Alopecia Hair Loss
Alopecia hair loss is the loss of hair from head or body. If it occurs on scalp, it is commonly known as baldness. It is involuntary and hence, is unwelcome and unpleasant. Therefore, it is referred to as androgenic alopecia.
Though genetics has a strong say in it, yet there are other reasons as to why it could occur. Some common examples are deliberate pulling out of hair probably driven by strong psychological compulsions, voluntary hairstyling methods resulting in traction alopecia or damage to scalp through usage of hot hair irons or caustic hair relaxer solutions. In most cases, alopecia hair loss could simply highlight a medical concern to be addressed. When hair loss is limited to a portion of the body or scalp, it is called as alopecia areata. On the other hand, alopecia universalis occurs when there is complete hair loss on the body. In contrast, alopecia totalis is total hair loss on the scalp.
Several times alopecia hair loss is not even visible and is clearly noticeable only in advanced stages. This is more common in women who experience thinning of hair but no visible balding until alopecia hair loss is well advanced. The common layperson’s term for alopecia is “balding” often used to refer to hair loss on the scalp. The medical definition however doesn’t limit it to just the scalp and also includes any part of the body. Male pattern baldness occurs in several males and also females and is medically termed as Androgenetic alopecia.
Alopecia is usually a symptom of aging of the normal aging process. Since it is not considered as a health risk, the focus from the doctors’ fraternity is comparatively lower. Unfortunately, though not a health hazard, it still does nothing to decrease the stress levels of distressed individuals. In fact, it drives their stress levels even higher and that increases alopecia hair loss. Additionally, alopecia may also occur, either partially or completely, as a result of medication for diseases like cancer. In such cases, it is a temporary phase until the disease is brought under control and medication minimised or discontinued, hair growth recommences.
Interestingly, alopecia hair loss does not discriminate between men and women though the impact differs among them. In men, alopecia hair loss can be very pronounced and quite visible whereas in women, it may not be visible but can lead to thinning of hair until it is very advanced. The varying effects are essentially because of the hormonal differences in men and women. The good news is that it is not contagious. In fact, it is not an automatic indicator of health. Perfectly healthy individuals may still be affected by it and this could be by way of genetics.
For effective diagnosis and treatment of alopecia, it is advised that individuals take early action rather than waiting a long time where they can help it. The window of treatment for remedying any hair loss after it begins is very narrow and hence, quicker actions are always better.