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Adult Hair Loss


— Male Pattern Hair Loss


The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Alopecia may be localised or diffuse. Patients may notice hair shedding, poor hair quality, hair thinning or bald areas. There may be associated scalp disease or scarring.


Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss

Genetic and hormonal influences result in gradual thinning of scalp hair with age. This presents as male
or female pattern hair loss. It is apparent in about 50% of individuals by the age of 50 years and can run in families.


What is male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia)?

Male pattern hair loss is related to hormones (androgens) and genetics. It leads to balding characterised
by a receding hairline and/or hair loss on the top and front of the head.


What treatments are available for male pattern hair loss?

Minoxidil solution
Finasteride tablets (type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitor)
Cosmetics
Hairpieces
Hair transplantation


What is female pattern hair loss?

A similar type of hair loss in women, female pattern hair loss (FPHL), results in thinning hair on the
vertex (top) of the scalp and is generally less severe than occurs in males. Around 40% of women by
age 50 show signs of hair loss and less than 45% of women actually reach the age of 80 with a full
head of hair.

It is normal to lose up to 50-100 hairs a day. Another condition called chronic telogen effluvium also
presents with increased hair shedding and is often confused with FPHL. It is important to differentiate
between these conditions as management for both conditions differ.


What treatments are available for female pattern hair loss?

Minoxidil solution
Cosmetics
Hairpieces
Oral medications (in selected cases)
Hair transplantation

Other causes of hair loss are associated with poor quality hair include iron deficiency, deficiency of thyroid hormone and systemic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, syphilis and severe illness result in patchy hair thinning and bald patches.

 

Common Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Psoriasis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

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Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Psoriasis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts


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