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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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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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What is male pattern baldness?

What is male pattern baldness?

Androgenic Alopecia: Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that results in thinning or baldness of the temples, frontal scalp, and/or crown. The sides and back of the scalp are unaffected. It is well known that a hormone, dihidrotestosterone (dht), results in miniturization of the hair follicles, causing the hair to thin and become fine. Treatments include topical 5% rogaine (minoxidil) (otc) & Propecia 1mg daily (rx). ...Read more

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What is solution of male pattern baldness...Tell me abt that?

What is solution of male pattern baldness...Tell me abt that?

Male baldness: There is no solution-as this is genetically driven--besides going to hair restoration clinics--the topical application of rogaine (minoxidil) may offer some help---if successful this would be a life long treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause female baldness?

Many Possible Causes: Women can develop baldness (alopecia) for many reasons, including breakage of hair from straighteners or dyes; certain skin diseases that cause destruction of the hair follicles, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, iron deficiency, vitamin b deficiency, chemotherapy, shedding after illness, shedding after pregnancy, or alopecia areata. ...Read more

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I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

Baldness: Male pattern baldness affects many people in the United States. There are many possible solutions but you should see your doctor for definitive treatment. ...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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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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How can I distinguish between telogen effluvium and male pattern baldness?

How can I distinguish between telogen effluvium and male pattern baldness?

Easy: Male pattern baldness follows a predictable progression, advancing on the temples and crown as you get older. The more chest hair you're naturally blessed with, generally the faster you have hair loss. Teloven effluvium is unrelated, and is a patchy shedding of hairs often in particular areas. ...Read more

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What causes female hair loss?

Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products. ...Read more

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Could eating meat cause male pattern baldness?

No: I honor vegetarians who undertake the lifestyle out of concern over factory farming of animals. However, much of what militant vegetarians tell you is simply untrue -- it gets cultish. I'm sorry someone troubled you over this. Whether a man will go bald is a function of multiple genes and correlates with how much body hair he's naturally blessed with. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: male pattern baldness?

What is the definition or description of: male pattern baldness?

Hair distribution: It is missing from the forehead back to the crown and surrounded by a fringe of normal hair growth back and sides. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts? Could weight lifting exacerbate male pattern baldness?

What are your thoughts? Could weight lifting exacerbate male pattern baldness?

ALOPECIA TX: UNLIKELY: HAIR LOSS may be multifaceted . You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid.. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA.. With supplements start at a Lo dose and work up. ...Read more

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What does male patern baldness to u look like?

What does male patern baldness to u look like?

MalePattern Baldness: Hereditary, male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia starts as a recession of the hairline, a thinning in the crown/vertex area and can progress to total hair loss across the top of the scalp. The hair follicles around the sides and back of the scalp are immune and can be transplanted into the balding zones for a permanent restoration. Topical ; oral meds, laser therapy, prp can prevent it. ...Read more

Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


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Male Pattern Baldness (Definition)

Permanent hair loss from the scalp, causing baldness that follows the commonly seen pattern on scalps of men as ...Read more