Alopecia: A deeper look at excessive hair loss

Alopecia is probably the third most common of hair loss with a lifetime risk of nearly 2%. That means that two in every hundred people will get Alopecia at some point in their lives and certainly not from each other as the condition is not contagious. There are basically three types of categories under the Alopecia condition. If the hair loss spreads to cover the entire scalp, it is called Alopecia Totalis. If the hair loss spreads over the whole body and affects the scalp, eyebrows, beard, and everything else, then the condition is called Alopecia Universalis. And if the alopecia is just limited to the beard area in men, it is called alopecia barbae.

Symptoms:

Alopecia can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. It can happen suddenly or gradually, can affect just your scalp or your entire body, can be temporary or even permanent. So let’s look at certain symptoms of Alopecia:

– Thinning of hair

Existing in both men and women as they age, this condition is the most common type of hair loss. Hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M.

-Bald patches

It can occur anywhere from scalp to beard, eyebrows to pubic hair. So always be on a lookout for these bald spots. Often in this condition, the skin becomes itchy and painful before the hair falls out.

Causes:

Traditionally, Alopecia has been regarded as a stress-induced disease even though very little scientific evidence supports the view.

Alopecia is typically related to one or more of the following factors:

-Heredity

-Hormonal changes

-Supplements

-Medications

-Stress

-Medical conditions

There are a bunch of risk factors that surround Alopecia. These include family history of balding, age, significant weight loss, diabetes, etc.

Prevention:

Most hair loss conditions are triggered by genetics. And these types of hair loss conditions are not preventable. Here are a few tips that might help avoid certain triggers:

-Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair

-Avoid medications and supplements that could cause side-effects

-Stop smoking. Some studies show an association between smoking and baldness in men

-Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments, and permanents

-Avoid tight hairstyles and let your head get some air

More specialized treatments involve applying contact sensitizing creams to the skin. These cause allergic reactions that lead to hair growth. So take care of your hair and always remember that your body is your temple.

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