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Spironolactone and Hair loss

I am a 38 yr old male with male pattern baldness. last 3 months i am rapidly losing hair even from the so called permanent hair ie the back of the head and even from just above the side-locks, apart from the top and the vertex. I lose almost 15-20 hair every time i comb or wash my hair. the hair have also become dry and lusterless.and even started greying rapidly. i had taken saw-palmetto for 7-9 months with no good results. nowadays i am on serenoa capsules twice a day for the last one and a half months. i am also using a homeopathic medicine which has selenium,lycopodium, jaborandi(indian name) and Phos. acid as its ingredients. What should i do? I have been advised to use minoxydil 05% twice daily and also use spironlactone.please tell me what are the ingredients of this spironolactone?

Spironolactone is a chemical which has been around for some time. It is an androgen blocker, currently used by some for hair loss, in a topical reparation applied directly to the hair.

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HEADBAND-Prevention Of Post-Operative Edema

One of the most common complications observed after hair transplant surgery is forehead edema (swelling) and subsequent periorbital ecchymosis (bruising around the eyes). This occurs as fluid from the recipient area migrates downward along tissue planes from the top of the head to the upper forehead, then to the area above the eyebrows and eventually down around the eyes, where the appearance of bruising can be cosmetically distressing to the patient.
Several therapeutic modalities have been utilized to prevent or ameliorate this phenomenon, including the use of corticosteroids, ice packs to the area, massaging the fluid laterally once it accumulates, and sleeping in a semi-upright position. None of these techniques are universally successful.
A novel technique involves the use of a headband; the most optimal results seem to revolve around two factors. First, a channel of least resistance needs to be provided. This can be achieved by simply inserting a rolled-up gauze beneath the headband at the level of the temples; thus, the fluid migrates laterally and the downward, rather than directly down into the orbital region. Secondly, the edges of the thumbs may be used to mechanically massage the fluid laterally in a sweeping motion, from the midline outward toward the temples.

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My hair has completely stopped growing!

I am not losing my hair but for about a year now, my hair has completely stopped growing. It literally has not grown an inch. My last haircut was in October of 2005. I asked my pediatrician because it's starting to worry me. She ordered some thyroid tests but they were all normal. I am 17 and a very athletic person. I play tennis about 4 hours every day. I don't damage my hair. I don't blowdry it or anything. I am on Prozac for Depression and last September through March I was on Atenolol and Verapamil for my heart condition. I'll admit that I don't eat very much but as a petite person, my doctor doesn't see any problem with my weight. I really just want to know why this is happening.

there are many factors that can control hair growth and hair loss. The thyroid gland is just one of them.
This is very unusual to have the hair just stop growing. Is there a pattern to it? In other words, is it ALL of the hair that's not growing or just some areas? Has any of the non-growing hair shed, or is it all intact?

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The Importance of Scab Removal for Post-Operative Healing

Why is it important to remove crusting and scabs from areas that are trying to heal post hair restoration surgery?

In the first few hours after an incision is made, a coagulum or scab forms over the cut. Between 12 and 72 hours, skin cells divide and multiply. The new skin cells migrate across the wound. The dried crust over the wound is a barrier to the new skin cells. Rather than being able to glide straight across the wound, they must go under the crust, creating a shallow depression in the healing.

Initial scabbing is advantageous. It helps to hold the graft in place. But by the fourth day, scabbing is no longer necessary. Scabs provide a warm, moist environment that encourages bacterial growth. Bacteria cause a build up of debris and waste products. This can cause an inflammatory response, which can be detrimental to growth. It is best at this point to remove the scabs. Hair Cycle biotin spray contains enzymes that dissolve crusts and scabs. Not only does this look better cosmetically, but it also promotes safe, correct healing.

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What Cause Hair Loss?

There are many causes of hair loss in men and women, including disease, nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, and stress. However, by far the most common cause is what is called adrogenetic alopecia. Alopecia is simply the medical term for hair loss. Androgenetic refers to the fact that both a genetic predisposition to balding, and the influence of androgens, or male hormones, play a part in this type of hair loss.
In fact, there is a third factor, which is the passage of time, or aging. In other words, in order for androgenetic alopecia to occur, there must be:

* a genetic propensity for balding
* the presence of androgens, or male hormones
* enough aging time to allow the first two factors to exert their influence on the hair follicles Genetics

Genetics is not always simple, and such is the case with balding. Just the presence or absence of balding in one's parents or grandparents, on either the mother's or father's side, is not necessarily predictive of one's likelihood of balding. Certainly, if a man's father is completely bald, and this man begins to rapidly lose hair in his early twenties, it's a safe bet that he will develop extensive balding at some point. In short, it's very hard to accurately predict who will go bald and how rapidly.

This inherent uncertainly about the progression of balding is of utmost importance in planning surgical hair restoration, as we will see in later sections. We must always plan for a "worst case scenario" in order to give patients the best possible results in the long term, as well as in the short term. Anything less is irresponsible.

Androgenic Hormones
All normal men and women produce "male" hormones. The most common of these are testosterone, androsteinedione, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Androgens are produced by the testicles and adrenals in men, and by the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. These hormones are quite important in both sexes, but occur in different concentrations, being much more predominant in males than in females. This, in part, is responsible for the typical differences between the genders.

It is the exposure of the hair follicles to DHT, in a genetically susceptible person, over a period of time, which leads to androgenetic alopecia, or male and female pattern baldness. How does this exposure to DHT occur?

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Redness post hair restoration surgery

I am 3 weeks post op from a hair transplant surgery and am looking to get some Biotin Spray to help with recipient area redness.

Thank you for your inquiry. Individual who undergo hair transplant surgery for hair loss, particularly those who have a large procedure are prone to redness after surgery. Individuals with fair skin or skin that is pink prior to a procedure are more prone to post-operative redness. Redness is a sign of inflammation. Hair cycle products are designed to reduce inflammation and redness. We will be happy to send you some biotin spray as this may help to speed your recovery and reduce redness. It helps to get rid of scabbing and redness faster. It has also been reported to promote faster hair re-growth. In order to get the most benefit of the Biotin spray you should begin using it every hour during your procedure and continue a light mist of the recipient area every hour after the procedure while awake. Don't worry about waking up every hour while asleep. A full night's rest is important to the healing process too. Since you are already three weeks out from your procedure, you will not get all the benefits of the Biotin Spray. Still it is good to begin using it now as it is very healthy for you grafts.

Don't forget that the shampoo and conditioner are very healthy for your hair and your hair loss. The shampoo has been reported to speed the growth rate of hair. This can be very important to those with thinner hair, particularly those with fine hair or those with hair loss.

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The effect of brushing hair after shampooing and conditioning

Although I don't have hair loss, I was wondering if brushing your hair after(just shampoo and no conditioner) shampooing it rather than brushing it after shampooing and conditioning it could have any effects on the hair?

Brushing your hair after shampooing without conditioner should not have any short or long term deleterious affects on your hair. However, conditioners help to hydrate the hair and to smooth the cuticle, or outside covering of the hair shaft. Men and  women will both benefit equally from conditioning the hair.

Longer hair will benefit more from a conditioner due to the greater risk of the harmful effects static electricity. If you have longer hair, you are more likely to have some kinks in the hair. Conditioners can help this too. The kinks or knots might impair your ability to brush your hair without pulling the hair out by the root. Of course this hair will eventually grow back. If you are having problems brushing your hair, you might consider a conditioner. If you are not, you can go without it.

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Hair Loss and Skin Diseases

Is there a link between scalp diseases and hair loss?

Here are a variety of hair and scalp diseases; some are very common, while other more severe hair and scalp diseases are fortunately rare.

Seborrheic Dermatitis, an advanced form of seborrhea, is a non-contagious skin disease that causes excessive oiliness of the skin, most commonly in the scalp, caused by overproduction of sebum, the substance produced by the body to lubricate the skin where hair follicles are present. Seborrhea is the form of the disease where oiliness only occurs without redness and scaling. The disease commonly occurs in infants, middle-aged people, and the elderly, and is commonly known in infants as cradle cap. The disease has no cure, yet in infants it usually disappears in time. With adults the condition may persist with varying degrees of severity. Flaking, scaling and redness often are symptoms of this disease. It is easily treated with topical solutions found in creams containing corticosteroids and shampoos containing pine tar, selenium sulfide or salicylic acid. Seborrhea and seborrheic dermatitis are both easily treated and controlled, and should be because left untreated they can contribute to hair loss. In fact, a group of Japanese scientists have linked the overproduction of sebum to hair loss. This is because the sebaceous glands in areas of the scalp where hair is thinning or bald are enlarged, and are thought to cause the clogging of pores and several other problems that promote hair loss.

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Hair Transplant in the young patient

I'm 21 years old with minimal hair loss and want to rostore my hair, Is hair transplant a good option?

Hair restoration surgery in the young patient can be dangerous. We simply do not have a crystal ball and no one can predict your future. If you begin surgery when you are young, you may find your hair loss exceeds your donor capacity. At this point you may wish that you had not begun doing surgery and simply desire to return to your natural state of baldness. Unfortunately, I find many individuals present to my office with this very complaint. They simply want to return to a natural, bald state.The younger the person when he first experience hair loss, the more hair loss he can expect to occur over the remainder of his life. Like it or not, hair loss is a life long process that will not cease until you die or we discover a medical cure for hair loss. We cannot predict when we will see a cure for hair loss. If you are already an advanced degree of hair loss in your early twenties, we would recommend against hair restoration surgery. If your degree of loss is less, and you have excellent hair characteristics, you might consider a surgical solution at some point with the the treatment of haircycle post-op products.

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Diet, Nutrition and Hair Loss

What are the natural solutions that helps hair loss prevention?

One key factor in maintaining a growing protein on a part of one's biological body is obvious: one must maintain a healthy diet. Although certain factors have been definitely identified as contributors to hair loss, we must keep in mind that hair is part of the complete biological system of the human body. Being a system, dysfunctions in one part of the system can contribute to dysfunctions in other parts; chain reactions occur when one part of the body malfunctions, causing other parts within the system to falter. To maintain optimum health, it is best to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen.Defining exactly what a healthy diet is when it comes to preventing hair loss can be a little more complex. Principally, the main vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that one must ingest in some form to maintain healthy hair are vitamin A, all B vitamins-particularly vitamins B-6 and B-12, folic acid, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, iron, zinc, iodine, protein of course, silica, essential fatty acids (EFA's, formerly known as vitamin F) and last but not least one must consume water. There are also certain foods that may cause dysfunctions that will contribute to hair loss.

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Hair Loss and thyroid Disease

Can the Thyrod Disease cause hair loss?

Many people notice rapid hair loss as a symptom of their hyperthyroidism(thyroid hormone production is above normal) or hypothyroidism(thyroid hormone production is below normal). When the body is in crisis, the hair cells can shut down to redirect energy elsewhere. The types of situations that can cause hair loss include hormonal changes, poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, a variety of medications, surgery, and many medical conditions, but noticeably, thyroid disease. Some key points for dealing with hair loss include:
* Getting evaluated by a dermatologist
* Making sure it's not your thyroid drug (it can be a side effect)
* Making sure you aren't being undertreated
* Consulting with a doctor to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies that can be correct with supplements
* Considering alternative treatments

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