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Thyroid Malfunction Trigger Androgenic Alopecia
Lower androgens: Presuming you are male, androgenic alopecia, translated to male pattern hair loss, obviously is directly related to two things--genetics and testosterone (and its derivatives). Since you can't beat your genetics, lowering your testosterone does seem to help. Obviously this has side effects. Finasteride is the best studied medication used to treat this type of hair loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to tell: Telogen effluvium is associated with an acute event, such as pregnancy, severe illness, or intense psychological stress. Therefore, a history of a precipitating event or drug would aid diagnosis. Also, the results of the hair pull test would be positive in te. Sometimes a biopsy from an area of alopecia can help distinguish the two. ...Read more
May be spared: The genes associated with increased risk of getting androgenic alopecia are primarily passed by your mother via one of her 2 x chromosomes or by one of her 2 chromosome #3. Therefore, brothers have 50 percent chance of getting the same chromosome. However, there is also an increased risk (about 2.5 x) of baldness derived from the father's y chromosome and/or chromosome #3. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. A year ago my hair stopped falling out. No within the last week it has started falling out again. Why?
Stress: Stress is a major cause of hair loss, think major illness, hospitalization or surgery. So is thyroid dysfunction, both under & over-active. Androgenic refers to male-pattern baldness which is typically associated w/too much Dht (dihydrotestosterone), a breakdown product of testosterone. We use Finasteride to stop this conversion. But it's also considered category x in women. Talk to your familydoc. ...Read more
No cure for baldness: Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia are the two medications in the U.S. For treatment (and "prevention") of baldness, mainly male-pattern baldness. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and start treatment. Results vary from person to person, but one's "appearance" is usually improved. There is no cure for baldness, so the medications must be continued for the benefit to continue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds & Transplants: Female androgenetic alopecia / hereditary hair thinning can be effectively managed w/ Rx meds like topical minoxidil 82M, laser therapy, PRP & hair transplants depending on its severity. Early cases of shedding, thinning & decreased volume are managed with non-invasive treatments. Severe depletion of hair follicles can be corrected with FUE hair transplant. Seek an experienced "ABHRS" physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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