Q.) What causes hair loss?
A.)Although genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, there are numerous other factors to consider such as medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, medications, excessive weight loss, chemotherapy, radiation, and traumatic injuries (including burns to the scalp) that can also cause hair loss.
Q.) How is the cause of my hair loss determined?
A.) As highlighted in our previous women’s hair loss series, a dermatologist can help you identify the cause of your hair loss. The single most important thing when determining hair loss is the doctor’s experience. First, he or she will start by asking a round of questions to better understand your condition. Then he/she can order or perform tests which may include hair pull test, hair shed/pull collection, scalp biopsy, and blood tests.
Q.) Isn’t male patterned baldness the same thing as female patterned baldness?
A.) Both male and female patterned baldness(androgenetic alopecia) are caused by a predisposition to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles due to an inherited gene. However, the pattern in female pattern baldness is different than that of male pattern baldness, meaning though the causes of these types of hair loss are similar, the rate and areas in which patients of opposite genders notice hair loss are still very different. The most important difference between these two types of hair loss is that men frequently progress to total baldness and women rarely do.
Q.) Do certain hairstyles cause hair loss?
A.) Tight hairstyles such as extensions, braiding and tight ponytails that place excessive tension on the scalp can cause a hair loss condition known astraction alopecia. Certain people are more susceptible to this type of hair loss. For instance, some people have sensitive hair follicles that are more easily traumatized than others.
Q.) What’s the difference in alopecia areata, alopecia universalis and alopecia totalis?
A.) These hair loss conditions are all autoimmune disorders: the main difference is the extent of hair loss. Alopecia areata is characterized by smooth, circular patches of lost hair. Alopecia totalis is alopecia that results in total hair loss on the scalp, and alopecia universalis is alopecia that results in hair loss of the entire body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
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