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Alopecia

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Alopecia

Phoenix Hair Transplants in Birmingham

Understanding Alopecia

Causes and Medical Factors

Phoenix Hair Transplants would like to provide detailed information on the medical causes of alopecia. Alopecia, or hair loss, can be attributed to various medical factors, and understanding these causes is crucial for diagnosing and treating the condition effectively.

Common Medical Causes of Alopecia

Here are some of the common medical causes of alopecia

  1. Androgenetic Alopecia (Male and Female Pattern Baldness): This is the most common cause of hair loss and is primarily genetic. It occurs when hair follicles become sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone in the body, leading to the gradual miniaturization of hair follicles and eventual hair loss.
  1. Alopecia Areata: This autoimmune condition occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to sudden hair loss. The exact cause of alopecia areata is not well understood but is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
  1. Telogen Effluvium: This type of hair loss is often triggered by significant stress, illness, surgery, or medication. It disrupts the natural hair growth cycle, pushing more hair into the resting (telogen) phase, causing excessive shedding.
  1. Cicatricial Alopecia (Scarring Alopecia): Cicatricial alopecia results from various inflammatory skin conditions, infections, or physical trauma that damages hair follicles and replaces them with scar tissue. These conditions can include lichen planopilaris, discoid lupus erythematosus, and folliculitis decalvans.
  1. Nutritional Deficiencies: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, biotin, and vitamins (especially vitamin D), can lead to hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies weaken hair shafts and disrupt the hair growth cycle.
  1. Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal changes due to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), and pregnancy can cause hair loss. Hormonal fluctuations affect the hair growth cycle.
  1. Medications: Some medications, including chemotherapy drugs, anticoagulants, beta-blockers, and certain antidepressants, can lead to hair loss as a side effect. Hair loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on the medication.
  1. Medical Treatments: Certain medical treatments, such as radiation therapy, can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss in the treated area.
  1. Infections: Scalp infections, such as fungal infections (tinea capitis), can cause hair loss. These infections affect the health of the hair follicles and can lead to hair thinning or bald patches.
  1. Trichotillomania: This is a psychological disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair. It can lead to significant hair loss in affected individuals.

It’s important to note that the treatment of alopecia often depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Hussain and his team at Phoenix Hair Transplants prioritise a comprehensive evaluation of each patient to determine the specific cause of their hair loss and develop a tailored treatment plan to address it effectively.

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