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Androgenetic Alopecia – A Major Form of Hair Loss

Hair loss is a major and very displeased problem now-a-days faced by both men and women. Hairs are one of those important physical features of a human body which can add an attractive look to one’s personality and these same hairs can demotivate anybody who is suffering from hair loss which will result in low self-esteem of that person. Hair loss can be due to many reasons like too much hairstyling, rough handling, poor and unhealthy diet, depression or trauma etc. But the major form of hair loss from which almost every human being suffers is Androgenetic Alopecia, (also known as pattern alopecia).

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is a very common form of hair loss disorder both in men and women. It is a genetically resolved disorder distinguished by slow transformation of terminal hairs into indeterminate hairs. This type of hair fall approximately affects around 80 million people both men and women in the United States. In men, this hair fall disorder is known as male – pattern baldness which can usually start as early as in teenager age and almost 50 percent of men above age 50 have some degree of hair fall and in case of women it is simply known as FPHL (Female Pattern Hair Loss) and it usually starts after menopause.

Symptoms of androgenetic alopecia include the following:

  • Thinning of hair on top of the head – The most general type of hair loss from which almost every men and women are suffering. In case of men, they may observe a restrained recession of frontline hair in the start of the process which almost resemble the shape “M” and in case of women, at the start of the process a gradual thinning of the hair takes place resulting in broadening the distance or gap between their hairs, thus not affecting the frontal hairline.
  • Gradual thinning and loosening of hair – Study shows that eating unhealthy and not taking proper diet have also resulted in hair fall disorder. Rough handling and trying too many new hairstyles may weak your hair follicles which will eventually result in hair fall.

While talking about the treatment of this type of hair fall disorder one can take simple and easy precautions at early stage to get rid of excess hair fall like, do not take your hair for granted. They need to be handled with care; rough handling is not good for hairs. Eating healthy and having a proper and nutritious diet can also help in reducing hair fall, preventing your hair from all types of dyes and all types of hot oil hair treatment as they can burn your hair follicles which will again result in excess hair fall. As far as medication is concerned, till now only two drugs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), i.e. Minoxidil and Finasteride.