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Hair loss medication, side effects of anti androgen medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   I wanted to know if there is any cure for male pattern baldness
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I would like to know few more things which would help me in suggesting better: User :   ok
Doctor :   May I know to whom is the query related to?
User :   myself
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   36
User :   there is no greying
Doctor :   Can you describe the pattern of hair loss that is the area, and scalp infection or dandruff?
Doctor :   Is there any thinning of the hair?
User :   area is the top corner. started abt 4-5 years back, though its not very severe as of now but still visible
User :   no infection
Doctor :   Ok
User :   occassional but infrequent dandruff
Doctor :   Ok
User :   myhair has always been thin
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but growth was good
Doctor :   Any family history of these symptoms in their younger age?
User :   grandfather. But dad has good hair. Mom has thin hair
Doctor :   Ok
User :   my dad's mom side has good hair so my dad and uncle have inherited that
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The male pattern baldness usually causes due to genetics, androgen sensitivity or due to hair or scalp infection.
Doctor :   In you case it might be due to androgen sensitivity.
User :   whats that
Doctor :   Here it is due to excess sensitivity of the hair to testosterone product produced in our body causing baldness in the temporal regions.
User :   oh
Doctor :   Then continuing towards the mid of the scalp.
User :   but testosterone is usually good right
Doctor :   Here the lateral sides of the head and the occipital region hair are not affected.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Testosterone is a male hormone which is required for male fertility and growth.
Doctor :   The bi product of testosterone that is dihydro testosterone acts on the hair in particular regions producing thinning and baldness.
User :   ok
User :   one good thing bad for something else:)
Doctor :   The main treatment here would be Minodixil lotion which would increase the blood supply of the scalp by dilating the blood vessels improving the growth of the hair.
Doctor :   Yes, you are right.
User :   but that has side effects right ?
Doctor :   Along with this you need to take anti androgens like finasteride which too has side effects on the genitals but minimal.
Doctor :   Yes, minoxidil too has side effects like hypotension and is contraindicated in hypotensive patients.
User :   i dont want to take any chances with my genitals :)
User :   will shaving of head help for better growth
Doctor :   Sure, you need to visit a Dermatologists for complete examination and treatment.
Doctor :   It does sometimes but depending on the strength and thickness of the hair.
User :   dermatologist also suggested minoxidil
Doctor :   Usually a human being can have 31 cycles of hair growth.
User :   which i wasnt sure abt
Doctor :   Ok
User :   there 31 start and finish when?
Doctor :   31 cycles of growth and fall of the hair. If cycles are over then that hair follicle usually blocks on its own.
User :   ok
User :   will soya protein or vitamin E help?
User :   will 'Hairgro" tablets help ?
Doctor :   Yes, Biotin is a vitamin which has good hair growth properties and helps in their growth.
Doctor :   You can take TAB BECOSULES regularly, once a day.
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Did you follow my measures?
User :   yes, so tab becosules and maybe shaving of the head. anything else?
Doctor :   Avoid regular hair wash.
Doctor :   Use mild shampoo.
Doctor :   Use hair oil one hour before head bath or a night before.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You can take head bath every third day.
User :   ok, this is what i practise too
User :   will anaphase shampoo helo
Doctor :   Yes, it might help.
Doctor :   Avoid combing of wet hair.
Doctor :   Did you follow my suggestions?
User :   why?
Doctor :   As combing wet hair produces dandruff.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   will soya milk help?
Doctor :   Soya milk might also help.
User :   ok, thanks doc. Thats it for now.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   ok bye
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