There are a few conventional treatments to consider when dealing with thinning hair. For instance, you may consider taking medication to see improvement, or even surgery if the thinning continues.
Hair thinning can be caused by underlying issues like disease, or by taking drugs like prednisone to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. Common side effects of prednisone can include confusion, headache, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, thinning skin, acne, hair loss, sleeping problems and weight gain.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved two types of drugs to treat pattern baldness or hair thinning. Minoxidil, commonly known as Rogaine, can be used by both men and women. Hair regrowth or a decreased rate of hair loss can be seen with the use of Rogaine, but the growth is not permanent and will stop if you stop using it as directed. Common side effects can include severe scalp irritation, an undesirable growth of facial hair, chest pain, rapid heart rate (tachycardia) and more.
The other conventional choice comes in a pill form and is called finasteride. As with Rogaine, you must consistently take the pill in order to see and keep the results. Women who are or may be pregnant should avoid touching crushed or broken tablets. Side effects of finasteride include impotence, loss of sex drive, trouble having an orgasm, abnormal ejaculation, swelling of the hands and feet, feeling faint, headaches, runny nose, and skin rash.
Men and women can also resort to hair replacement surgery or hair transplants that use your existing hair to fill in areas of significant hair thinning. Low-level laser therapy is also a more recent development that can help people experiencing thinning hair; however, there are many doctors who reject this option completely.
When deciding which procedure to follow, always make sure to consult with a doctor to review the possible results and effects of surgery or medicine.