These are symptoms of baldness. Know types of Baldness.
Hair Loss is a common problem among people and mostly men get this problem. But, it is more devastating if you’re a woman because hair is an important asset.
Symptoms of Baldness
Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
- Gradual thinning on top of head.
- Circular or patchy bald spots
- Sudden loosening of hair
- Full-body hair loss
- Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp
Alopecia areata is a hair loss type which happens when your own immune system attacks the hair follicles where the growth of hair begins. The follicle damage thus caused is generally not a permanent one. It has not yet be known about how the immune system itself acts against the follicles. People younger than 20 are generally diagnosed with this problem, but generally any age might be a victim to it. Gender doesn’t play a role either.
Only about 10% of people who are diagnosed with Alopecia areata condition never get their hair back. Generally these types of people have more chances of having this problem.
- If you have a history of such condition in your family.
- If you have the condition already at a young age i.e. before puberty.
- If you have any other autoimmune disease.
- If you are prone to any sorts of allergies.
- If you have extensive hair loss.
- If you have abnormal shape, color, texture, or thickness of the toenails or fingernails.
Like Alopecia areata, Androgenetic alopecia also exists in both women and men. In men, amdrogenetic alopecia is also known as male-pattern baldness. Hair recedes in a certain pattern.
The same condition in woman may be known as female-pattern baldness and may reach up to total baldness.
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is generally or always related to your genes and male sex hormones. It has a specific pattern of hair thinning and receding hairline and is caused due to genetic and hormone predisposition.
Female Pattern Baldness
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) on the other hand is a distinctive form of hair loss which occurs in women with androgenetic alopecia. A lot of women are affected by Female Pattern Hair loss. Statistically, around 40% of women show the signs of hair loss by age 50 and only less than 45% of women usually reach at the age of 80 with a full hair on their head.
Cicatricial alopecia which is also known as scarring alopecia is a group of rare disorders which destroy hair follicles. Also, the follicles are replaced with some scar tissue which causes a permanent hair loss.
Telogen effluvium is a form alopecia which is typically non-scarring but consist of diffuse hair shedding, usually with an acute onset. A chronic form also exists which is more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. Telogen effluvium is process that is caused by a hormonal or metabolic stress or by certain medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and will occurs within six months unless any kind of pattern alopecia is present.
Traction alopecia is a kind of alopecia which is mainly caused due to the pulling force applied to the hair. If you like wearing your hair in tight ponytails, braids or pigtails, you might become a victim. Generally, it bothers people with long hair because of the use of tight barrettes to keep the hair out of their faces. It is a kind of recession of hairline due to the force on the hair roots.
Anagen effluvium is a condition with the pathologic loss of growth-phase hairs or anagen. It is generally caused by radiation therapy on the head and any kind of systemic chemotherapy, which uses alkylating agents.