Archive for the ‘Alopecia (Hair Loss)’ Category

Causes of Hair Loss

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Normally, hair loss is caused by heredity, hormones and age. Genetic makeup determines if hair follicles are sensitive to the DHT hormone (dihydrotestosterone), causing them to shrink.

This “shrinkage” results in overall thinning hair with time. In addition, the aging process can weaken the hair follicle and consequently the hair shaft. This causes thinning hair and balding – permanent hair loss. 

In addition, Hair loss is believed to be primarily caused by a combination of the following:

  • Aging
  • Change in Hormones
  • Illness
  • Family History of Baldness
  • Burns
  • Trauma

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Treatment Options for Alopecia

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Baldness, whether permanent or temporary, can’t be cured. But treatments are available to help promote hair growth or hide hair loss. For some types of alopecia, hair may resume growth without any treatment.bald.jpgbaldtreat1.jpg 

The effectiveness of medications used to treat alopecia depends on the cause of hair loss, extent of the loss and individual response. Generally, treatment is less effective for more extensive cases of hair loss.

The types of drugs for treatment of alopecia that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration include: Minoxidil (Rogaine), Finasteride (Propecia), Corticosteroids, Antrhlin (Drithocreme)

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Types of Alopecia

Friday, April 13th, 2007

There are many subtypes of Alopecia including but the main four are Androgenetic Alopecia, Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis, Alopecia Universalis.

Androgenetic Alopecia (also called pattern baldness) - This form of hair loss usually occurs due to loss of specific types of hormones called androgens. In males this can often mean total hair loss, though many men still retain some hair on the sides of their head. Women seldom have complete hair loss, but may lose hair in patches.

Alopecia Areata - It is a type of hair loss that tends to occur in spots, as opposed to the pattern baldness. Alopecia areata monolocularis means that hair loss occurs in one spot only, usually on the head. Alopecia areata multilocularis means that hair loss occurs in several spots, and loss may not be limited to the head.

Alopecia Totalis – The loss of hair on the entire head. The cause is unknown but linked to stress.

Alopecia Universalis – The most severe form of Alopecia. Victims of Alopecia Universalis are unable to grow hair anywhere on their entire bodies.

What is Alopecia ?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Alopecia is the general scientific term for hair loss. It is an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss, and the autoimmune reaction appears to be the immune system’s mistaken attack on its own hair follicles. Hair can be lost from any part of the body. While alopecia doesn’t usually involve any specific medical or disease symptoms, the loss of hair can make it a particularly stressful and upsetting condition for sufferers, who are predominantly women.