“Hi, I am Mr. Goel, 32 year old male, I am Suffering from alopecia. Can you please tell me what and why I am suffering from this condition”.

Hi, Mr. Goel First of all, I would like to thank you for mailing us to know more about alopecia. The hair loss or Alopecia has got many causes and the most common cause is Androgenic alopecia.

It is a type of hair loss which is carried through the genes and is known to affect both men and women. In non-medical terms, this condition is known as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness respectively. In such a scenario, the hair loss can start at a very early age, and there is minimal chance for regrowth. We are able to diagnose the same by observing the receding hairline and the loss of hair from the front part of the scalp. In women, this condition occurs post their 40s and for them, we have observed that there is general thinning, as opposed to men, in whom there is localised balding.

Apart from this, there are numerous other types and categories of the same. For instance, involutional alopecia is a naturally occurring condition, in which the hair starts to thin with age. This happens most often, because of more hair going into the resting phase, which leads to reduced numbers and length.

On the other hand, there is alopecia areata, which attacks the hair of young people, mostly children. In rare cases, there is something called alopecia totalis, wherein there is complete baldness with loss of entire scalp hair. However, in most cases, the hair regrows in some time. There is also a more severe version of alopecia known as alopecia universalis, wherein the hair from all parts of the body are also lost, including the eyebrows and lashes.

Then there is the condition that in medical terms is known as  telogen effluvium and is a thinning of hair, that is short lived. This happens during the transition periods between the anagen-catagen or catagen-telogen phases. Since hair is in a rest period, there is thinning and shedding, but this is generally not an elongated phase.

It will be better if you can send your pictures to us from the front top, Sides and back to give us a better picture and then we can suggest to you the treatment for the same.

Line diagram with age on X axis, percentage of baldness Y axis…

20 years 20%
30 yrs 30%
40yrs 40%
50 yrs 50%
60 yrs 60%
70 yrs 70%

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Can Finasteride be a substitute for a procedure, treatment or therapy that fights baldness and promotes hair regrowth? What should your consumption pattern be? Is it based on what you gleaned from the net? More serious thought needs to be given, before you decide to pop the pill! To begin with, have you even considered discussing this with a hair care expert with a proven track record? Or are you treating this lightly like a subject that merely warrants dinnertime discussion and then casually dismissed? If this is a serious matter for you, then it goes without saying that it needs serious contemplation. A good practice would be to read the leaflet, inside the pack, to keep one’s self abreast of possible side effects.

How long can you safely take Finasteride?

Growth chart most definitely differs from person to person.  Hair growth may seem to improve in a few months or upto a year, but stopping the treatment may signal the return of baldness.  Also, are you prepared for the side effects? Have you braced yourself for what could go wrong? Finasteride is also known to influence results of a blood test for detecting prostate cancer and cause several worrisome symptoms in men which require medical attention.  They are pain or lumps in breast area, discharge from nipples and inability to have an erection.  Breast cancer in men who have taken Finasteride has also been reported.   Always remember that an overdose is dangerous and if you come across someone who may have had an overdose, the person needs to be rushed to the hospital , WITH the container, even if it is empty.  Self-doctoring can prove disastrous.  It is the same with recommending Finasteride to someone else who seems to suffer with the same conditions.   Only a medically qualified professional can prescribe Finasteride and its dose.  It is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and precise evaluation of your condition and openly discussing your misapprehensions instead of depending on hearsay.  A K Clinics has centers in Ludhiana, Delhi and Mumbai where renowned surgeons can aid you in your quest for therapy that works best for you.  Is it FUE that will benefit you or are you looking for answers to hair thinning problems? You can get more insights and consultation advice at www.akclinics.com 

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Male Pattern Baldness has been a killer of many hopes of illustrious careers, of relationships that wilted before blossoming.  For men,  grappling with baldness can be extremely embarrassing; especially when faced with a problem whose root cause is not easily understood.  For instance, male hormones cause changes that affect hair follicles and make them more sensitive while converting the main male hormone called testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.  As a result hair follicles begin to shrink and in extreme cases, men may become depressed; unable to cope with the social stigma of being called “tuckloo” or “ganja.”

To an extent, this problem can be redressed by a drug called Finasteride but this is not a wonder drug. Taking prescribed doses will certainly help, but it cannot be considered a sure-cure.  There are many other important factors to consider before using Finasteride.  This is especially critical for those suffering from allergies or who are already using complementary medicines, even herbal ones.   Another vital factor is that high doses are available and a person needs to ensure that he is not taking different variations, as this can prove harmful.  When unsure about the tablets, its best to touch base with the doctor, instead of risking complications later.  Also, never combine taking doses, to make up for a missed dose; but the flexibility Finasteride provides, is that the tablets can be taken before or after meals.  Set a routine, to take the tablets at the same time everyday, this reduces the chances of forgetting a dose.

 However, this doesn’t mean you self-prescribe or recommend this drug to others even though they show the same symptoms.  Medical supervision and advice is critical and self-help is foolishly dangerous, in this case.  Also, do not let advertisements or testimonials lure you.  Correct counseling from veterans like world renowned surgeons at A K Clinics can prevent you from avoidable complications and suffering later on.  Visit www.akclinics.org or call for consultations at our Delhi, Ludhiana & Mumbai centers, where our team of qualified and trained doctors will provide you with guidance based on your individual needs.

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