Some amount of hair loss is natural at any age and most men experience hair loss as part of the natural process of ageing. Hair loss can become a cause for concern when you experience diffused shedding of hair, patchy hair loss or progressive thinning or balding. These symptoms accompany a hair loss condition known as 'alopecia.'

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is a medical term used for describing baldness or hair loss in men or women. There can be various causes for this common hair loss condition and it is classified into various types, depending on the symptoms. Alopecia may be caused by certain auto-immune conditions such as AIDS and lupus. Other conditions such as hypothyroidism and or fungal conditions such as ringworm could also be responsible for alopecia. Eczema is also known to result in hair loss.

Which men are more prone to male pattern baldness?

Male pattern hair loss generally affects those men who are genetically predisposed to it. It occurs when the levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone, rise after puberty. This testosterone is transformed into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) due to the action of an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase. DHT adversely affects your hair follicles by slowing down the production of hair and making your hair shorter and weaker. In some cases, DHT can even prevent hair growth completely. This process gradually results in total hair loss.

Androgenetic alopecia vs. alopecia areata

Also known as male pattern hair loss, androgenetic alopecia is a hair loss condition that primarily affects men. It is characterized by a diffused and distinctive loss of scalp hair that starts when you are in your twenties or early thirties.

Androgenetic alopecia occurs according to a definite pattern, beginning above your temples, while your hairline recedes in the form of a typical 'M' shape. You also experience extensive hair loss on the top of your head, which can be either partial or total. Depending on the level of testosterone – the androgenic hormone in your body – male pattern hair loss can be linked to a combination of hormonal and genetic factors.

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss that occurs in spots, either on the scalp or on other parts of the body. Hair loss in this condition tends to be quick and often occurs on one side of the scalp. This condition affects both men and women, and is quite different from androgenetic alopecia because it is not caused due to genetic factors. This hair loss condition is the result of an auto-immune disorder which causes the antibodies to react against hair follicles and attack them as though they were foreign body.

Hair loss treatments

Androgenetic alopecia is an extremely common genetic condition, but sometimes its medical treatment becomes inevitable. The mechanism of action for finasteride is tied to testosterone, the hormone that is metabolized by type II 5 alpha-reductase to DHT in the root of the hair follicle. DHT is thought to be responsible for male-pattern baldness. Finasteride can competitively reduce the levels of DHT in your hair follicle. The oral dose in men is 1mg once daily, without regard to meals; females and children must not use this medication.

Alopecia areata can be treated, particularly if it is addressed during the early stages. Treatment options include steroids, local injections, topical ointments and sensitizers, photochemotherapy and prescription medications also help stimulate re-growth of lost hair. These treatment options, however, may not prevent the formation of new patches or really cure the underlying condition. Consult your doctor in order to determine the best treatment option for you.

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10 thoughts on “Treatment Of Lupus In Men

  1. terrieann43

    My husband is being tested for lupus. If you’re a male with lupus could you give me any information on it?
    I’ve tried to research it on the net, but there is not much information on men with lupus. Is it something you can live with easily through treatment or is it debilitating? Anyone out there with experience in this area? If it is serious can you give me advice on how to help my husband through this? Thank you.

  2. Joan M

    How low is a dangerously low hemoglobin level?
    What are treatments?
    I was told I only had 60 out of 120 but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. (I know it’s half of what I’m supposed to have but I don’t really know what I had 60 of)
    Can I fix this by taking iron tablets and eating more iron or so I have to get a transfusion?
    Thanks

    1. Eden*

      My daughter who passed away from Lupus related symptoms in February had low hg levels. She was hospitalised in November when it dropped to 2.7, the staff were amazed that she had been able to get out of bed. She was barely able to breath by then and had the previous week been told she was asthmatic.

      The hemoglobin level is expressed as the amount of hemoglobin in grams (gm) per deciliter (dl) of whole blood, a deciliter being 100 milliliters.

      The normal ranges for hemoglobin depend on the age and, beginning in adolescence, the sex of the person. The normal ranges are:

      Newborns: 17-22 gm/dl
      One (1) week of age: 15-20 gm/dl
      One (1) month of age: 11-15gm/dl
      Children: 11-13 gm/dl
      Adult males: 14-18 gm/dl
      Adult women: 12-16 gm/dl
      Men after middle age: 12.4-14.9 gm/dl
      Women after middle age: 11.7-13.8 gm/dl

      All of these values may vary slightly between laboratories. Some laboratories do not differentiate between adult and “after middle age” hemoglobin values.

  3. мaяιa♡

    Is there anything you can use to fade freckles?
    I really want to fade my freckles,they stand out more than anything on my face… I try foundation but that just makes my skin look kind of furry if you no what I mean + I heard cucumber works but I’m not sure. Is there any cheapish products I can buy to faden them without damaging my skin?

    1. Sur La Mer

      Laser will zap it right out. Cost $750 per session for each large freckle or mole. Risk: blistering or sunburn, which can be prevented with the use of sunblock and Aquaphor.
      Example from one who had laser surgery to remove freckles:
      I had laser surgery to remove my freckles yesterday . . .?
      she said it will be sore the first day and boy was it and she said i may have some swelling, well i woke up this morning and the skin under my eyes is swollen so bad that my eyes are almost closed. i took a goodies headache medicine because it says it contains an anti-inflammatory drug, i also have an ice pack on my eyes. What else should i do? Should what i’m already doing help?

      Do you know how many freckles, moles or age spots do you have?

      The next best solution is to avoid the sun. Those freckles, moles or age spots will only get larger and darker. One example from YA about tanning: “i used to go tanning A LOT, but then started to get more freckles so i stopped haha. ”

      Sunscreen will not protect you from getting burned.

      Sunscreen does not protect you from getting moles or freckles, they will only get darker & bumpier or larger from each exposure from the sun.

      Sunscreen will not protect you from skin cancer.

      Sunscreen will not protect you if you have allergies, I never thought I had allergies!

      Sunscreens also discolor your skin – for ever!

      But I had Discoid Lupus caused from the sun. Google it. Took 12 years for mine to almost ‘fade’. I don’t want any more lupus appearing on my skin, so now I’m more & more into protecting myself. Bullous Pemphegoid is another skin disorder. Google that, too!

      Take the Skin Picture Quiz – Identify These Common Skin Conditions on MedicineNet.

      I’m the kind of person who has families with moles as large as raisin-size. I don’t want moles on my body, so I always have been concern about that. But, how I got lupus? I don’t know! I got it period.

      The sun is more powerful than most people think.
      Morgan Freeman, does he look pretty with his freckles? He’s older now, and those on his face, are no longer freckles. In the beginning of the Titanic, you’ll see the introduction of Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet. Her face had a lot of freckles, covered with foundation, but you can see right through them.

      RE SKIN LIGHTENING:
      The FDA have banned 23 more whitening products. Google it. About 17,600,000 results.
      The reason cited for the proposed ban is that studies in rodents show “some evidence” that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen or cancer-causing chemical, although its cancer-causing properties have yet to be proved in humans. Hydroquinone also has been linked with the medical condition known as ochronosis in which the skin becomes dark and thick. Dome-shaped yellowish spots and grayish-brown spots also are observed in ochronosis among black women and men in South Africa, Britain, and the U.S. Ochronosis has been observed in conjunction with hydroquinone use even in persons who have used hydroquinone-containing cosmetics for a short time. Some studies also report abnormal function of the adrenal glands and high levels of mercury in people who have used hydroquinone-containing cosmetics. For these reasons, hydroquinone has already been banned in Japan, the European Union, and Australia.

      Any skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone would be considered new drugs, according to the proposed FDA regulations. The products would require FDA approval before being sold to the public and would only be available with a doctor’s prescription.
      Skin Creams, Soaps and Lotions Marketed as Skin Lighteners and Anti-aging Treatments: May Contain the Toxic Metal, Mercury. BB Creams included.

      The sun & too much soaking in the tub or pool ARE SKIN’S WORST ENEMIES.

  4. Carrotsandnutella

    Am i ever going to return to my original skin tone?
    I was born with very fair skin but as ive grown up ive gone darker and now im like beyonces skin tone (maybe a little lighter) How on earth did that happen?? I want my original skin tone back!

    1. Sur La Mer

      You’ve been out a lot outside DURING THE SUMMER.

      That happened to me. For 13 years, in my old photos I looked like that, but I’ve been protecting myself from the sun since age 9, but the continued bus rides sitting on the sunny shade section of the seat and walking to/from school without the use of umbrella or shades took longer for my skin tone to go back to normal. It took about 13 more years.

      When I was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus (Google that one), that’s when I started more & more to use umbrella or a wide brim hat.

      I’m almost 60 now, and the Lupus on my face had faded – took about 12 years – and I’m back to my orig. born skin tone. Exfoliate with a wash cloth, using bath & body wash, every time you take a shower. Keeps your all over skin, softer, smoother.

      I do not suggest using any products that contains whitening ingredients. The FDA have banned 23 more whitening products. Google it. About 17,600,000 results.
      The reason cited for the proposed ban is that studies in rodents show “some evidence” that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen or cancer-causing chemical, although its cancer-causing properties have yet to be proved in humans. Hydroquinone also has been linked with the medical condition known as ochronosis in which the skin becomes dark and thick. Dome-shaped yellowish spots and grayish-brown spots also are observed in ochronosis among black women and men in South Africa, Britain, and the U.S. Ochronosis has been observed in conjunction with hydroquinone use even in persons who have used hydroquinone-containing cosmetics for a short time. Some studies also report abnormal function of the adrenal glands and high levels of mercury in people who have used hydroquinone-containing cosmetics. For these reasons, hydroquinone has already been banned in Japan, the European Union, and Australia.

      Any skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone would be considered new drugs, according to the proposed FDA regulations. The products would require FDA approval before being sold to the public and would only be available with a doctor’s prescription.
      Skin Creams, Soaps and Lotions Marketed as Skin Lighteners and Anti-aging Treatments: May Contain the Toxic Metal, Mercury.

  5. Kavita

    how is laser to get skin complexion reduced by around 5 tones ?
    Wanna get a fairer skin by around 5 tones …
    is there any one who can suggest a way out …
    Laser ??
    What are the disadvantages ??
    Is it permanent ??
    how effective it is ???
    any post treatment care ???
    Thanks.

  6. Jacque w

    Skin Rash that has been worsening over 4 months with treatment?
    My Uncle developed a rash on his torso and groin around Haloween of last year. After 5 doctors saw him in his insurance network they have refered him to an outside specialist, he has seen just about everyone but a Medicine Man. It is not any medication he is on, he has had his home fumigated and replaced everything in his bedroom ( the itching becomes unbearable at night), he didnt have a partner in the last year.

    Told it was shingles but the RX only lessened the severity before it came back much worse, steroid cream has not helped, we tried numerous natural remedies found on the web.

    I am conerned because the rash is contained under his clothing, by looking at him fully dressed the last 6 months have taken a huge toll on his physical appearance and he is retreating into isolation for fear it could be spread to others. Lost alot of weight.
    The itching he says feel like a bug moving?

    1. treefrog

      Has he been tested for lupus? It is less common in men, but I have it and I have terrible rashes. ( hive like ones )

      Another idea is that he is allergic to something, so allergy testing would be a good idea.

      I am very sorry for your uncle. I nearly went mad with hives that lasted for three months. I seriously wanted to die, I itched so bad and constantly.

      He also needs to have a skin biopsy of the area if he hasn’t had one already, by a dermatologist. Tell him to hang in there, and if it is lupus….plaquenil is the medication that helped me. It takes a month or two to get into your system….but, it will finally help.

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