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Baldness & Hair Loss

The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, also called male-pattern hair loss. In men with androgenetic alopecia, hair loss occurs in a typical pattern on the forehead area and on top of the head. Excessive hair loss can be caused by factors such as genetics, disease, injury, or old age, all of which affect the normal growth cycle of hair. Learn about the condition and your treatment options.

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These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
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decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I treat inherited hair loss with medication?
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend screening or diagnostic tests to evaluate your condition. To learn more about these tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Academy of Dermatology
KidsHealth: Hair Loss—Teens
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
MEDLINEplus—Hair Disease and Hair Loss
MEDLINEplus—Male Pattern Baldness

Surfing the Internet
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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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