Types of Alopecia

Scarring alopecia – the scarring is caused by bacterial or fungal infections. Bacterial infections damage the hair follicles and causes scarring. The hair follicles in the affected area can no longer produce hair and remain bald.

Baldness can also be due to other factors, such as: allergies, burns, some medication, radiation, chemotherapy, anemia, thyroid diseases, toxins, and kidney failure.

Alopecia is the medical name for all types of hair loss. It is not a term for a certain type of hair loss; but to several different types, with different causes. Anyone can suffer from alopecia, regardless of age or gender.

Some of The Most Common Types of Alopecia Are:

Diffuse Alopecia –¬† This type of hair loss is noticeable by the hair on the scalp that become thinner and is most common in older people. However, it is more common in women; and can be caused by several factors, such as: malnutrition, hormones, medications and mental ailments.

Androgenic Alopecia – a kind of genetic hair loss in men that usually runs in the family; and is caused by the hormone DHT which prevents hair growth from the follicles.

Alopecia Areata – this form of hair loss is characterized by patchy hair follicles that go into a resting stage; after which the hair falls off, because of the body’s immune system (autoimmune disease). This type of alopecia is genetic base and mostly common in younger people or immunocompromised individuals.

Male Patterned Baldness: You inherit genes for male pattern hair loss from your parents, either your mother or father, and the symptoms often become evident in the twenties and thirties, but it can also be seen in teenagers. There are treatments, such as Propecia, which can start the regrowth of previously lost hair, as well as preventing hair loss.

Treating Alopecia:

You can treat alopecia using Propecia, a prescription drug for the treatment of male pattern baldness. To qualify for treatment with the help of Propecia, you must have a visit with a doctor.