I'm male, 26, and 5 months ago I started having an itchy scalp. I also noticed my hair thinning out. What can I do? (Photo)

I also have dry skin on my face, and gastrointestinal problems in the morning like bloating, indigestion, gases, heartburn. I have been taking vitamins and probiotics. But i dont see the hair getting any better. I am starting to freak out a bit. I dont know where to start. My hair usually falls attached to a piece of hardened white/yellow ish ball. I assume it is a sebum ball, from extensively reading. I could be wrong. Please, give me your opinion. Thanks.

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Hair thinning and itching

Your biggest enemy is the progressive thinning leading to a balding pattern that is not evident at this point in time. The degree of thinning that you are experiencing would suggest that you should see a doctor who most likely will get Bulk Measurements of your hair to determine the degree of the thinning that you are presently having. If the diagnosis is early genetic hair loss (the most common cause of hair loss in young men), then the best treatment would be the drug finasteride which is highly effective in men of your age and may not only stop the hair loss but possibly reverse it. If you are developing a more advanced balding pattern the best test to get will determine the Bulk Measurements of your hair and this will show, over a one-year time frame, how effective the treatment will be. Once you know this information, then you and your doctor need to develop a MASTER PLAN which will define what you need to do over the years to come.

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