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Understanding and treating Alopecia

Apr 01, 2024

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Alopecia is defined as hair loss and there are several types of alopecia. When most patients hear the word “alopecia” they begin to become nervous and assume there is no hope for them, but there are various treatment modalities that may be the right option

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, meaning your body is causing your hair to fall out usually in oval patches. This may occur one time, or in some patients many times with many patches. Some cases can resolve on their own, while other may need topical or even intra-lesional treatments. It is important to note that most autoimmune conditions can be linked together, such as certain thyroid conditions, so it important for your provider to be aware of your medical history and do some further testing if they deem necessary. Also, autoimmune conditions tend to worsen in times of stress or illness, so keep in mind that stressing about your hair growth may not be the best way to get it back! Speak with your provider about your condition and agree on the best treatment plan for you. 

Other types of alopecia include traction alopecia (caused by chronic hair pulling), telogen effluvium (caused by physical or psychological triggers like pregnancy or surgeries), androgenic alopecia (patterned hair loss in males and females), scarring alopecia or lichenplanopilaris (groups of hair loss that causes hair to fall out and leads to scarring and permanent hair loss).

Speak with your provider about your concerns if you have noticed increased hair loss and would like to get properly treated. Your provider may decide to complete a panel of blood tests in order to determine any underlying medical condition that could be causing this loss. After review, most treatments can include but are not limited to: intra-lesional injections, topical treatments like minoxidil, oral medications, vitamins, cosmetic PRP, and hair transplants. We understand hair loss is a frustrating condition and it is important to understand the causes and different types of alopecia so you may receive the proper treatment and get your hair growth back.