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Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what is/are the most common cause (s) of thinning hair in younger, premenopausal women? How are they treated?

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

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Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what are the likely causes of hair thinning/loss in younger women? Which blood tests would be helpful in diagnosis?

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

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Please tell me if androgenetic alopecia is reversible in women?

Please tell me if androgenetic alopecia is reversible in women?

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

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Can homeopathy cure androgenetic alopecia and what are the medicines?

Can homeopathy cure androgenetic alopecia and what are the medicines?

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?

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

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Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family? .

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

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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?

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?

Yes: There are a number of medcations/treatments available for androgenic ("male/female pattern baldness) and I usually refer females to Board Certified Dermatologists for diagnosis and treatment. (Rogaine containing products are most commonly used)

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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?

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?

Seek other ideas: I suspect this is telogen effluvium. Male pattern baldness is very rare in women who are having even semi-normal female functions, even more rare at this age. Get with a competent dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia (severe). Prescribed medication finasteride1, capixl gel, kerawash shampoo. Will there be any side effects?

Hi, I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia (severe). Prescribed medication finasteride1, capixl gel, kerawash shampoo. Will there be any side effects?

Well-tolerated: These medications usually don't produce any side-effects. Your options are medication, surgery, or embracing your masculinity and your genetics. Good looks in a man is 95% physical fitness -- photoguy isn't complaining. The choice is yours. ...Read more

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Can spironolactone help reduce androgenetic alopecia even if my testosterone is normal? If so, what dose do you recommend?

Can spironolactone help reduce androgenetic alopecia even if my testosterone is normal? If so, what dose do you recommend?

Maybe: If your alopecia is truly androgenic, then, by definition, it is driven by androgen (dht). Spironolactone will provide blockade which may help. Your md should give the dose. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. And no family history?

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

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What is androgenic alopecia?

What is androgenic alopecia?

Male pattern loss: It is the most common form of hair loss in humans. In males it is also known as "male pattern baldness". Women can also have a similar problem. Most patients have a genetic predisposition for this problem. ...Read more

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Any medicine for androgenic alopecia?

Any medicine for androgenic alopecia?

Propecia (finasteride): Also known as finasteride.Needs to be taken for at least a year to notice a difference. ...Read more

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How to fix androgenic alopecia in women?

How to fix androgenic alopecia in women?

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

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How to solve the problem of androgenic alopecia?

How to solve the problem of 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 more

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What home remedies are there for androgenic alopecia?

Androgenic alopecia: Please go on-line to

"www. Ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov"

and look for Alopecia. It is scientifically solid and should be easy to understand.

Once you have understood to comments please take them to your doctor to see what changes might be possible. ...Read more

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Is androgenic alopecia transmitted from person to person?

Is androgenic alopecia transmitted from person to person?

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

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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?

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

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Is there any treatment for androgenic alopecia?

Is there any treatment for androgenic alopecia?

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

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Hey docs, what home remedies can I use for androgenic alopecia?

Hey docs, what home remedies can I use for androgenic alopecia?

None: There is nothing that will help. How do you know it's androgenic alopecia? I hope you haven't been taking anabolic steroids. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have telegon effluvium or androgenic alopecia?

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

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Does androgenic alopecia run in everybody in the family, or are some guys spared?

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

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Androgenic alopecia - how to get rid of it?

Androgenic alopecia - how to get rid of it?

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

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What is the best treatment for androgenic alopecia?

What is the best treatment for androgenic alopecia?

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

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