Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape.
Hair also thins at the crown (near the top of the head), often progressing to partial or complete baldness.
The pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness or male hair loss. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness. It is thought to be inherited from either parent, and is due to the effects of androgens on hair follicles. The pharmacist may first suggest that the patient with androgenetic alopecia attempt regrowth with nonprescription minoxidil. If results are unsatisfactory, the patient may be referred to the physician for prescription finasteride (Propecia).
Some of the treatment for androgenic alopecia
* Rogaine (minoxidil) is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure which when applied to the skin causes hair growth in some individuals. One out of ten people who use Rogaine will grow hair. Rogaine will slow the rate of hair loss in five out of ten patients who use it. The other four out of ten are wasting their money.
* Many people have achieved success with natural alternatives such as Provillus and other hair loss treatments.
* Hair transplants are another option for treating androgenic alopecia. Plugs of hair are removed surgically from areas with plenty of hair and implanted in the areas with little hair.
* Some people can benefit from scalp reduction. This is a surgical procedure in which the bald area is cut out.
* Propecia is a new medication taken by mouth that treats androgenic alopecia.
Some very advance treatment for androgenic alopecia
Excision of bald scalp with or without tissue expansion, scalp flaps, and hair transplantation has been used to treat advanced androgenetic alopecia for some years and are constantly undergoing revision and improvement. These have all been recently reviewed. While artificial fiber implantation has been used for androgenetic alopecia when donor fibers are unavailable, great caution is advised as foreign body reactions and infections are potentially serious complications
Some natural treatment for androgenic alopecia
· Smear castor oil on the scalp and the hair roots but not on the hair, wrap the hair with a newspaper, tie with a cloth and leave overnight, wash in the morning. Repeat every 7-10 days (results will come after 6-7 treatments).
· One of the useful home remedies for hair loss: boil 1 cup of water, add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, cook for 5 minutes, cool and drink.
· Herbal cure for hair loss: blanch scented geranium leaves in boiling water, strain, cool and use to wash the hair.
· Rub olive oil into the scalp to reduce hair loss.
· Boil rosemary leaves in water, strain and save the liquid in a glass bottle. Use to wash the hair every day. You can also put the rosemary water in a sprayer and spray the hair every morning.
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