Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia, or hair loss, is a common skin condition that affects millions of men and women around the world. With the right alopecia treatment, hair re-growth is possible.

Millions of people experience hair loss. Some people see their hair re-grow without doing anything. Others need treatment for their hair to re-grow. Sometimes, hair will not re-grow.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There are many reasons for hair loss. When hair loss begins suddenly, the cause may be due to illness, diet, medicine, or childbirth. If hair loss is gradual and becomes more noticeable with each passing year, a person may have hereditary hair loss. Certain hair care practices also can cause noticeable hair loss.

There are many things that could be contributing to your hair loss.

  • Medications like blood thinners, high-dose Vitamin A, birth control, and steroids
  • Diseases like anemia and cancer
  • Aging heredity
  • Hormones and stress, particularly during pregnancy and menopause
  • Overstyling or overuse of hair care products
  • Poor diet & nutrition related to things like protein and iron deficiencies, and eating disorders
  • Hair disorders, such as alopecia

What Is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia (al-oh-PEE-shah) means hair loss. When a person has a medical condition called alopecia areata (ar-ee-AH-tah), the hair falls out in round patches. The hair can fall out on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

Alopecia areata can cause different types of hair loss. Each of these types has a different name:

  • Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches).
  • Alopecia totalis (lose all hair on the scalp).
  • Alopecia universalis (lose all hair on the body).

Hair often grows back but may fall out again. Sometimes the hair loss lasts for many years.

Alopecia is not contagious. It is not due to nerves. What happens is that the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people.

There are quite a number of other factors that can contribute to hair loss:

  • Hair disorders
  • Disease
  • Hormones and stress
  • Dieting and poor nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Hair care

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