What is Alopecia?

What is Alopecia?

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Alopecia or hair loss is a medical portrayal of losing hair from the body or head that usually leads to baldness. Not like the common hair removal methods, alopecia tends to be involuntary and unexpected. Although, a psychological pressure or frequent use of chemicals used for hair styling habit may be considered as cause of alopecia. And for some cases, alopecia is a result of a particular medical condition such as iron deficiency.

If hair loss occurs on a particular area, this is classified as Alopecia Areata or sometimes called “spot baldness”, whereas Alopecia Universalis is a total hair loss, which is similar to how hair loss related with chemotherapy.

In this particular case, alopecia areata is not a contagious disease. Based on some studies, alopecia is believed a hereditary condition. In addition, emotional stress is also considered as another factor that triggers alopecia. Aging is also one factor together with illness condition, some medications such as chemotherapy, malnutrition, or sometimes, autoimmune disorder.

The usual symptoms of alopecia occur depending on the sex of a person. Male patter hair loss is one. It is the thinning or complete hair loss at the hairline and top of the head of men. Then there’s female diffuse hair loss, the gradual thinning of hair, especially on the top of the head of women while the hairline usually stays the same.

There are various treatments for this condition depending on the type of alopecia. Although, most cases of alopecia were temporary, patients retain their hair back into its normal state just like before. A person can consider taking up drug therapy, surgical and other procedures.

In drug therapy, a patient is required to take certain medications. For men who suffer from male pattern hair loss, they are advised to use Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia). And for women who have female diffuse hair loss, they can use Minoxidil (Rogaine). In treating alopecia areata, the use of Corticosteroids is encouraged. This is normally given by injection in the infected area every month. In severe cases, corticosteroids may be taken orally. Lastly, surgical options include hair transplants, scalp reduction, and strip or flap grafts.

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