Baldness is a condition that may not be life threatening but can seriously affect a man’s life in many ways. Although it may be an age-related condition that most men may go through, understanding it better would provide a means to accept it or even find ways to delay its effect for several years. Here are some of the basics that men should know about baldness.
Normally, a man’s scalp is covered by about 100,000 hair follicles. During its normal growth period, a hair follicle may experience 2 to 3 years of growth. After this, the follicle then goes through a period of rest which can last from 3 to 4 months. It is at this stage when some hair follicles may die, which explains why men experience about losing an average of 100 hairs daily. But most of the time, the hair follicles recover and grow back new hair.
Hair follicles are also cells that perform a certain function in the body. And just like other cells, they can also be damaged at one point or another. Damaged hair follicles would not enable hair to grow. If the damage is not so serious, the follicles may recover from the damage and resume hair growth. But severe damage can usually cause hair follicles to permanently stop growing hair.
Male Pattern Baldness
There is also type of baldness that may be attributed to genes. Men may suffer from male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia as they age. Over half of healthy men may experience male pattern baldness once they reach the age of 50. It usually comes as a result of genetic and hormonal factors, or both. Although it may cause men affected by it different levels of distress, it is somehow considered a normal occurrence brought about by age.
Baldness, in itself is not considered as an illness, although it may be a symptom of other forms of diseases. But it can also cause so much trouble and distress in most men that treatments for baldness has become quite popular among males who happen to suffer from it, especially at a younger age than usual. Among the many supposed treatments for baldness out there, two types of treatments remain popular among many men.
One popular drug used to treat baldness is minoxidil. This prescription drug is usually used to treat hypertension. Minoxidil works by prolonging the growth phase of hair follicles that are still active. Its effects only lasts if it is being used continuously.
Another popular treatment for baldness is the use of finasteride. This compound is an oral prescription medication that blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT which slows down hair production.