Hair Loss also known as alopecia may be hereditary or acquired. Hair loss affects men, women, and children of all ages. Treatment is available for commonly types of hair loss. Hair loss is a common problem. Though it is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs daily, If you see bald patches or thinning of the hair you may be experiencing hair loss.
There are many causes of hair loss. Some causes of hair loss are directly related to the scalp while other may be related to some diseases or medical treatments . The most common types of hair loss are male-pattern and female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Male and female pattern baldness can be treated with over-the-counter and prescriptions medications.
At Prism Dermatology, we offer non-surgical hair restoration with Platelet-Rich-Plasma to address pattern baldness.
Most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated if addressed early. It is important to seek help from a Board certified Dermatologist who can evaluate and treat the cause of hair loss.
Other common causes of hair loss include:
- Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)
- Alopecia areata
- Traction alopecia
- Scarring alopecia
Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)
Seborrheic Dermatitis or Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which dry skin flakes off of the scalp. Dandruff may also make your scalp itch. Many people believe that dandruff is caused by poor hygiene, but this is not true. The most common way to treat and control dandruff is to use over-the-counter shampoo. If you continue to have symptoms after using a dandruff shampoo, consult a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist can properly diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan that best meets your needs.
Alopecia areata is a skin condition in which the hair falls out in round patches. The hair can fall out from the scalp and less commonly elsewhere on the body. This condition happens when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people. Alopecia areata may affect both children and adults. If you are concerned about having alopecia areata. consult a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist can properly diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan to help regrow your hair.
Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by the hair being pulled repeated or in the same way for a prolonged time. Traction alopecia typically occurs in people who wear their hair in braids, dreadlocks, or a ponytail. It can also occur when tight headwear is used in the same way for a long time.
It is important to address Traction alopecia early as it may lead to scarring and permanent hair loss. Traction alopecia can easily treated and with proper education this form of alopecia can be prevented.
Scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia, refers to a collection of hair loss disorders. Scarring alopecia can affect men and women of all ages. This type of alopecia typically results from an untreated chronic scalp condition. Common causes of scarring alopecia includes dissecting cellulitis, traction alopecia, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia or lichen planopilaris.
It is important to have a Board certified Dermatologist evaluate your scalp and hair to determine the best treatment for your particular scalp condition.