Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Alopecia affects your entire body- scalp, head, or any other area of your body. The most common cause is hereditary hair loss, but childbirth, stress, some diseases, and medical treatments are other causes.

Symptoms 

Signs that you have alopecia include:

  • Sudden, significant hair loss
  • Simultaneous hair loss and growth in different areas
  • Small round or oval bald patches on your scalp, beard, or body
  • Hair loss that’s limited to one side of your scalp or body
  • Hairs that narrow near the base, like “exclamation points”

 

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Treatments

Alopecia can’t be cured and no single treatment is effective for all individuals. If you’ve lost hair to alopecia, it may grow back on its own within a few months. Hair loss takes time to diagnose and may require a change in lifestyle or medications.

Some therapies that effectively treat alopecia include:

  • Phototherapy
  • Topical, injected, or oral corticosteroids
  • Topical immunotherapy
  • Minoxidil

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