Hair Loss (Alopecia) or Baldness page

Alopecia totalis means loss of all hair in a specified area for example the scalp. Alopecia areata is the term used for partial loss of scalp hair.

Causes

  • Normal male pattern baldness
  • Thyroid disease especially hypothyroidism
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Stress
  • Anti cancer drugs
  • Anticoagulants
  • Iron deficiency
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Iron deficiency


Treatment with medication

  • Minoxidil lotion is applied twice daily to the scalp. Minoxidil was originally invented as a treatment for high blood pressure; the increase in hair growth is a side effect
  • Finasteride is a medicine taken in tablet form that partially blocks the effects of the male hormones (an 'anti-androgen'). Finasteride has been shown to halt further hair loss and promote re-growth of scalp hair in approximately 80 per cent of patients after three to six months. Treatment must be continued to sustain the improvement in hair growth.
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