The word alopecia is a general term that means hair loss. There are many different types of hair loss that fall under the alopecia umbrella.
The most common form is androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male and female patterned hair loss. If this is what you are experiencing, you may find the “I have thinning hair” section to be more helpful.
Types of Alopecia
Most of the time when people talk about alopecia, they are likely referring to alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is characterized by patchy spots of hair loss on the scalp. There are three common types of alopecia areata. The first is Persistent Patchy Alopecia Areata. This is generally isolated spots on the scalp where the hair follicles are no longer able to produce hair. This can present itself on the scalp of other areas of the body where hair grows. It may stay contained to the patches or may spread to other areas depending on cause.The second common type of alopecia areata is Alopecia Totalis. As the word “totalis” implies, this is total hair loss on the scalp. Alopecia Totalis often starts as Persistent Patchy Alopecia Areata and then progresses to more hair loss. The third type is Alopecia Universalis. This is total hair loss across the entire body. If left untreated, Alopecia Totalis can lead to Alopecia Universalis.
Other types of alopecia areata include Diffuse Alopecia Areata and Ophiasis Alopecia Areata. Diffuse Alopecia Areata generally affects young women on the scalp. While it does not appear to be patchy, it causes chunks of hair to fall out and prevents hair regeneration. Ophiasis Alopecia Areata is the rarest form. Hair loss starts and the nape of the neck and the base of the hairline and works its way up to the crown.
There are a couple well known causes of Alopecia Areata, however, there are many other unidentifiable ones. The common causes include hereditary links and autoimmune diseases that attack healthy hair follicles because they are thought to be harmful cells.
Other kinds of alopecia include scarring alopecia caused by hair damage from harsh chemicals, traction alopecia caused by tight hair braiding, and telogen effluvium caused by postpartum or stress.
This kind of hair loss can be overwhelming, long lasting, and confusing. The side effects of alopecia are especially stressful for women due to the societal importance of hair for women and the stigma attached to female hair loss.
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