Remedies for hair fall
Male pattern balding affects about 50% of men over the age of 50*. If you’re a man that is noticing hair fall, it could be the beginnings of male pattern baldness. Men with this condition can begin losing hair as early as their teens or early 20s. It's characterised by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and front of the scalp. In some cases you might notice the hair fall as it happens.
Why am I experiencing hair fall?
Male pattern baldness or ‘androgenic alopecia’ is caused by a combination of hormonal and genetic factors. Other causes of hair loss include medical disorders, prescribed medications, poor nutrition, bad hair care techniques or severe stress. If you think that you may be affected by any of these it's important to ask your GP for advice.
What remedies could I try for hair fall?
There are many natural remedies and diets that are suggested for men’s hair fall; though there is little evidence that these will have positive effects. Saw palmetto extract is often found in health shops as a remedy for men’s hair loss; however it is not prescribed in the UK or approved by the NHS as a beneficial treatment.
What treatments are there for men’s hair fall?
If a medical professional is sure your hair fall is linked to male pattern baldness, there are treatment options available to you. These are minoxidil, finasteride or Propecia (the branded form of finasteride). Visit the Online Doctor for an assessment and if approved you can order treatment through this service.
Minoxidil, usually in foam or lotion form, revives shrunken hair follicles so they increase in size and regrow thicker hair over time. It works by helping blood flow to the hair follicles, encouraging and prolonging hair growth. Find out more about hair loss treatments available with hair loss advice from LloydsPharmacy.
Finasteride works by preventing the effects of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormones on the hair follicles. Finasteride is sold in the form of tablets (either as Propecia or as the more cost-effective generic finasteride) as a treatment for male pattern baldness. This treatment works better if used early in the development of your hair loss and is less effective when hair loss is well established.
Can you reverse hereditary hair loss?
At present there is no cure for hereditary hair loss, although treatments available help to slow down the process and may sometimes reverse it. You will need to take the medication for 3-6 months to see any potential results, and, if the treatment is stopped then the hair loss will begin again.
Is hair fall a sign of male pattern baldness?
If you have male pattern balding, the early stages will start with thinning and gradually lead to hair loss. Thinning hair in males is often the start of hair loss as it is a sign that the follicles are shrinking. At the thinning stage there are still available treatments that you can discuss with a medical professional, such as minoxidil, finasteride/propecia.
What vitamin deficiency causes hair loss?
Deficiencies in Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Iron and Zinc can cause hair fall. However, if you are experiencing male pattern balding this is due to a combination of hormonal and hereditary factors and is unlikely to be caused by vitamin or nutrient deficiencies.
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