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What Triggers Alopecia Areata?

What Triggers Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is consistent with autoimmune disease and is one of the relatively more common causes for hair loss. It often presents as round or oval – shaped patchy hair loss while onset can be both sudden and unpredictable. Spontaneous remissions are characteristic however recurrences are also possible. Overall, there

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What is alopecia areata and how is it different from other types of hair loss?

What is alopecia areata and how is it different from other types of hair loss?

There are many reasons for the occurrence of hair loss. Likewise these reasons will direct both disease prognosis and treatment options. Although you should always consult your physician or dermatologist for an individual diagnosis, below are some of the main differences between alopecia areata and other forms of hair loss.

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Scalp micropigmentation (tattoo)

Scalp micropigmentation (tattoo)

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a relatively new, creative technique that some people are using to conceal hair loss and camouflage scalp scars. SMP is a tattoo applied to the scalp that mimics hair follicles cut close to the scalp.(1) This is generally done by using a stippling effect where differences

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Looking toward the future: stem cell therapies and their role in hair loss

Looking toward the future: stem cell therapies and their role in hair loss

Hair loss can be caused by several different conditions, including androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and scarring alopecia. Current strategies to prevent hair loss and restore hair include two FDA-approved drug therapies (finasteride and minoxidil) and hair transplants, although other treatment options such as laser light therapy and alternative treatments (e.g.

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Scarring alopecias Pt. 2: Lichen planopilaris

Scarring alopecias Pt. 2: Lichen planopilaris

Scarring alopecias encompass several medical conditions that destroy hair follicles and replace them with scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss. Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is the most common type of scarring alopecia in adults.(1) LPP was first described in 1895 by Pringle as a subtype of lichen planus (a chronic, recurrent

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Rare Hair Disorders: Ringed Hair

Rare Hair Disorders: Ringed Hair

Just as there are many reasons for hair loss, there are also many conditions which result in abnormal hair growth. In general, the less common a specific condition, the fewer the resources and information related to the disease. Moreover there are a plethora of examples of these rare hair disorders,

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Rare Hair Disorders: Beaded Hair

Rare Hair Disorders: Beaded Hair

With the prevalence of pattern baldness, hair loss is a reasonably common phenomenon. Moreover many of the current hair restoration options as well as ongoing research is targeted to those with male, and sometimes female, pattern baldness. Despite this there are countless reasons for hair loss including congenital disorders. Monilethrix,

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hair Loss Therapy

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hair Loss Therapy

With approximately 70% of men and 40% of women affected by pattern baldness1, a great deal of research has been invested into hair loss therapy. As a result, several options for treatment are now available from both topical and oral medication, surgical intervention and now the more futuristic sounding laser

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Extreme Shedding Part 2: Triggers and Catalysts

Extreme Shedding Part 2: Triggers and Catalysts

In my last post I described the relatively common phenomenon of telogen effluvium, where growth cycles of the hair follicles synchronize, resulting in extreme shedding and an abundance of clogged shower drains. The sheer volume of hair loss can be frightening and upsetting, as well as tough on your vacuum

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Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)

Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a behavioural (impulse control) disorder that involves repetitive hair pulling, resulting in hair loss.(1) TTM most often begins in the preadolescent-adolescent years with the mean age of onset being 9-13 years.(2) In this age group, it is more common among females (70-93%).(2) However, TTM can also occur

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