Baldness, including male pattern baldness, is a condition that is common in all men, even those as young as 20 and can be down to biological issues. Baldness can also happen as the result of medications or medical procedures. It is the naturally occurring baldness that is the subject of this article.
What are the symptoms of male baldness?
There may be obvious signs such as hair loss that occurs when you brush or comb your hair. You may even experience hair loss while washing your hair or taking a shower. Your hair is not likely to come out in clumps but will break off more often. Male baldness often begins at or near the hairline. You may notice your hairline receding or moving back from your forehead. Most men will notice their hair thinning or becoming finer in texture.
What are the diagnostic tests for male baldness?
It is possible for doctors to determine whether you have male baldness simply by looking at your scalp. They assess the overall appearance and condition of the scalp to rule out medical causes. The pattern of the hair loss is also considered during the diagnostic phase. If you seem to be losing hair in patches, you believe you are losing excessive hair, or pain accompanies your hair loss, your doctor may perform a skin biopsy to make a diagnosis. Hair analysis is not used to diagnose any type of baldness.
Is this condition inherited?
Male baldness is a predominantly inherited condition. Although many in the medical community have assumed for years that it is inherited from the mother, this is not actually the case. Recent research suggests that baldness is probably a dominant trait and that more than one gene is involved in producing it. Further, it appears that this trait can be passed on by either the mother or the father. The debate, and the research, continues on this particular issue.
Is baldness a cause for concern?
If you have male pattern baldness then you do not have a medical condition. There is no need for concern from a health perspective. But baldness affects your appearance which is important to many men. The more self-conscious you become about your hair loss, you may become anxious or depressed which can be serious.
What is the cure for male baldness?
Propecia the hair loss medication approved by FDA and is available in tablet form. Though male baldness cannot be cured completely successful treatments can are available to reduce or stop hair loss and even cause hair to grow again in some men. Propecia has been rigorously tested through multiple clinical trials and has been proven to be safe and effective for men.