What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a medical term for hair loss.
Any form of hair loss is considered to be alopecia.
- Androgenetic alopecia- most common due to aging
- Alopecia Areata Patchy- patchy hair loss on the scalp
- Alopecia Areata Totalis- scalp and face, including eyebrows and eyelashes
- Alopecia Areata Universalis- hairless from head to toe.
- Traction Alopecia- excessive tension on the hair or breakage due to chemical processing
- Cicatricial Alopecia- hair follicles are destroyed and replaced by scar tissue burns, head trauma or surgery)
- Pressure Alopecia- continued pressure on scalp during anesthesia and keeping head in same position, or due to bed rest in same position with constant pressure
Alopecia can be hereditary, from aging, certain diseases, medications or from a certain lifestyle. The timing and rate of hair loss can tell a story to help determine its cause. For example, hair loss that comes on suddenly may be due to an illness, your diet, or from a medical treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation. Slow hair loss that becomes more noticeable over time can likely be hereditary or from aging. For More information please visit American Hair Loss Council
NAAF | National Alopecia Areata Foundation
For More information please visit American Hair Loss Council.