Hair Loss Baldness
Symptoms Types Classifications Disease

    Basically most hair loss can be placed within the following groups with further division based upon the symptoms. With the exception of male and female pattern baldness the trigger factors for these groups range from physical to psychological. Below we discuss some of the various forms of hair loss.

Androgenetic Alopecia

    This type of hair loss is known as male baldness and female pattern hair loss. It is currently attributable to increases in DHT (dihydrotestosterone) among susceptible individuals which researchers believe is linked to genetics. The arrival of symptoms in men usually begins in the early twenties with a noted loss of hair in the crown and frontal hairline. As the condition progresses a hair bridge appears signaling the scalp is in the final stages of pattern baldness as determined by the Norwood chart. With women this condition usually makes itself known in the mid-forties with a gradual loss of hair over the entire scalp.

Traction Alopecia

    Hair Loss caused by excessive tension placed upon the scalp by pulling, hairstyles, braids, or corn rows over an extended period of time. The condition is most often seen in women especially of African-American descent. The resultant loss of hair or hair thinning is the result of damage to the hair follicles in the frontal portions of the scalp. Condition is reversible if diagnosed early, otherwise the damage can be permanent.

Alopecia Areata

    Condition characterized by patchy baldness of unknown origin but most often viewed as an autoimmune disease. The areatas do not affect the health of an individual nor is the hair loss related to the health of the individual. Most incidences of this condition are confined to one episode. Further subdivisions of this form of hair loss are alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis, which correspond with the location and degree of balding.

Cicatricial Scarring Alopecia

    Presence of these type of rare hair loss diseases is usually attributable to some medical problem such as lupus or lichen planus that destroys the hair follicle and produces a scarring effect. Other variations of this form of alopecia are the result of radiation, burns, infection, and tumors. As the inflammatory process grows with this collection of scalp disorders the affected individuals experience burning, itching, and pain accompanied by permanent loss of hair if untreated. Treatment varies with the reported symptoms.

Telogen Effluvium

    The Effluviums are the second most reported form of hair loss. With the varieties of this disorder the hair follicles enter a prolonged resting stage of the hair cycle known as the telogen phase. This type of hair loss usually displays itself when a sudden "shock" is placed upon the body. Some of the causative factors can include prolonged stress, childbirth, illness, infections, thyroid conditions, and medications among many. During these episodes which can be chronic or acute as much as seventy percent of the scalp may severely shed at the root. The good news is this type of hair loss tends to be self-limiting with complete recovery once the offending factors dissipate.


    Is a psychological (compulsive) disorder that exhibits itself with the excessive plucking or pulling of the body’s hair. The hair plucking tends to be from the scalp but can also be from the eyebrows, chest, or arms and legs. Treatment ranges from anti-depressants to behavioral therapy.


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