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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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How to regain my hair density with hair fall problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am facing hair loss problem for the past three years. I am a male, 25 years old, 5.4 inches height and 156.53 Ibs weight. My hair volume is reducing. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Md Kamrul Hasan Sajib

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you? Hope your physical condition is good. I have read your problem carefully. Your history is incomplete, and so I have a few queries. What is the pattern of hair loss (a picture will help)? Do you have a dandruff problem? Is there any family history of early ...  Read Full »

Is there a treatment for hair loss on the temples from wearing tight braids?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hair loss on my temples from wearing tight braids. The hair loss has been there for about 10 years and it has not gotten worse or anything. Is there a treatment or prescription I can try before going the hair transplant route? I am on Nuva ring for birth control. I tried Rogaine f...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is traction alopecia. It is a type of alopecia due to tight braids and hairstyles that put pressure over the roots. Unfortunately due to pressure effects scarring occur and there is no such topical cream or lotion available for regrowth of hair. You have told th...  Read Full »

Why did my hair lose thickness after giving birth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old woman. I have two kids. After my second delivery, my hair became so thin. I lost my hair density. Before my delivery, my normal hair will be so thick. Thyroid, sugar level, hemoglobin are normal. I am taking Vitamin supplements also. There is no improvement. Why have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Perhaps you have androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia mainly affects the front, mid and vertex part of the scalp. In this type of alopecia, there is hair loss and thinning which manifests as reduced hair density and volume. Minoxidil and oral Finasteride are appro...  Read Full »

How can I address genetic hair loss and promote regrowth?

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Why do I have hair fall even after taking Minoxidil?

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

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

Can I continue using Minoxidil for hair loss without any side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been using Minoxidil for a while to combat pattern hair loss, and I am curious about its long-term effects. Are there any concerns or considerations I should be aware of regarding extended use? Additionally, are there alternative methods or supplementary treatments I could explo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Before providing the details of the medications are procedures that can be done for hair loss treatment, I would like to give you an insight regarding the reasons for hair loss. Hair loss can occur due to multiple reasons which include ...  Read Full »

I recently got pregnant. Is taking Minoxidil harmful?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 year old female who is overweight. I have been using Minoxidil 5 % topical solution for alopecia areata on the scalp. I just found out my urine pregnancy test is positive. Now I have stopped using it. I might be in the early weeks of pregnancy. Should I be worried about the fetus? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Truly speaking, there is no much data available on this. So, it is not possible to say convincingly anything. It basically falls in category C meaning, no human studies are available but animal studies have shown some adverse effects. This is for oral consumption and...  Read Full »

I have oily and greasy hair. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old female, who weighs 194 Ibs and I am 6.1 feet tall. I wash my hair daily morning, but they become oily and greasy by evening. I also have hair fall problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Greasy and oily hair can be an irritating problem, especially when it starts to affect our lifestyle. It could be a consequence of multiple factors such as the effect of hormones, weather, stressful lifestyle, use of thick oils, etc. Hair fall is the end result of all t...  Read Full »

I have excess hair shedding. Do I have telogen effluvium?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been under significant stress lately and have noticed increased hair shedding. I suspect it might be telogen effluvium. Could you please explain the potential causes and the differences between telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and other types of hair loss?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Telogen effluvium, as you correctly mentioned, is a type of hair fall or loss caused by various factors, including stress. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic, depending on the duration of the condition. It ...  Read Full »

I am having sinus issues and severe cough. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have sinus issue and severe cough in winter season. I also have hair fall problem. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is important to get your sinuses and nose clinically examined for any conditions that might require treatment. Some people also develop allergy and this happens more often in the winter season. To make a diagnosis of possible allergy, a Complete Blood Count (C...  Read Full »

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