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How to Spot a Receding Hairline in Its Early Stages

Looking back at photos from several years ago can be a great way to assess how your hairline changes. To observe how your hair is thinning or growing, you can also pay special attention to your scalp when in the shower or good lighting. 

Thinner Areas of the Scalp

A receding hairline is a significant cause for concern. The sooner it is identified, the better the chance of reversing or minimizing its effects. Hair loss experts agree that it’s essential to recognize the early signs so that they can take action to stop a receding hairline before things progress out of control.

The first sign to look for is thinner areas of the scalp. While it’s normal to lose some strands of hair each day, if you are losing more than usual, this could be an early indication that your hairline is receding.

You should also pay attention to the way your hair feels daily. If it feels lighter when you run your fingers through or comb it, this may be an early indicator of thinning hair. Many medications for baldingcan help slow down the appearance of a receding hairline.

Some men have embraced their receding hairlines and are still considered attractive and sexy. Regardless, if you notice that one side of your head is thinning more than the other, it’s worth seeking out the advice of a medical professional. There may be underlying health conditions, such as thyroid or nutritional deficiencies, need to be addressed.

Changes in the Shape of Your Hairline

Many men can avoid receding hairlines by catching it in time and using treatment options. However, some have yet to be as lucky and have experienced thinning that has extended beyond the hairline and onto other areas of their scalp. These cases can be caused by diffuse thinning, which typically results in hair loss from multiple locations at once rather than one specific place.

The first sign of a maturing hairline is that the line parting your hair moves forward and becomes more prominent. To determine whether this is true for you, look closely at your hairline and see where the highest crease in your forehead is. If the new hairline is up to a half-inch taller than this, you can be sure that your receding hairline is maturing and not a precursor to baldness.

Knowing this is entirely normal is essential if you have a receding hairline. Hair loss is a natural part of aging, and both women and men experience it to some extent. However, receding hairlines can be a source of stress for some people, and it's worth addressing the issue before it gets out of hand. Talk to a doctor or trichologist about your hairline matters, and they can offer some advice.

Scalp Thinning

Hair loss often occurs gradually, and it can be challenging to determine if your hairline is maturing or in the early stages of receding. It’s also difficult to distinguish between a mature hairline and the beginning of male pattern baldness, which typically begins with a visible M-shaped thinning of the hair at the temples and a widened widow’s peak at the front of your scalp.

Your barber has a bird’s eye view of your scalp, so they may be able to provide you with an accurate assessment of the condition of your hairline. If your hairline is maturing, they can suggest a variety of haircuts that will add volume and conceal thin spots. While this is a Band-Aid solution and won’t stimulate new growth, it can make you feel more confident and comfortable as you pursue other hair restoration treatments.

It’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs each day, but if you’re losing more than that regularly, it could be a sign that your hair is thinning and that a receding hairline is imminent. It’s essential to catch this as soon as possible because once you experience a receding hairline, reversing the effect with medications and other non-invasive treatments is more challenging. Fortunately, if you notice these early signs of a receding hairline, you can take steps to slow down or prevent the progression with the help of a hair loss specialist, or even opting for cosmetic treatments such as Scalp Micropigmentation to reduce the appearance of thinning of the hair on the scalp. 

Changes in the Color of Your Hair

A receding hairline can also signify that your hair is getting thinner overall. This is especially true if your hair appears dull or lackluster compared to how it looked previously.

This may result from thinning hair or even a complete loss of your hair. Consider a haircut that can help cover your thinning scalp if this is the case. A slicked-back undercut is one of the best options, which can help make your hair appear thicker and hide bald spots.

Another common sign of a receding hairline is a sagging, sunken forehead. This can be caused by traction alopecia or a medical condition known as frontal fibrosing. In both cases, the disease can cause thinning hair along the temples and a receding hairline.

While it is natural to be worried about a receding hairline, it is essential to keep in mind that most of the time, these changes are not severe and can be dealt with with certain medications or treatments. It is necessary to check in with a dermatologist or trichologist when you notice these symptoms so that they can properly diagnose what’s happening and recommend the right course of action.

A dermatologist can run a series of tests to determine the cause of your receding hairline. These may include a biopsy, which involves removing a small amount of scalp tissue and evaluating it for any signs of illness or damage. They may also run bloodwork to see if any conditions, such as thyroid disease, contribute to hair loss.


What You Need to Know about Nasal Polyps

Have you been experiencing trouble breathing through your nose? Losing your sense of smell and taste? Perhaps painful sinus headaches that affect life, making daily activities difficult? These could be the signs of nasal polyps. Many patients begin to notice this issue after developing symptoms that won’t go away after a lengthy period of time.

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What Are Polyps?

Nasal polyps are grape-like growths that occurs in the nasal and sinus cavities. They begin to block the airways in the nostrils and can even begin to spread. Most people don’t notice that there is anything wrong until an obvious sign occurs, such as a persistent sinus headache or a rise in the number of times they get sick or develop an infection. The polyps grow gradually over time, which means that many patients don’t notice that they have a problem because the body has adjusted with the growth. Patients who have their polyps treated often note a major positive impact on their nasal breathing as well as other nose and sinus related symptoms.

How Are Polyps Diagnosed?

Patients with stuffy nose, diminished sense of smell and taste, postnasal drainage, etc may at some point make their way to an ear, nose and throat physician. Further evaluation will often involve a nasal endoscopy in which the doctor uses a small lighted rod to view back into the nasal passages. It is on careful examination, often with endoscopy, that patients are sometimes found to have nasal polyps. Further studies, such as CT scans, may be performed to help determine the extent of the polyps and the sinus blockage.

How Can Polyps be Treated?

Some polyps respond well to medications and others do not. There is an increasingly wide range of prescription nasal sprays and oral medications that can slow down the growth of polyps and, in some cases, shrink them. On occasion, it may be recommended that polyps be surgically removed so that the topical medications can work more effectively to keep them from coming back. Fortunately, surgery for polyps has changed a lot during the past few years, and is now usually an outpatient, minimally-invasive procedure without packing, bruising, or splints, and only minimal discomfort while the healing process occurs.  Small stents are now available that can be implanted during surgery and give off anti-inflammatory medication for several weeks.

In any case, polyps should always be evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat physician. Some polyps – particularly those that occur on one side only – need careful evaluation to ensure that there is not a more serious condition present.

To get help with nasal polyps, contact of Dr. Samuel S. Becker, a sinus specialist located in Pennsylvania. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a board-certified specialist in otolaryngology. For more information about him, visit his website at

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Smooth Fitness 5.65 Treadmill update and folding feature demo #SmoothBlogger

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The treadmill itself is one fine piece of equipment. We have it set up downstairs near the girls' bedrooms and unless they walk out of their room, they don't hear if anyone is using it. That was a concern since my husband tends to do his workout early in the morning when everyone is still in bed. It runs very quietly and we love that we can hook up our music device or tablet to the MP3 jack so we can listen to music or watch videos. The girls have been incorporating a 2 mile run 3 times a week since they are so consumed with school-related things. I know that it will come in very handy when Briahnna starts back volleyball conditioning. I am sure she will make much better time on her laps.

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Note: It is not necessary to hold the bottom of the treadmill as it comes down, but I still do because I get scared it might slam down too hard. It doesn't do it but I am just the typical cautious mom. In the next couple weeks I will demonstrate the features located on the dashboard so you can get a better idea of how it works and how user-friendly it is.

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Our Smooth Fitness treadmill came in right on time! We received it last week and  we were all eager to test it out.  My first impression when I saw it being hauled in by the delivery guys was, "WOW!" It was a lot bigger than what I was expecting.
My husband and I have been looking at treadmills for a while and most of what we have seen in the local stores were on the cheap side. They looked like even I could break it because of how lightweight they were. Our Smooth 5.65 Treadmill looks and feels like what you would see in a gym. We love that it can handle up to 300 pounds. It was important for us to have a high-quality machine since there will be 4 of us using it on a daily basis. Each family member has their own set of goals they want to achieve. Right now we are all in the process of starting off slowly to get our bodies conditioned for the goals we have planned for ourselves.
I love the very simple, user-friendly display. My husband experimented with one of the pre-programmed routines on the treadmill and he had to surrender after 15 minutes! He realized he needs to work up to that stage. His biggest goal is both weight loss and cardio strengthening. I plan to purchase a new bathroom scale so we can track his weight each week. Having this treadmill in our home is going to help him so much since work, college classes, being a dad and a husband often gets in the way of getting proper exercise. I want to see my husband around for a very long time! I will say this, so far one of the great side-effects of working out for my husband has been better sleep. He struggles with falling asleep at night and after only 3 days, he has been crashing hard! Of course we all know that the sleep is so important to be able to function properly each day.

Please come back in a couple weeks when I discuss through video, more about how the Smooth Fitness treadmill works. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

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