be cause?

Shedding or thinning: Hair that is falling out excessive causing the thinning is called a telogen effluvium. It often occurs 3 months after an illness or high fever.
There is a diffuse form of alopecia areata that can be also considered. Derm consult. ...Read more

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My hair is thinning down from the front upward area.. I m afraid of getting bald .. Suggest any remedies pls.. I ve done keratin twice is it safe.?

Alopecia: Hair loss has many causes, genetics, hair styling practices, medication and diet to name a few. Some Keratin treatments contain lye which can weaken the hair shaft. Also hair dyes and permanents can cause damage to the hair. ...Read more

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Peeling on some nails, and horizontal dent. Had a bald patch then grew full 2 weeks. Now thinning all over but new hairs in but thinner than before?

Nail and Hair: Beau's lines can be caused by trauma or local or systemic disease involving the nail fold. They can vary based upon the width or depth of the depression. Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset from medications, systemic symptoms, infections and other. Your nail and hair problems are most likely caused by the same event ...Read more

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My 4 year old's hair is thinning in places. Not bald spots but disappearing. No clumping, not a hair puller, nor does she wear ponytails. What gives?

My 4 year old's hair is thinning in places. Not bald spots but disappearing. No clumping, not a hair puller, nor does she wear ponytails. What gives?

DIFFUSE HAIRLOSS: Children may experience a transient or prolonged period of premature shedding of the hair resulting a diffuse areas of hair loss not associated with scarring, scaliness of scalp or abnormal behavior. In some cases hair loss maybe due to an underlying medical problem. Evaluation to seek for problems related to nutrition, stress, hormones, infection / inflammation is needed. Take care. ...Read more

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Does hair thinning at temples guarantee you will go bald in spots if a woman?

Does hair thinning at temples guarantee you will go bald in spots if a woman?

Traction: This can represent a pulled back hair style. If there is no other thinning, such as a widened part or thinning on top. If there ae concerns, blood tests and an evaluation are appropriate. Rogaine (minoxidil) works in a very high percent of women with early thinning. ...Read more

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How to avoid thinning of hair and lessening of hair? my ancestors has not gone bald in this young age .my father has full hair and is 45 wats wrong ?

HAIR THINNING: DO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST WHO WILL PROBABLY RUN A FEW TESTS ON YOU.
HE OR SHE WILL ALSO GIVE YOU ADVICE, MAYBE A MEDICATION TO STOP OR LESSEN THE LOSS.
BEST LUCK ...Read more

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Hi I am sunitha, I have hair thinning, i feel i will go bald very soon. Can you please tell me what to do. I am using foltene shampoo and trichorganics?

Hi I am sunitha, I have hair thinning, i feel i will go bald very soon. Can you please tell me what to do. I am using foltene shampoo and trichorganics?

Alopecia?: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. It can be in patches or the entire body. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why do I have bald spots? Im a 24 year old polynesian girls. Naturally we have long and very thick hair...Atleast i used too. I have a lot of bald spots and my hair is thinning by a lot. Its kinda scary.... What could I do to regain my hair?

This : This is hard to answer without a clinical exam so i would see a dermatologist. Is it possible you have alopecia areata or hair thinning due to relaxers/chemicals/hair styling? See a picture of alopecia areata and treatment options at the link below. I hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. BHARAT Shah
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Thin Hair (Definition)

Hair are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Hair is thin when the ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Sparse Hair (Definition)

Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Sparse hair means that ...Read more


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