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Question : I’m suffering from rapid hair loss, and I want to regrow my hair. Is it possible? If yes how and what medicine should I use?
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Rebecca Campen, M.D., J.D., is an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She divides her time between clinical practice of dermatology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and private practice in Savannah, Ga.

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Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors. The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. This results from genetic factors that are inherited. Just think of it as the general hair loss that comes with age. It shows up as a receding hairline, general thinning of hair, or the “bald spot” seen on many men as they reach maturity.

If hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, your doctor may suggest topical treatment with minoxidil or prescribe an oral medicine such as finasteride (Propecia). You should discuss potential side effects with your doctor before treatment.

There are other causes of hair loss, including alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disorder which can happen at any age. In this condition, there are circular patches of hair loss. If hair loss is due to alopecia areata, your doctor may consider steroid injections to the circular areas of hair loss. In alopecia totalis, there is rapid falling out of hair over the entire scalp.  In alopecia universalis, there is hair loss over the entire body. With any of these conditions, it is important to see a doctor to look for any underlying medical problems.

You can also lose hair from scalp conditions such as fungal infections or bacterial infections, which can be treated with medicine. Underlying medical conditions, stress, and medications can also result in hair loss. 

Because there are so many causes of hair loss, it is important to see your doctor. He or she can examine your scalp, determine the underlying cause and plan treatment. This is especially important if hair loss is rapid and unexplained.

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