Causes of hair loss are:
Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia: this is the most common form of hair loss in males. It is a normal form of hair loss and occurs in more than 50% of males. It can occur very early in some men, specially those with a familial disposition.
Stress: any cause of stress , like a major surgery, personal problems, etc. can cause hair loss which occurs about a month to three months after the event.
High cholesterol: this can also lead to early hair loss.
Disease: the three most common diseases that cause this are diabetes, thyroid disorders and Lupus.
Nutrition; poor diets not rich enough in protein or iron.
Medications: drugs used for gout, depression, blood thinners, anti-hypertensives, birth control pills, chemotherapy.
High fever or other illness: hair may thin out after about three months of a severe illness due to stress.
Male pattern baldness is most likely for you. However you need to do blood tests to rule out additional causes like sugar, thyroid and cholesterol abnormalities.
If other causes are eliminated, then it is likely that you are having male pattern baldness.
The treatments that you can do is:
Iron supplements: you should take an iron supplement available OTC at pharmacies.
High proten diet
Minoxidil (Rogaine) : apply twice daily to the scalp. This is available OTC.
Finasteride (Propecia) : available on prescription for male pattern baldness.
You have to consult a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, and discuss about your problem.
Dont worry, these steps will help you to control the problem. COnsult a dermatologist so that this can be treated at the earliest.
Take care - wish you good health and a quick recovery. Stay safe.
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