Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, otherwise called male-pattern baldness, is a type of hair loss that can affect both men and women. This condition results in receding hairline and hair thinning, which progresses to total or partial baldness. It can be genetic or due to some underlying health condition.

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Why am I having so much hair fall at 21 years of age?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I am facing hair loss for 3 years. I went to one dermatologist. He prescribed Menabol tablets, Zydip lotion, Vits hair Minoxidil solution, and seboclear shampoo and asked me to go on diet eggs and cheese. I started to get good. But again, after some time, it was the sa...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap


Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is androgenetic alopecia. It occurs due to the sensitivity of the hair follicle to androgens and is constitutional. You cannot do much about it. It is progressive with age and varies from person to person. Most of the time, it is familial and more inheritan...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment option for androgenetic alopecia.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 25 years old and I am suffering from a rapid receded hairline due to male pattern baldness genetically. My father has it. What is the best treatment option followed to reduce it? I care about it and it has affected my confidence. I do not know what to do. I wear my hair long on the to...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you have male pattern baldness called androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It is a common cause of hair loss in males and it occurs due to underlying genetic and hormonal components. AGA is a c...  Read Full »

Can hormonal change cause changes in hair types?

Query: Male, 15, 52kg, 174cm. Hair related questions  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, welcome to icliniq, Please tell me about your hair related problems. Any past history of illness ? Are you on any medication?  Read Full »

Will I get the same M-shaped hairline as my grandfather?

Query: Hi doctor, I imagined that I had the same hair genes as my grandfather, who was not bald at 54 (died at 56) but did have the M-shaped hairline yet still had a lot of hair at 54. What does it mean for me? Will I more or less follow the same route with his age and hair (provided that I had the same h...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is male pattern hair loss or baldness. Do you have any receding hairline? Is there any thinning of hair? Do you have any family history of androgenic alopecia? I have attached the picture to assess scalp hair density and type of hair loss.  Read Full »

What are the causes of sudden hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having sudden hair loss, and it happened just in three months. In the beginning, I thought it was a normal hair fall, but day by day, it was getting worse, and now I can see my scalp.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to not worry; I will help you with your concern. See, the most common causes of hair fall in men are androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium.Such sudden hair loss can be due to telogen effluvium. I need to ask you a few questions to make a definitive diagnosis.Did yo...  Read Full »

Can I use Hair4U for hair loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am suffering from hair loss for the past three to four years. I can see my hairline slowly receding from the forehead. I have been suggested Hair4U 10 % lotion and Biotin tablets. Do these drugs have any side effects on the body? Can I take Finasteride for h...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The treatment started by your doctor is fine. The only thing is that the treatment for hair loss has to be followed for a long time and you need to be regular with your follow up visits. Regarding side effects, both these medications (Hair4U and Biotin tablets) are pre...  Read Full »

Is Dutasteride an effective drug for hair loss?

Query: Hello doctor, Please take a look at the photos of my hair. What do you think could be causing my hair loss?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. I went through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I guess these are dermoscopic photos. The most likely diagnosis of your thinning hair is male pattern hair loss, also known as androgene...  Read Full »

Is stress the cause of my hair loss problem?

Query: I have hair loss problems at age 17 this first started late last year. I didn’t really notice it at first till I shaved my head. I used to use minoxidil for about 4 weeks then stopped and just oils till now. I had gone through a breakup 2 months prior so I don’t know if it’s linked...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Don't worry I will help you with your concern. Your history suggests you have telogen effluvium. It is a condition in which sudden excessive hair fall occurs due to any stress or any illness or any medicine. As you went through stress that might have caused telogen effluvium. But since you...  Read Full »

Can small patches with pustules on scalp reduce hair density?

Query: Hello doctor, I have too many small patches on the head. I shaved my head recently, and now, while the hair is growing back, I can see few patches in which hair is comparatively fewer than other areas, although the patches are very small with small-sized pustules. I am currently on Minoxidil 5% f...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. From the history, it seems either you have alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia (AGA). But I need to see your scalp and the patches so I can suggest you definitive diagnosis and treatment accordingly. Kindly ...  Read Full »

Will Minoxidil taken for hair fall cause dependency?

Query: Hello doctor, I have receding hairline with overall thinning on the scalp for the past one month. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From history it seems you have androgenetic alopecia (AGA) also known as male pattern baldness. In AGA, hair thinning and hair fall occurs with receding frontal hair line and thinning on top of scalp that is vertex. AGA has seven grades and treatment partially depe...  Read Full »

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