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Hair Loss (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for Hair Loss?

Patient Comments

Treatment of this problem at home is difficult.

  • Decreasing the amount of pulling, tugging, and tension on the hair can prevent damage to the hair follicle and shaft.
  • Most people will need to see their doctor to determine if there is a medical problem causing hair loss and to consider if treatment is indicated.

A wide variety of nonprescription products and services are offered for hair loss.

You should discuss them with your physician before initiating any therapies, especially if you are on medications or have chronic illnesses.

What Is the Medical Treatment for Hair Loss?

Androgenetic alopecia

  • Finasteride (Propecia): a pill taken once daily that blocks the activity of an enzyme that metabolizes testosterone to a substance that inhibits hair growth. Any regrowth is not permanent. Finasteride is not used for the treatment of hair loss in women.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine, Loniten): A medication you rub directly onto your scalp. This medication enlarges hairs and makes them grow for a longer period.
    • It works for both men and women some of the time.
    • It works best for balding at the top and back of the head and less well for the front area of the scalp.
    • Stopping this medication can result in loss of the hair that developed during its use.

Alopecia areata

Intralesional injection of steroids directly into the areas of involved skin can promote hair growth in treated areas.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/22/2016

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Hair Loss - Causes

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