I'm 17 year old teenage boy who is experiencing hair fall and hair thinning! What do you think is happening to me?
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See Your Family Doctor When Losing Lots of Hair
Hair loss is a scary experience, especially when its hair loss at a young age. Chances of hair loss while you're in your 20s is in the 20% range, but seeing how hair loss doesn't run in your family, it'd be best for you to consult your GP. Losing bulk amounts of hair is concerning for sure, so see your family doctor as soon as possible.
17 and losing hair
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 has a HAIRCHECK instrument and will 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.
Go see a doctor!
However, don't panic! Instead of researching on the internet, call a doctor in your area and get evaluated. This is one of those times when email and electronic communication are not going to help you. You need to be examined by a professional. Remember, your family history may not tell you that you are prone to hair loss and you might need blood tests or a biopsy to determine the cause. Generally speaking - the earlier hair loss is treated, the more effective the treatment is so make a phone call today and get started.
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The most likely diagnosis is still male pattern hair loss I'm afraid. If this does get confirmed for you, then start Minoxidil and/or finasteride asap and review after a year