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What is hair loss exactly?

Nine out of ten men encourage hair growth with prescription hair loss treatments like Propecia or Finasteride. Both treatments have the same active ingredient, called Finasteride, and work the same way. If you want a prescription for a hair loss treatment without seeing a doctor face to face, then you can order it online via Apomeds. We will ask you to fill out a short medical questionnaire that will be reviewed and approved by our doctors. The hair loss medication will be sent directly to your home, within 48 hours.

If a healthy person loses about one hundred hairs a day, it is considered natural hair loss. After that, hair grows all the time under normal circumstances. In other words, as soon as a hair falls out, the next one grows directly out of the same hair root.

If more than one hundred hairs fall out a day, alopecia or permanent hair loss happens. In that case, the hair stops growing and bald spots occur. Most men lose their hair locally, for example at the back of the head or on the temples. Usually, the hair decreases first at the hairline and thins out at the top of the head. Generally, this process starts between the ages of 20 to 30 years.

Hair growth is mainly genetically determined. Genetic information defines how long the hair can grow or if it is curly or straight. Hair is made out of the protein molecule keratin and is generally lifeless. The hair root under the scalp is the driving force and directs hair growth, depending on the genes.

Hair loss treatments

Pattern baldness also known as androgenic alopecia is very common in men aged 30 to 60 years of age. You may experience first recedes from the hairline and then a thinning on the crown even if you are 20 or 30 years of age. Not every man goes bald, but this condition is very distressing and can lead to loss of confidence. Fortunately, it can be treated! The most known medication for hair loss is Propecia, which contains the active ingredient Finasteride.

Hair loss causes

Hair loss is usually caused by sensitivity to a hormone known as DHT that is found near the scalp. This hormone is made from testosterone. Your body may be sensitive to DHT, making hair follicles shrink. Hair loss medication stops your body from producing the hormone DHT.

External factors for hair loss

Smoking and stress generally accelerate age-related hair loss.

Temporary, circular hair loss can be triggered by the following illnesses:

  • Impetigo contagiosa
  • Carbuncle
  • Erysipelas
  • Shingles

Diffuse hair loss can be caused by the following:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Lupus
  • Metabolic diseases such as diabetes and Morbus Crohn
  • A disease of the thyroid gland
  • Infections
  • Chemotherapy
  • Bad eating habits, anorexia and starvation diets
  • Iron deficiency
  • Syphilis
  • Fungal diseases
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Medication like anticoagulants, beta-blockers, retinoids, thyroid medicine, or cholesterol-lowering medication.

How many men suffer from hair loss in the UK?

In the UK alone, around 8 million men are affected by male pattern baldness. Moreover, 95% of them have male pattern baldness and it starts in 40% of them already by the age of 35.

How is hair loss diagnosed?

During diagnosis, your doctor determines the pattern of the thinning and analyses your medical history. You will be asked if any member of your family has experienced hair loss. With the help of a dermatologist, the extent of the atrophy of the hair follicle can also be defined.

What types of hair loss exist?

Around 80% of men with little hair suffer from genetic hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). The main types of hair loss are:

Androgenetic hair loss

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) happens due to androgens and is a normal occurrence at a certain age. Also, it affects about 80% of all men worldwide. To clarify, male hair loss is not a disease. It does, however, have a major impact on your self-confidence. The main characteristics of this hair loss type include reduction of the forehead hairline and the formation of receding hairline above the temples.

Genetically determined hair loss

Inherited hair loss is due to an over sensitivity of the steroid dihydrotestosterone or DHT. The growth period of the hair with that kind of androgenetic is shortened and the hair loss begins early.

Circular hair loss

Alopecia areata is a confined, round, pathological hair loss. The elicitor is an autoimmune disease and about 1.4 million people suffer from this in the UK. The main characteristics include the appearance of circular, smooth, sunken and bald spots, which are surrounded by short, broken-off hair.

Diffuse hair loss

In cases of diffuse alopecia, your hair falls out from the whole head. This kind of hair loss is more common in women and does not necessarily last for life.

How to treat hair loss?

There is a medication called Propecia, which contains the active ingredient Finasteride. It works by decreasing hormone levels that cause hair loss in men. You may also opt to do hair transplants or low laser therapy, UV treatments, or use alternative lotions. The best and most expensive option is hair transplantation. Please note that alternative hair loss shampoos and lotions are not proven to be effective.

The most effective hair loss treatments

Propecia and Finasteride are prescription medications that have proven results to stop hair loss in men. However, a real difference can only be seen after 9 months to 1 year of intake. The best results are shown after 2 years. This hair loss medication works only while you are taking it. As soon as you stop taking it, you will no longer see any results. One of the major side effects of Finasteride is erectile dysfunction, accompanied by a low sex drive. Less common side effects include allergic reactions, painful testicles, male infertility and rashes.

Buy Propecia - Finasteride online at Apomeds

Your suitability must be verified before being prescribed this medication.Apomeds connects you to registered mail-order pharmacies and EU-certified physicians, who review your completed questionnaire for contraindications and interactions. Apomeds is fully regulated. All regulations can be checked here. After the vetting process, you can safely and discreetly order your hair growth medicine online! As well as the brand medicine Propecia, we also offer the generic version, Finasteride. Finasteride is cheaper than the original medication Propecia.

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Select the treatment and complete our medical questionnaire. In case our EU-certified doctors believe you are suitable for the product you selected, the prescription will be filled and the medication, will be sent, in a neutral package, directly to your home. More information on how Apomeds works can be found here.

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Christoph Pies

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Dr. med. Christoph Pies, born in 1970, studied medicine in Bochum and Düsseldorf before he found his true calling as an urologist in a Cologne clinic.Staying abroad has taken him to clinics in Switzerland and the USA (Houston, New York, and Los Angeles). After training as a specialist and senior physician, he became an urologist in 2004, near Aachen. He has additional qualifications in Andrology and Medicinal Tumor Therapy.

Last reviewed: 23.10.2020

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