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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I'm a 25 year old male. I've been experiencing massive hair loss for the last 3-4 years (male pattern baldness). I've been using Mintop Forte Oil and Finax Finasteride tablets for the last 2-3 years but there has been no stoppage of the hair loss. Is there absolutely anything I can do to prevent further hair loss and perhaps have more hair growth?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
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is the hairloss diffuse or patchy?
User :   nothing on the sides or the back. mostly on top. not exactly patchy.
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is there anyone else in family who has such problem?
User :   mom's side - grandfather did. dad's side - grandfather did not but his brothers have such a problem
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is there problem of dandruff associated?
User :   nopes
Doctor :   how many hair strands do you loose per day approximately?
User :   i really can't say. but its quite a bit
Doctor :   loosing upto 50-100 strand per day is considered to be normal
User :   are there any other medicines that i should take in addition to the ones that i'm already using?
Doctor :   if the problem runs in your family, then the cause is a genetic cause for which not much can be done
User :   also is it normal for a 25 year old to starting balding?
Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries.
User :   hi. sorry. some problem with your website itself
User :   one more question - how much does a hair transplant cost?
User :   and how much does smoking affect this hair loss? i smoke about 10 cigarettes a day and have been smoking for the last 4-5 years.
Doctor :   no it will not be, it you navigate away from the chat window, this might happen again. so please avoid navigating away from the chat window to enable continuing discussion.
Doctor :   smoking affects hairloss by making up th cause about 10-15% of the time
User :   also should i be using hair conditioner? and the shampoo - i've switched to himalaya since its herbal. i shampoo once in 3 days. is that ok or is that too frequent?
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the hair transplant is the last option that you should look at.
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let me finish ansering one query completely before answering your next query
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it wil avoid misunderstandings
User :   ok sure
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the genetic cause of hairloss can be determined also by doing few blood tests like DHEA levels, 5-alpha reductase, and Insulin growth factor-1 analysis
Doctor :   which if found abnormal wil point to genetic cause
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diet changes and lifestyle changes can control it upto certain extent
Doctor :   you can go in for a tricholanalysis to see if the hair transplant will help you
Doctor :   and then check for where you want to get it done
User :   ok. so genetic is one cause of baldness? are there any other reasons for baldness?
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the cost will depend on the institute.
User :   on average how much does it cost - 50k?
User :   hey..where did you go?
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Cost will be varied depending upon the kind of treatment plan u r choose
Doctor :   it can vary from 25-45 INR per follicle transplant
User :   hmm ok
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the causes of hairloss can be many and can be grouped into various groups like
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Hormonal problems, medicines use, genetic, chronic illness
User :   ok got it. now my shampoo question. can you answer this: should i be using hair conditioner? and the shampoo - i've switched to himalaya since its herbal. i shampoo once in 3 days. is that ok or is that too frequent?
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any mild shampoo is fine, using excessive chemicals will damage hair folicles and make them weak
Doctor :   use a mild shampoo like DOVE or use natural products like shikakai and ritha
User :   ok
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use a mix of sesame oil, almond oil, and castor oil in 1:1:1 ratio
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oil hair every 3-4 days using warm oil and circular movements
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it will stimulate circulation of blood which will give nutrition to follicles
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shampoo after about 1 hour, using normal water to rinse completely
User :   ok cool. how about conditioner? should i stop using it altogether?
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use ritha or any other mild conditioner like dove itself or the ultra doux
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making sure that you wash it of completely
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as anything elft behind will cause suffocation to hair follicles
User :   is it ok if i don't use conditioner at all?
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and be as dirt accumulation
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its fine if you keep your scalp clean and oil regularly
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   ok. and how frequently should i shampoo? once in 2 days? once in a week?
Doctor :   wash hair every 2-3 days
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or if you tend to sweat lots or be in dust
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then wash daily
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or after each work out
User :   ok. just a couple of more questions. doctors on this platform are not allowed to give prescriptory advice right?
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to avoid accumulation of sweat and dirt in the hair
User :   in terms of which medicine to take and all that?
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yes, since we do not examine you personally, we wil not be giving you prescription medications
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The prescription medicines are given after the cause is exactly made out
User :   ok makes sense.
Doctor :   Since we havenâ??t physically examined you, it is inappropriate and unethical to prescribe you scheduled drugs.
User :   yup understood. was just checking coz i was curious.
Doctor :   so what is recommended for you is to get the above mentioned tests
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and also trichoanlysis
User :   fair enough
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to see the exact cause for it
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and then decide on teh hiar transplant
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you can also speak to our panel specialists for second opinion in case of having doubts
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you can see my recommendations on the right hand side of the chat window
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   ok one last question. who is liable for the advice that is given by the doctor on this platform? is it the individual doctor such as you or does healthcaremagic takes liability incase something goes wrong with the patient who is calling in and he wants to take action.
Doctor :   i did not understand..the prescription drugs are not given out since we are not seeing the pateint personally
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the advice given is based on the symptoms and the history the patient gives
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and they are only suggestions which are recommended to be followed after a examination and exact diagnosis is made out.
User :   ok fair enough. one last quesiton since i have only 2 minutes remaining. all the doctors on healthcaremagic are full time with this company right? no external experts?
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done, while i answer your next query
User :   filled it
Doctor :   we do have external experts who are in our specialist panel. Plus we have a network of doctors in our database to help patients in their area of location for the examination and direct consult if the patient needs
User :   ok thanks
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