Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia refers to hair loss on the body and scalp.  Some hair loss is just a part of the natural cycle of hair growth.  Normally, we lose about 100 hairs a day, and new ones grow back to replace them.  If you start to lose more hair and grow back less to replace it, this results in a thinning effect or bald patches.  Hair loss typically happens with aging, and is slightly more common in men than women.  Hair loss can also happen as a result of other things, such as after a major surgery or childbirth, stress, hormone problems, the use of certain medications, or due to underlying diseases such as lupus and diabetes.  Hair loss may seem like a cosmetic issue, but it can also have negative psychological effects.

Some types of hair loss are:

Hair loss may be temporary or permanent depending on the cause.  In cases such as male and female pattern baldness, hair usually does not grow back.  Certain drugs may be prescribed to slow hair loss or promote new hair growth.  In some cases, hair transplantation may be an option, however, this will not work in cases of alopecia areata because the hair will not grow in that area.

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