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Jul 29, 2007

Male Hair Loss and DHT

By Jen Carter

Male hair loss is an extremely common problem, as almost every man experiences at least some sort of hair loss before the age of 40. It is caused by an increased sensitivity to androgens, which are male hormones, and although most male hair loss problems are hereditary or genetic, there are those cases in which the hair loss is temporary, for instance when it is stress or medication that is causing the hair loss.
The Details
Male hair loss can be caused by a variety of things, depending on the person and their particular situation. In general however most hair loss is not associated with any systemic or internal disease or has to do with a lack of nutrition. Thyroid disease is a common cause of hair loss, but more than anything genetics play a major role. You will notice that if a man has a hair loss problem usually his father did as well, and his father before him.
Alopecia Areata
This is the most common male hair loss condition of all, and it is one which typically starts as a single circle of smooth baldness that continues to spread as time goes on. The most extensive form of this condition is known as alopecia totalis, in which the entire scalp will end up going bald, and this is why it is so important to determine early on what specific hair loss problem you are suffering from, so that you can deal with it properly before it is too late.
Treatment
There are various treatments available for male hair loss, and for the alopecia areata condition in particular, typically treatment involves injecting steroids into the affected patches of skin in order to stimulate hair growth in the patient. However this method of treatment is truly not practical for large areas and so if there is a significant amount of hair loss you may have to go for other treatments, such as oral steroids or ultraviolet light therapy.
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is another common male hair loss problem, and this is a genetic disorder as well, and so although there is nothing that you can do to actually stop the hair loss, there are ways to treat and control it.
Male hair loss can be incredibly damaging to a man’s self esteem, and it can even be so serious that it can cause depression. This is why if you have a hair loss problem you need
Jen Carter is team member and writes regularily about
male hair loss, DHT and other hair related conditions for Hair Loss Advance.

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