Male Baldness (Balding in Men)
Male-pattern baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) is a common form of baldness affecting men. Its causes have been determined to be hereditary and the condition may set in at any age from the late teens to the middle years (40's and 50's).
In this condition, hair loss is often noticed on the front, sides, and/or on the crown of the head. While some men may develop a 'cue ball' bald spot or just a receding hairline, others may end up losing all of their hair.
Widow's Peaks, receding hairlines, hair loss, thinning of hair, bald spots that keep growing in size, as well as noticeable hair loss on the sides, front and top of the head, are some indications of AGA.
There are other, less common reasons for hair loss and baldness in men. These are usually associated with medications and therapy, stress disorders, skin infections, exposure to radioactive elements, diet and lifestyle.
Other causes could be Alopecia Areata, which causes sudden loss of hair in a particular area, which tends to grow back after a short while. But if all body hair is lost rapidly, regrowth may not occur. Toxic Alopecia follows a high fever or severe illness. Scarring from burns, injury, or x-ray therapy also results in baldness and bald patches. Other types of scarring resulting in hair loss can be due to diseases like lupus, bacterial or fungal skin infections, lichen planus, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, or skin cancer.