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What Causes Androgenetic Alopecia
Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what is/are the most common cause (s) of thinning hair in younger, premenopausal women? How are they treated?
Alopecia: This is a tough question as there are still a number of possibilities causes. The most common cause is a genetic thinning, but traction alopecia, scalp dermatitis, iron deficiency or thyroid disease, alopecia areata (diffuse type), and telogen effluvium are also seen. Some of these causes can also be almost as common. I suggest evaluation by a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what are the likely causes of hair thinning/loss in younger women? Which blood tests would be helpful in diagnosis?
Fe, TSH..: Best test is to look at photo of your sisters and mother as unfortunately the diagnosis is likely androgenetic alopecia. Should probably check iron and TSH but they are likely normal. Make sure that the hair loss is non scarring and diffuse. The causes of patchy and scarring hair loss is quite different. ...Read more
It can be: Remember, when treating androgenic alopecia, you are fighting nature. There are topical solutions, foams, lasers pills and even surgery (hair transplants). You should see a dermatologist who is well educated with the treatment of hair loss. The two of you may start a treatment course that will help reverse your hair loss. ...Read more
Not cure but slow:
"Cure"is a strong word. Homeopathy often helps problems that don't respond to conventional treatments & male pattern baldness is no exception. I wouldn't expect it to significantly reverse hair loss that's already occurred but the proper remedy might significantly slow the process down. Many remedies can help. A professional homeopath can help find the best one for you:
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Hi Doctor. I am 27 years old male and I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia since I was 18.Recently a doctor advised me to take Genesis (finasteri?
It may work: Androgenic alopecia seldom starts at age 18 apart from the hairline remodeling that all guys get at that age. This Rx may help some, and there are surgical options. In the long run, your best option is to embrace your genetics, shave your head, grow some nice well-groomed facial hair, and get buffed / ripped in the gym. Nothing looks better or more masculine. Do yourself proud. ...Read more
Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family? .
Yes -- but...: I read your history. Please get over the idea that entertaining yourself had anything to do with your hair loss, and stop believing what people tell you about apple cider vinegar. You also know that all men lose their temple hair at your age. If you've got a lot of chest hair, you may be starting androgenic alopecia even at the age of 23. You need a relationship with a patient, wise physician. ...Read more
I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia...is there any remedy to overcome this issue or are there any chances of getting my hair regrow again?
How rare is androgenetic alopecia in teen girls? Could signif weight loss (30-35 lbs) trigger AA at a much earlier age than it would normally occur?
Hi, I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia (severe). Prescribed medication finasteride1, capixl gel, kerawash shampoo. Will there be any side effects?
Can spironolactone help reduce androgenetic alopecia even if my testosterone is normal? If so, what dose do you recommend?
Hi! I'm 20 and I'm affected by androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. Could serenoa repens not allow the growth in height? I take every day sereno
Not height growth: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a child nor his doctor can do to increase height. By age 20 neither serenoa repens (saw palmetto) nor anything else will affect height. ...Read more
My friend 33yrs, prescribed finasteride 2.5 mg, rogaine (minoxidil) 5% for androgenetic alopecia. She has completed family. She's leen afterit. Can she take it?
Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. And no family history?
Not if you're female: Your notes show you as a 26 year old female. Diet has no bearing here. If you're having normal periods and don't have hair where usually only men have it, then I'd be very surprised if your hair loss is androgen-type. If you're actually a man, of course you can start having baldness in your 20's especially if you're naturally blessed with a lot of body hair. Your Dr. Can discuss treatment. ...Read more
Prescribed finasteride 2.5 and rogaine (minoxidil) 5% for androgenetic alopecia. She comp family. Now become leen. Can she continue it. Her hair loss is continuin?
If there is: No imorovement it might not be androgenic alopecia but autoimmune alopecia. A ...Read more
Their are some medicines which have side effect of hairloss on scalp. I have androgenic alopecia. Will these medicines cause harloss also on donor area?
Possibly: I would see your dermatologist to discuss this issue. ...Read more
Depress! Some medicines which have side effect of hairloss on scalp. I have androgenic alopecia. Will these medicines cause harloss also on donor area?
See derm: See your dermatologist to discuss this issue. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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No, likely genetic: "pattern baldness" is the most common cause of hair loss, and is usually hereditary. It's in the genes and is passed from parents to their children. In men, it is called male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Men get a receding hair line and hair loss on top of the head. In women, it is called female pattern baldness. Women get some hair loss from the whole scalp, so the hair looks thinner. ...Read more
I thought androgenic alopecia only occurred in older men. I developed it around age 6 or 7. I'm a male & 22 now. Is this rare case?
Rare cass: I am surprised that the doctor who saw you first at age 6 or 7 but has not done a good job of taking care of you. You MUST see a Dermatologist soon. Either have a friend or family member set you up with a Dermatologist! . Wish you well, and please keep me informed. We can all learn something. ...Read more
Hair Restoration: I agree with dr. Pollard -- but there has been success with Minoxidil topically as well as with finasteride. Hair transplants can work well. We are working on a variety of hair restoration topical sprays and techniques that have shown promise as well....But the official answer for now is: minoxidil, finasteride, and hair transplants. ...Read more
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
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 more
Male Pattern Balding: The best treatment for androgenic alopecia or male pattern balding is transplantation of hair from the back of the head to the area of hair loss. The hair from the back region of the head are genetically designed to remain in place despite hormonal changes. Transplant can be completed by strip harvest of by [fue] follicular unit extraction. Transplant is completed most naturally as single hairs. ...Read more