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Male Hair Loss: The Cause And The Solution

Worried about getting a bald spot? Perhaps you’re worried that it will get bigger? Hair loss is an occurrence more often found among men than women. Its primary causes are genetic with an increased amount of a dihydrotestosterone, an androgenic chemical, which causes the hair to thin and then ultimately cease to function. Other causes of hair loss include stress, a thyroid deficiency, scalp infections and certain prescribed medicines. In certain cases anaemia can result in hair loss as well.

But, like all other men with the same problem you’re most probably more interested in the cure than the cause. Well, although there are quite a couple of possible treatments for hair loss, it is always advisable to consult your general health practitioner to ensure that your hair loss isn’t disease related. If this is the case, then you will be supplied with a prescription to help cure the disease and stop or even reverse the hair loss. Naturally that leaves some healthy men who, unfortunately, are losing their hair due to various genetic factors.

Modern treatments for hair loss, among those men who don’t suffer from any disease or aren’t experiencing hair loss as a symptom of stress, are becoming more common as well as their ‘miracle’ cure counterparts. Here are a couple of treatments that could have a result:

  1. Aside from wigs, hair transplants have become an instant modern solution. This consists of taking micro grafts from the patient’s own head and placing them in small incisions into the bald areas of the scalp. The number of grafts necessary depends on the size and shape of the bald spot. Modern techniques have progressed to provide the patient with a more attractive natural look.
  2. Minoxidil is available over the counter and was traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. One of the interesting side effects noted about this drug is that it stopped, and in most cases reversed, hair loss. Minoxidil has to be taken continuously to be effective.
  3. Finasteride is an antiandrogen which inhibits the enzyme that derives dihydrotestosterone from testosterone. This drug too was first developed for prostate enlargement, but subsequently found to have a positive effect on patients suffering from hair loss.
  4. Certain supplements that contain zinc, magnesium and vitamin E, among other things have been known to remedy hair loss as well.

Hair loss in men, however, remains a sensitive subject. Even in the days of Julius Caesar, this condition affected men to such a degree that they felt less confident about themselves or even developed depression. But, nowadays, hair loss has served as an advantage to some as a bald or smoothly shaved head is seen as attractive and neat.

Whatever the cause of your hair loss, there is a choice of cure to suit everyone’s needs. We can only be grateful for what we have because not more than 50 years ago, the cures’ for hair loss included rubbing curry on your scalp and getting your head licked by a cow.