Hair Loss

Hair loss or male pattern baldness is a common struggle that many men face at some point. It occurs when there is loss of hair over the crown (top of the head) and the temples (at the front). Hair loss can occur due to hormonal changes and genetic factors, as well as changes in the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT. DHT can change the hair follicles so they don’t produce healthy hair as they become weak and may shrink down. Male pattern baldness can be a source of anxiety for some men, whilst others prefer to delay or avoid it as they prefer their appearance with a full head of hair. We have a range of treatment options available at MedsNow which can help you manage your hair loss, and recovery back on track. 

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Finasteride

Finasteride is a generic form of the medicine Propecia. Finasteride is an effective treatment against male pattern baldness – a common condition among men. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The treatment is taken as a daily tablet.

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Propecia (Finasteride)

Propecia is a prescription-only medicine used to treat male pattern baldness. The active ingredient in Propecia is called Finasteride. Propecia is a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor medication. This means that Propecia works by preventing the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone responsible for hair loss in men.

£48.99
Regaine for Men Extra Strength

Regaine for Men Extra Strength is the one of the most popular and proven treatments for hereditary hair loss in men aged 18-65 years.Regaine prevents further hair loss and can encourage hair growth.

£48.99
Regaine for Men Scalp Foam

Regaine for Men extra strength scalp foam is an effective medication for hair loss. It helps to arrest balding while stimulating hair growth. The active ingredient in Regaine Foam is 5% Minoxidil, which helps reverse hereditary hair loss.

£40.99

Hair loss refers to the event of losing an excessive amount of hair from your scalp where it eventually gets very thin or you start getting bald patches. The hairline may also start receding from the front. It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day; if more than that, it can lead to hair loss.

Hair loss occurs where you lose hair faster than the new ones can grow. It can also happen that there is no new hair growth at all. Though there is no medical reason to worry about hair loss, many people who are affected by it feel self-conscious. This is why they opt for hair loss treatment.

Hair loss can present itself in different ways based on what’s causing it. It can start gradually and affect your scalp or appear suddenly.

Here are some hair loss symptoms:

Gradual thinning on top of the head

  • Patchy bald spots
  • Receding hairline
  • Sudden loosening of hair

Hair loss can be categorized based on the factors causing them. It may be linked to genetics, medical or even behavioural factors. Here are different types of hair loss common in men.

  1. Hereditary Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia) Over 90% of male hair loss cases are hereditary. Also known as androgenic alopecia, it is characterised by a receding hairline where the hair often starts to thin out in the mid-twenties. The hair loss tends to hapIt is the most common cause of female hair loss too.

  2. Spot or Patch Baldness (alopecia areata) Spot or patch baldness is often an autoimmune disease. This is when the body starts attacking certain areas of the body hair believing it to be a threat. This causes inflammation in hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. The patches may be of different sizes and shapes and can occur over a period of time.

  3. Total hair loss (alopecia totalis) This is thought to be caused by an autoimmune disease and is characterised by the complete hair loss on the scalp, leading to baldness.

  4. Temporary hair loss (telogeneffluvium) When we go through a period of high stress either mentally or physically e.g. illness we may lose more hair than normal. This is temporary hair loss and is more prominent at the top of the head and around the temple. This is generally reversible.

It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs every day. It is not noticeable since new hair grows at the same time. However, when you lose hair faster than new ones grow or there is absence of new hair growth, it will lead to hair loss.

Some hair loss causes include:

  • Hereditary This is the most common cause of hair loss. It occurs gradually and the pattern usually is a receding hairline followed by thinning hair and bald spots.

  • Medical conditions Certain medical conditions like alopecia areata, scalp infections and diseases that cause scarring can result in hair loss. Various systemic illnesses such as anaemia, hyperandrogenism, and thyroid disease also lead to hair loss. A hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania also causes bald patches in the areas where the hair was pulled out.

  • Medications Hair loss can be a side effect of certain types of medication. Common examples include medication for cancer, heart problems, high blood pressure, and depression.

  • Age It is common for men to lose hair as they age. This is because the production of new hairs slow down as men age or hair regrowth doesn’t happen.

  • Psychological causes Stress can be one of the reasons why men lose hair. Stress pushes hair follicles into a ‘resting’ phase. When this happens, they don't produce new hair strands, thus leading to baldness.

Hair loss can be controlled with medicines and hair products available at MedsNow. Apart from this, you can also opt for surgery. Let’s take a look at these options.

  1. Hair loss medicines 
    Medications include tablets, shampoos, or lotions. These can be over-the-counter or prescribed, such as:
    • Finasteride
    • Propecia
    • Regaine for men extra strength scalp foam
    • Regaine for men extra strength
    • Alpecin double effect caffeine shampoo

  2. Herbal hair loss products 
    There are many herbal hair loss products available in the market. Due to their herbal nature, they are safe to use.

  3. Over-the-counter treatments 
    If you are going bald, you can buy over-the-counter medications to prevent hair loss. These include hair loss tablets, shampoos, and even lotions. These help in slowing down hair loss and combating male pattern baldness. However, these medications take time to show results.

  4. Hair transplant surgery 
    This involves moving small skin, each with a few strands of hairs, to the bald parts of your scalp. Hair from areas of the scalp that have active hair growth is removed and transplanted to the balding areas. It is an invasive and expensive treatment and often multiple treatments are necessary. Hair implant procedure carries a risk of infection and scarring, however, it gives a very natural result.

  5. Wigs 
    If you are experiencing hair loss or if the hair is falling out as a result of cancer and chemotherapy, you can consider wigs.

  6. Prevent with lifestyle changes 
    You can prevent certain types of hair loss by making lifestyle changes. For instance, male pattern baldness is genetic and difficult to prevent but you can slow it down. Some lifestyle changes include following a balanced diet, avoiding harsh shampoos, and increasing calcium in your diet.
  1. What hair loss treatment is best?
    Your doctor would prescribe medication based on your hair loss pattern. However, if the baldness is too severe, hair transplant for men would be the best option.

  2. How much hair loss is normal when washing hair male? 
    It depends on the length of the thickness of the hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs per day, so the few strands that you lose while shampooing is normal. Those with short and thick hair will lose fewer strands while those with long and thin hair will lose more strands.

  3. Which hair loss shampoo is the best? 
    The doctor will prescribe the best hair loss shampoo for men depending on your condition. Use a shampoo that suits your hair because if it doesn’t, it may make the hair loss worse.

  4. Who to see for hair loss? 
    You need to see a dermatologist if you are seeking hair loss cure. They will help you understand what’s causing the hair loss and prescribe treatment accordingly. You can buy the prescribed medication from MedsNow.

  5. Why hair loss is more in old age? 
    The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary and it worsens as you age. Over the years, you lose the ability to produce new hair, thus causing baldness as you grow old.

  6. Can male pattern hair loss be cured? 
    Male pattern hair loss is genetic and cannot be cured. However, you can prevent hair loss through our range of treatments at MedsNow.

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