Hello, A year back I had severe hair loss and it showed in my hairline. So I met a dermatologist and got myself treated. I shaved my head and started using HAIRBLESS(Minoxidil), VB7 hair, and zincofer. Now, after a year, the amount of hairfall has reduced significantly. I do get some hairfall while combing, applying oil and washing my hair.(around100 per day) Now to the problem, I stopped using Minoxidil a few months back and I start to notice my hairline receding. I am quite young and the baldness already shows. The Minoxidil is not helping much in growing back my hair or neither does it stop hairfall. Now, is this a problem? I don't want to be using Minoxidil forever without any good reason and I'm not even sure about the side effects. Thanks in advance or your time and advice. And please let me know if there are any treatments than can helping in re-growth in front balded portions.
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You can continue Minoxidil and apart from that you can follow the following : Hair loss, now-a-days, is common among males and females of all age groups. We all lose some hair strands everyday, however, some people lose more than normal strands in a day that can cause severe hair loss. Hair loss is mostly genetic, so if hair loss runs in your family, you are most likely to suffer from hair loss too. Hair loss happens either in clumps, that is overall hair loss, or focussed on any one part of head - especially the crown. While genetics play a big role, some additional factors can aggravate hair loss - hormonal imbalance, Alopecia areata, stress, thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss in you. Start by following a good diet - Eat adequate amount of protein. Your hair is made up mainly of proteins. Eat eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, soya, lentils, whole grains. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B are other important nutrients for great hair health. So include lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet. Exercise daily to keep yourself healthy inside out. Next important step is to follow good hair care - Oiling your hair with a mixture of oils like olive, sesame, coconut and castor oil keeps provides moisture to your hair and prevent them from drying and breakage. Once in a week apply a good hair mask. You can mix and prepare different types of masks using eggs, green tea, olive oil, milk, gooseberry, thyme, chamomile etc. Condition your hair using organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary tea once in awhile. A good dermatologist can successfully reduce hair fall by conducting some tests beforehand that includes blood tests, iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests and a biopsy of the scalp. Since some hair loss is temporary, your hair will grow back on its own without medical treatment. More serious hair loss can be treated with creams, oral drugs and surgery. Dermatologist can give your head a fuller appearance with the help of hair transplants and scalp reductions, which is successful both in males and females. To determine the best technique for your hair loss issue, consult a good dermatologist.
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Hair fall treatment needs proper assessment to find the cause and to address it specifically. A trichoscan and trichogram are objective methods of assessment and is highly recommended, though it is difficult to find a clinic which offers that. The treatment typically consists of usage of oral medication (Finasteride) and topical lotion (Minoxidil ). The dosage and duration is decided by your dermatologist. Hair fall treatment consists of arresting the hair fall and subsequently adding density and improving the texture and quality. Minoxidil is recommended for indefinite usage if there are no adverse effects. If stopped, the beneficial effects of minoxidil also wears out.
Comorbidities should be assessed and metabolic syndrome should be ruled out. This will have a significant difference in management.
Treatment of hairfall requires a lot of patience as minimal improvement takes few months to be visible. Follow the advice and you should do well. You can request for supplementary procedures like PRP for faster results.
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