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The Other A-Word

The Other A-Word

Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss. It can be temporary or permanent and has many names, including alopecia areata and traction alopecia. Here's what you need to know about the A-word:

Alopecia is the medical name for hair loss.

  • Alopecia is the medical name for hair loss.
  • It can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.
  • Hair loss can be caused by many things including genetics, stress, illness and medication. It can also be a symptom of other conditions such as thyroid disease, autoimmunity or cancer

There are many types of alopecia, and many names for them.

You might have heard of alopecia, the hair loss condition that affects an estimated 6.5 million Americans. But did you know there are many types of alopecia? The most common form is known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which affects men and women equally. It's also called male-pattern baldness because it often appears as a receding hairline at the front or sides of your head.

A less common type is known as alopecia areata (AA). This condition causes patches on your scalp where no new hair grows in, which can lead to total baldness over time if left untreated. If you're experiencing any signs or symptoms consistent with AA, see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options--you may need medications like corticosteroids injected directly into these areas under local anesthesia so that they don't scar too badly during treatment sessions over several months before regrowth begins anew!

Cicatricial Alopaecias (CA) include lichen planus pigmentosus (LPP), which causes discolored patches on skin due to inflammation caused by autoimmune responses against keratinocytes within epidermal layers; discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), an autoimmune disorder characterized by scaly patches on the face sometimes accompanied by scars after healing; pustular psoriasis vulgaris

Alopecia can be temporary or permanent.

Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss. It can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.

Temporary alopecia can be caused by stress or illness, but it's also common in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It's even more likely if you have certain autoimmune disorders (like lupus) or other conditions that affect your immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off infections.

If the underlying cause is genetic--and this includes male-pattern baldness--then there's not much anyone can do about it except get used to having less hair than they'd like! But if you've been diagnosed with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder), there are treatments available that could help restore some of what was lost: corticosteroids injected directly into affected areas; topical creams containing immunosuppressants such as tacrolimus 0%, pimecrolimus 1%, triamcinolone 0%; oral medications such as methotrexate 10%/15% solution; biologic therapies such as adalimumab 45 mg every other week subcutaneously

Traction alopecia is caused by pulling on your hair.

Traction alopecia is caused by pulling on your hair. If you wear extensions or heavy braids, this could be a problem for you. This kind of traction can also come from tight ponytails, cornrows and cornrows with extensions.

You should avoid these styles if they cause pain in the back of your head or neck (or anywhere else) and only wear them for short periods of time. If you're going to wear one of these styles anyway, make sure that it's not too tight--you should be able to get two fingers between the weave/braid/extension and your scalp when it's tied up tightly enough to stay put all day long without slipping out of place at any point during its use time frame (which should not exceed 24 hours).

Diagnosing alopecia is difficult because there are so many possible causes.

It's important to rule out other conditions that can cause hair loss before you start treatment for alopecia, because some treatments may not be right for you. Alopecia is a common condition that's hard to diagnose and treat, but it's important to look out for other symptoms such as itching or burning sensations in order to get treatment as soon as possible.

Alopecia can be devastating, but it's important to remember that there are treatments available. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend talking with a doctor about getting tested for alopecia.


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