Alopecia (Pathological Hair Loss) Hair Loss Treatments
Alopecia, the pathological hair loss, refers to a hair loss problem that is due to various causes such as age, illness, lifestyle, medication, and hereditary factors. Hair experts can assess the cause based on the progression of hair loss and when it occurred. For example, sudden hair loss is usually attributed to an illness, medical treatments (such as chemotherapy), or a change in diet. Gradual hair loss is more of a hereditary problem and is part of the normal aging process. This type of Alopecia is one of the most common hair loss problems and occurs to both men and women.
Other types of Alopecia include:
Very sudden hair loss, in which the person loses their hair in patches, needs to be evaluated by a health professional. This could be a symptom of an underlying disease; it can be an autoimmune disease that is causing the hair loss.
The hair follicles can be destroyed by thyroid, anemia and anorexia diseases. It can also occur as a side effect of certain medications, such as drugs used to treat heart conditions, high blood pressure, and depression.
The patterns of hair loss in men and women are very different; for men, hair loss generally occurs near the hairline, on the scalp, or on the back of the head. For women, hair loss occurs predominantly on the front and top of the scalp. Hair loss is a huge problem in America facing an astonishing 80 million men and women.
In addition to the over-the-counter treatments, hair transplant, scalp flap, laser treatment, and scalp reduction are some of the alopecia treatments available.
Alopecia in itself does not cause complications; the only problem is actually the loss of self-confidence when hair loss occurs.