If I am completely truthful there isn’t that much that I know about alopecia due to the fact that it is a very generic title that covers many different conditions. However, I do know some facts that I have learnt from personal experience that may help you understand a little bit more.
- The first thing that I can tell you about alopecia is probably the most basic; a quick definition:
Alopecia is the lack of hair on any part of the body where hair usually grows (eg scalp, arms, legs, etc) and in many cases results in complete loss of hair on parts of the body.
- As I have previously mentioned alopecia is a very generic title for many different conditions hence the second fact that I can tell you is some of the most common types of alopecia:
Alopecia Areata (sudden loss of hair in patches)
Alopecia Totalis (total hair loss on the scalp)
Alopecia Universalis (total hair loss on all of the body)
Alopecia Barbae (facial hair loss)
Please note: These are not the only types of alopecia and there are many more that cover different areas of the body and different patterns of hair loss.
- My third and final fact is something that I get asked quite frequently: “What causes alopecia?” But unfortunately there isn’t really an answer. Some forms of alopecia are due to the immune system attacking the hair follicles until they fall out, some forms of alopecia are thought to have genetic links, some are due to treatment such as chemotherapy and so on, but all in all I don’t think that anybody truly knows the cause of alopecia.
PS. If you know any more an alopecia or anything that I have mentioned please let me know. Thanks