Alopecia is a technical name for hair loss which some of you may be aware of. As you may have noticed hair loss, thinning and balding occur in various ways in different people. Some suffer from receding hairline whereas others have bald patches and some suffer complete baldness. There are different types of Alopecia with particular symptoms that will provide an insight to you if you have been suffering from hair loss.
1: ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA- This is a term given to genetic hair loss and commonly called Male/Female Pattern Baldness. This is the most common type of hair loss in men. In men, the hairline from the temple starts receding and also affects the crown. In female it is a little different as the hair loss is seen near the parting of the hair.
2: ALOPECIA AREATA-This is an autoimmune disorder which results in patchy hair loss on the scalp. The body’s immune system attacks healthy hair follicles leading to hair loss. Stress & trauma are supposed to be the most common cause for this.
3: ALOPECIA TOTALIS- This is an advanced form of Alopecia Areata which aggravates & leads to complete baldness.
4: CICATRICIAL ALOPECIA- Commonly known as Scarring Alopecia, in this the hair follicles are destroyed and it leaves a patchy scar on the scalp. In certain conditions the cause can be infections or burns but at times it occurs without specific reason.
5: TRACTION ALOPECIA- This type of Alopecia is somewhat self-inflicted & is usually the result of tying tight ponytails, buns and braids. Chemicals present in hair colours & bleaches, excessive styling can also lead to Traction Alopecia.
6: INVOLUTIONAL ALOPECIA- This is one of the most common type of hair loss occurring due to aging. The hair starts thinning & gradually more & more follicles enter the resting phase resulting in hair thinning & baldness.
7: TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM- This kind of Alopecia is a result of sudden stress, trauma or tension leading to excessive hair loss. It is a temporary phase & can be reversed if dealt with on time.
The symptoms of different kind of Alopecia will help in determining the kind of hair loss you are suffering from. Some of them like Traction Alopecia & Telogen Effluvium can be easily reversed with awareness & proper help like Laser hair regrowth treatment at the initial stages.
Others such as Alopecia Areata or Androgenic Alopecia will need best of professional help to recover & retain hair. As the growth of hair is a cyclic phenomenon care should be taken as soon as unusual hair fall starts. If checked at early stages all kind of Alopecia can be effectively treated.
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