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Help with Hair Growth

Posted 12/26/2013

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  Let's be clear. There is no magic solution to encourage hair growth, otherwise there would be many fewer bald men and certainly many fewer impatient post-treatment cancer patients. Since this is a problem that is larger than cancer, there have been attempts to develop topical treatments that help. I am assuming that none of us are especially interested in hair transplants.

  The only tip I have heard through the years is taking Brewers Yeast, a concoction that can be found in most health food stores or sections of pharmacies. It is basically Vitamin B so no harm will be done if it doesn't help. Warning: it tastes vile, so buy it in tablets, not as a powder to stir into something.

  This is an article from Medscape that reviews the possibilities. Worth a read, but don't be too hopeful. The "good" news is that hair does grow back after chemo. Most women feel comfortable going out bare-headed about three months after the final chemo. At that point, the hair is really short, but filled in, and you can tell yourself that you look European chic.

  Topical Agents for Hair Growth Promotion


Hair loss is a widespread complaint that carries a significant psychosocial burden for affected individuals. Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the predominant cause of hair loss seen in the dermatology clinic. Although a range of therapies are available, minoxidil remains the only approved topical treatment for AGA. Promising new topical agents are under current investigation. 


Hair loss is a common dermatological problem that affects a large segment of the population both physically and psychologically. Although there are many different causes for hair loss, such as telogen effluvium and alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia (AGA), i.e., male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss, is the most prevalent form in both men and women. Onset of AGA can occur anytime at or after puberty, but incidence and severity increases with advancing age in both genders, manifesting in at least 80% of Caucasian men and 40% of women.[1] Because of its considerable psychological impact many patients actively search for new treatments.[2]


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