Thu 5 Feb 2015
I’ve noticed several small bald patches on my teenage son’s scalp. I’m concerned my son is losing his hair. We have some hair loss in our family, but he seems far too young. What should I do? Is my teenage son balding?
Hair loss in males occurs for a number of reasons. The most common, as you pointed out, is “male pattern baldness” or androgenic alopecia. This type of hair loss occurs in over 80% of males at some point during their lives, and creates classic “thinning” patterns in the scalp.
Androgenic alopecia is very common, but not in teenagers. Baldness in this age group may be caused by something else. This could be caused by another type of genetic scarring or non-scarring alopecia, infection, or an acquired ailment. Many of these conditions are treatable, but the cause of the hair loss must be determined first. To do this, we highly recommend a consultation with a trained hair loss doctor.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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