Thinning Hair

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Monday, February 17, 2014


DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Cheers to you! I am really anxious because of my thinning hair. I've read about some products that were advertised for thinning hair. But, I just wanted to know what really works - so, I won't waste my money on them.

Thanks a lot! God bless to you and your column.

Johnny Holiday

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Dear Johnny Holiday,

I understand your anxiety. After all, our hair is our crowning glory. But, you have to get to the root cause of your problem so that your treatment will be custom-made for you.

However, here's a list of treatments which can help you spend your every penny wisely.

Minoxidil. This is the only over the counter medication approved by FDA. However, it won't save a receding hairline nor does this cure baldness. But, it does stimulate your hair to grow.

It is available in strengths of 3 percent for women and 5 percent for men.

This is most effective if you just started losing your hair and you are under 40.

Apply this on the thinned out part twice a day - after shower and before going to bed. Be patient because you may see your hair regrow only after 4 months of using this. Remember, if you stop using this, you will start losing your hair again.

If you are experiencing redness, itching, dryness, flaking and other scalp irritation, it only means that you have to switch to a much lower strength.

Finasteride. This is in a pill form which you have to take once a day. It has shown to be very effective and slows or stops hair loss in nearly 90 percent of men. This is recommended in combination with minoxidil.

Again, this doesn't cure hair loss. You may lose your hair again once you stop taking this. Moreover, you may have erectile dysfunction and other sexual side effects.

Biotin. Too little biotin can cause hair loss. The problem is there are no scientific studies which can show that biotin can prevent or treat hair loss. I think the key is just in your diet. They're plenty in egg yolks, yeast, liver and other foods. You don't have to take mega doses of them.

Low level laser therapy. They are advertised as laser combs, caps, etc. which can help prevent hair loss. The problem is the evidence is not enough that they can prevent balding. However, if you tried them and you see them work, then, why not continue the fun?

Again, I hope you see your dermatologist. They can help you better in your situation.

Well, I hope that helps. Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

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(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. We regret to inform you that we cannot answer all your queries. Thanks for understanding!)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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