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Alopecia Conditions

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Alopecia is a general term meaning baldness and occurs in a number of different forms. We suggest that you consult a certified trichologist or your family doctor about any of these conditions that may worry you.

Alopecia areata is characterised by well-defined bald patches which develop suddenly. These areas are usually totally bald, with no broken off hairs. Alopecia is believed to be an 'autoimmune condition, which means one's body is 'doing it to itself'. In susceptible people, alopecia can be triggered by stress, illness or physical injury. The hair usually re-grows after a period and often clears without treatment, with re-growth appearing after two or three months. If the hair loss continues and no hair remains, the condition becomes known as Alopecia Totalis. Hair transplant is an effective method for people with small spots of permanent hair loss as it uses your own growing hair to cover the bald patches. Single hair micrographs are the latest form of transplantation.

Alopecia Universalis is a rare and severe form of baldness that results in permanent or temporary loss of all body hair, including eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair in the pubic area and armpits. The cause is unknown.

Traction alopecia may be caused by constantly drawing the hair back into a pony tail with too much tension on the scalp which causes the front of the hairline to recede. Traction alopecia is also caused by over-vigorous use of nylon brushes, brush rollers and excessive combing during the heated comb process of hair straightening. Mum's, beware of pulling your daughters hair back too tight as she may end up with this irreversible condition later in life.

Cicatrical (or "scarring") alopecia is permanent hair loss caused by physical injury to the skin (e.g motorcycle accident) or damage caused by burns or caustic chemicals.

If you are concerned about alopecia and things you can do about it, it is important you consult a qualified medical doctor or a trichologist. These certified professionals are specialists in hair and scalp problems. Please go to our trichology section for more information.

We have put together a series of articles that will give you the full picture on this topic. We would also like to welcome Dr Alan Baumann M.D to our panel of experts. Alan is an expert on all matters to do with hair loss in both women and men, and we look forward to featuring his articles in various areas across

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