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Hair loss remedies

Hair loss has long been considered specifically a male problem, but today, female hair loss is gaining more attention. The causes of thinning hair or hair loss in men and women are different, so the treatments must be gender-specific as well. Until recently, treatments were designed for and tested exclusively on men, so at this point, women have fewer treatment options.

Hair Loss Treatment

For both men and women, the most common hair loss remedy is drug therapy. This may be administered topically (applied to the scalp) or orally (introduced to the bloodstream via a pill). The two most popular drug treatments are minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil is found in Rogaine, a popular topical hair loss product, while finasteride, under the brand name Propecia, was the first pill approved by the FDA to treat men's hair loss.

Doctors are more likely to prescribe topical treatments for women because the causes of female hair loss aren't as clear, and because most drug trials have only targeted men.

Whether you are male or female, it's always advisable to talk to your doctor or medical professional before beginning any treatment for hair loss, regardless of whether it is over-the-counter or prescription. He or she will best be able to determine the type and degree of hair loss you are experiencing and its likely cause or causes, and will be able to suggest the best course of treatment based on this information.

Hair loss can be bewildering and embarrassing, but it's actually fairly common. Women in particular may find it difficult to approach their doctor about the problem, but it's important they recognize that they are not alone. It's also important that all hair loss sufferers know there is something they can do.

Hair loss does have genetic causes, so knowing your family history can help you catch the problem early. Proper hair care can help keep hair strong and healthy and is important even after the thinning or balding process has begun.

If you are concerned about hair loss, talk to your doctor. Getting as much information as you can about causes and treatment options will help you determine the best course of action for your particular circumstance.

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