Hair loss causes are both, natural and man-made
Most forms of hair loss are classified as male or female pattern baldness ( androgenic alopecia ).However there are other types of hair loss also and many of them are treatable and reversible to have the hair growth again.
While, Alopecia is a term used to describe all types of hair loss; these are mainly of two types – scarring and non-scarring. Scarring forms of hair loss usually prove permanent and do not normally allow the hair to grow again. Infections that cause an inflammatory reaction around the hair follicle are usually associated with the scarring form of hair loss because the follicle is usually replaced by scar tissue.
Deep bacterial/fungal outbreaks or the shingles virus can be responsible for hair loss. Therefore, it is important that these conditions be treated at an early stage as residual follicular activity can return. Chemical or thermal burns (including sunburn) can all be responsible for causing scarring hair loss.
Although male and female baldness are the most common form of non-scaring hair loss, the female pattern baldness is generally easier to treat than male pattern baldness where genetic sensitivity to sex hormones create a hindrance.
A condition known as telogen effluvium is a temporary type of hair loss caused by certain severe illnesses or continuous medication. The key to limiting this type of hair loss is early consultation with a doctor/dermatologist. Medications responsible for this type of hair loss include anti-depressants, anticoagulants, allopurinol, anti-inflammatory drugs, cancer treatments, birth control pills, hormonal treatments and steroids. Vitamin A can also cause this type of hair loss
Other types of hair loss can be as described hereunder
lopecia areata. Coin-shaped blank patches characterize this type of hair loss, while surrounding hair appears normal. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, a weak immune system can be responsible for this condition.
Alopecia totalis. As the name suggests, this condition is described as the total loss of all body hair. This condition even affects areas such as the eyebrows.
Traction alopecia. This is a form of reversible hair loss. It is caused by tension being applied to the root of the hair caused by certain hairstyles such as ponytails, braiding or hair weaving on the scalp.
Trichotillomania. This is a compulsive disorder condition, more common with females where the sufferer pulls out their own hair.. Compulsive disorder medications such as luvox and anafranil are used to treat this condition.
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