What Is Alopecia And What Are The Signs?

Are you suffering from hair loss? It may be a form of Alopecia. Here’s what you need to know…

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss that can be caused by natural factors, disease, drugs and medications.

The most common type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness, which is typically caused by the effects of hormones. It is also called androgenic or androgenetic alopeica, and is associated with androgens of male sex hormones. Typically, the pattern involves a receding hairline and thinning of the hair over the crown.

Female patter baldness is a thinning of the hair over the top of the head.

Alopecia areata, also termed patchy baldness due to patches of baldness that come and go, typically affects teenagers and young adults, but may affect a person at any age. It is most commonly linked with immune system problems, and can sometimes run in families.

Scarring (cicatrical) alopecia is mainly caused after a scar over the skin destroys the hair follicles that hold the roots of the hair. . Hair will not grow back in affected areas. Several diseases and disorders are known to cause scarring alopecia, including lichen planus, injury, and discoid lupus.

Widespread hair loss that may affect the whole body apart from the scalp is known as anagen effluvium, and is most commonly associated to chemotherapy treatment.

Telogen effluvium leads to thinning of the hair all over the body, as opposed to baldness, and has been associated with stress and some medications.

If you find you are suffering from hair loss – either known or unexplained – we are here to help. Contact us today, we will guide you through the process of addressing all your hair loss needs.