Conditions that cause individuals to lose hair can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, immune system irregularities, medications, and more. At our office, we diagnose and treat hair loss conditions to help patients regain a sense of wellbeing.
What are The Different Types of Hair Loss?
Alopecia areata is sudden hair loss that can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly seen on the scalp and sometimes the beard area, eyebrows or eyelashes. It is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles.
Signs and symptoms include sudden hair loss and, in rare cases, total body hair loss. There is no associated pain or itching and it can be cured with topical steroids, local steroid injections, topical chemical treatment, or photochemotherapy.
Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. The most common example is sudden hair shedding after pregnancy/delivery. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within six months. Treatment generally consists of treating the underlying cause if indicated.