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Hair Loss in Men

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Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which can provide assessment, advice and treatment for hair loss in men.

Our online doctor will ask you some questions about your health, and may advise a video consultation.

Once you’ve been assessed, treatment may be recommended- you can then opt to have a paper prescription sent to your home or local pharmacy, or medication delivered to an address of your choice, from one of our partner pharmacies.

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All men will experience some thinning of their hair during their lives- many are not concerned by it, and have no wish to take any action, whilst others may prefer to seek advice and treatment.

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Common Questions and Answers

Why do men experience hair loss? 2017-10-01T22:18:55+00:00

The scalp skin normally changes testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. In balding men it seems that the hair follicles become too sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and react by shrinking over time. Normally a single hair should last around 3 years, but as hair follicles shrink, the hairs become thinner and shed more often, until they get so short and thin that they no longer grow out through the skin.

What’s the usual pattern of hair loss in men? 2017-10-01T22:18:25+00:00

At first, the hair recedes or thins around the temples, while also becoming thinner on the top of the head. These areas of hair loss get bigger and join up, leaving a patch of hair at the front of the head, which over time also becomes thinner. Often a narrow band of hair will be left around the back and sides of the head, though this too can be lost, leading to complete baldness.

How long does it take men to go bald? 2017-10-01T22:17:40+00:00

The length of time it takes to go bald varies widely between men- from just a few years to more than twenty years.

Can anything else cause hair loss? 2017-10-01T22:17:07+00:00

Other conditions can cause hair loss, though in a different pattern to male pattern hair loss. If you think your hair loss is very rapid, unusual or not in the pattern described above, you should see your doctor. Patchy hair loss can be caused by ring worm, which is a fungal infection. The autoimmune condition Alopecia Areata can cause patches of baldness, and sometimes complete hair loss. General thinning of the hair can be caused by an underactive thyroid gland, low iron, lupus, or a side effect of various medications.

What treatments are available for male pattern hair loss? 2018-02-06T22:03:00+00:00

Many men are not concerned by their hair loss, and have no wish to take any action, whilst others may prefer to seek advice and treatment- options include topical lotions, prescription medications, and surgical intervention (hair transplant).

Hair loss in men- what causes it?

Most men will experience some degree of hair loss during their lives- many have no wish to take any action, but some may opt to seek treatment. So, what causes male pattern baldness and what can be done to prevent or reverse it?   How can our online doctors save you time? The scalp skin normally changes testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. In balding men it seems that the hair follicles become too sensitive to this hormone and react by shrinking over time. Normally a single hair should last around 3 years, but as hair follicles shrink, the hairs become thinner and shed more often, until they get so short and thin that they no longer grow out through the skin.   At first, the hair recedes or thins around the temples, while also becoming thinner on the top of the head. [...]

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Premature Ejaculation- causes & treatment options

Premature Ejaculation is when a man ejaculates during sexual intercourse sooner than he or his partner would like. It’s very common- many men experience it now and then. But if it’s happening frequently, and occurs very shortly after intercourse begins, it can be distressing and frustrating- a man may even tend to avoid sexual intimacy as a result of it.  But why does it happen? Learn more about our online doctor service   What causes Premature Ejaculation? The cause of premature ejaculation isn't fully understood. For a long time it was thought to be purely psychological, but now we know there can be physical factors too. Psychological factors that can play a role include poor self esteem or body image , depression, stress, anxiety, guilt, relationship problems, or a history of early or abusive sexual experiences. If a man is worried about previous premature ejaculation, [...]

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Hair loss in men- why it happens

Hair loss is a normal process which naturally occurs as men get older. It is thought to affect almost all men at some point in their life, and at least half of all men over the age of 50. So if it’s common and normal, why does it cause some guys so much stress? Learn more about our online doctor services There is a common misconception that loss of hair is related to a change in testosterone levels. In fact, testosterone levels are normal. Testosterone is changed to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone by skin cells in the scalp. It is thought the hair follicles become more sensitive to this hormone over time, which makes them weaker and eventually causes the hair to fall out. Hair loss can affect a man’s confidence and self esteem. The psychological impact can be quite significant for some [...]

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Erectile Dysfunction-which medication to choose?

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Erectile Dysfunction-exercises that may help

Many men experience Erectile Dysfunction ( ED) occasionally- for example if they are under stress. However, for some, the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse can be a more frequent and distressing problem.   Learn more about our online doctor services   It’s well known that there are medicines available to treat ED but there are also exercises that can improve matters, and could make all the difference in the bedroom. Kegel exercises for men can help to improve sexual function, as well as urinary and bowel incontinence, by strengthening the pelvic floor. Kegel Exercises for Erectile Dysfunction: Find the right muscles by stopping urination midstream, or tightening the muscles which stop you from passing wind Perform some reps - hold the muscles for 5 seconds then relax. Slowly build up the number of reps until you can [...]

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5 medicines that can cause Erectile Dysfunction

5 Medications that can cause Erectile Dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a very common health problem- basically, it’s the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Many men experience ED once in a while- for example if they are under stress. However, for some men, it can be more frequent. There are many causes for ED - including diabetes and reduced blood supply to the penis, and some medications can cause or worsen it. Learn more about our online doctor service  5 medications that may cause erectile dysfunction: Beta-blockers (eg propranolol, carvedilol): These are used to treat a number of conditions including heart disease (eg angina), chronic headaches and anxiety. Beta-blockers work by blocking certain receptors in the nervous system. It is thought that this interferes with the part of the nervous system that causes an erection. Diuretics (eg furosemide, indapamide)- these [...]

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Health Library- Male Pattern Baldness

All men will experience a some loss of hair over time.  Male pattern baldness is thought to be caused by increased sensitivity of the hair follicles to the hormone dihydrotestosterone- the hair follicles gets smaller over time, causing the hair to become thinner and fall out more easily- it usually starts around the temples and top of the head, and may spread to other areas.

If hair loss is unusual in pattern, appears patchy or  occurs very rapidly, it’s wise to speak to a doctor to ensure their are no underlying causes. The following articles explore the issue of hair loss in more detail.

Hair loss in men- what causes it?

Most men will experience some degree of hair loss during their lives- many have no wish to take any action, but some may opt to seek treatment. So, what causes male pattern baldness and what can be done to prevent or reverse it?   How can our online doctors save you time? The scalp skin normally changes testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. In balding men it seems that the hair follicles become too sensitive to this hormone and react by shrinking over time. Normally a single hair should last around 3 years, but as hair follicles shrink, the hairs become thinner and shed more often, until they get so short and thin that they no longer grow out through the skin.   At first, the hair recedes or thins around the temples, while also becoming thinner on the top of the head. [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Hair loss in men|

Hair loss in men- why it happens

Hair loss is a normal process which naturally occurs as men get older. It is thought to affect almost all men at some point in their life, and at least half of all men over the age of 50. So if it’s common and normal, why does it cause some guys so much stress? Learn more about our online doctor services There is a common misconception that loss of hair is related to a change in testosterone levels. In fact, testosterone levels are normal. Testosterone is changed to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone by skin cells in the scalp. It is thought the hair follicles become more sensitive to this hormone over time, which makes them weaker and eventually causes the hair to fall out. Hair loss can affect a man’s confidence and self esteem. The psychological impact can be quite significant for some [...]

By | February 12th, 2017|Categories: Hair loss in men, Hair Loss|

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