What is Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. It usually follows a typical pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition.
the severity and nature of baldness can vary greatly; it ranges from male and female pattern alopecia ( androgenetic alopecia , also called androgenic alopecia or alopecia androgenetica), alopecia areata , which involves the loss of some of the hair from the head, and alopecia total is , which involves the loss of all head hair, to the most extreme form, alopecia universalis , which involves the loss of all hair from the head and the body. Treatment for alopecia has limited success. The more hair lost, the less successful the treatment will be.
What causes Baldness?
Hair loss is believed to be primarily caused by a combination of the following:
- Change in hormones.
- Family history of baldness.
However, hair loss is not caused by the following:
- Poor circulation to the scalp.
- Vitamin deficiencies.
- Excessive hat-wearing.
- A gene passed on from an individual’s maternal grandfather.
What are the symptoms of Baldness?
- Hairline Loss – Older Males.
- Crown Hair Loss – Older Males.
- Thinning hair – Older females.
- Hair loss – young females.
- Excess body hair – young females.
- Acne – young females.
What treatment can be done for Baldness?
Baldness is generally regarded as natural, and not a disease. So if a person decides they wish to try to get their hair back, they will probably have to pay for the lengthy, expensive procedure themselves.
Treatment is directed at the underlying cause. Treatment may include:
- Medication for male pattern baldness, such as minoxidil and finasteride.
- Antibiotics to treat a fungal or syphilis infection.
- Stopping a medication that is causing hair loss.
- Medication to treat an underlying condition, such as iron or thyroid hormone pills.
- Medications applied to the area of hair loss to reduce inflammation.