Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which is used to treat male pattern baldness. It is used for androgenic alopecia and hereditary hair loss but is not helpful in sudden or patchy hair loss or hair loss after pregnancy. The side effects include burning, stinging, and redness on the site of application.

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Apart from dandruff, what are the other cause of hair fall?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38 year old woman and have been losing my hair for about six years. All tests came back negative. My GP prescribed a shampoo as she thought I had dandruff, but I have never had dandruff. I am taking Fexofenadine for urticaria and Naproxen for costochondritis. Also, I have a Mirena ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With your descriptions it seems that you are suffering from female pattern hair loss. If you can send picture of your scalp it will be better to diagnose. You did not comment on test reports. Are you a diabetic? Are you suffering from hypothyroidism? Since y...  Read Full »

Are Minoxidil and Finasteride effective in hairfall treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I was suffering from hair fall. My hair is very thin. Then I used Mintop 10, Finasteride 1 mg tablet for one month. After starting this prescription for 20 days hair is not falling. But for the last 10 days, so much hair is falling. Can I continue or stop Mintop and Finax?  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Kakani

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and I saw your pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The hair problem you are having this problem is called androgenic alopecia. It is common in this age group. It is due to hormonal changes in the body especially testosterone a...  Read Full »

Is there any other treatment for thinning of hair other than PRP treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female and a working professional. I mostly work in night shifts and graveyard shifts (1 am - 12 pm). I have had thick hair in the past but since the past four years, my hair kept thinning and I now see little signs of baldness on the crown of my head. I have recently ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gauri Kshirsagar

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In addition to thyroid test also get a hemoglobin blood test done. If the hemoglobin is below normal you will have to take iron supplements. In addition to vitamin B12 supplements also take biotin and zinc supplements. Lifestyle changes are also required (which is diff...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for itchy, sore and painful scalp with hair loss.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male. I am having an itchy, red sore, painful scalp with hair loss. Doctor prescribed me Minoxidil, Multivitamins, and shampoo. I am not using minoxidil because of its side effects. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your attached photograph. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I hope the following suggestions are able to help you: 1) As of now do not restart Minoxidil as it may end up irritating the scalp further. Of course, you may restart it once th...  Read Full »

Will Minoxidil 5% be useful in treating androgenetic alopecia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) for the past 25 years. Now I started Minoxidil 5 %, but there is no regrowth. Can this be reversed by combining Minoxidil and hair laser? Is there any cure for this type of hair loss? Please give suggestion.  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Female pattern androgenetic alopecia is tough to improve. However, the regular use of Minoxidil does help to make it better. You have to use Minoxidil 5% 1 ml twice daily for at least three to six months to expect a response. Hair growth is a slow process, and the i...  Read Full »

I am having hairfall even after using Minoxidil. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old, I am having hair fall since my puberty started. But it was less then. Since a year it became worse. I shed 50 hairs per day. Have a receding hairline. Consulted a dermatologist seven months ago. I am on Hairmax forte solution (kind of Minoxidil) in night and Renocia...  Read Full »


Dr. Albana Greca

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For me, first should run scalp skin scrapping examination to rule out possible fungal infection or other pathologies. Next, hormonal and hereditary patterns should be considered. Plus, should check your blood for anemia (complete blood count), folic acid, vitamin B1...  Read Full »

Is there any way to reverse hair fall?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old girl. It had been quite noticeable for some time that I have had excessive hair loss, especially in my hairline. I am a ballet dancer and have been putting my hair in buns ever since I was little. Two years ago, I started training a full time course which meant I need...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it seems like it is traction alopecia that occurs due to excessive pressure on hair roots due to hair bun, etc. First thing is to make sure to relieve pressure from your hair roots. Use Minoxidil spray BD over the frontal area. Take biotin supp...  Read Full »

I have genetic hair loss, is there something I can do to grow more hair?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 36 years old. I have genetic hair loss, is there something I can do to grow more hair? I use Minoxidil, but it is not working.  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, but there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. I need to see it to help you further.  Read Full »

I have been using Minoxidil, but hair fall persists. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been using Minoxidil for about a year now and continue to shed. I now have balding patches where it was not an issue before. Ironically the thinning I had started using it for filled in. Wondering if I need to stop the use or if it is normal to experience shedding still? I use it...  Read Full »


Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please upload a few pictures if possible, to advice proper treatment.  Read Full »

Why do I have hair fall even after taking a nutrient-rich diet?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. For the last one month my hair has been falling out a lot. My diet is vegan. I am eating a wide variety of foods, getting all my nutrients and not lagging in anything. I have got new hair growth on the top of my head and I am not losing it in patches. The loss is all o...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer the following questions for more information. Is there any recent stress either mental or physical? Are hairs falling from whole scalp or sparing any area like only in occipital area? Please send the photographs of scalp. Are you on any medication?  Read Full »

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