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Suggest treatment for androgenic alopecia grade III

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Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia

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Posted on Wed, 7 Sep 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hi,

i am suffering from Androgenic Alopecia grade III, please suggest suitable treatment
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Androgenic Alopecia : various guidance and suggestions

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

I can understand your concern for the Androgenic Alopecia grade III also known as male pattern baldness.

Before I directly to you concern let me explain you some medical facts regarding your condition.

We have almost 1 lac hair on our scalp and amongst these around 5% of hair are in falling phase and then another 0.1% (around 100) of hair can fall everyday. In males this is super-added with hormonal influence of testosterone hormone ( the male hormone) which we call as "male pattern baldness" or Androgenic Alopecia. This also depends upon genetics- meaning type and pattern of hair your family pattern (from your father and mother's side).

This process of falling starts by 20 years and is highest in between the age of 20 to 30 years. I can see you are a young man of 34 years. So it is quite obvious that you can have this problem of hair fall just because of hormonal influence.

It affects mainly frontal and parietal region of the scalp as in your case too. The temporal and region is rarely affected and back of scalp region is never affected in this condition. So the most important thing is not to be worried about this normal physiological age related men's problem.

Now regarding the part of treatment:

There are innumerable products in the market claiming to be useful for hair growth. We dermatologists prescribe application of Minoxidil lotion. It is one product which is unanimously used by all dermatologists.

It is to be started with 2% lotion applied over the scalp once or twice in day. It is to be applied when the scalp is dry. Only 1 ml is sufficient to be applied at the root of hair in frontal region. If for one month there is no burning and irritation then we increase the percentage to 5 % to 10% gradually. The same we do to taper off the medicine. That means we do not stop the medicine at once and gradually taper it off to 5% and then 2% and then alternate day or off and application of lotion before stopping it completely.

In your case as you have Androgenic Alopecia grade III so there no need to go above 5 %.

I would like to suggest you to have a good nourishing diet along with all the medicines because that is quite very helpful in retaining the hair and maintaining it better.

For the same you can take guidance from your prescribing dermatologist.

"Wish you good health"

Regards,
Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 23 hours later
suggest some tabs to be taken
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Tablets containing Biotin and other essential elements.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome back and thanks for your further follow up.

In my patients I suggest them to take a tablet containing multivitamin such as biotin with zinc iron and other essential elements. I suggest either tab keraglo men or cap Adgain or Tab follihair.

A nutritious diet with fruits and vegetables fulfills all these important things.

I hope this helps.

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kanodia
MD Dermatology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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