I'm a 20 year-old boy suffering from hair loss. I've tried minoxidil and vitamins with no results. What else can I do?
Doctor Answers 3
Consult a Hair Surgeon
Hair loss -21 M
In a 21 year old male, the most likely cause if your hair loss (by far) is early onset male pattern balding.
However persistent hair shedding from excessive seborrheic dermatitis, low iron, poor diet and medications, smoking can also contribute. Other causes are also possible
The key message is that there are many types of hair loss and it is not possible to diagnose without a photo. 95 % of hair loss in a 21 year old is androgenetic hair loss - so one will likely guess right by choosing genetic hair loss
FDA approved treatments for genetic hair loss in men are minoxidil and finasteride. Low level laser and Platelet rich plasma can also be tried. Speak to a hair loss physician about a proper diagnosis and options for treatment.
Re: Addressing Hair Loss in 20 Year Old
Therefore, it would certainly help to get a formal diagnosis from a physician. This would rule out other possible factors such as thyroid disorders (overactive or underactive), the side effects of prescription medications, or even telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is related to physiological stress which causes hair to enter the resting phase much sooner.
A doctor may even recommend the use of Finateride, or provide other recommendations for slowing down the rate of hair loss (e.g. sun protection, medically supervised iron supplementation etc.)
The course of your treatment would depend on first clarifying the cause.
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