There are some common myths about hair loss, some which have some basis in fact, and others which are just a little ridiculous! To clarify some of the common myths and misconceptions about hair loss, we have compiled a list of the ones we hear most often.
Hair Loss Treatments
Hair Loss Tablets
Hair loss tablets such as Propecia and Finasteride are available from our online doctor. Suffering hair loss can be a traumatic experience. While some embrace baldness, for others, it can be a confidence denting experience. At Simple Online Pharmacy, our UK online doctor service allows us to prescribe treatments that help stop and reverse hair loss, so you can regain your hair.
The main prescription hair loss is Propecia (also known as finasteride 1mg). You can buy Propecia after filling out an online assessment. No prescription is required, as our doctors will generate this once they have approved your assessment. Propecia is a proven treatment for hair loss in men suffering from male pattern baldness. Propecia is the brand name of the drug Finasteride (1mg), and has been shown to stop hair loss and regrow hair in 90% of men.
Once you have completed the online doctor consultation, our doctor will review your assessment and prescribe the selected medication if it is approproate. Our pharmacy will then dispense and deliver your prescription to your door.
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There are a number of different types of hair loss – treatment is available for hair loss in the form of male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is a genetic disorder affecting millions of men. It occurs when hair follicles convert testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, weaken and eventually die, preventing hair regrowth.
Whilst there is no cure for hair loss or baldness, treatment can prevent further hair loss and also lead to renewed hair growth. The two most effective hair loss treatments available in the UK are Propecia (finasteride) and Regaine (minoxidil).
There are several factors that can cause hair loss. The most common is genetic. Since male pattern baldness is hereditary, and is the most common form of alopecia, this accounts for the main factor in hair loss.
Normally, most people lost 50 to 100 hairs on a daily basis, as a natural ‘shedding’ process. However, new hairs also grow that maintain the balance and prevent noticeable thinning of scalp hair. When this normal cycle of hair-fall and growth is broken or the hair follicle is damaged, hair loss occurs.
Understanding the exact cause of hair loss may be difficult because it is so diverse and may range from simple or temporary reasons to complex health conditions. However, it is normally associated with one or more of the factors specified below:
Hair Loss Causes
Hereditary A hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. It gradually occurs in a predictable patterns – a fade-out hairline and bald spot in men and thinning of the hair in women. It also influences the age at which one will start losing hair, the rate of hair loss, and the size of the baldness in men.
Hormonal Temporary hair loss can also be caused by changes and imbalances in hormones during pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. As thyroid problems involve hormone levels, it can also be a cause of hair loss. This is often reversible.
Medical conditions When the hair follicles are attacked by the immune system of the body, a type of sudden hair loss called alopecia areata occurs that makes bald patches on the skin. Permanent hair loss can be caused by skin disorders that cause scarring alopecia, such as sarcoidosis, lichen planus, etc. Ringworm infections can also result in hair loss, but hair usually come back once the infections are treated.
Medication Certain drugs used to treat heart problems, cancer, depression, arthritis, etc, can also cause hair loss. Vitamin A in large doses may also lead to hair loss.
Hair Loss Treatments
Treatment for hair loss may involve one or more of the following treatments:
- Medication – such as Propecia (Finasteride) >> You can get a doctor assessment to buy Finasteride ( or Propecia) from Simple Online Pharmacy
- Minoxidil: (Regaine Foam) This is an approved medicine to treat hair loss for both men and women. By applying it to the affected area (scalp), it can stimulate the growth of hairs and prevent them from getting thinner. Regaine for women comes in a 2% formula, while Regaine Foam for Men Extra Strength, is in a 5% formula.
- Corticosteroid: Hair loss caused by inflammation in the body may be treated by a doctor injecting a corticosteroid
- Hair transplantation: This surgical treatment for hair loss is primarily used for men in which individual hair follicles from a body part that has good hair growth is transplanted to the bald part.
- Scalp reduction: It surgically involves removal of scalp parts that are affected.
- Laser Surgery : This involves treatment of the hair follicles with laser treatment, to help regrow the hair. This can only be done to live follicles, and not ones that are already dead.
- Scalp expansion: This is a fairly complex surgical procedure, in which devices are inserted under the scalp to stretch the skin and also help reduce balding in hair-bearing areas.
There are several different types of hair loss, which are known generally as Alopecia. However, there can be different types of alopecia and different causes and symptoms of each type. The most common type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness, and it it this type of hair loss that is commonly treated with treatments such as Regaine and Propecia (Finasteride).
Listed below, are some of the most common types of hair loss
- male- and female-pattern baldness Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss. It affects around half of all men by the time they turn 50 years of age. It can often start in the late twenties or early thirties, whilst most men have some degree of hair loss by their late thirties.Male-pattern baldness will generally follow a pattern of a receding hairline, followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. This can then leave a horseshoe shape around the back and sides of the head. This can sometimes progress to complete baldness.Male-pattern baldness is linked to your genes, and so if their is baldness in the family, you are likely to also have male-pattern baldness at some stage.The condition can sometimes affect women (female-pattern baldness), which is generally characterised by thinning hair on the top of the head.Treatments for male-pattern baldness include minoxidil (Regaine), and Finasteride (Propecia). Propecia is for use only in men, while minoxidil can be used for men and women. See Regain For Women.
- alopecia areata
- scarring alopecia
- anagen effluvium
- telogen effluvium
Propecia 1mg (Finasteride)
Hair Loss Treatments Treatment Comparison
|Effectiveness||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 men||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 men||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 8/10 men|
|Time to Work||Usually at least 3 months||Usually at least 3 months||As soon as two months|
|How To Use||Take ONE tablet daily||Take ONE tablet daily||Apply to scalp twice daily|
|Ingredient||Finasteride 1mg||Finasteride 1mg||Minoxidil 5%|